Russian Military in Ukraine

A member of the Ukrainian Emergency Service looks at the City Hall building in the central square following shelling in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on March 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Pavel Dorogoy)

Belligerent
Russian Military
Country
Ukraine
start date
end date
Civilian Harm Status
Belligerent Assessment
Declassified Documents
Infrastructure

Incident Code

RUK195

Incident date

May 12, 2022

Location

Дергачі, Derhachi, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Geolocation

50.112255, 36.092360 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

A report of alleged Russian shells struck the village of Derhachi on May 12th, killing two civilians and wounding two others.

Hromadske and RBC News reported a shelling of Derhachi by Russian forces that left one civilian dead and three wounded. Writing for RBC News, author Maria Kucheryavets quoted Kharkiv Regional State Administrator Oleg Sinegubov as noting that the previous twenty-four hours in the region had been “quiet”, but he urged citizens to “never relax and neglect your own safety”.

A video released by Radio Svoboda stated that the bombs used were “Uragan missiles”, and the video captured the destruction of homes in a dense residential area. The voiceover in the clip also detailed the victim as 46 year old woman who was killed in her backyard cooking over a fire due to a lack of electricity. The Victims Memorial website (victims.memorial) also stated that her husband, initially wounded in the blast, died later as well.

The brother of the husband who died said that the husband and the wife were “a model of married life. They complemented each other. They were always together and did everything together. They are kind, sensitive, fair. They helped everyone, in word, in deed, or just by listening to them. You could recharge your batteries with the positive energy they radiated.”

This assessment has reference to ACLED code UKR77864 and Attacks on health dataset code 34172.

The incident occured in the morning.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Military

Sources (16) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

  • Screenshot of Facebook post by Viacheslav Zadorenko
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Dergachi on May 12, 2022. (Image posted by Truexa News UA via Telegram)

Geolocation notes (3) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention a strike outside of a house in the town of Derhachi (Дергачі). Analysing audio-visual material from sources, we have narrowed the location down to the following exact coordinates: 50.112255, 36.092360.

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  • Tagged visual material from sources

    Imagery:
    Radio Svoboda

  • Tagged visual material from sources

    Imagery:
    Radio Svoboda

  • Tagged visual material from sources

    Imagery:
    Radio Svoboda

Russian Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Military
  • Russian Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Military

Sources (16) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RUK194

Incident date

May 11, 2022

Location

Новий Мерчик, Noviy Merchyk, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Geolocation

49.973204, 35.655624 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On the morning of 11th May 2022 at 10:45 am, a 26yr old civilian tractor driver from Gadyach was allegedly struck with a guided missile launched from a low-flying Russian aircraft whilst working in a field in the village of Novy Merchik. The attack caused multiple burns and leg injuries to the tractor driver and left them hospitalised in a serious condition according to Head of the Kharkiv OVA Oleg Sinegubov.

Witnesses at the scene stated the Russian plane flew at a low altitude when it launched the missile and had come past for a second lap, resulting in Oleksandr Osetrov, director of Nika, the injured worker’s employer to vehemently declare that “we can assume that the enemy clearly saw and understood that they were aiming a missile at civilians, which is unacceptable”.

As a result, Sergei Bolvinov, head of the Investigation Department of the National Police in Kharkiv, specified as a result of this alleged targetted attack, the Bohodukhiv District Police Department of the Kharkiv Regional Police along with prosecutors of the Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office, both of whom had members examine the scene, have launched Criminal proceedings under Article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (Violation of laws and customs of war). The pre-trial investigation is being conducted by the SBU Office in the Kharkiv region.

The State Emergency Service units worked at the scene and extinguished the fire caused by the missile at 12:21.

This assessment has reference to ACLED code UKR57622.

The incident occured at approximately 10:45 am local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Agriculture
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Military

Sources (21) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (13) [ collapse]

