Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RUK0070

Incident date

March 13, 2022

Location

Saltivka and Novi Budynky, Kharkiv

Airwars assessment

A series of alleged Russian shelling with multiple rocket launches killed one civilian and wounded three others in the areas of Saltivka and Novi Budynky, Kharkiv on March 13, 2022.

A collection of Twitter uses, including @Lyla_lilas, @advofli. And @black_cerber tweeted images and videos of the attack, noting nearly fifty strikes launched by the Russian military. The “enemy”, according to the tweets, damaged gas distribution, trapped civilians, and displayed disregard for “green corridors”. Kharkiv Today reported that the shellings strucktargeted high-rise buildings, kindergartens, schools, and infrastructure over the course of roughly fifty strikes.

Both Suspilne Media and Rayon.in.ua both reported that Northern Saltivka was “suffering the most” from the attacks. Additionally, Shepetivka.com released a statement that an exact number of victims has not been established, but celebrated that Ukrainian forces are “pushing occupiers out”.  Local sources such as Truexa News UA also mentioned that casualties were still being clarified. Source aggregator ACLED was the only to give a casualty count, summarizing local sources who reported that at least one person was killed and three others were wounded.

Videos of the strikes were provided by Telegram users, whale Facebook users also posted images and first-hand accounts of the violence.Facebook member Olga Novakovskaya noted that “racist scum have shelled Northern Saltivka”.  Kharkiv Mayor Igor Terekhov said that while a calm settled in as night descended, Russian “shelling continues, but there were no massive air attacks. There were large attacks in the area of Pyatikhatky, Northern Saltivka.” Oleg Sinegubov used Facebook to warn the citizens of Kharkiv, writing that those in the region “must not neglect alarm signals” and when notified, they must “take cover”.

Human Rights Group Helsinki.org.ua issued a summary of the shelling and stated that Russia had used “cluster bomb attacks”.

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
    3
  • 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 (33) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (25) [ collapse]

  • Saltovka Kharkiv
  • Shelling of Saltovka on March 13, 2022. (Image posted by @advofli)
  • Shelling of Saltovka on March 13, 2022. (Image posted by @advofli)
  • Shelling of Saltovka on March 13, 2022. (Image posted by @advofli)
  • Shelling of Saltovka on March 13, 2022. (Image posted by @advofli)
  • North Saltovka an hour ago
  • Shelling of Saltovka on March 13, 2022. (Image posted by @black_cerber)
  • As a result of shelling of the New Budynky on March 13-14, a car burned down near the metro station "Armyska", windows in the apartments were smashed. Video from the scene (https://youtu.be/xh45zLnaF4Y), comment of the car owner
  • View of Saltovka from the Novi Budynky
  • Shelling of Saltovka on March 13, 2022. (Image posted by Truexa News)
  • Saltivka floor and windows are shaking due to aerial shelling
  • A multi-storey building is on fire on Saltovka!!! Russian occupants shelled a residential block an hour ago! Information about casualties is being clarified. Kharkov
  • Shelling of Saltovka on March 13, 2022. (Image posted by Truexa News)
  • Shelling of North Saltovka, Kharkiv Shelling from Cirkuny
  • Saltovka!!! Kharkiv
  • Shelling of Kharkiv today. Rascist scums have shelled the Northern Saltovka and Danilovka districts from Cirkuny.
  • Kharkov. Today! Saltovka! Russian freaks! It'll be like this in every one of your houses!
  • Alleged cluster bomb attack in Novi Budynky on March 13, 2022. (Image posted by Helsinki Human Rights Group)
  • Screenshot of Facebook post by Novyny Live Kharkiv
  • Screenshot of Facebook post by Liudmila Chishko
  • Damage and destruction caused by alleged Russian shelling of Saltovka on March 13, 2022. (Image posted by Liudmila Chishko via Facebook)
  • Damage and destruction caused by alleged Russian shelling of Saltovka on March 13, 2022. (Image posted by Liudmila Chishko via Facebook)
  • Screenshot of Facebook post by Aleksey Kusov
  • Screenshot of Facebook post by Olga Novakovskaya

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
    3
  • 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 (33) [ collapse]