Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

R4567

Incident date

October 5, 2023

Location

المدخل الشرقي لإدلب ومحطة الكهرباء, the eastern entrance of Idlib and the power station, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

On the afternoon of Thursday October 5th 2023, an artillery shelling allegedly perpetrated by Syrian regime forces and/or the Russian military struck Eastern Idlib, including a large electric power station, killing between one and two civilians and injuring three civilians, one of whom was a child.

The majority of sources, such as Syria Civil Defence (SCD), indicated that two civilians were killed whilst three civilians, a young girl and two men, were injured. At present, there has been no identification of the victims apart from Ahmed Haj Ali, who was named as one of the injured by Aawsat News, which reported that a shell fell next to his motorcycle, which caused him to fall and then take refuge in a store before going to the hospital. He witnessed the killing of a man without realising that he was injured too: “We carried the young man, we came to the governorate hospital, and it turned out that I was suffering from a fracture and wounds.”

Striking the power station resulted in a fire and a major power outage across Idlib. SCD teams responded to the strikes by recovering 2 bodies and extinguishing the fire that erupted in the power station. They shared videos and photos on Twitter/X of the injured and deceased, as well as their efforts to contain the fire. Numerous news sources such as Almohrarmedia and Facebook page News of Idlib posted photos capturing the devastating smoke clouds and infrastructure damage caused by the strikes. According to Aawsat News, mosques in the area sounded warnings to civilians not to go out in the streets after the bombing began in Idlib.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), alongside the majority of sources, reported that the strikes were attributed to the Syrian regime. Twitter/X account Marsad Abu Shams also suspected Russian militias, however there have been no official statements taking responsibility from either suspected belligerent.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Ahmed Haj Ali أحمد حاج علي
Age unknown male injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Power Station
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 2
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Syrian Regime, Russian Military

Sources (27) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (28) [ collapse]

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    Source: @SyriaCivilDefe
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    Source: @SyriaCivilDefe
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    Source: @SyriaCivilDefe
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    Source: @SyriaCivilDefe
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    Source: @rewsakurda
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    Source: @alking14399969
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    Source: @creativenewssy
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    Source: @Rian_almasri
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    Source: @SyriaCivilDefe
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    Source: @SyriaCivilDefe
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    Source: @SyriaCivilDefe
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    Source: @SyriaCivilDefe
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    Source: Aawsat news
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    Source: Almohrarmedia news
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    Source: Akbar idlib
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    Source: Akbar idlib
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    Source: Idalb
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    Source: Revolution coordination
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    Source: Idlib TV
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    Source: Shadi Al Hassan
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    Source: Shadi Al Hassan
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    Source: Shadi Al Hassan
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    Source: Shadi Al Hassan
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Syrian Regime Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime
  • Syrian Regime position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Russian Military Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Power Station
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 2
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Syrian Regime, Russian Military

Sources (27) [ collapse]

Incident Code

USSOM390 KS001

Incident date

June 16–17, 2023

Location

Saakow, Middle Jubba, Somalia

Airwars assessment

A civilian was injured by alleged Kenyan or United Arab Emirates or US airstrike on Saakow in Middle Jubba on June 16/17, 2023.

Horn Observer reported that a civilian was injured by airstrikes in Saakow, possibly carried out by Kenya, the United Arab Emirates, or the US.

Hormuud, Somalia’s largest telecom provider, also announced that their site was damaged by the airstrikes. The company released a statement that “there are reported human casualties but no Hormuud staff member was physically harmed, nevertheless the disruption of telecommunications services, destruction of property and emotional distress for local communities and our team have been significant.” @Hormuud also tweeted that the airstrikes caused disruption to their telecom and EVC Plus mobile money services, with @AhmedAKosar adding that more than 60,000 people were left without service.

Sources were conflicted as to who was responsible, with Garowe Online attributing the airstrike to the Kenyan Defense Forces while others referred to the UAE or US. At this time, no military has taken responsibility for the strikes. Multiple local sources pointed out the Kenya has previously bombed Hormuud installations.

