Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RUK196

Incident date

May 12, 2022

Location

Дергачі, Derhachi, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Geolocation

50.11087, 36.11149 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

During the second reported Russian shelling of the village of Derhachi on May 12th, two medics were injured.

Kharkiv Today reported that a total of two civilians were killed and four were wounded, including two medics. Two civilian deaths and two injuries were accounted for in RUK0230 as occurring during the first shelling of the day, therefore this incident corresponds to the two medics injured.

Kharkiv Today also reported on infrastructure that was damaged by the shelling: ” A civil registry office, the catering unit of the district hospital, part of the polyclinic along with the x-ray room were destroyed and the building of the ambulance department was damaged by the blast wave. Shells destroyed the building of the House of Culture, where the humanitarian aid distribution centre was located.” It is unclear whether this damage occurred in the first (RUK0230) or second shelling during the day.

Due to the shelling Dergachyovo city council announced that there would be no humanitarian aid distribution: “Tonight the occupants have completed their work and destroyed the Dergachy culture house, and at the same time our humanitarian headquarters, with a missile strike. In this regard, there will be no distribution of humanitarian aid today.” In a video posted by Truexa News UA, the damage to the humanitarian aid center was described as “The roof was smashed, a hole was punched in the concrete floor, three floors were destroyed.”

No Russian state-run sources were found related to this incident.

This assessment has reference to ACLED code UKR57687 and Attacks on health dataset code 34172.

The incident occured at approximately 12:30 pm local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Healthcare facility, Humanitarian aid distribution
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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 (16) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (15) [ collapse]

  • Screenshot of Facebook post by Viacheslav Zadorenko
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Dergachi on May 12, 2022. (Image posted by Truexa News UA via Telegram)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Dergachi on May 12, 2022. (Image posted by Viacheslav Zadorenko)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Dergachi on May 12, 2022. (Image posted by Viacheslav Zadorenko)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Dergachi on May 12, 2022. (Image posted by Viacheslav Zadorenko)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Dergachi on May 12, 2022. (Image posted by Viacheslav Zadorenko)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Dergachi on May 12, 2022. (Image posted by Viacheslav Zadorenko)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Dergachi on May 12, 2022. (Image posted by Viacheslav Zadorenko)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Dergachi on May 12, 2022. (Image posted by Viacheslav Zadorenko)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Dergachi on May 12, 2022. (Image posted by Viacheslav Zadorenko)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Dergachi on May 12, 2022. (Image posted by Viacheslav Zadorenko)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Dergachi on May 12, 2022. (Image posted by Truexa News UA via Telegram)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the town of Derhachi (Дергачі), for which the generic coordinates are: 50.11087, 36.11149. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

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
    Healthcare facility, Humanitarian aid distribution
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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 (16) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RUK080

Incident date

March 25, 2022

Location

Міська лікарня №1, City Hospital No.1, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Geolocation

49.928187, 36.257216 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On March 25th 2022 at approximately 7:45am, Russian forces reportedly shelled the Osnovyansk district of Kharkiv, Ukraine, killing between four and five civilians and injuring three more. The shelling involved artillery fire on residential buildings and a city clinic dispensing humanitarian aid, with some sources referring to it as medical aid, damaging civilian’s houses and vehicles in its wake.

Initial reports put the death toll at 4, as noted by Informator.ua news who reported the shelling hit the clinic with rocket launchers, and resulting in the deaths of four civilians and injuries to three others. However, reports the following day from Allkharkov News stated that five civilians had been killed in the shelling.

Reports indicate that the strike hit the clinic where the center for issuing humanitarian aid was located, despite the absence of any Ukrainian military in the vicinity. Gazeta News reports that in response to this, an investigation was launched by the Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office. The investigation is currently ongoing, with law enforcement officials gathering evidence to bring the perpetrators to justice.

