Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RUK057

Incident date

March 13–14, 2022

Location

Дергачі, Derhachi, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Geolocation

50.109589, 36.114197 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

At least one to two civilians, including a child, were killed and at least one civilian, a woman, was injured in an alleged Russian shelling of the suburb of Derhachi in Kharkiv. According to the Kharkiv Human Rights Group, the shelling of Derhachi occurred from 23:00 on March 13th, 2022 to the morning of March 14th, 2022.

Suspline Kharkiv reported that at least two civilians were killed and a woman with serious injuries was sent to Derhachi Central Hospital as a result of the shelling. The head of the Kharkiv police investigation department, Serhiy Bolvinov, cited by Kharkiv Today, reported that a schoolgirl died when her family’s private house was hit directly during the shelling.

According to Bolvinov, the schoolgirl was reportedly killed when she had “gone to another room to get toys for small children and at that moment a shell hit their house in [Derhachi].” The Kharkiv Human Rights Group and Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union stated that there were parents and two other children in the house who managed to escape and were not wounded. Comments.ua described the damage to the family’s home as “partially destroyed, the ceiling collapsed in some places, walls were destroyed and windows were broken.”

Though most sources, including Serhiy Bolvinov cited by Kharkiv Times, identified the victim as a 15-year old schoolgirl, “born in 2007”, local sources @Truexanewsua and eyewitness reports cited by Obozrevatel describe the victim as 13-years old. One source, @objectiv, alleged via Twitter that the schoolgirl had been killed “by gunfire”.

The Kharkiv Human Rights Group reported that the shelling was carried out using cluster bombs. All sources alleged Russian responsibility for the strike.

Mayor Vyacheslav Zadorenko, cited by Suspline Kharkiv, reported the complete destruction of private houses and the damaging of the buildings of the Department of Education, Youth and Sports and the Interdistrict Department of the State Executive Service. Andrey Malyy reported via Facebook that the Papa Carlo door factory was “set on fire” due to the bombing of Derhachi.

This incident occurred at night.

This incident has reference to ACLED code UKR53326.

The incident occured during the night.

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the city of Derhachi (Дерхачі), for which the generic coordinates are: 50.109589, 36.114197. 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 – 2
  • (1 child)
  • 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 (32) [ collapse]

Media
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    "Russian world" in Dergachy, a direct hit on a residential building
  • Damage to a home caused by alleged Russian shelling of Derhachi on March 14, 2022. (Image posted by @tsnua)
  • Damage to a home caused by alleged Russian shelling of Derhachi on March 14, 2022. (Image posted by @ICTV_Fakty)
  • Damage to a home caused by alleged Russian shelling of Derhachi on March 14, 2022. (Image posted by @ICTV_Fakty)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Derhachi on March 14, 2022. (Image posted by Obozrevatel)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Derhachi on March 14, 2022. (Image posted by Obozrevatel)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Derhachi on March 14, 2022. (Image posted by Suspilne)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Derhachi on March 14, 2022. (Image posted by Suspilne)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Derhachi on March 14, 2022. (Image posted by Truexa News)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Derhachi on March 14, 2022. (Image posted by Truexa News)
  • Screenshot of Facebook post by GX
  • Russian aircraft dropped bombs on the village of Dergachi near Kharkiv. The Papa Carlo door factory is on fire and the Ecurie de Paris stables are located nearby.
  • Screenshot of Facebook post by Andrey Malyy
  • Screenshot of Facebook post by GX
  • Screenshot of Facebook post by Irina Evsa
  • Screenshot of Facebook post by Sergiy Bolvinov
  • Screenshot of Facebook post by Olga Orlova
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Derhachi on March 14, 2022. (Image posted by Olga Orlova via Facebook)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Derhachi on March 14, 2022. (Image posted by Olga Orlova via Facebook)

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 – 2
  • (1 child)
  • 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 (32) [ collapse]