  • Damage to a tractor in Novyi Merchyk village caused by alleged Russian airstrikes on May 11, 2022. (Image posted by Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor's Office via Telegram)
  • Damage to a tractor in Novyi Merchyk village caused by alleged Russian airstrikes on May 11, 2022. (Image posted by Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor's Office via Telegram)
  • Damage to a tractor in Novyi Merchyk village caused by alleged Russian airstrikes on May 11, 2022. (Image posted by Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor's Office via Telegram)
  • Damage to a tractor in Novyi Merchyk village caused by alleged Russian airstrikes on May 11, 2022. (Image posted by Suspilne News via Telegram)
  • Damage to a tractor in Novyi Merchyk village caused by alleged Russian airstrikes on May 11, 2022. (Image posted by Suspilne News via Telegram)
  • Screenshot of Facebook post by DSNS in Kharkiv region
  • Screenshot of Facebook post by Kharkiv City Council
  • Damage to a tractor in Novyi Merchyk village caused by alleged Russian airstrikes on May 11, 2022. (Image posted by the National Police via Facebook)
  • Screenshot of Facebook post by the National Police
  • Screenshot of Facebook post by Bohodukhiv district state administration
  • Damage to a tractor in Novyi Merchyk village caused by alleged Russian airstrikes on May 11, 2022. (Image posted by Hromadske News)
  • Damage to a tractor in Novyi Merchyk village caused by alleged Russian airstrikes on May 11, 2022. (Image posted by Hromadske News)
  • Damage to a tractor in Novyi Merchyk village caused by alleged Russian airstrikes on May 11, 2022. (Image posted by Hromadske News)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Noviy Merchyk (Новий Мерчик), for which the generic coordinates are: 49.973204, 35.655624. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Russian Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Military
  • Russian Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Agriculture
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Military

Sources (21) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RUK182

Incident date

May 8, 2022

Location

Калинове, Kalynove, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Geolocation

50.257533, 36.086976 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On May 8th 2022, two civilians, two men, were reportedly killed following alleged Russian artillery shelling in Kalynove (Kalinove) village, Kharkiv oblast.

Ukrainska Pravda said: “In Kalynove, two people were killed when a projectile hit a house. The shelling of the village took place from the side of Kozachya Lopana at approximately 4:00 p.m. [according to] Kovalenko’s [head of Zolochiv community] direct speech: “Two men, 71 and 51 years old, went to a house to have lunch. And then a projectile flew right into the house. Both died.” Kharkiv Human Rights Protection group reported that “a shell hit the house where two men were staying. The direct hit started a fire that destroyed the entire building and left the men with life-threatening injuries”.

The Victims Memorial platform published the story as well as testimonies of family and friends of the 50 years-old victim, stating that that man died “in the yard of his neighbor and friend”. According to that source, the man was born and lived in Kalynove village. He “worked in a bakery of one of the supermarkets in Kharkiv”. He was described by the mayor of the district as a “kind and hardworking person”, “helping his neighbors as much as he could” during the full-scale war. Below are two testimonies quoted by Victims Memorial from one of his daughers and from one of his friends:

“Dad was not used to sitting idly by – and at home, after work, he always had a lot of trouble: gardens, livestock, household chores. He worked all his life for the benefit of the family. His only recreation was watching movies. Dad was the best for me. (…) Dad always waited for me at home after school. There are no words to explain how painful it is… This is a terrible and irreparable loss in my life…”

“He was a loving father, husband, grandfather, son and best friend! He raised two daughters with great love and care. He helped everyone who turned to him, did not refuse [to help] even in difficult situations. [He] sought to develop and live fully. At the age of 50, he bought his first car. Words cannot convey all the pain and sadness, because a person has just begun to achieve success,”

The General Prosecutor Office on Telegram added that apart from the two victims, Russian shelling also damaged “ten residential buildings” and that “more than ten more were destroyed.”. Another source quoting the head of the Zolochiv community, Viktor Kovalenko, said “the occupiers hit Kalinovy from the side of Kozachai Lopan. The shelling ended around 16:00. As a result, eight houses were destroyed and a fire broke out.”

Politinform reported that “due to this fact, criminal proceedings have been opened under Part 2 of Article 438 (violation of the laws and customs of war, related to intentional murder) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. The pre-trial investigation is conducted by the investigative department of the Security Service of Ukraine in the Kharkiv region, the regional prosecutor’s office is in charge of the process.”

ACLED’s reference code for this incident is UKR57453.

The incident occured at approximately 4:00 pm local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (2 men)
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Military

Sources (20) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (14) [ collapse]