The incident occured during the night.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Power Station
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Kenyan Military Forces, United Arab Emirates Military, US Forces

Sources (15) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (10) [ collapse]

  • Damage to a telecom company caused by airstrikes in Saakow on June 17, 2023. (Image posted by Garowe Online)
  • Damage to a telecom company caused by airstrikes in Saakow on June 17, 2023. (Image posted by Garowe Online)
  • Statement from Hormuud Telecom after airstrikes on June 16, 2023 caused damage to their facility. (Image posted by @HarunMaruf)
  • Damage to a telecom company caused by airstrikes in Saakow on June 17, 2023. (Image posted by @Hormuud)
  • Damage to a telecom company caused by airstrikes in Saakow on June 17, 2023. (Image posted by @HussienM12)
  • Damage to a telecom company caused by airstrikes in Saakow on June 17, 2023. (Image posted by @HussienM12)
  • Damaged homes in Saakow district caused by airstrikes on June 16/17, 2023. (Image posted by @BaidoaU)
  • Damaged homes in Saakow district caused by airstrikes on June 16/17, 2023. (Image posted by @BaidoaU)
  • Damaged homes in Saakow district caused by airstrikes on June 16/17, 2023. (Image posted by @BaidoaU)
  • Damaged homes in Saakow district caused by airstrikes on June 16/17, 2023. (Image posted by @BaidoaU)

Kenyan Military Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Kenyan Military Forces
  • Kenyan Military Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

United Arab Emirates Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    United Arab Emirates Military
  • United Arab Emirates Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

US Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US Forces
  • US Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Power Station
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Kenyan Military Forces, United Arab Emirates Military, US Forces

Sources (15) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RUK152

Incident date

April 26, 2022

Location

Дергачі, Derhachi, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Geolocation

50.109589, 36.114197 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

One civilian was reported injured in Dergachy after an alleged Russian shelling of Kharkiv on April 26th, 2022.

The head of the Kharkiv Regional State, Oleg Sinegubov, specified that “one person was injured in Dergachy,” and the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group added that according to Vyacheslav Zadorenko, the mayor of Dergachy, the alleged shelling damaged Dergachy’s civilian infrastructure, including several residential buildings and commercial facilities, as well as electricity and gas networks.

Sinegubov, via Telegram, reported that communal services in Kharkiv worked intensely to restore the supply of gas, water, and electricity, where possible.

All sources alleged Russian responsibility for the strike. The local time of this incident is unknown.

This assessment has reference to ACLED code UKR71199.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Gas facility, Power Station
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Military

Sources (2) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the city of Derhachi (Дергачі), for which the generic coordinates are: 50.109589, 36.114197. 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
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Gas facility, Power Station
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Military

Sources (2) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RUK067

Incident date

March 18, 2022

Location

Пісочин, Pisochyn, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Geolocation

49.954732, 36.103120 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On March 18 2022, one person was injured when 10 residential buildings in Pisochyn, Kharkiv were hit by suspected Russian shelling which also burnt a car and damaged several others, according to local sources.

Oleg Chornobai, the Head of the Pisochyn community announced the incident via Facebook, also stating that one person was injured in the attack. Initially gas and electricity services to the 10 damaged residential buildings were cut off but state services quickly worked to reinstate these. All of the sources that reported on the incident attributed the shelling to Russia, with NV News specifically referring to Russian shelling.

This assessment has reference to ACLED code UKR54161.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Power Station
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Military

Sources (5) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • Car damaged by alleged Russian shelling of Pisochyn on March 18, 2022. (Image posted by NV.ua)
  • Screenshot of Facebook post by Oleg Chernobay
  • Damage to electric poles caused by alleged Russian shelling of Pisochyn on March 18, 2022. (Image posted by Oleg Chernobay via Facebook)
  • Damage to electric poles caused by alleged Russian shelling of Pisochyn on March 18, 2022. (Image posted by Oleg Chernobay via Facebook)
  • Car damaged by alleged Russian shelling of Pisochyn on March 18, 2022. (Image posted by Oleg Chernobay via Facebook)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the suburb of Pisochyn (Пісочин) on the outskirts of the city of Kharkiv (Харків). The generic coordinates for Pisochyn are: 49.95345, 36.10418. 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
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Power Station
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Military

Sources (5) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RUK064

Incident date

March 17, 2022

Location

Золочів, Zolochiv, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Geolocation

50.273048, 35.977971 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Alleged Russian shelling attacks on the village of Zolochiv in Kharkiv killed a woman and wounded two others, including a child, on March 17, 2022.

The village of Zolochiv endured heavy shelling, allegedly from Russian forces on March 17th. In the midst of the bombing, a 44 year old mother covered her four year daughter. While the daughter was wounded, her mother was killed. The girl’s father was also wounded. Twitter users @KHARKIV_RULIT, @EmineDzheppar, and @f_o_r_Ukraine provided images of the wounded girl and her home post-shelling.

