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Ukraine: AOAV explosive violence data on harm to civilians

Total civilian casualties from explosive violence*: 3, 293
– Killed: 1, 716
– Injured:
1, 577
Last updated: 20 May 2022

*This figure refers to the number of civilians killed or injured by explosive weapon use in Ukraine since the Russian invasion began on 24 Feb 2022, gathered using incident-specific English language media reporting. See AOAV’s methodology.

Top data
In the Ukrainian conflict, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) – which takes its sources from reputable English language media – has recorded up to 20 May:

  • 3, 758 casualties from explosive weapon use since the Russian invasion began (24 Feb – 20 May), across 346 incidents;
  • 3, 293 civilian casualties were recorded (1, 716 killed, 1, 577 injured);
  • 465 armed-actor casualties (280 killed, 185 injured);
  • Among the civilian casualties are at least 125 children, 55 women and 89 men;
  • 92% (3, 028) of civilian casualties have occurred in populated areas. Of the total recorded casualties (including armed actors), 81% (3, 052) have occurred in populated areas;
  • Ground-launched explosive weapons (missile strikes, artillery shelling, and rockets) have caused 62% (2, 034) of civilian casualties.
  • Air-launched explosive weapons (specifically air strikes) have caused 34% (1, 121) of civilian casualties. 3% (97) of civilian casualties have been caused by multiple types of explosive weapons, and >1% (16) of civilian casualties have been caused by naval-launched weapons and landmines.
  • Civilian casualties from explosive weapons have been recorded in Donetsk (1, 229 civilian casualties), Kharkiv (581), Mykolaiv (365), Luhansk (336), Kyiv (233), Chernihiv (182), Zaporizhzhia (69), Sumy (66), Odessa (54), Zhytomyr (38), Vinnytsia (29), Rivne (29), Dnipropetrovsk (28), Lviv (24), Kherson (19), Poltava (10), and Cherkasy (1).
  • The location types in which civilian casualties have been reported are urban residential areas (815 civilian casualties), multiple urban spaces (655), entertainment venues (600), villages (301), no location information (227), schools (183), transport-related infrastructure (138), hospitals (115), public buildings (78), other (52), commercial premises (50), humanitarian infrastructure (24), roads (21), armed bases (9), places of worship (7), agricultural land (7), town centres (6), hotels (3), encampents (1), and markets (1).

Background
Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on the 24th of February 2022, thousands of civilians have been killed and injured across the country. Russian air strikes, missile strikes, and artillery shelling have targeted densely populated urban centres, apartment buildings, schools, hospitals, military bases and vital infrastructure nationwide.

The UN estimates that over a million people, mostly women and children, have fled Ukraine into neighbouring Poland, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia, and the number of internally displaced people continues to grow. Humanitarian corridors of evacuation have been attacked, locations of sheltering civilians have been bombed, and Russian forces frequently target apartment buildings, hospitals, schools, and civilian infrastructure with explosive weapons. Reports have emerged of brutal war crimes by Russian forces in occupied towns and villages, as Ukrainian survivors and journalists on-the-ground report testimonies of the indiscriminate shooting and calculated execution of civilians, most severely in Bucha and Borodyanka, Kyiv region. A fuel crisis, food and medicine shortages, cut-off electricity and water supplies, and freezing temperatures compound the struggle to find safety. Men between the ages of 18 and 60 have been banned from leaving the county, and millions of civilians remain in Ukraine, sheltering from the violence of the Russian advance, providing essential goods and services, and fighting alongside Ukrainian armed forces. Latest estimates by Ukrainian sources place the number of Russian forces killed at above 18,000, though official casualty figures on both sides remain obscured.

AOAV’s data
AOAV’s casualty figures represent the lowest of estimations in terms of the number of people killed and injured by explosive weapon use. In an effort to quantify the explicit harm caused by specific explosive weapons, AOAV solely records incident-specific casualty figures, as reported in English-language media. Much of the casualty reporting since the beginning of the invasion has focussed on cumulative or region-specific casualty figures, making it unclear precisely when and where these deaths and injuries occurred. Each recorded incident of civilian harm from the use of explosive weapons since the beginning of the Russian invasion is listed below.