The strike in the Osnovyansk district is just one of many attacks that have occurred in the area that day. Oleg Sinegubov, the head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, said that Russia uses “Hail” and “Uragan” rocket salvo systems in Kharkiv without specifying if they were used during this attack, and other sources attributed the attack to rockets. All of the sources blamed “Russian forces” or the “occupiers” for the shelling.

This incident has ACLED’s reference codes UKR54070 and UKR54607 and Bellingcat’s code CIV0556.

The incident occured at approximately 7:45 am local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Humanitarian aid distribution
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 5
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • 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 (16) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (8) [ collapse]

  • Remnants from alleged Russian shelling of Osnovyansk district on March 25, 2022. (Image posted by Truexa News via Telegram)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Osnovyansk district on March 25, 2022. (Image posted by Kharkiv Regional Prosecutors Office via Telegram)
  • Graphic image of a victims of alleged Russian shelling of Osnovyansk district on March 25, 2022. (Image posted by Kharkiv Regional Prosecutors Office via Telegram)
  • Graphic image of a victims of alleged Russian shelling of Osnovyansk district on March 25, 2022. (Image posted by Kharkiv Regional Prosecutors Office via Telegram)
  • Graphic image of a victims of alleged Russian shelling of Osnovyansk district on March 25, 2022. (Image posted by Kharkiv Regional Prosecutors Office via Telegram)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Osnovyansk district on March 25, 2022. (Image posted by Kharkiv Regional Prosecutors Office via Telegram)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Osnovyansk district on March 25, 2022. (Image posted by Kharkiv Regional Prosecutors Office via Telegram)

Geolocation notes (2) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention a clinic in the Osnovyansk (Основ’янськ) district of Kharkiv (Харків). Analysing audiovisual material from sources, we have narrowed the location of at least one of the casualties down to the following exact coordinates in the vicinity of City Hospital No.1 (Міська лікарня №1): 49.928187, 36.257216.

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    Imagery:
    Truexanews

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    Truexanews

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
    Humanitarian aid distribution
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 5
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • 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 (16) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RUK079

Incident date

March 24, 2022

Location

вул. Академіка Павлова, 120, “Нова Пошта”, “Nova Poshta,” 120 Akademika Pavlova Street, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Geolocation

50.006708, 36.315684 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On March 24th, Russian troops allegedly launched shells from the Black Sea, striking a residential area in Kharkiv, killing six people and wounding at least another 15.

According to 24 Channel News, Russian forces fired upon a civilian area in which already exhausted civilians had gathered for humanitarian aid. Tweets from various users, including @eoin_mc_Sweeney and @maria_avdv described a scene in which civilians were waiting in lines for food and water, and called the Russian strike a “war crime”. Kharkiv Regional Administrator Oleg Sinegubov was quoted as saying,”In Kharkiv, in the area of Akademika Pavlova Street, the Russians fired long-range weapons at the Novaya Poshta post, near which Kharkiv residents were receiving humanitarian aid. According to preliminary data, 6 civilians were killed, another 15 were injured, and they were hospitalized in medical facilities. The number of victims is being determined.” Suspilne News provided the highest casualty count that six civilians were killed and 17 others were wounded.

A vast array of photographic and video evidence exists that captured the strike, including local security cameras according to Twitter user @cliffordlevy. Kh.depo.ua and censor.net conducted interviews with local witnesses who confirmed the death of civilians, but were not certain of an exact number.

Glavred.info reported that later in the night and in the morning on March 25th, Russian forces shelling the airport and the Metro supermarket. leg Synegubov, the head of the Kharkiv OVA, stated that a total number of 54 shelling, including artillery shells and mortar shells from rocket firing systems hit Kharkiv.

The majority of the sources that reported on the incident attributed the strike to Russian forces. However, two sources, Perviy Kharkovskyi – presumably Ukrainian Telegram channel with a clear pro-Russian stance,  and Kharkov Nash, a Ukrainian Telegram channel based in Kharkiv with local correspondents in the city, posted on Telegram speculation over who carried out the strike based on the type of weapon used – both stating that grad missiles are only used by Ukrainian forces, without directly accusing Ukraine of carrying out the attack. A tweet from @informatsia_obstanovka reported that rockets of the Uragan system with cluster elements carrying hundreds of pieces of debris were part of the attack and other source referred to “long range missiles” being launched from the Black Sea.

