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Driggs man killed in Russian attack in Ukraine

DRIGGS, Idaho (KIFI) - UPDATE 3/17/22: A Driggs man who traveled to Ukraine for his partner's treatment has been killed.

Jim Hill traveled to Chernihiv in December for life-extending MS treatment for his partner and Ukraine citizen Irina.

Hill's family friend Karin Moseley told us the U.S. Embassy told her Hill was found by Ukraine police dead in the street.

According to Jimmy's Sister Cheryl Gordon, “Jimmy was killed yesterday in Chernihiv, Ukraine. He was in a bread line when gunned down by Russian snipers.”

Ukrainian officials reported 10 people were killed Wednesday in Chernihiv while standing in the bread line.

Chernihiv police and the U.S. State Department confirmed the death of an American but did not identify him.

Hill was at least the second U.S. citizen to be killed in the conflict.


ORIGINAL: A man from Driggs, Idaho is trapped in a regional hospital 90 miles outside of Kyiv, Ukraine.

Jim Hill traveled to Chernihiv, Ukraine in December for life-extending MS treatment for his partner and Ukraine citizen Irina.

After the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Hill and his companions were trapped inisde the regional hospital with little food, water or electricity.

Hill's family friend Karin Moseley had this to say.

“It's horribly sad hanging on to a hope and a thread and a dream and getting to the hospital. That gives you a little bit of extra hope and then being thrust into literally the middle of hell," Moseley said.

Though he has little chance to communicate, Hill has been posting regular updates on his condition through Facebook.

"It feels just almost surreal. To talk about my good friend who is most recently. His update was about six 7 hours ago. But they are being intensely bombed," Moseley said.

Hill's last post was 13 hours ago, as of Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Between posts, his friends and loved ones have little idea of his condition.

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Seth Ratliff

Seth is a reporter for Local News 8 and Eyewitness News 3.

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