Civilian casualty-causing Incidents of Explosive Weapon Use in Ukraine (24 Feb – 20 May 2022)

19 May 2022

  • 12 civilians killed and 40 injured in Russian shelling of Sievierodonetsk
  • Five civilians killed and six injured by Russian shelling in Donetsk
  • One boy injured in Russian shelliing of Chuhuiv
  • One child and one woman injured in Russian shelling of Velyki Khutory
  • One man injured in landmine explosion in Chernihiv
  • One man killed in Russian shelling of Tsyrkuny
  • One person injured in Russian shelling of Saltivka
  • One woman injured in Russian shelling of Balaklia
  • Two men injured in landmine explosion in Bucha

18 May 2022

  • One civilian injured in Russian missile strike in Inhulskyi
  • One woman injured in Russian missile strike in Dnipro
  • Four civilians killed and three injured in Russian shelling of Sievierodonetsk
  • Seven civilians (one child)  killed in Russian shelling of Lyman
  • Seven civilians injured by Russian shelling in Donetsk
  • Three civilians (one child)  killed in Russian shelling of Bakhmut

17 May 2022

  • Eight civilians killed and 12 injured in Russian shelling of Desna
  • Five civilians injured in Russian shelling of Okhtyrka
  • One civilian killed and one child injured in Russian missile attack in  Bakhmut
  • Three civilians injured in Russian rocket attack on civilian convoy in Kherson

16 May 2022

  • 10 civilians killed and three by Russian shelling in Sievierodonestk
  • Four civilians injured (one child) in Russian missile attack in Odessa
  • One civilian killed in Russian shelling of Drobyshevo
  • One civilian killed in Russian shelling of Katerynivka
  • One civilian killed in Russian shelling of Klynove
  • One civilian killed in Russian shelling of Marinka
  • Six civilians injured in Russian shelling in Donetsk
  • Six civilians killed and 12 injured in Russian shelling in Donetsk
  • Three civilians killed in Russian shelling of Lyman
  • Two civilians killed in Russian shelling of Avdiivka

15 May 2022

  • Nine civilians injured in Russian shelling of Sievierodonetsk hospital
  • Two civilians killed in Russian shelling of Sievierodonetsk

14 May 2022

  • Four civilians injured by Russian shelling in Donetsk
  • One civilian killed in Russian shelling of Keramik
  • Two civilians killed in Russian shelling of Bohorodychne

12 May 2022

  • 11 civilians injured in Russian shelling in Mykolaiv
  • One child and one woman injured in Russian artillery attack on evacuation convoy
  • One civilian killed and one injured by Russian cluster munitions in Zelonodoslk
  • One civilian killed by Russian cluster munititions in Velyka Kostromka
  • One civilian killed in Russian shelling of Novi Vyrky
  • Three civilians killed and 19 injured in Russian shelling of Novhorod-Siverskyi
  • Two civilians killed and four injured in Russian shelling of Derhachi

11 May 2022

  • Nine civilians injured in Russian shelling in Mykolayiv
  • One civilian injured when Russian missile hit his tractor
  • One civilian killed and eight injured in Russian shelling on Orikhiv
  • One civilian killed and three injured in Russian shelling of Komyshuvakha
  • One civilian killed in Russian rocket attack on agricultural warehouse 

10 May 2022

  • One civilian killed and five injured in Russian missile attack on Odessa

09 May 2022

  • 12 civilians killed and seven injured in Russian attack in Donetsk
  • One civilian injured in Russian shelling in Luhansk
  • One civilian killed and one injured in artillery attack on a car
  • One civilian killed in Russian shelling in Novopokrovka
  • One civilian killed in Russian shelling of Shevchenkove
  • Two civilians injured in Russian missile attack on Odessa
  • Two women killed in landmine explosion in Tsyrkuny

08 May 2022

  • One civilian killed and 27 injured in Russian missile strikes in Mykolaiv
  • One civilian killed and two injured in Russian shelling in Kharkiv
  • One woman killed in Russian shelling Barvinkove
  • One woman killed in Russian shelling of Sievierodonetsk
  • Two civilians killed and three injured in Russian shelling Bohodukhov
  • Two civilians killed in Russian shelling of Bilohorivka
  • Two men killed in Russian shelling of Kalynovo

07 May 2022

  • 62 civilians killed in Russian airstrike on a school in Bilohirivka
  • One border guard injured in Russian shelling in Sumy