This incident has ACLED’s reference code: UKR54069 and Bellingcat’s reference code: CIV0533.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Naval bombardment
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Humanitarian aid distribution
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    6
  • Civilians reported injured
    15–17
  • 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 (33) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (19) [ collapse]

  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Russian long-range weapons have hit civilians near a post office in Kharkiv, killing 6 and injuring 15, says the region's administrator, Oleg Sinegubov. The residents were queuing to receive humanitarian aid, he added. CNN could not independently verify the death toll.
  • Image showing what looks to be a rocket embedded in the road following Russian shelling of Kharkiv on March 24, 2022. (Image posted by @eoin_mc_sweeney)
  • Image showing what looks to be a rocket embedded in the road following Russian shelling of Kharkiv on March 24, 2022. (Image posted by @eoin_mc_sweeney)
  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Dead civilians killed by alleged Russian naval bombardment of Kharkiv on March 24, 2022. (Image posted by Informatsia_obstanovka via Telegram)
  • Dead civilians killed by alleged Russian naval bombardment of Kharkiv on March 24, 2022. (Image posted by Informatsia_obstanovka via Twitter)
  • Blood from victims following Russian shelling of Kharkiv on March 24, 2022. (Image posted by @informatsia_obstanovka)
  • Image showing what looks to be a rocket embedded in the road following Russian shelling of Kharkiv on March 24, 2022. (Image posted by @informatsia_obstanovka)
  • Dead civilians killed by alleged Russian naval bombardment of Kharkiv on March 24, 2022. (Image posted by @maria_avdv)
  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Video shows moment when Russian forces shelled civilians in Kharkiv when they queued for humanitarian aid today. At least 6 people were killed and 15 were wounded. Another war crime on Putin's long list of war crimes.
  • 03/24/2022. In Kharkiv, in the area of Akademika Pavlova Street, Russians fired long-range weapons at the Novaya Poshta post, near which Kharkiv residents were receiving humanitarian aid. According to preliminary data, 6 civilians were killed, another 15 were injured and hospitalized.
  • Image showing what looks to be a rocket following Russian shelling of Kharkiv on March 24, 2022. (Image posted by 24tv.ua)
  • "In Kharkiv, in the area of Akademika Pavlova Street, Russians fired long-range weapons at the Novaya Poshta post, near which Kharkiv residents were receiving humanitarian aid," Oleg Synegubov said. "According to preliminary data, 6 civilians were killed, 15 more were wounded, and were hospitalized in medical institutions. The number of victims is being determined. This is another war crime of the Russian occupiers!"
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian shelling of humanitarian aid line in Kharkiv on March 24, 2022. (Image posted by Kh.depo.ua)
  • Aftermath of alleged Russian shelling of humanitarian aid line in Kharkiv on March 24, 2022. (Image posted by ATN News)
  • Graphic image of the dead civilians killed by alleged Russian naval bombardment of Kharkiv on March 24, 2022. (Image posted by Nashemisto.dp.ua)
  • Screenshot of Facebook post by Nadiya Yaninovych
  • Screenshot of Facebook post by Natalia Romanchak

Geolocation notes (2) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention strikes in the vicinity of a branch of “Nova Poshta” (“Нова Пошта”) on Akademika Pavlova Street (вул. Академіка Павлова) in the city of Kharkiv (Харків). Analysing audio-visual material from sources, Airwars has narrowed the location down to the following exact coordinates: 50.006708, 36.315684.

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    Imagery:
    @Informatsia_obstanovka

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    Imagery:
    @SuspilneKharkiv

Russian Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Military
  • Russian Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Naval bombardment
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Humanitarian aid distribution
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    6
  • Civilians reported injured
    15–17
  • 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 (33) [ collapse]