Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RUK013

Incident date

February 28, 2022

Location

Провулок 23-го Серпня, 23-ho Serpnya Lane, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Geolocation

50.033043, 36.236832 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

At least one and up to four civilians – including / or a whole family and one child – were reportedly killed when 23 August Lane, in Pavlv Pole in Kharkiv was hit on February 28th 2022 by an alleged Russian “Smerch” anti-aircraft missile system. At least 16 people were reported injured.

According to Amnesty, “at approximately 12:30 local time, an apparent indiscriminate attack in North Kharkiv killed at least 4 civilians, including a child and 3 people collecting drinking water. At least 16 more people were injured.”

UAinfo.org reported that “four people left the bomb shelter to collect water – and died.” Helsinki.org also reported that “after the “end of the air raid” signal, people came out of their shelters to collect water and were fired upon.”

Helsinki.org reported that this incident happened between 12.00 and 13.00.

For reference this assessment has made use of reports from ACLED Code: UKR54214 and Bellingcat Code: CIV0119.

The incident occured at approximately 12:30 pm local time.

Geolocation notes (4) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention 23-ho Serpnya Lane (Провулок 23-го Серпня) in the city of Kharkiv (Харків). Analysing audio-visual material from sources, we have narrowed the location down to the following exact coordinates: 50.033043, 36.236832.

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Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Water station
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 4
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    16
  • 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 (22) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Truhanewsua reported on Telegram about the shelling on 23 August Lane, Kharkiv (Image via Telegram)
  • Avdeyev.igor posted a message onto Facebook with a photo showing the incident on Pavlov Pol street on February 28th 2022 (Image via Facebook)
  • "Oleg Synegubov, head of the State Administration of Ukraine: three residential areas in Kharkiv were shelled - Oleksiivka, Saltivka, and Pavlovo Pole. 11 killed, more than 40 injured." (Image via Valera Kondratenko / Facebook)
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  • Kharkiv, lane 23 August. 28th of February. My family is alive, but there are peaceful victims.

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
    Water station
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 4
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    16
  • 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 (22) [ collapse]