06 May 2022

  • One civilian killed in Russian shelling of Bakhmut
  • Two civilians killed by Russian shelling in Luhansk

05 May 2022

  • One 15-year-old boy killed and two injured in Russian shelling of Ecopark

04 May 2022

  • 25 civilians injured in Russian shelling of Kramatorsk
  • Five civilians killed in Russian shelling in Luhansk
  • One six-year-old girl killed in Russian shelling of Vysokopillia
  • Seven civilians injured in Russian shelling of Sviatohirsk Lava

03 May 2022

  • 10 civilians killed and 15 injured in Russian shelling of Avdiyvika coking plant
  • Five civilians injured in Russian shelling in Mykolaiv
  • One civilian injured in Russian shelling in Dnipropetrovsk
  • One civilian killed and four injured in Russian shelling Kherson
  • One man killed in Russian shelling of Popasna
  • One woman killed and two women injured in Russian shelling of Lysychansk
  • Three civilians killed in Russian shelling of Vuhledar
  • Two civilians injured in Russian shelling in Lviv
  • Two civilians killed in Russian shelling of Zaliznychne

02 May 2022

  • One 14yr old boy killed and one 17yr old girl injured in Russian missile strike on dormitory, Odesa
  • Two women killed in Russian air strikes on Mariupol

01 May 2022

  • Five civilians killed and seven injured in Russian shelling of Lyman
  • One child injured in Drobysheve
  • One civilian injured in Russian shellin of Balakliia
  • One civilian injured in Russian shelling of Derhachi
  • One civilian injured in Yarova
  • One civilian killed and one injured in Russian shelling of Lysychansk
  • One civilian killed and two injured, including a young boy, in Russian shelling of Zolote
  • One civilian killed in Russian shelling of Popasna
  • One woman injured in Russian shelling of Synelnykivsky
  • Three children, one woman and two men injured in Russian shelling of Dobropillia
  • Three civilians injured in Russian shelling of Volodymyrivka
  • Three civilians kiled and eight injured in Russian shelling of Kharkiv
  • Two civilians injured in Russian shelling of Velyka Novosilka
  • Two civilians injured in Russian shelling of Volodymyrivka
  • Two civilians killed and four injured in Russian shelling of Orikhove
  • Two men injured in Russian shelling of Lyman

30 April 2022

  • 100-300 Russian soldiers killed in Ukrainian rocket strike on Izyum
  • One child injured in Russian shelling of Siversk
  • One woman injured in Russian shelling of Mykolayivka
  • Two men killed in Russian shelling of Shandryholove

29 April 2022

  • One civilian killed and five injured in mortar and artillery strike
  • One civilian killed in Russian shelling of Shandryholove
  • One civilian killed in Russian shelling of Vremivka

28 April 2022

  • One civilian killed and two injured in Russian shelling in Kharkiv
  • Three civilians injured, including one child, in Russian shelling of Zaporizhzhia
  • Three civilians killed and three injured in Russian shelling of Niu York
  • Two civilians injured in Russian shelling of Fastiv
  • Two civilians killed and seven injured in Russian shelling Pokotylivka
  • Two civilians killed and ten injured in Russian shelling of Kyiv

27 April 2022

  • One civilian killed in Russian shelling in Luhansk

26 April 2022

  • One civilian killed and one injured in Russian shelling of Zaporizhzhia
  • Three civilians killed and 12 injured in Russian shelling in Kharkiv
  • Two civilians killed and six injured in Russian shelling in Donetsk

25 April 2022

  • Five civilians killed and 18 injured in a missile attack in Vinnytsia

24 April 2022

  • One civilian killed and two injured in a shelling attack in Kremenchuk
  • Two civilians killed and 11 injured in shelling in Kharkiv
  • Three civilians injured in shelling in Kharkiv
  • 48-year-old man died in shelling in Dnipropetrovsk
  • Five civilians killed, including two girls aged 5 and 14, in Donetsk

23 April 2022

  • One civilian and three police officers injured in a Russian artillery strike in Kharkiv
  • Two civilians killed and one injured in shelling of Popasna
  • Two civilians killed and two injured in shelling of Zolote
  • Three civilians killed in Russian shelling of Zaporizhia
  • Eight civilians killed and 18 injured in shelling of Odessa

