A US teacher killed in Ukraine posted that he was “still alive” but feared for his safety just hours before being killed by gunfire.
Jimmy Hill was shot down by Russian snipers on Wednesday while waiting in a bakery in Chernihiv, about two hours from Kyiv.
In the early hours of Tuesday, he wrote on Facebook: “Heavy bombing! Still alive. Limited food. Very cold room. I’m in intensive care.”
Hill was living in Chernihiv when he took care of his Ukrainian partner Irina, who was hospitalized with MS, his family said.
The Minnesota native has been documenting his experience in the war zone over the course of the past two weeks.
His last post, on Tuesday, read: “Photography is not allowed. Spying throughout the city. Bombing on the rise.”
The day before Hill had written that he was “hanging in there.”
“food rations were reduced.. bombed and detonated most of the night… had trouble sleeping. People became depressed,” he continued.
Hill tried to find a way to escape, according to a post from March 13.
“We’re trying to come up with a plan. We need to get out of here. We want to bring a family with kids. It’s not safe here. But it’s not safe either,” he wrote.
The teacher had said that he was trapped in the city and experienced daily bombings.
“They bomb here every night. People intervene. The shortage of food, gas, running water, electricity … here is under siege,” he said.
Cheryl Hill Gordon, Hill’s sister, said her brother’s body “was found on the street by local police.”
“My brother Jimmy Hill was killed yesterday in Chernihiv, Ukraine. He was waiting in a bread line with some other people when they were shot down by Russian army snipers [SIC].
“His body was found on the street by local police,” Gordon added.
The US State Department confirmed Hill’s death on Thursday.
On Tuesday, Local News 8 reported that Hill was trapped in a Chernihiv regional hospital.
A friend, Karin Moseley, told the outlet that Hill was “literally thrust into the middle of hell” after traveling to Ukraine in December.
“It was terribly sad to rely on only one hope and one rope and one dream and to go to the hospital. That gives you a bit of hope and then gets literally thrust into the middle of hell.
“I have no reason to believe he is safe. And if he survives the bombing, how long can they go without what they need like food, water and heat.” Moseley added.
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