16 March 2022 Chernihiv breadline attack

Russian shelling during 2022 invasion of Ukraine

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16 March 2022 Chernihiv breadline attack
Part of the Siege of Chernihiv
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Civilians killed in the attack
LocationChernihiv, Ukraine
Date16 March 2022
Around 10:00 (UTC+2)
TargetCivilians in Chernihiv
Deaths14[1]
Perpetrators Russian Armed Forces

On 16 March 2022, a Russian attack killed 14 civilians in Chernihiv, Ukraine, who were waiting in a line for bread.[1][2]

Background

The Ukrainian city of Chernihiv has seen attacks by Russian forces since 24 February 2022, the day in which the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine started.[3] The battles on Chernihiv have caused heavy civilian losses. On 3 March, the city suffered a bombing that killed 47 people.[4] Russian major general Andrey Sukhovetsky, then deputy commander of the 41st Combined Arms Army, was killed on 4 March, the day after the bombing, becoming the first Russian general to die during the 2022 Russian invasion.[5] In 10 March, the city entered a siege[6] which lasted until 31 March when the Ukrainian forces managed to undo the encirclement of the city.[7]

As fighting continued, more civilians died in Chernihiv. On 16 March, the Governor of Chernihiv Oblast Vyacheslav Chaus reported that the Russian attacks on Chernihiv on that day alone had killed a total of 53 people.[8]

Attack

The event was reported by Chaus as well as the United States Embassy in Kyiv. On Ukrainian television, Chaus said the attack, which he described as a bombing, was "not the first such incoming shell, nor is it the first shelling of civilians by the enemy".[9] The US Embassy reported that the people had been "shot and killed".[10] 14 people were reported dead by Ukrinform.[1] The incident happened at around 10:00 UTC+3. Victims of the incident were killed following a blast shot from heavy artillery.[11] These civilians were unarmed and some of them survived the shelling; they were taken to medical facilities by Chernihiv police.[12]

External video
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James Whitney Hill, a 67-year-old US citizen from Minnesota was killed in the attack.[13] Chernihiv Patrol Police and the US State Department confirmed the death of a US citizen.[14] James, known on social media as "Jimmy Hill", was an English-language teacher and refused to leave Ukraine when the war started to provide care for his partner Iryna, a Ukrainian citizen.[15]

Reactions

Around four hours after the incident, the Chernihiv Regional Prosecutor's Office filed a legal case regarding the attack. The Chernihiv Oblast branch of the Security Service of Ukraine also started an investigation.[11]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c "Ворог накрив артилерією Чернігів, серед загиблих - американець" (in Ukrainian). Ukrinform. 17 March 2022.
  2. ^ Суспільне (2022-03-17). "Кількість загиблих у черзі за хлібом у Чернігові зросла до 14, - Сергій Василина". Суспільне | Новини (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2022-03-29.
  3. ^ "ЗСУ "підсмажили" техніку окупантів під Черніговом" [The Armed Forces of Ukraine "roasted" the equipment of the occupiers near Chernihiv]. Gazeta.ua (in Ukrainian). Hazeta po-ukrayinsʹky (Newspaper in Ukrainian). 25 February 2022. Archived from the original on 25 February 2022. Retrieved 25 February 2022. У полон Збройних сил України здалися гвардії капітан Міхоєв і єфрейтор Касаткін. [Captain Mikhoyev and Corporal Kasatkin surrendered to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.]
  4. ^ "Death toll from Russian air strikes on Chernihiv city rises to 47, local authorities say". Reuters. March 4, 2022. Retrieved March 9, 2022.
  5. ^ "First Russian general killed Ukraine war, dies in Chernihiv region". Business Standard. 4 March 2022.
  6. ^ Kaufman, Ellie (10 March 2022). "Russian forces have moved about 3 miles closer to Kyiv and Chernihiv is now "isolated," US defense official says". CNN. Archived from the original on 14 March 2022. Retrieved 11 March 2022.
  7. ^ Axe, David (31 March 2022). "Ukraine's Best Tank Brigade Has Won The Battle For Chernihiv". Forbes.
  8. ^ Darrah, Nicole (17 March 2022). "U.S. citizen killed in Ukraine, State Department confirms". Yahoo! News.
  9. ^ Lister, Tim; Ochman, Oleksandra; Mezzofiore, Gianluca (March 16, 2022). "People in line for bread in Ukrainian city of Chernihiv killed by Russian shelling, regional official says". CNN. Retrieved 17 March 2022.
  10. ^ Reals, Tucker (March 16, 2022). "U.S. embassy says Russian troops "shot and killed 10 people standing in line for bread" in northeast Ukraine". CBS News. Retrieved 17 March 2022.
  11. ^ a b "У Чернігові російські війська обстріляли людей, які стояли в черзі за хлібом: як мінімум 10 загиблих" (in Ukrainian). Suspilne. 16 March 2022.
  12. ^ Romanenko, Valentina (17 March 2022). "Нові обстріли Чернігова: є жертви і поранені, серед загиблих - громадянин США". Ukrayinska Pravda (in Ukrainian).
  13. ^ Singh, Kanishka; Lewis, Simon (March 17, 2022). "U.S. citizen killed in Ukraine while waiting in bread line, family says". Reuters. Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  14. ^ "American among civilians killed in Russian attack in Ukraine". Associated Press. March 17, 2022. Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  15. ^ Shovkun, Lesya (17 March 2022). "У Чернігові в черзі по хліб загинув американець Джиммі Хілл, який залишився в місті з хворою дружиною". Novynarnia (in Ukrainian).
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