Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RUK113

Incident date

April 11, 2022

Location

Салтiвка, Saltivka, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Geolocation

50.003572, 36.333718 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Multiple sources alleged that a 16 story residential building in Saltivka was hit by reported Russian shelling during the day on 11 April 2022, killing at least one civilian, a 2 year old child, and injuring up to 13 others, including a child.

Sources including Aktyvna Gromada, Korrespondent and Glavcom account for a two year old child being injured and dying at the hospital the next day, on April 12th, while Truexanewsua and Kharkiv1654 telegram channels reported one civilian casualty already on April 11th, possibly rising the civilian casualties count to two for this event. In addition, the mayor of Kharkiv Igor Terekhov on the radio and volunteer Nataliia Popova on a Facebook post confirmed that the child was killed by shrapnel.

Reports from Kharkiv Human Rights Group added that ten civilians were wounded while Huyovy_kharkiv posted on Telegram that 13 people, including two children (one of the children later died), were injured in addition to the one death.

Photos from the scene showed smoke rising around the high-rise buildings, as well as a car on fire with reports saying that two cars were burnt out in the attacks. Posts on telegram suggested that over 10 houses were destroyed within 20 minutes during the attack on Saltivka, with many of the injured reportedly suffering from shell-shock.

The Conflict Intelligence Team confirmed what other sources reported based on video evidence that the shelling was the result of the explosion of a submunition from cluster munitions on the residential area in Saltivka. In addition, @Osinttechnical posted a video of what they identified as cluster munition impacts, “likely from a BM-30.”

This incident has reference to ACLED code UKR55595.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention multiple strikes within the Saltivka (Салтiвка) neighbourhood of the city of Kharkiv (Харків), for which the generic coordinates are: 50.003572, 36.333718. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

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Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 2
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    10–13
  • 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 (28) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (20) [ collapse]

  • Fire and destruction caused by alleged Russian shelling of Saltivskyi district on April 11, 2022. (Image posted by Kharkiv Life via Telegram)
  • Fire and destruction caused by alleged Russian shelling of Saltivskyi district on April 11, 2022. (Image posted by Kharkiv Life via Telegram)
  • Fire and destruction caused by alleged Russian shelling of Saltivskyi district on April 11, 2022. (Image posted by Kharkiv Life via Telegram)
  • Fire and destruction caused by alleged Russian shelling of Saltivskyi district on April 11, 2022. (Image posted by H_saltovka via Telegram)
  • Fire and destruction caused by alleged Russian shelling of Saltivskyi district on April 11, 2022. (Image posted by H_saltovka via Telegram)
  • Shell fragments from alleged Russian shelling of Saltivskyi district on April 11, 2022. (Image posted by H_saltovka via Telegram)
  • Fire and destruction caused by alleged Russian shelling of Saltivskyi district on April 11, 2022. (Image posted by H_saltovka via Telegram)
  • Fire and destruction caused by alleged Russian shelling of Saltivskyi district on April 11, 2022. (Image posted by H_saltovka via Telegram)
  • Fire and destruction caused by alleged Russian shelling of Saltivskyi district on April 11, 2022. (Image posted by Huyovy_kharkiv via Telegram)
  • Kharkiv, cluster munition impacts, most likely from a BM-30

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
    10–13
  • 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 (28) [ collapse]