Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RUK070

Incident date

March 18, 2022

Location

Харківський регіональний інститут державного управління, Kharkiv Regional Institute of Public Administration, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Geolocation

49.991022, 36.254031 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On the morning of Friday March 18th 2022, a missile strike by alleged Russian shelling hit an educational building and two neighboring residential buildings, killing one civilian and injuring at least 11, in the town of Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine.

Sources unanimously account for one civilian being killed, with ACLED Dataset reporting that it was a State Emergency employee whose death resulted from “repeated shelling during a rescue mission.” According to DSNS Telegram channel and Sunlitkh, a total of 55 people and 13 units were deployed with the State Emergency Service. Majority of the sources, including a report from the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union and Radio Svoboda, account for 11 civilians reported injured, with ACLED Dataset identifying one of them as a firefighter. Moreover, multiple sources such as Pravda news and the Kharkivlife telegram channel, report one person being under the rubble, later reported by @zynicism twitter account as rescued and not severely injured, technically raising the civilian injured count to 12.

Around 8.40 am a series of missile strikes hit Barabashovo market, as reported by the ACLED Dataset report, and according to the majority of sources, including Kharkiv Today, the six-story building of the Kharkiv Regional Institute of Public Administration of the National Academy of Public Administration under the President of Ukraine was damaged. Moreover, most sources report damages to two neighboring residential buildings, where fires were extinguished according to, among other sources, Novynarnia news. According to LB.ua, information about the attack were also confirmed by the deputy head of Kharkiv OVA Roman Semenukha, and the head of the Main Department of the National Police of the Kharkiv region, Volodymyr Tymoshko, who published pictures of the damaged buildings and stated that the area was indeed residential and that a piece of the control unit of the missile had been recovered.

The vast majority of the sources identify the suspected attackers with the occupying Russian forces, including Radio Svoboda, Obozrevatel news, and the aforementioned local telegram channels such as Kharkivlife.

This assessment has reference to ACLED Code UKR53483.

The incident occured at approximately 8:40 am local time.

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the Kharkiv Regional Institute of Public Administration (Харківський регіональний інститут державного управління), for which the generic coordinates are: 49.991022, 36.254031. 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 infrastructure
    School
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 healthcare_personnel)
  • Civilians reported injured
    11–12
  • 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 (24) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (19) [ collapse]

  • "In Kharkiv, as a result of enemy shelling, the building of a higher educational institution and residential buildings were damaged. There are dead and injured. This was reported to the State Emergency Service of Ukraine." (Image via Kharkivlife / Telegram)
  • "In Kharkiv, as a result of enemy shelling, the building of a higher educational institution and residential buildings were damaged. There are dead and injured. This was reported to the State Emergency Service of Ukraine." (Image via Kharkivlife / Telegram)
  • "In Kharkiv, as a result of enemy shelling, the building of a higher educational institution and residential buildings were damaged. There are dead and injured. This was reported to the State Emergency Service of Ukraine." (Image via Kharkivlife / Telegram)
  • "In Kharkiv, as a result of enemy shelling, the building of a higher educational institution and residential buildings were damaged. There are dead and injured. This was reported to the State Emergency Service of Ukraine." (Image via Kharkivlife / Telegram)
  • "In Kharkiv, as a result of enemy shelling, the building of a higher educational institution and residential buildings were damaged, at least one person died, 11 were injured, and one is under rubble." (Image via Pravda)
  • "In Kharkiv, as a result of rocket fire on the morning of March 18, the premises of the regional institute of public administration of the National Academy of Public Administration under the President of Ukraine were destroyed." (Image via Ib.ua)
  • "In Kharkiv, as a result of rocket fire on the morning of March 18, the premises of the regional institute of public administration of the National Academy of Public Administration under the President of Ukraine were destroyed." (Image via Ib.ua)
  • "In Kharkiv, as a result of rocket fire on the morning of March 18, the premises of the regional institute of public administration of the National Academy of Public Administration under the President of Ukraine were destroyed." (Image via Ib.ua)
  • Emergency services attend to alleged Russian attack on March 18th 2022 in Kharkiv (Image via Suspilne.media)
  • Mukachevo.net
  • "As a result of shelling by Russian troops in Kharkiv on March 18, residential buildings and the building of a higher educational institution were damaged. One person died, one was buried under the rubble, and there are still other victims, the State Emergency Service of Ukraine reports." (Image via Radiosvoboda / news)

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
    School
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 healthcare_personnel)
  • Civilians reported injured
    11–12
  • 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 (24) [ collapse]