22 April 2022

  • One person injured in Russian shelling of Dnipropetrovsk

21 April 2022

  • One civilian killed and six wounded in Russian shelling of Mykolaiv

20 April 2022

  • Man killed by landmine in forest in Kyiv
  • Three civilians injured by Russian shelling in Donetsk
  • Two civilians injured by Russian shelling in Donetsk
  • Man and 16-year-old killed by Russian artillery fire, Kherson

19 April 2022

  • Four civilians killed 14 wounded by Russian rocket fire on Kharkiv
  • Four civilians killed and 14 wounded in Russian rocket strike Kharkiv
  • Three civilians killed and five wounded (one child), Donetsk
  • Three civilians killed and five wounded (one child), Kharkiv

18 April 2022

  • 10 civilians injured by Russian shelling in Mykolaiv

17 April 2022

  • Five killed 13 injured in Russian shelling on Kharkiv
  • Seven civilians killed and 11 injured in Russian missile strike on Lviv
  • Two civilians killed and four injured in Russian shelling of Zolote, Luhansk
  • Two civilians killed and four wounded in Russian shelling of Donetsk
  • One civilian killed in Russian shelling of Dnipropetrovsk

16 April 2022

  • Four volunteers wounded in Russian missile strike on NGO kitchen, Kharkiv
  • One civilian killed and 18 injured in Russian missile attack on Kharkiv
  • One child injured in Russian shelling of Polohy, Zaproizhzhia

15 April 2022

  • One civilian killed five injured in Russian shelling in Zaporizhzhia
  • Five killed 15 injured in Russian shelling (cluster munitions) Mykolaiv
  • 10 killed (one child) 34 wounded (three children) in Russian shelling of Kharkiv
  • Two civilians killed three wounded in Russian shelling of Kherson

14 April 2022

  • Two civilians injured in Russian airstrike on Velky Novosilka, Donetsk
  • One civilians killed and two injured in Zrichne, Donetsk
  • One civilian killed three injured in Russian shelling of Vuhledar, Donestk
  • Three killed four injured in Russian shelling of Nemyshlianskyi, Kharkiv
  • One civilian killed in Russian shelling of Zarichne, Donetsk

13 April 2022

  • Seven civilians wounded in Russian missile strike on a village in Cherkaske, Donetsk
  • One man injured by Russian artillery shell that his his home, Velyka Novosilka, Donetsk
  • Four civilians killed and 10 wounded in Russian shelling of Kharkiv region

12 April 2022

  • 17 civilians injured and four killed in Russian shelling of Kharkiv region
  • One civilian killed in Russian shelling of Luhansk region
  • One civilian killed and three injured in Russian shelling of Donetsk region
  • One man killed and two others wounded in Russian artillery fire on residential area in Babayi, Kharkiv

11 April 2022

  • One man killed and three others wounded by Russian missile strike on apartment building, Lysychansk, Luhansk
  • 25 civilians wounded in Russian shelling of Mykolaiv region
  • Eight civilians killed (1 child), and 19 wounded (2 children) in Russian shelling of Kharkiv

10 April 2022

  • 10 civilians killed (1 child) and one injured in Russian shelling of Kharkiv region
  • Six emergency workers (civilians) injured in Russian airstrike on Dnipro International Airport, Dnipropetrovsk

09 April 2022

  • Four civilians killed and four wounded in Russian shelling of Vuhledar, Donetsk
  • One civilian killed by Russian shelling in Novomykhailivka, Donetsk
  • One civilian injured by Russian shelling in Krasnohorivka, Donetsk
  • One woman killed in Russian shelling of Severdonetsk, Luhansk
  • Four civilians injured in Russian shelling of Rubizhne, Luhansk
  • Two civilians injured in Russian missile fire on Myrhorod, Poltava

08 April 2022

  • At least 57 killed and over 100 injured in Russian rocket strike on train station evacuating civilians, Kramatorsk, Donetsk
  • One civilian killed and one wounded in Russian shelling of Avdivka, Donetsk
  • Five civilians wounded in rocket fire on Zolote, Luhansk