A more detailed account was posted by the Kharkiv Times at Times.kharkiv.ua. The report included a description of the strike provided by Viktor Kovalenko to Suspilne Media: “The shell came when she and her child were sleeping in the house by the window. The woman covered her 4-year-old daughter with her body, but she herself did not survive. The child has a leg injury. There was also a man there – he also had an injury. The doctors rendered assistance to the injured in the hospital – they pulled out the fragments, made bandages. Their house is partially destroyed.”

Kovalenko was described as “the head of the community” in the report.  Kovalenko also noted that the alleged Russian artillery began shelling the village around 2 am and continued until roughly 4 am. There were about 15 explosions in total. Seven private houses, electricity and gas networks were damaged.

In a story posted by Objectiv.tv, the forty-four year old mother shielded her daughter from death and lost her life in the process. The article went on to say that, “a pre-trial investigation has been launched into violation of the laws and customs of war, combined with premeditated murder (part 2 of article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).” This description of an impending investigation was corroborated by a Facebook post from Prokuratura Kharkiv.

This assessment has reference to ACLED code UKR53712.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Gas facility, Power Station
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 woman)
  • 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 (19) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (7) [ collapse]

  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of the village of Zolochiv on March 17, 2022. (Image posted by @EmineDzheppar)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of the village of Zolochiv on March 17, 2022. (Image posted by @EmineDzheppar)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of the village of Zolochiv on March 17, 2022. (Image posted by @EmineDzheppar)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of the village of Zolochiv on March 17, 2022. (Image posted by Objectiv TV)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of the village of Zolochiv on March 17, 2022. (Image posted by Objectiv TV)
  • Screenshot of post by GX on Facebook
  • Screenshot of Facebook post by Prokuratura Kharkiv

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Zolochiv (Золочів), for which the generic coordinates are: 50.273048, 35.977971. 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
    Gas facility, Power Station
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 woman)
  • 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 (19) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RUK054

Incident date

March 12, 2022

Location

Золочів, Zolochiv, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Geolocation

50.273048, 35.977971 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On March 12th 2022 three people were reportedly wounded when alleged Russian shells hit Zolochiv.  Local reports also indicated that 15 houses were damaged and a military enlistment office was destroyed. @black_cerber reported that the civilians injured were over 50 years old, one who was in a serious condition from the shelling after being hit in the arm.

@black_cerber reported that the shelling came from Kozacha Lopana, and “about 15 shells fell in total” which were aimed at the military enlistment office. The same source also reported that “water, power, and gas networks were damaged.”

This assessment has reference to ACLED code UKR53786.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Gas facility, Power Station, Water station
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • 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 (15) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (24) [ collapse]

  • Zolochov, on March 12th 2022 after reported Russian shelling (Image via @black_cerber)
  • "All three wounded civilians are over 50 years old. A man and a woman have light injuries. They have already undergone surgery and removed the fragments, the condition of two patients is satisfactory." (Image via 24 Channel)
  • "All three wounded civilians are over 50 years old. A man and a woman have light injuries. They have already undergone surgery and removed the fragments, the condition of two patients is satisfactory." (Image via 24 Channel)
  • "All three wounded civilians are over 50 years old. A man and a woman have light injuries. They have already undergone surgery and removed the fragments, the condition of two patients is satisfactory." (Image via 24 Channel)
  • "All three wounded civilians are over 50 years old. A man and a woman have light injuries. They have already undergone surgery and removed the fragments, the condition of two patients is satisfactory." (Image via 24 Channel)
  • "Part of the village was left without electricity, gas and water." (Image via Kharkiv Today)
  • "Part of the village was left without electricity, gas and water supply, the relevant services are working to restore them." (Image via Slobidiskiy Krai)
  • "Part of the village was left without electricity, gas and water supply, the relevant services are working to restore them." (Image via Slobidiskiy Krai)
  • "Zolochiv was shelled again on March 12." (Image via Suspilne Kharkiv / Telegram)
  • "Zolochiv was shelled again on March 12." (Image via Suspilne Kharkiv / Telegram)
  • Zolachev reportedly hit by Russian missles on March 12th 2022 (Image via Truexanewsua / Telegram)
  • Zolachev reportedly hit by Russian missles on March 12th 2022 (Image via Truexanewsua / Telegram)
  • Zolachev reportedly hit by Russian missles on March 12th 2022 (Image via Truexanewsua / Telegram)
  • Zolachev reportedly hit by Russian missles on March 12th 2022 (Image via Truexanewsua / Telegram)
  • (Image via Facebook)
  • " Fifteen houses were damaged, including apartment buildings, a transformer was destroyed, there were no casualties among the population." (Zolochiv village council / Facebook)
  • "Fifteen houses were damaged, including apartment buildings, a transformer was destroyed, there were no casualties among the population." (Zolochiv village council / Facebook)
  • (Image via Facebook)
  • Damaged buildings as a result of reported Russian actions on March 12th 2022 (Image via Aleksandr Boiko / Facebook)
  • Damaged buildings as a result of reported Russian actions on March 12th 2022 (Image via Aleksandr Boiko / Facebook)
  • Damaged buildings as a result of reported Russian actions on March 12th 2022 (Image via Aleksandr Boiko / Facebook)
  • Zolochiv Kharkiv region

