At least five civilians, including a boy, an elderly woman, and a man, were reported killed in the Industrial District after alleged Russian night shelling of Kharkiv from March 19th to March 20th, 2022.
The five civilians, identified as residents of the Industrial District by Kharkiv Today, were reported “killed by shelling” according to Vyacheslav Markov, the assistant chief of the Kharkiv Oblast National Police.
The head of the regional military administration, Oleg Sinegubov, cited by Suspline.media, reported on national air about the death of a 9-year-old child and a man as a result of the shelling in the area of KhTZ. An elderly woman was identified by the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group as one of the five civilians reported killed. According to Kharkiv Today, “the exact number of dead and wounded is still unknown.”
Local sources were conflicted as to the date of the shelling resulting in five reported civilian deaths. Some sources report that the shelling occurred during the night from February 19th to 20th, and others from March 19th to March 20th. Sources are also conflicted as to whether Vyacheslav Markov reported that the incident took place in February or March.
The Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group stated that the shelling of residential areas of KhTZ and Severnaya Saltivka “lasted for more than an hour.” According to Kharkiv Today, shelling was carried out at KhTZ, Rogan, Horizont, Bolshaya Danilovka, and Northern Satlovka.
Streets and Squares of Kharkiv reported via Facebook that about 20 fires broke out in Kharkiv during the day mainly in the Kievsky, Moskovsky, and Industrial districts. Over 20 rescuers were said to have been sent to eliminate fires and clean rubble from destroyed buildings. Kharkiv Today reported that rescuers “could not even drive up” to Kharkiv “due to constant volleys of enemy artillery.”
Streets and Squares of Kharkiv additionally reported over 27 trips by pyrotechnicians to eliminate explosive objects. @JohnnyRomashka via Twitter identified mines scattered throughout the region as the “main threat to civilians.”
All sources alleged Russian responsibility for the strike. The press center of the State Emergency Service in the Kharkiv region reported that the armed forces of the Russian Federation fired at Kharkiv’s civilian population from artillery systems.
According to the Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office, an investigation has been launched regarding the five reported civilian deaths resulting from the shelling of Kharkiv. The Office reported via Facebook that investigators of the State Security Service of Ukraine in the Kharkiv Region have launched an ongoing pre-trial investigation into the “fact of violation of the laws and customs of war, combined with intentional murder (Part 2 of Article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine),” under the procedural leadership of the Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office.
The investigation confirmed that servicemen of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation “carried out artillery fire on a residential quarter of the Industrial District of Kharkiv,” resulting in five civilian deaths including a 9-year-old boy, on March 19th, 2022.
The incident has ACLED’s reference code: UKR54067.
This incident occurred in the evening.
The incident occured during the night.
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Reports of the incident mention the industrial district (Індустріальний район) of the Kharkiv (Харків), for which the generic coordinates are: 49.941939, 36.394095. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.