10 people killed waiting in bread line in Ukraine; US embassy demands accountability

Local official tells CNN victims died when shell exploded on Chernihiv street, under attack by Russian forces; drone footage shows surrendering man with hands over head shot dead

Screen capture from video showing people who were killed by Russian forces in the norther Ukrainian city of Chernihiv, on March 16, 2022. (Twitter)

Ten people were killed by Russian fire Wednesday as they waited in line for bread in the northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv, the US embassy in Kyiv said, demanding there be accountability for “atrocity crimes.”

Russian forces that invaded Ukraine last month have faced repeated accusations of war crimes as they shell cities and civilian areas.

The US Embassy in Kyiv tweeted, “Today, Russian forces shot and killed 10 people standing in line for bread in Chernihiv.”

“Such horrific attacks must stop. We are considering all available options to ensure accountability for any atrocity crimes in Ukraine,” the embassy wrote.

Footage purportedly showing the aftermath of the incident was published by the Ukrainian website Public, the Daily Mail reported, and showed the bodies of ten people lying in the street.

Another person was seen being helped into a vehicle, although it was not clear what condition they were in.

Head of the regional administration, Vyacheslav Chaus, told Ukrainian television that the people were killed by a Russian shell in a bombardment of the city, CNN reported.

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