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the town of Zolochiv (Золочів), for which the generic coordinates are: 50.273048, 35.977971. 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
    Gas facility, Power Station, Water station
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • 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 (15) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RUK046

Incident date

March 10, 2022

Location

Золочів, Zolochiv, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Geolocation

50.273048, 35.977971 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

One woman was killed and two other women were injured by alleged Russian shelling of Zolochiv on March 10, 2022.

Truexanewsua posted on Telegram that as a result of artillery shelling on Zolochiv, one person was killed and two others were wounded.

The head of the Zolochiv settlement community Viktor Kovalenko told Suspilne Kharkiv that “the shelling started today around half past eleven in the morning. In total, up to a dozen artillery shells fell in the village. A 56-year-old resident of Zolocheva died. The shell fell five meters away when she and her daughter were walking down the street. The 35-year-old daughter was taken to Kharkiv with a serious injury to her arm and back. There, she was already successfully operated on in the regional hospital. Then it’s her turn to hold on. On another street, an 80-year-old grandmother received a hand injury. Surgeons operated on her in our hospital – they removed the fragments, bandaged her hand.” Suspilne later added that the two injured women were hospitalized at the Bogodukhiv Central District Hospital.

Viktor Kovalenko added that two houses were completely destroyed, two houses were partially destroyed, the windows were shatter in the church, and the gas pup and power grid were damaged. Lesya Babkina Miroshnik, deputy editor of the local newspaper Zorya told Kharkiv Today that the power was planning to be restored in the near future.

According to Truexanewsua, the shelling did not stop all day long and attributed the shelling to Russian forces. Suspilne Kharkiv also blamed Russian forces for the artillery shelling, stating that it occurred between 10am and 11am.

This assessment has reference to ACLED code UKR53175.

The incident occured between 10:00 am and 11:30 am local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Power Station
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 woman)
  • 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 (18) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (20) [ collapse]

