Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RUK156

Incident date

April 28, 2022

Location

Покотилівка, Pokotylivka, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Geolocation

49.914123, 36.173651 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Local sources reported that thirty houses, a school and a school administration building were destroyed in Pokotylivka by alleged Russian shelling on April 28, 2022, killing up to two civilians and wounding up to seven others.

Twitter user @HromadskeUA provided information that two men were killed in the shelling. Hromadske News also quoted Nataliya Popova, an adviser to the chairman of the Kharkiv Regional Council, who stated that “as a result of Russian shelling of Pokotylivka, civilians were injured. Previously, 3 people were injured. The building collapsed. There are people under the rubble. Rescuers are working,”

The Kharkiv regional prosecutor’s office reported that an investigation had been launched into Russian shelling that lasted about 10 hours and resulted in the death of two men and the injury of seven other civilians.

Trukha Ukraine posted on Telegram that as a consequence of the shelling, one person died and two others were injured.

According to Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group, the rescue operation lasted all day because there were people in the school building.

This assessment has reference to ACLED codes UKR56748 and UKR56966.

The incident occured in the morning.

Geolocation notes (3) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the village of Pokotylivka (Покотилівка). Analysing audio-visual material from sources we have narrowed down the location to these exact coordinates: 49.914123, 36.173651.

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  • Imagery:
    Kharkiv regional prosecutor's office

  • Imagery:
    Kharkiv regional prosecutor's office

  • Imagery:
    Kharkiv regional prosecutor's office

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian infrastructure
    School
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 2
  • (1–2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–7
  • 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 (9) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (8) [ collapse]

  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Pokotylivka on April 28, 2022. (Image posted by TrukhaUkraine via Telegram)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Pokotylivka on April 28, 2022. (Image posted by TrukhaUkraine via Telegram)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Pokotylivka on April 28, 2022. (Image posted by TrukhaUkraine via Telegram)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Pokotylivka on April 28, 2022. (Image posted by Kharkiv regional prosecutor's office via Telegram)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Pokotylivka on April 28, 2022. (Image posted by Kharkiv regional prosecutor's office via Telegram)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Pokotylivka on April 28, 2022. (Image posted by Kharkiv regional prosecutor's office via Telegram)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Pokotylivka on April 28, 2022. (Image posted by Kharkiv regional prosecutor's office via Telegram)

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 – 2
  • (1–2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–7
  • 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 (9) [ collapse]