Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RUK120

Incident date

April 15, 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

On April 15th, 2022 at least one civilian was reported killed and at least two were reported injured after a confirmed Russian shelling of the Dergachi district in Kharkiv.

24 Channel was the only source to report the death of one civilian and injury of two civilians due to the strike. However, Hromadske also reported that casualties emanated from the shelling of both Dergachi and Zolochev in Kharkiv on April 15th.

According to Ukrainska Pravda, residential areas of Dergachi were shelled causing “several fires during the night.”

Russian source Novosti Volgograda reported that “high-precision air-launched missiles” were launched during the night of the 15th.

All sources alleged Russian responsibility for the strike. Russian language sources corroborated the shelling, as Krasnaya Vesna cited Russian officer Konashenkov in reporting the destruction of “large accumulations of Ukrainian forces’ equipment and weapons” in the vicinity of Dergachi. The Russian MOD released a statement confirming this information.

This incident occurred at night.

This incident has reference to ACLED code UKR55811.

The incident occured during the night.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Known attacker
    Russian Military
  • Known target
    Ukrainian Military

Sources (8) [ 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:

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

Original strike reports

Russian Military

🇷🇺🇺🇦 Briefing by the Russian Ministry of Defence (15.04.2022)

◽️ The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continue a special military operation in Ukraine.

◽️ In the city of Mariupol, a group of Russian troops and units of the People's Militia of the Donetsk Republic have completely liberated the Illich Iron and Steel Works from Ukrainian nationalists as a result of the offensive.

💥 Tonight, high-precision long-range sea-based Kalibr missiles struck a military facility on the outskirts of Kiev. The strike at the Zhulyansk Machine Building Plant Vizar destroyed the production and repair workshops of long- and medium-range anti-aircraft missile systems, as well as anti-ship missiles.

❗ The number and scale of missile strikes against Kiev facilities will increase in response to any terrorist attacks or sabotage on Russian territory by the Kiev nationalist regime.

💥 Russian air defence forces near the village of Gorodnya, Chernihiv region, while returning to the airbase with an S-400 surface-to-air missile system, shot down a Ukrainian Mi-8 helicopter that attacked civilians in the village of Klimovo in Bryansk region on 14 April. An Su-27 fighter jet of the Ukrainian air force was shot down in the vicinity of the village of Lozovaya in Kharkiv Region.

💥 Also, eight Ukrainian drones were shot down near the settlements of Izyum, Levkovka, Novaya Astrakhan, Novaya Kuban, Shchastlivoye, Chernobaevka, and Chernovy Sokol.

💥 Seven enemy targets were hit by high-precision airborne missiles during the night. Among them:

◽️ a Tochka-U tactical missile launcher and a temporary deployment point of a Ukrainian nationalist formation, including up to 20 armoured vehicles and up to 50 nationalists, were destroyed near Yasenovoye;

◽️ in the areas of Dergachi, NovoyeLizavetivka, and Povstantske, accumulations of Ukrainian military equipment and weapons were destroyed;

◽️ in Mykolaiv and Parutino settlements, warehouses of rocket and artillery weapons and fuel were destroyed.

💥 Rocket Troops in Izyumskoye, Kharkiv region, liquidated a mercenary unit of a Polish private military campaign as a result of a strike. Up to 30 Polish mercenaries were killed.

💥 221 Ukrainian military facilities were also hit, including: 12 command posts, 176 strongholds and areas of concentration of the enemy's manpower; 12 artillery firing positions were suppressed.

💥 Operational and tactical aviation destroyed 13 Ukrainian military facilities overnight. Among them: two rocket and artillery weapons depots and 10 areas of concentration of personnel and Ukrainian military equipment.

💥 Army aviation in the Gusarovka and Volobuyevka areas destroyed accumulations of manpower and Ukrainian military equipment, including: three strongholds, 9 armoured vehicles and vehicles of various purposes.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Known attacker
    Russian Military
  • Known target
    Ukrainian Military

Sources (8) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RUK117

Incident date

April 14, 2022

Location

Олександрівка, Oleksandrivka, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Geolocation

50.366092, 35.823810 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Three civilians were reportedly injured on April 14th 2022 when alleged Russian shelling hit Oleksandrivka village, in Kharkiv. According to local sources, a woman and two children aged nine and 11 were injured.

Helsinki reported that the Russian military shelled the village for “about 12 hours.”  Victor Kovalenko, head of the Zolochiv community said that they shelled Odnorobivka, “a village of our community almost on the border with the Russian Federation. Then there are eight damaged and four completely destroyed houses.”

The children were reportedly wounded in the neck and the thigh and were taken to hospital.

Local sources reported that the incident took place at in the afternoon, at around 12 am, and that the gas heating system was damaged.

Russian source, @balaganoff75 reported that over 200 militants were killed, although this was not mentioned in any other reports.

This incident has reference to ACLED code UKR55773.