  • "As a result of enemy artillery shelling of the village of Kalinove in Kharkiv Oblast, two people died ". Source: @PolitinformNet
  • "As a result of today's enemy shelling of the village of Kalinove (formerly Zhovtneve) of the Zolochiv community, two civilians were killed, and two dozen buildings were destroyed and damaged" Source: @ XAPKIB
  • "A RUINED HOUSE IN THE ZOLOCHEV COMMUNITY. PHOTO: VIKTOR KOVALENKO FOR "SOCIAL"". Source: Ukrainska Pravda
  • "A RUINED HOUSE IN THE ZOLOCHEV COMMUNITY. PHOTO: VIKTOR KOVALENKO FOR "SOCIAL"". Source: Ukrainska Pravda
  • Damage to civilian housing following alleged Russian artillery shelling in Kalynove village on May 8th 2022. Source: Suspilne News
  • Source: Suspilne News
  • Damage to civilian housing following alleged Russian artillery shelling in Kalynove village on May 8th 2022. Source: Suspilne News
  • "two dozen residential buildings were destroyed and damaged in the village of Kalinove". Source: Novynarnia
  • "On May 8, 2022, the Russian military shelled the village of Kalynove, Bohodukhiv district. The shelling killed two men. Ten residential buildings were damaged and more than ten more were destroyed.". Source: General Prosecution Office
  • "On May 8, 2022, the Russian military shelled the village of Kalynove, Bohodukhiv district. The shelling killed two men. Ten residential buildings were damaged and more than ten more were destroyed.". Source: General Prosecution Office
  • "On May 8, 2022, the Russian military shelled the village of Kalynove, Bohodukhiv district. The shelling killed two men. Ten residential buildings were damaged and more than ten more were destroyed.". Source: General Prosecution Office
  • "Russian military opened fire on the village of Kalynove: two people were killed 🖌 Under the procedural supervision of the Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor's Office, a pre-trial investigation was initiated into the violation of the laws and customs of war, combined with premeditated murder (Part 2 of Article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine). According to the investigation, on May 8, 2022, the Russian military shelled the village of Kalynove, Bohodukhiv district. The shelling killed two men. Ten residential buildings were damaged and another dozen were destroyed. The pre-trial investigation is being conducted by the SBU Office in Kharkiv region.". Source: Kharkiv Prosecutor Office on Facebook (screenshot)
  • "Currently, the Russian-backed militants are intensively shelling the village of Kalynove in Zolochiv district. There is information about fires in residential areas and two civilian casualties. In the morning, the invaders shelled the villages of Udy and Oleksandrivka. An agricultural enterprise and a shop were destroyed, as well as private households.". Source: Vasyl Miroshnik (Facebook screenshot)
  • " The aftermath of the shelling of Kalynove village in Zolochyvka district, May 8, photo: Viktor Kovalenko". Source: Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Kalynove ( Калинове), for which the generic coordinates are: 50.257533, 36.086976. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Russian Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Military
  • Russian Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (2 men)
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Military

Sources (20) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RUK179

Incident date

May 6, 2022

Location

Василенкове, Vasylenkove, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Geolocation

49.77798, 37.03764 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On May 6, 2022, five civilians, including a woman and a child, were reportedly killed by an alleged Russian-planted exploding mine when attempting to evacuate to Kharkiv by car from Kupyansk.

According to a post shared by the Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office’s Telegram channel, Ukrainian authorities first became aware of this incident when approached by a member of the public. The post gives further information regarding the identities of the civilians affected and the circumstances that led to their reported deaths, stating “pre-trial investigation established that people tried to evacuate from Kupyansk to Kharkiv. According to preliminary data, the car with passengers hit a mine. A 50-year-old woman, a 17-year-old boy and three men aged 19, 20 and 41 were in the car – all of them died.”

According to the Prosecutor’s Office, on October 3 the information given was confirmed when officials visited the site of the reported incident. On this, the post states, “prosecutors together with explosives experts, forensic experts and police investigators conducted an inspection of the scene, during which a burnt-out car and the bodies of the dead were discovered.” Five photographs of this scene were provided on the Prosecutor’s Office’s Telegram Channel, which show burned money, a damaged tire, and other debris in a field near what appears to be a small crater. The Office has stated that a pre-trial investigation has been launched in relation to these events for the alleged “violation of the laws and customs of war, combined with intentional murder.”

This event has been covered by numerous Ukrainian outlets, including DonPatriot News, which differed from the Prosecutor’s Office on the age of one of the alleged victims, reporting, “It is known that these 5 people are residents of Kupyansk, who tried to evacuate to Kharkiv on their own by car on May 6, but encountered a racist mine on the way. Among them are a 41-year-old, a 18-year-old, a 19-year-old, a 20-year-old, and a 50-year-old.”

MediaPort and Suspilne Media, GX, and Obozrevatel all reported on this event, attributing responsibility for the placement of the mine to Russian forces.