07 April 2022

  • One civilian killed and 14 wounded in Russian shelling of Kharkiv

06 April 2022

  • Four civilians killed and four injured by Russian shelling on humanitarian aid line, Vuhledar, Donestk
  • One civilian killed in Russian shelling of Ocheretyne, Donetsk
  • Four civilians injured in Russian shelling of Mariinka, Donetsk
  • One civilian killed and four injured in Russian shelling of Rubizhne, Luhansk
  • Mother and daughter injured by Russian cluster bomb, Mykolaiv

05 April 2022

  • 11 civilians killed by Russian artillery fire (and reported use of firearms) in Brovary, Kyiv
  • One civilian killed by shrapnel wounds in Russian shelling of Bohdanivka, Kyiv

04 April 2022

  • Two civilians killed by Russian shelling in Chuhuiv, Kharkiv
  • Seven killed and 34 injured by Russian shelling in Slobidskyi, Kharkiv
  • At least one injured in Russian missile strike on Vasylkiv, Kyiv
  • Nine civilians killed in Russian shelling of bus stop and shopping mall, 61 wounded, Mykolaiv
  • Man and child killed in Russian shelling of hospital, Mykolaiv

03 April 2022

  • Eight civilians killed and 34 injured in Russian shelling of Ochakiv, Mykolaiv
  • One civilian killed and one injured when vehicle struck Russian landmine, Brovary, Kyiv

02 April 2022

  • One civilian killed and 14 wounded in Russian shelling of Mykolaiv

01 April 2022

  • Seven civilians killed and six injured (three children) in Russian shelling of Donetsk

31 March 2022

  • Two civilians injured by Russian shelling in Ocheretyne, Donetsk
  • Two people killed and five injured in Russian missile strike on military base, Dnipro
  • Two civilians killed and five injured by Russian shelling in Luhansk
  • Five civilians killed and 22 injured in Russian shelling Donetsk
  • Two civilians killed and two wounded by Russian shelling, Severdonetsk, Luhansk

30 March 2022

  • Seven civilians killed and at least five injured in Russian shelling of Lysychansk, Luhansk
  • 11 civilians wounded (four children) by Russian phosphorus bomb in Mariinka, Donetsk
  • One civilian killed by Russian shelling of Derhachi, Kharkiv
  • Two civilians killed by missile strike on apartment building in Donetsk

29 March 2022

  • 28 people killed and 20 injured in Russian airstrike on government building in Mykolaiv
  • Four civilians killed in Russian shelling of Sviatopetrivske, Kyiv

28 March 2022

  • One man killed and two other civilians injured in Russian shelling of apartment building in Kharkiv
  • Two civilians wounded in Russian missile strikes on Zhytomyr

27 March 2022

  • Four civilians killed (1 child), one child wounded in Russian artillery fire on house in Oskil, Izium, Kharkiv
  • Three civilians killed (1 child) and 4 wounded in Russian shelling of Oskil, Kharkiv
  • Two civilians wounded by Russian shelling in Lysychansk

26 March 2022

  • One civilian killed and two wounded in Russian shelling in Marinka, Donetsk
  • Four civilians wounded in Russian shelling of Krasnohorivka, Donetsk
  • Two civilians wounded (1 child) in Russian shelling of Avdiivka, Donetsk

25 March 2022

  • Four civilians killed and three injured in Russian shelling of humanitarian aid centre, Kharkiv
  • Two civilians killed in Russian overnight shelling of Rubizhne, Luhansk
  • Five civilians injured in missile strikes on Lviv, Lviv

24 March 2022

  • Three civilians killed and 13 wounded in Russian shelling of Kavkyne, Mykolaiv
  • Four civilians killed (2 children) and six wounded in Russian phosphorus bomb strike on Rubizhne, Luhansk

23 March 2022

  • One civilian killed six injured in Russian shelling outside shopping mall in Podil, Kyiv
  • Four civilians injured in artillery fire on Nyvkye, Kyiv
  • Three civilians injured by Russian shelling of Mykolaiv

22 March 2022

  • Three civilians killed, including 2 children, in Russian shelling of village in Rubizhne, Luhansk
  • One civilian killed and nine injured in Russian missile strike on village, Lozova, Kharkiv
  • One civilian injured in Russian artillery fire on village Mala Kostromka, Dnipropetrovsk
  • One civilian killed and three injured in Russian missile strike in urban residential area of Obolon, Kyiv
  • One civilian killed in Russian rocket strike on railway station, shutting down train passage, Palohrad, Dnipropetrovsk