The incident occured at approximately 12:00 am local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Gas facility
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Ukrainian Military

Sources (21) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Oleksandrivka (Олександрівка), for which the generic coordinates are: 50.366092, 35.823810. 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
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Ukrainian Military

Sources (21) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RUK114

Incident date

April 12, 2022

Location

Барвінкове, Barvinkove, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Geolocation

48.90687488786866, 37.01769890447259 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

At approximately 4:00pm on April 12 2022, in Baryinkove, Izyum district, confirmed shelling by Russian Federation armed forces reportedly killed 3 civilians including a 16-year-old girl and injured a 20-year-old man. Residential buildings were also reportedly damaged and destroyed.

A statement from the press service of the Kharkiv Prosecutor’s Office established these details which were widely reported by local news sources and human rights groups. The Prosecutor’s Office alongside the SBU Directorate in Kharkiv are conducting a pre-trial investigation “into the fact of violation of the laws and customs of war, combined with intentional murder.”

A statement on the day of the shelling by the Mayor of Baryinkove, Oleksandr Balo, which was reported in Suspilne Media News, indicated that the 16-year-old girl had “received severe chest injuries and that first aid had been provided on the scene before she was transported.” Izvestia Kharkov News added that her injuries were caused by shrapnel but also reported that the girl had later died.

Kharkiv Today contextualised their reporting on this strike, stating that Russian forces were “trying to advance from Izyum to Barvenkove, in order to further break through the grouping of the Joint Forces Operation zone.

The Ministry of Defense of Russia posted on Facebook that on April 12th, 36 enemy objects were destroyed by high-precision weapons, including five strongholds of units of the 24th separate mechanized brigade in the areas of Popasnaya and Baryinkove.

This incident has reference to ACLED code UKR55638.

The incident occured at approximately 4:00 pm local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • 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.
  • Known attacker
    Russian Military
  • Known target
    Ukrainian Military

Sources (11) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Barvinkove on April 12, 2022. (Image posted by Kharkiv Regional Prosecutors Office via Telegram)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Barvinkove on April 12, 2022. (Image posted by Suspilne News)
  • Screenshot of Facebook post by konkretnoPRO
  • Screenshot of Facebook post by Ministry of Defense of Russia

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Barvinkove (Барвінкове), for which the generic coordinates are: 48.90687488786866, 37.01769890447259. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Russian Military Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

Russian Military

Briefing of the Russian Ministry of Defense (13.04.2022) ▫️ The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continue to conduct a special military operation in Ukraine. ▫️ In the city of Mariupol, the commercial seaport was completely liberated from the militants of the Nazi formation "Azov". All hostages held by the Nazis on ships in the port, including foreign ones, have been released. The remnants of the units of the Ukrainian troops and the Nazis "Azov" located in the city are blocked and deprived of the opportunity to escape from the encirclement. 💥 During the day, 36 enemy objects were destroyed by high-precision weapons. Among them: in the settlements of Vrubovka and Berestovoe, two repair bases and two depots of rocket and artillery weapons of the 57th and 24th mechanized brigades of the Ukrainian troops; in the areas of Popasnaya and Barvenkovo, five strongholds of units of the 24th separate mechanized brigade; in the village of Cherkasy, the command post of the 15th separate regiment of the National Guard of Ukraine. 💥 The headquarters and fuel depot of the 128th Separate Mountain Assault Brigade in the Gulyai-Pole area were also destroyed. 💥 Operational-tactical aviation hit 10 military facilities of Ukraine. Among them: a command post, three depots of rocket and artillery weapons, as well as 6 areas of concentration of Ukrainian military equipment. 📊 In total, since the beginning of the special military operation, 130 aircraft, 103 helicopters, 244 anti-aircraft missile systems, 447 unmanned aerial vehicles, 2173 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 243 installations of multiple launch rocket systems, 937 field artillery guns and mortars, as well as 2082 units of special military vehicles. ▫️ We see attempts of sabotage and strikes by Ukrainian troops on objects on the territory of the Russian Federation. ❗️ If such cases continue, then the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation will strike at decision-making centers, including in Kyiv, from which the Russian army has so far refrained.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • 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.
  • Known attacker
    Russian Military
  • Known target
    Ukrainian Military

Sources (11) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RUK094

Incident date

April 4, 2022

Location

Чугуїв, Chuhuiv, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Geolocation

49.836177, 36.680853 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Sources reported two civilians killed, a 38 year old man and 63 year old woman  and five others injured according when Chuguiv was hit by alleged Russian shelling at night on April 4 2022. The attack resulted in the total destruction of one private house and damage to a multi-story residential building opposite. Later reporting found that more buildings had been destroyed than initially thought but a number was not specified, according to the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group report.

The Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office reported that an investigation had been launched into the attack based on the violation of the laws and customs of war as well as intentional murder, part two article 438 of the criminal code of Ukraine.

A video posted on telegram by XC_Kharkiv showed that windows had been blown out in a nine-story building opposite the private house where the rocket had struck. A car was also badly damaged in the attack.

