By Kanishka Singh and Simon Lewis
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. citizen was killed within the northern Ukrainian metropolis of Chernihiv whereas ready in a bread line amid Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, his household stated on Thursday.
“My brother Jimmy Hill was killed yesterday in Chernihiv, Ukraine. He was ready in a bread line with a number of different individuals once they have been gunned down by Russian navy snippers,” Hill’s sister stated in a Fb (NASDAQ:) publish on Thursday afternoon.
“His physique was discovered on the street by the native police,” she wrote.
Reuters couldn’t independently confirm the circumstances resulting in his demise.
Hill’s personal Fb posts gave a glimpse of the scenario on the frontline as he repeatedly wrote about explosions, meals shortages and intense bombing throughout the Russian assault.
“Intense bombing! nonetheless alive. Restricted meals. Room very chilly,” Hill stated in his final Fb publish on Tuesday. In one other publish on the identical day, he wrote that “bombing has intensified”.
A day earlier, he had written that “every day persons are killed making an attempt to flee.”
Hill’s Fb profile recognized him as a instructor at universities in Kyiv and Warsaw. He beforehand stated on Fb that he was in Chernihiv together with his companion for her to obtain medical remedy. He was a local of Minnesota.
Police in Chernihiv stated earlier on Thursday that an American was amongst these killed by a Russian shelling, with out disclosing extra info.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken additionally confirmed that an American citizen was killed however didn’t provide extra particulars.
“I can affirm that an American citizen was killed. I haven’t got any extra particulars for you than that,” Blinken advised reporters in a press briefing.
Viacheslav Chaus, governor of the area centered on the front-line metropolis of Chernihiv, stated 53 civilians had been killed there previously 24 hours. The toll couldn’t be independently verified. Russia denies focusing on civilians.
Russia has assaulted Ukraine from 4 instructions, sending two columns towards Kyiv from the northwest and northeast, pushing in from the east close to the second largest metropolis Kharkiv, and spreading within the south from Crimea.
Russia calls its actions in Ukraine a “particular operation.”
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