Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RUK044

Incident date

March 9, 2022

Location

Слобожанське, Slobozhanske, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Geolocation

49.590601, 36.527610 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Between four and five civilians, including two women and two children, were killed and another child was injured in alleged Russian airstrikes and/or artillery shelling of the village of Slobozhanske on March 9, 2022.

The DSNS posted on Telegram that shelling of the village of Slobozhanske in the Balakliya community struck a private residential building, resulting in the destruction of the building and the death of four people, two women and two children. A five year old girl survived the shelling but she was injured, and was being treated at Pervomai Hospital.

Zmina.info provided details that the shelling occurred on Central Street, and that the bodies of five people were found under the rubble: two women (45-47 years old and 35-37 years old), a man (under 40 years old) and two children (two years old and 12-14 years old).

Kharkov.comments reported that an investigation into “violation of the laws and customs of war, combined with premeditated murder” for the death a woman and her 11 year old son (indicating two of the deceased were related). Informator reported that the bodies of the 11 year old boy and his mother were buried under the rubble for 20 days, and were only found on March 30th.

LB.ua reported that Russian forces were responsible for the bombing. According to Obozrevatel, Russian forces dropped six bombs on the village of Slobozhanskoe, pointing out that there have never been any military facilities in this area.

This assessment has reference to ACLED codes UKR86564, UKR53178, UKR68079 and UKR54587.

The incident occured during the night.

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Slobozhanske (Слобожанське), for which the generic coordinates are: 49.590601, 36.527610. 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
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 5
  • (2 children2 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • 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 (38) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of the village of Slobozhanske on March 10, 2022. (Image posted by Lb.ua)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of the village of Slobozhanske on March 10, 2022. (Image posted by Lb.ua)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of the village of Slobozhanske on March 10, 2022. (Image posted by Lb.ua)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of the village of Slobozhanske on March 10, 2022. (Image posted by DSNS)
  • Screenshot of Facebook post by MNS.GOV.UA
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of the village of Slobozhanske on March 10, 2022. (Image posted by Obozrevatel)
  • Rescue workers respond to alleged Russian shelling of the village of Slobozhanske on March 10, 2022. (Image posted by Obozrevatel)
  • Rescue workers respond to alleged Russian shelling of the village of Slobozhanske on March 10, 2022. (Image posted by Obozrevatel)
  • Rescue workers respond to alleged Russian shelling of the village of Slobozhanske on March 10, 2022. (Image posted by Obozrevatel)
  • Rescue workers respond to alleged Russian shelling of the village of Slobozhanske on March 10, 2022. (Image posted by Obozrevatel)
  • Rescue workers respond to alleged Russian shelling of the village of Slobozhanske on March 10, 2022. (Image posted by Obozrevatel)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of the village of Slobozhanske on March 10, 2022. (Image posted by Informator.ua)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of the village of Slobozhanske on March 10, 2022. (Image posted by Informator.ua)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of the village of Slobozhanske on March 10, 2022. (Image posted by Informator.ua)
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    Graphic image of one of the victims of alleged Russian airstrikes on Slobozhanske on March 10, 2022. (Image posted by Prokuratura_kharkiv via Telegram)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian airstrikes on Slobozhanske on March 10, 2022. (Image posted by Prokuratura_kharkiv via Telegram)
  • Location of alleged Russian airstrikes on Slobozhanske on March 10, 2022. (Image posted by Suspilne News)

Russian Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Military
  • Russian Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 5
  • (2 children2 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • 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 (38) [ collapse]