The US embassy in Ukraine said Russian troops “shot and killed 10 people in line for bread” Wednesday in the decimated city of Chernihiv in northeastern Ukraine. The embassy did not cite what evidence it had of the attack in a declaration posted on his official Twitter account.
“Such horrific attacks must stop,” the Embassy said in the tweet, adding that the US government was “considering all options available to ensure accountability for any atrocity crimes in. ”
Every day, the cost in human life and suffering of Russia’s war against Ukraine increases. The UN human rights office has recorded around 600 civilian deaths, but the UN recognizes that the real toll will certainly be much higher. Ukrainian officials say thousands have been killed, more than 2,000 in the besieged southern city of Mariupol alone.
There was little information about the alleged attack on civilians lining up for food in Chernihiv, but the video posted on social media showed the alleged consequences, with a number of bodies on the ground.
One of those who posted the video was Oleksandr Merezhko, deputy head of the Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian parliament, and chairman of its foreign affairs committee.
“The Russians killed more than ten people who were lining up to buy bread,” he said in his tweet.
The alleged attack came the day after Ukraine’s attorney general’s office said a Russian artillery attack hit a university and an open-air market in Chernihiv on Monday, killing 10 people. It was one of many attacks that hit the city in the past three weeks.
The governor of the region said on Wednesday that electricity has been cut in the city of Chernihiv and some surrounding towns and villages, but the Reuters news agency quoted Governor Viacheslav Chaus as saying that the Ukrainian military is inflicting. ” powerful blows to the Russian enemy every hour “.
On Tuesday, Reuters interviewed Mykola Vasylinko in Kiev, who said he had just fled to the capital from Chernihiv, where the situation was “much worse”.
“This is not Chernihiv,” he told Reuters. “They [Russian forces] they tried to cancel [it] from the earth’s surface. They bomb residential areas, target residential buildings in particular. “
Chernihiv is one of several large cities very close to Ukraine’s northeastern border with Russia that have been hit by artillery fire since Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion and air war against Ukraine on February 24.