This assessment has reference to ACLED code UKR75457 and UKR76971.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Ground operation
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Humanitarian evacuation
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5
  • (1 child1 woman3 men)
  • Cause of injury / death
    Planted explosives and unexploded ordnance (UXO)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Military

Sources (7) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (6) [ collapse]

  • Screenshot of Facebook post by Serhii Bolviniv
  • Remnants of a vehicle blown up by an alleged Russian mine in Kharkiv on May 6, 2022. (Image posted by the Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor's Office)
  • Remnants of a vehicle blown up by an alleged Russian mine in Kharkiv on May 6, 2022. (Image posted by the Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor's Office)
  • Remnants of a vehicle blown up by an alleged Russian mine in Kharkiv on May 6, 2022. (Image posted by the Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor's Office)
  • Remnants of a vehicle blown up by an alleged Russian mine in Kharkiv on May 6, 2022. (Image posted by the Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor's Office)
  • Remnants of a vehicle blown up by an alleged Russian mine in Kharkiv on May 6, 2022. (Image posted by the Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor's Office)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Vasylenkove (Василенкове), for which the generic coordinates are: 49.77798, 37.03764. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Russian Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Military
  • Russian Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Ground operation
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Humanitarian evacuation
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5
  • (1 child1 woman3 men)
  • Cause of injury / death
    Planted explosives and unexploded ordnance (UXO)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Military

Sources (7) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RUK175

Incident date

May 4, 2022

Location

Балаклі́я, Balakleya, Kharkiv , Ukraine

Geolocation

49.46059, 36.84004 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On May 4th 2022, Kharkhiv Human Rights Protection group reported that Russian shelling of the town of Balakeya near Kharkiv resulted in one man dying. Suspilne quoted Oleg Sineguboy, the head of the Kharkhiv Regional Military administration who added that the “the deceased is from the village of Zalyman between the temporarily occupied Balaklia and Izyum”.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Military
  • Suspected target
    Russian Military

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the town of Balakleya (Балаклі́я), for which the generic coordinates are: 49.46059, 36.84004. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Russian Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Military
  • Russian Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Military
  • Suspected target
    Russian Military

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RUK173

Incident date

May 3, 2022

Location

Динамо, Dynamo Stadium, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Geolocation

50.021894, 36.239837 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

A civilian died as a result of a factory fire in the same series of shelling attacks allegedly by Russian military personnel that injured a 43 year old woman and 46 year old man in Kharkiv. The Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group reported that several buildings had been damaged in the shelling, including part of the Dynamo stadium.

Several images have emerged of the damage caused by the shelling, including burnt park buildings. An image posted on kharkiv1654’s Telegram channel shows what may have been the factory of the single fatality of this attack, detailing a three story building with extensive fire damage to the top two stories and significant structural damage to the building front. No further details are known about the victims of the attack at this time.

This assessment has reference to ACLED code UKR57076.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Military

Sources (5) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • Factory damaged by alleged Russian shelling in Kharkiv on May 3, 2022. (Image posted by Kharkiv1654 via Telegram)
  • Factory damaged by alleged Russian shelling in Kharkiv on May 3, 2022. (Image posted by Kharkiv1654 via Telegram)
  • Attractions are on fire. Photo: Serhiy Kozlov/KHARKIV Today
  • Attractions are on fire. Photo: Serhiy Kozlov/KHARKIV Today

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the area surrounding the Dynamo Stadium (Динамо), for which the generic coordinates are: 50.021894, 36.239837. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the locations further.

Russian Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Military
  • Russian Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Military

Sources (5) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RUK172

Incident date

May 3, 2022

Location

смт Золочів, Богодухівський район, Zolochiv, Bohodukhivsʹkyy district, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Geolocation

50.274619589848456, 35.97481440340894 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Two civilians, both men, were reported injured on May 3rd 2022 when Russian forces’ shells allegedly hit Zolochiv in Kharkiv.

Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group reported that Russian forces shelled this area “from the temporarily captured Kozacha Lopan” and that 25 residential buildings were damaged. It was the only source that reported that one civilian was injured, whereas all other sources reported that two civilians were injured.

Suspilne Media reported that the shells hit the town at around 2am. The Head of the Community, Victor Kovalenko reported that “two of our residents were injured. The man, born in 1962, has a hip joint injury, and was hospitalized in a regional hospital in a moderate condition. The second man was born in 1939. He has injuries to both legs, the ambulance took him to the regional hospital,” he said. Two people were injured, livestock burned: the consequences of the shelling of the Zolochiv community in Kharkiv region.”

This assessment has reference to UKR57128.