21 March 2022

  • Four children injured by Russian shelling of humanitarian evacuation corridor out of Mariupol, Zaporizhzhia

20 March 2022

  • Three civilians injured in Russian airstrike on Korosten, Zhytomyr
  • Eight civilians killed in Russian airstrike on shopping mall in Kyiv
  • Five civilians killed (including one boy child) in Russian shelling in Khariv, Kharkiv

19 March 2022

  • Three civilians killed, including two children, and two injured in Russian shelling of an urban residential areas of Rubizhne, Luhansk

18 March 2022

  • Nine civilians killed and 17 wounded in Russian shelling of urban residential area of Zaporizhzhia
  • Two civilians killed and three wounded in Russian shelling of Avdiivka, Donetsk
  • One civilian killed and 11 injured in Russian shelling of school, Kharkiv
  • One civilian killed and four injured in Russian missile strike on residential building in Podilskyi, Kyiv
  • Two civilians killed and six injured by Russian airstrike on residential building in Kramatorsk, Dontesk
  • Seven civilians killed and five injured in Russian shelling of Makariv, Kyiv
  • Two men killed by Russian soldier throwing grenade, Trostyanets, Sumy

17 March 2022

  • 21 civilians killed and 25 injured in rocket attack on school in Merefa, Kharkiv
  • 53 civilians killed in Russian airstrikes and shelling of Chernihiv
  • One child killed and four other civilians injured in Russian artillery strike in Novi Petrivtsk, Kyiv

16 March 2022

  • Two civilians injured in Russian missile strike on apartment building, Shevechenkivsky, Kyiv
  • At least 300 killed in Russian airstrike on theatre sheltering over 1,300 civilians, Mariupol

15 March 2022

  • Five civilians killed in Russian airstrike on urban residential area of Kyiv, Kyiv.
  • Egyptian man killed while buying food during Russian shelling of Mariupol, Donetsk.

14 March 2022

  • Twenty civilians killed and nine injured in Russian missile strike on TV tower in Rivne, Ukraine
  • Four civilians injured in Russian missile strike on village Stavyshche, Zhytomyr
  • Two civilians killed and 10 wounded (3 civilians) in Russian shelling on Snihurivka, Mykolaiv
  • 20 killed and 23 injured by debris from suspected Ukrainian missile shot down over residential area, Donetsk
  • Two killed and three injured by Russian shelling of residential building, Obolon, Kyiv
  • One killed and six injured by rocket fragments in urban residential area, Kurenivka, Kyiv
  • One girl killed in Russian shelling of residential building in Derhachi, Kharkiv
  • Two civilians killed by Russian missile strike on Kramatorsk, Donetsk

13 March 2022

  • Nine killed and 13 injured by Russian shelling (cluster munitions) of urban residential area, Mykolaiv
  • Two civilians killed and two injured in airstrike on school in Zeleny Hay, Mykolaiv

12 March 2022

  • One civilian killed and one injured by Russian air strike on residential building, Chernihiv
  • Seven civilians killed (1 child) in Russian shelling of humanitarian evacuation corridor, Peremoha, Kyiv

11 March 2022

  • One civilians killed in Russian airstrike on urban residential area of Dnipro, Dnipropetrovosk

10 March 2022

  • Two women and two children killed and one child injured in Russian shelling of Slobozhanske, Kharkiv.
  • 16-year-old boy killed in Russian shelling of market, Zhukovskoho, Kharkiv.

9 March 2022

  • Three civilians killed (1 child) and 16 injured in Russian airstrike on maternity and children’s hospital, Mariupol, Donetsk.
  • Five people killed (3 children) in Russian air strike on Malyn, Zhytomyr.
  • One civilian killed and two injured by Russian shelling of central Chernihiv, Chernihiv.
  • Three civilians (1 boy child) killed by Russian artillery shelling of urban residential area, Trostianets, Sumy.
  • One civilian killed and 14 injured by Russian shelling in Okhtyrka, Sumy.

8 March 2022

  • One woman killed and two others wounded in Russian air strike on village, Piskivka, Kyiv.
  • One civilian killed and two injured in Russian air strike on hostel, Zhytomyr.
  • Two civilians killed (1 child) by Russian airstrike on residential home, Dinets, Chuhuiv, Kharkiv.
  • Three civilians killed by landmine near Kyiv, Kyiv.

