Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RUK014

Incident date

February 28, 2022

Location

перехрестя вул. Бучми та вул. Гвардійців Широнинців, junction of Buchmy and Hvardiitsiv Shyronintsiv streets, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Geolocation

50.028182, 36.354090 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On February 28th 2022, a reported Russian forces attack hit the junction of Buchmy and Hvardiitsiv Shyronintsiv streets in the city of Kharkiv, killing civilians. Most sources reported that this number was at least nine civilians, including children.  ACLED reported that ‘tens’ of people were killed, but this was coded as ten fatalities in their dataset. AOAV reported a higher number of deaths and put the toll at eleven. Kharkiv Human Rights Group reported that there were “dozens of dead, probably hundreds of wounded.” Hromadske news was the only source to report a lower number, reporting that “at least one person died.”

“Dozens” to “hundreds” were reported injured, a number which differed between local sources.

ACLED reported that this attack potentially included “thermobaric artillery”, and Russian forces using multiple rocket launchers and bombed with airstrikes.

Poradyorg.ua reported that the Advisor to the Minister of Internal Affairs, Anton Gerashchenko, said on Telegram that Russian forces’ shells hit a high-rise building in this area.

A tweet from @k2-3300 referred to “A large group of Ukrainian armed forces is being liquidated in garages on Buchma Street!” without reference to how many Ukrainian soldiers were killed, or if they died during the same attack.

This assessment has reference to ACLED code: UKR54214.

The incident occured at approximately 12:50 pm local time.

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the junction of Buchmy Street (вул. Бучми) and Hvardiitsiv Shyronintsiv Street (вул. Гвардійців Широнинців) in the city of Kharkiv (Харків). The generic coordinates for this junction are: 50.028182, 36.354090. 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 harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 12
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • 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 (11) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (7) [ collapse]

  • A reported Russian missile in Buchma Street, Kharkiv on February 28th 2022 (Image via Porady.org.ua)
  • A reported Russian missile in Buchma Street, Kharkiv on February 28th 2022 (Image via Porady.org.ua)
  • A reported Russian missile in Buchma Street, Kharkiv on February 28th 2022 (Image via Porady.org.ua)
  • A reported Russian missile in Buchma Street, Kharkiv on February 28th 2022 (Image via Porady.org.ua)
  • A reported Russian missile in Buchma Street, Kharkiv on February 28th 2022 (Image via Porady.org.ua)
  • A reported Russian missile in Buchma Street, Kharkiv on February 28th 2022 (Image via Porady.org.ua)

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 – 12
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • 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 (11) [ collapse]