On April 3rd 2022, three to seven civilians were killed and 30 to 42 injured, including two to three children, possibly aged between 3, 5 and 17, when alleged Russian forces shelled Heroiv Stalinhradu Avenue in the Slodifskyi district of Kharkiv.
The Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office announced that they were investigating an incident in the Slobidskyi district where preliminary findings show that seven people were killed and 34 people were injured, including three children.
Police.Kharkov put the number of dead at four and Kharkiv volunteer Nataliya Popova reported on Facebook that three people were killed and 31 others were injured. A tweet from @maria_avdv identified 42 people as being wounded in the shelling, including two children.
Kharkiv Life reported on Telegram that one taxi driver was among the dead, but also reported that the taxi driver was just injured.
Radiosvoboda quoted Oleg Sinegubov, head of the Kharkiv Regional State Administration who said that according to data they had gathered, 23 of those injured were in a serious condition, including three children ages three, five and seventeen who were hurt in the attack.
Ten houses and a tram depot was reported to be damaged.
The attack was reported to have taken place at 6pm according to Helsinki.org.ua.
Police.Kharkov reported via Telegram that all victims were civilians, and were taken to Kharkiv Hospital. Photos posted on local telegram channels suggested that the area was hit by rocket artillery, with some photos showing some of the artillery and weapons debris having landed in a children’s playground. Bellingcat reported that at the playground specifically, two people were killed by what they claimed was a cluster munition attack, and the images associated with this incident seem to corroborate these findings.
This assessment has reference to ACLED code UKR55038 and UKR55038 and Bellingcat code CIV0730.
The incident occured at approximately 6:00 pm local time.
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Reports of the incident mention a playground being struck in the district of Slodifskyi (Слобідський). Analysing audio-visual material from sources, we have narrowed down the exact location of the strike to these coordinates: 49.947193, 36.269957.