On March 7th, at 9:30 am, Russian troops allegedly begun shelling the town of Dergachi with artillery, specifically cluster munitions. There were also reports that the troops shot at the town. Vyacheslav Zadorenko, chairman of the Dergachi commune, reported that the munitions hit Dergachi Lyceum No. 3, and other residential parts, killing at least three people and injuring 15. The chairman revealed that the injured were taken to Dergachyoy Central Hospital. News sources like Suspilne and Kharkiv Today quoted Zadorenko’s statement.
The chairman revealed that one of the 15 injured was a four year old child and also referenced information that one of the three dead was killed on Kashtanova Street. Suspilne quoted his observations that “the roof of the lyceum was damaged, windows were broken and there were traces of shots in the school yard”. The pictures in media sources and his Facebook corroborate this account. The school can be seen with windows broken.
The shelling further damaged the town’s power grid infrastructure, leaving residents without access to electricity and its gas supply. Emergency Services allegedly handled the issue of the gas.
Three twitter handles, expressing sympathies towards Russia, tweeted the same response to these allegations “Unfortunately the evacuation of Kharkiv has been disrupted by the Ukroreich. There is firing from residential areas right now along the ring road towards Saltovka np Dergachi. The Ukronazis are firing 120 mm, 152 mm artillery and MLRS. No evacuation in such a situation is out of the question”.
The incident occured at 09:30:00 local time.
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Reports of the incident mention multiple locations being struck. Kashtanova Street (вулиці Каштановій), for which the generic coordinates are: 50.108270, 36.114390; and the Dergachev Lyceum No. 3 (Дергачёвский лицей № 3), for which the exact coordinates are: 50.109481, 36.120553.