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
Religious Institution

Incident Code

RUK168

Incident date

May 1, 2022

Location

Золочів, Zolochiv, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Geolocation

50.27589, 35.9727 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On May 1st, 2022 at 6 pm, the Russian Federation army allegedly shelled the village of Zolochiv in the Bohodukhiv district of the Kharkiv region, killing one male civilian and damaging buildings in the village.

The head of the village, Viktor Kovalenko, was quoted in reports by Cezke Novy news, Suspilne, Varta and Ukrainska Prada, that the shelling hit a private house killing the 51 year old male resident inside. The ombudsman and the Kharkhiv Human Rights Protection Group reported that 12 residential buildings and some outbuildings were damaged in the shelling. There were discrepancies in reporting on the infrastructure damages. Victor Kovalenko noted that four houses were destroyed and six damaged. Pictures of the village after the artillery attack published in Suspile and Varta (the latter provided by Viktor Kovalenko) corroborate these accounts. Shelling also hit the Church of the Ascension of the Lord in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church tradition.

The site was inspected by the Bokhodukhiv District Police Department, Kharkhiv Oblast National Police. The pretrial investigation was conducted by the SBU office.

This assessment has reference to UKR56931, UKR56995 and UKR56948.

The incident occured at approximately 6:00 pm local time.

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the town of Zolochiv (Золочів), for which the generic coordinates are: 50.27589, 35.9727. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Religious Institution
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • 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 (4) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Zolochiv May 1st
    Damaged interiors of house in Zolochiv on May 1st published in Suspilne and Varta
  • Damaged house in Zolochiv on May 1st published in Suspilne
  • Damaged structure in Zolochiv on May 1st published in Suspilne
  • Damaged exteriors of a house in Zolochiv on May 1st published in Suspilne
  • Witnesses examining damage to infrastructure in Zolochiv

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
    Religious Institution
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • 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 (4) [ collapse]