  • On March 10, one woman was killed and two others were injured as a result of shelling of Zolochev in Kharkiv region. Two houses and a church were also destroyed during the shelling, Viktor Kovalenko, the head of the Zolochiv settlement community, told Suspilno. "The shelling began today around half past eleven in the morning. In total, up to a dozen artillery shells fell in the village. A 56-year-old resident of Zolocheva was killed. The shell fell five meters away when she and her daughter were walking down the street. Her 35-year-old daughter was seriously wounded in the arm and her back were taken to Kharkiv. She was already successfully operated on there in the regional hospital. Then it's her turn to survive," Kovalenko said. On another street, an 80-year-old grandmother received a hand injury. Surgeons operated on her in our hospital, says the head of the community. "Two of our houses were completely destroyed, two more are more or less there, and we are helping their neighbors. In the church, the windows were broken from the explosions. The gas pipe was also damaged, but we have already repaired it. The electricity grid was also affected. We localized this one as well. situation - not yet completely, but we are working.
  • Damage to a home caused by alleged Russian shelling of Zolochev on March 10, 2022. (Image posted by Truexanewsua)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Zolochev on March 10, 2022. (Image posted by Truexanewsua)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Zolochev on March 10, 2022. (Image posted by Truexanewsua)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Zolochev on March 10, 2022. (Image posted by Truexanewsua)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Zolochev on March 10, 2022. (Image posted by Truexanewsua)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Zolochev on March 10, 2022. (Image posted by Truexanewsua)
  • Fire caused by alleged Russian shelling of Zolochev on March 10, 2022. (Image posted by Truexanewsua).
  • Destruction caused by alleged Russian shelling of Zolochev on March 10, 2022. (Image posted by Truexanewsua).
  • Destruction caused by alleged Russian shelling of Zolochev on March 10, 2022. (Image posted by Truexanewsua).
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    Very graphic image of person killed by alleged Russian shelling of Zolochev on March 10, 2022. (Image posted by Truexanewsua).
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    Very graphic image of person killed by alleged Russian shelling of Zolochev on March 10, 2022. (Image posted by Truexanewsua).
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    Very graphic image of person killed by alleged Russian shelling of Zolochev on March 10, 2022. (Image posted by Truexanewsua).
  • Destruction caused by alleged Russian shelling of Zolochev on March 10, 2022. (Image posted by Suspilne Media).
  • Destruction caused by alleged Russian shelling of Zolochev on March 10, 2022. (Image posted by GX).
  • Destruction caused by alleged Russian shelling of Zolochev on March 10, 2022. (Image posted by GX).
  • Destruction caused by alleged Russian shelling of Zolochev on March 10, 2022. (Image posted by Truexanewsua).
  • Destruction caused by alleged Russian shelling of Zolochev on March 10, 2022. (Image posted by Truexanewsua).
  • Destruction caused by alleged Russian shelling of Zolochev on March 10, 2022. (Image posted by Truexanewsua).

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Zolochiv (Золочів), for which the generic coordinates are: 50.273048, 35.977971. 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
    Power Station
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 woman)
  • 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 (18) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RUK036

Incident date

March 7, 2022

Location

вул. Каштанова & Дергачёвский лицей № 3, Kashtanova Street & Dergachev Lyceum No. 3, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Geolocation

50.108270, 36.114390 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Street level. Continue to map

Additional Geolocations

50.109481, 36.120553 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On March 7th, at 9:30 am, Russian troops allegedly begun shelling the town of Dergachi with artillery, specifically cluster munitions. There were also reports that the troops shot at the town. Vyacheslav Zadorenko, chairman of the Dergachi commune, reported that the munitions hit Dergachi Lyceum No. 3, and other residential parts, killing at least three people and injuring 15. The chairman revealed that the injured were taken to Dergachyoy Central Hospital. News sources like Suspilne and Kharkiv Today quoted Zadorenko’s statement.

The chairman revealed that one of the 15 injured was a four year old child and also referenced information that one of the three dead was killed on Kashtanova Street. Suspilne quoted his observations that “the roof of the lyceum was damaged, windows were broken and there were traces of shots in the school yard”. The pictures in media sources and his Facebook corroborate this account. The school can be seen with windows broken.

The shelling further damaged the town’s power grid infrastructure, leaving residents without access to electricity and its gas supply. Emergency Services allegedly handled the issue of the gas.

Three twitter handles, expressing sympathies towards Russia, tweeted the same response to these allegations “Unfortunately the evacuation of Kharkiv has been disrupted by the Ukroreich. There is firing from residential areas right now along the ring road towards Saltovka np Dergachi. The Ukronazis are firing 120 mm, 152 mm artillery and MLRS. No evacuation in such a situation is out of the question”.

The incident occured at 09:30:00 local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Gas facility, Power Station, School
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • Civilians reported injured
    15
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Military

Sources (7) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (11) [ collapse]

  • Source: Viacheslav Zadorenko's Facebook. Broken windows of lyceum
  • Source: Viacheslav Zadorenko's Facebook. Broken windows of lyceum, damages inside school.
  • Source: Viacheslav Zadorenko's facebook. Impact site of shelling in lyceum yard.
  • Source: Objektiv TV . Broken windows of lyceum facing into courtyard with shots in snow.

Geolocation notes (3) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention multiple locations being struck. Kashtanova Street (вулиці Каштановій), for which the generic coordinates are: 50.108270, 36.114390; and the Dergachev Lyceum No. 3 (Дергачёвский лицей № 3), for which the exact coordinates are: 50.109481, 36.120553.

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  • Imagery:
    Viacheslav Zadorenko

  • Imagery:
    Viacheslav Zadorenko

  • Imagery:
    Viacheslav Zadorenko

Russian Military Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Gas facility, Power Station, School
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • Civilians reported injured
    15
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Military

Sources (7) [ collapse]