Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RUK148

Incident date

April 25, 2022

Location

Золочів, Zolochiv, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Geolocation

50.274619589848456, 35.97481440340894 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

A civilian woman was killed and at least two other civilians were injured by Russian shelling in the city of Zolochiv on April 25, 2022. The woman, born in 1949, was widely reported to have been killed in the middle of a local street by a blast. Local leader, Viktor Kovalenko confirmed that another woman born in 1960 suffered injuries to a leg and her chest while a man born in 1950 was reported to have been injured by a fragment hit to the stomach.

Suspline media updated this assessment at 10:22pm due a statement by the head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, Oleg Synigubov, who stated that four in total had been wounded in the village as a result of the shelling. However, no details have been shared of the further two civilians wounded by the attack.

While early reports by Helsinki.org.ua claimed four private homes had been damaged by the shelling, this was updated by the Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office Facebook page to eight “residential buildings”. A pre-trial investigation into the violation of the laws and customs of war, combined with premeditated murder (Part 2 of Article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine) by the SBU management in Kharkiv region found Russian servicemen to have carried out the shelling of the village.

This shelling was part of a wider attack which affected the neighbouring villages of Slatyne and Bezruky after their liberation by Ukrainian forces.

This assessment has reference to ACLED code UKR56546.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the city of Zolochiv (Золочів), for which the generic coordinates are: 50.274619589848456, 35.97481440340894. 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
  • (1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–4
  • 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 (6) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Zolochiv on April 25, 2022. (Image posted by @nakipeloua)
  • Screenshot of Facebook post by Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor's Office)

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
  • (1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–4
  • 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 (6) [ collapse]