The incident occured at approximately 2:00 am local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Agriculture
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Military

Sources (9) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (22) [ collapse]

  • "As a result of the shelling, two civilians were injured. 25 residential buildings were damaged." (Image via Prokuratura_Kharkiv / Telegram)
  • "As a result of the shelling, two civilians were injured. 25 residential buildings were damaged." (Image via Prokuratura_Kharkiv / Telegram)
  • "As a result of the shelling, two civilians were injured. 25 residential buildings were damaged." (Image via Prokuratura_Kharkiv / Telegram)
  • "During the day, the occupiers fired 5 artillery shells at Kharkiv. Bohodukhiv, Zolochiv, Mala Danylivka, and Chuhuiv were shelled in the region." (Image via Denisovaliudmyla / Facebook)
  • "During the day, the occupiers fired 5 artillery shells at Kharkiv. Bohodukhiv, Zolochiv, Mala Danylivka, and Chuhuiv were shelled in the region." (Image via Denisovaliudmyla / Facebook)
  • "During the day, the occupiers fired 5 artillery shells at Kharkiv. Bohodukhiv, Zolochiv, Mala Danylivka, and Chuhuiv were shelled in the region." (Image via Denisovaliudmyla / Facebook)
  • "Consequences of today's enemy artillery shelling of the village of Zolochiv and the settlements of Udy, Odnorobivka and Kalinov" (Image via Ihor Danylko / Facebook)
  • "Consequences of today's enemy artillery shelling of the village of Zolochiv and the settlements of Udy, Odnorobivka and Kalinov" (Image via Ihor Danylko / Facebook)
  • "Consequences of today's enemy artillery shelling of the village of Zolochiv and the settlements of Udy, Odnorobivka and Kalinov" (Image via Ihor Danylko / Facebook)
  • "Consequences of today's enemy artillery shelling of the village of Zolochiv and the settlements of Udy, Odnorobivka and Kalinov" (Image via Ihor Danylko / Facebook)
  • "Consequences of today's enemy artillery shelling of the village of Zolochiv and the settlements of Udy, Odnorobivka and Kalinov" (Image via Ihor Danylko / Facebook)
  • "Consequences of today's enemy artillery shelling of the village of Zolochiv and the settlements of Udy, Odnorobivka and Kalinov" (Image via Ihor Danylko / Facebook)
  • "Consequences of today's enemy artillery shelling of the village of Zolochiv and the settlements of Udy, Odnorobivka and Kalinov" (Image via Ihor Danylko / Facebook)
  • "Consequences of today's enemy artillery shelling of the village of Zolochiv and the settlements of Udy, Odnorobivka and Kalinov" (Image via Ihor Danylko / Facebook)
  • "Consequences of today's enemy artillery shelling of the village of Zolochiv and the settlements of Udy, Odnorobivka and Kalinov" (Image via Ihor Danylko / Facebook)
  • "Consequences of today's enemy artillery shelling of the village of Zolochiv and the settlements of Udy, Odnorobivka and Kalinov" (Image via Ihor Danylko / Facebook)
  • "Consequences of today's enemy artillery shelling of the village of Zolochiv and the settlements of Udy, Odnorobivka and Kalinov" (Image via Ihor Danylko / Facebook)
  • "Consequences of today's enemy artillery shelling of the village of Zolochiv and the settlements of Udy, Odnorobivka and Kalinov" (Image via Ihor Danylko / Facebook)
  • "Consequences of today's enemy artillery shelling of the village of Zolochiv and the settlements of Udy, Odnorobivka and Kalinov" (Image via Ihor Danylko / Facebook)
  • "Consequences of today's enemy artillery shelling of the village of Zolochiv and the settlements of Udy, Odnorobivka and Kalinov" (Image via Ihor Danylko / Facebook)
  • "As a result of the shelling, two civilians were injured. 25 houses were damaged." (Image via Tipichnoe_xtz / Telegram)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the city of Zolochiv (Золочів), for which the generic coordinates are: 50.274619589848456, 35.97481440340894. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Russian Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Military
  • Russian Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Agriculture
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Military

Sources (9) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RUK169

Incident date

May 2, 2022

Location

Барвінкове, Barvinkove, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Geolocation

48.903505, 37.022460 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On May 2nd 2022, two male civilians were injured after a reported Russian forces artillery shelling hit Barvinkove in Kharkiv.

The Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office reported that “residential buildings and two administrative buildings were damaged” in addition to wounding two men.

There is no further information available at this stage.

This assessment has reference to ACLED code UKR56997.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Military

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • "Russian troops once again shelled the town of Barvinkovo" (Image via Suspilne.media)
  • "Russian troops once again shelled the town of Barvinkovo" (Image via Suspilne.media)
  • "As a result of the shelling, two men were wounded. Residential buildings and two administrative buildings were damaged" (Image via Pgo_gov_ua / Telegram)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the town of Barvinkove (Барвінкове), for which the generic coordinates are: 48.903505, 37.022460. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Russian Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Military
  • Russian Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Military

Sources (6) [ collapse]