An image posted by Suspilne News shows a man receiving treatment for injuries he reportedly sustained in Chuguiv.

Posts on telegram from Russian sources reported that Russia had struck what it claimed to be military targets in Chuguiv using high precision air launch missiles. Multiple posts on telegram of a similar format claimed to have destroyed a command post of the territorial defence unit in Chuguiv, their fuel storage and a plant for the repair of armoured vehicles. This seems to contradict the photos and videos from the scene.

This incident has reference to ACLED’s code UKR55139.

The incident occured during the night.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5
  • 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
  • Known target
    Ukrainian Military

Sources (25) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (21) [ collapse]

  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Chuhuiv on April 4, 2022. (Image posted by Prokuratura_kharkiv via Telegram)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Chuhuiv on April 4, 2022. (Image posted by Prokuratura_kharkiv via Telegram)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Chuhuiv on April 4, 2022. (Image posted by Prokuratura_kharkiv via Telegram)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Chuhuiv on April 4, 2022. (Image posted by Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Chuhuiv on April 4, 2022. (Image posted by ХС_Kharkiv via Telegram)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Chuhuiv on April 4, 2022. (Image posted by ХС_Kharkiv via Telegram)
  • Missile from alleged Russian strikes on Chuhuiv on April 4, 2022. (Image posted by Kharkiv Life via Telegram)
  • Damage from alleged Russian strikes on Chuhuiv on April 4, 2022. (Image posted by Kharkiv Life via Telegram)
  • Damage from alleged Russian strikes on Chuhuiv on April 4, 2022. (Image posted by Kharkiv Life via Telegram)
  • Damage from alleged Russian strikes on Chuhuiv on April 4, 2022. (Image posted by Kharkiv Life via Telegram)
  • Missile from alleged Russian strikes on Chuhuiv on April 4, 2022. (Image posted by Kharkiv Life via Telegram)
  • Damage from alleged Russian strikes on Chuhuiv on April 4, 2022. (Image posted by ХС_Kharkiv via Telegram)
  • Damage from alleged Russian strikes on Chuhuiv on April 4, 2022. (Image posted by ХС_Kharkiv via Telegram)
  • Damage from alleged Russian strikes on Chuhuiv on April 4, 2022. (Image posted by ХС_Kharkiv via Telegram)
  • Chuguiv, examination of a wounded man as a result of Russian shelling. Photo: Vyacheslav Mavrychev (Suspilne News)
  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Chuguev. Consequences of another arrival.
  • Screenshot of Facebook post by Vladimir.kiro
  • Chuguiv, Kharkiv region... Another "Bucha".

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the city of Chuhuiv (Чугуїв), for which the generic coordinates are: 49.836177, 36.680853. 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
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5
  • 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
  • Known target
    Ukrainian Military

Sources (25) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RUK082

Incident date

March 26, 2022

Location

Барвінкове, Barvinkove, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Geolocation

48.903505, 37.022460 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

At approximately 11am on March 26th 2022, Russian forces reportedly shelled the town of Barvinkove in the Izyum district of Kharkiv, resulting in the deaths of at least four Ukrainian soldiers and one civilian, as well as causing a fire in a secondary school. Multiple Ukrainian news sources, and a number of posts on Telegram reported the attack and the deaths of the four personnel members and one civilian. All the reports stated that the number of civilian injuries was to be determined, with no source giving a figure. The fire in the secondary school, also referred to as a lyceum, was subsequently extinguished.

Investigators for the State Security Service of Ukraine, under the procedural leadership of the Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office have launched a pre-trial investigation into the alleged attack for violating the laws and customs of war, combined with intentional murder as per Part 2 of Article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

Perviy Kharkovskyi, a presumably Ukrainian Telegram channel with a clear pro-Russian stance and Kharkov Nash Telegram channel, a Ukrainian channel based in Kharkiv with local correspondents in the city, both claimed that the school was being used by Ukrainian forces to create a ‘human shield’ for the Ukrainian soldiers, therefore attempting to shift the blame onto Ukrainian forces by suggesting they had broken the laws of war themselves. One of the sources, Kharkov Nash, identified five soldiers as being killed in the attack, without directly contesting that the civilian killed was actually a soldier.

This incident has ACLED’s reference code: UKR54576.

The incident occured at approximately 11:00 am local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian infrastructure
    School
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Ukrainian Military
  • Belligerents reported killed
    4–5

Sources (13) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • Screenshot of Facebook post by Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor's Office
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Barvinkove on March 26, 2022. (Image posted by Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor's Office via Facebook)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Barvinkove on March 26, 2022. (Image posted by Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor's Office via Facebook)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Barvinkove on March 26, 2022. (Image posted by Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor's Office via Facebook)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian shelling of Barvinkove on March 26, 2022. (Image posted by Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor's Office via Facebook)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the town of Barvinkove (Барвінкове), for which the generic coordinates are: 48.903505, 37.022460. 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
    School
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Ukrainian Military
  • Belligerents reported killed
    4–5

Sources (13) [ collapse]