7 March 2022

  • 13 civilians killed and five injured by Russian airstrike on bread factory, Markariv, Kyiv.
  • Five civilians in Russian airstrike on airport in Vinnytsia, Vinnytsia.
  • One civilian killed and four injured in Russian shelling of school in Sievierodonetsk, Luhansk.
  • Four civilians killed and five injured in Russian shelling in residential areas of Mykolaiv, Mykolaiv.
  • Two civilians killed by Russian mortar (firearms also used) while feeding animals in Feldman Ecopark, Kharkiv.

6 March 2022

  • Eight civilians killed, including a family of three (two children) by Russian mortar fire while evacuating Irpin, Kyiv.
  • One civilian killed by Russian missile strike on warehouse in Havryshivka, Vinnytsia.

5 March 2022

  • Two civilians killed and several wounded by Russian missile strike on residential building in Kramatorsk, Donetsk.
  • 18-month boy killed by Russian shelling in Mariupol, Donetsk.
  • Two civilians wounded in airstrike on military facility in Zhytomyr, Zhytomyr.

4 March 2022

  • 17 civilians killed and 13 injured in Russian shelling of residential areas in Chernihiv, Chernihiv.
  • Six civilians killed, includig a child, and four wounded in Russian airstrike on Markhalivka village, Kyiv.
  • One Azerbaijani civilian killed and one civilians injured when car hit by Rocket, Mykolaiv.

3 March 2022

  • Eight civilians (2 children) killed in Russian airstrike on Izium, Kharkiv.
  • 47 civilians (38 men, nine women) killed in Russian airstrike in urban residential area of Chernihiv, Chernihiv. The air strike hit residential buildings and two schools.
  • Five civilians injured in air strike on university building in Sumy, Sumy.
  • One civilian killed and one injured by Russian shelling of village, Hatne, Kyiv.
  • One child killed by Russian shelling of village, Irpin, Kyiv.
  • One civilian killed and four injured in Russian shelling of Byshiv village, Kyiv.

2 March 2022

  • One civilian crew member killed by unidentified missile strike on Bangladeshi flagged bulk shipping carrier in Odessa port.
  • One boy killed by Russian shelling near a school, Mariupol, Donetsk.

1 March 2022

  • Six civilians killed (1 child) in Russian airstrike on central square in Kharkiv, Kharkiv
  • Eight civilians killed and six injured in airstrike on residential building in Kharkiv, Kharkiv
  • Five civilians killed and five injured in Russian airstrike on TV tower and Babi Yar, Kyiv.
  • Ten civilians killed and over 20 injured in missile strike on Kharkiv government building, Kharkiv.
  • Indian student killed by shelling in Kharkiv, Kharkiv.
  • 70 Ukrainian soldiers killed in missile strike on armed base, Okhtyrka, Sumy.
  • Four civilians killed (1 child) and 16 injured (7 children) in Russian missile strike on residential area of Zhytomyr, Zhytomyr.

28 February 2022

  • Five civilians killed and four wounded in Russian missile strike on residential area of Kyiv, Kyiv.
  • Four civilians killed in Russian shelling of residential area in Kharkiv, Kharkiv.
  • One woman killed and two civilians injured in Russian shelling of apartment building in Severodonetsk, Luhansk.
  • 11 civilians killed in Russian shelling of residential area in Kharkiv, Kharkiv.

27 February 2022

  • One civilian killed and three injured in Russian shelling of blood donation centre, Kharkiv

26 February 2022

  • Five civilians killed (1 child) and six wounded (2 children) in Russian shelling on a school in Okhtyrkha, Sumy. Reports suggest the use of cluster bombs.
  • 10 civilians (Greek nationals) killed and six wounded (1 child) in Russian airstrike on Mariupol, Donetsk.
  • Two civilians killed and four injured in Russian missile strike on apartment building in in Kyiv, Kyiv.
  • One child killed and four civilians injured (2 children) in Russian shelling of a hospital in Kyiv, Kyiv.
  • One woman and two children killed (Azerbaijani citizens) in Russian airstrike on an urban residential area in Kherson, Kherson.

25 February 2022

  • Four civilians killed and 15 wounded in Russian airstrike on Vyshhorodska, Kyiv.
  • Three civilians injured by Russian rocket strike on residential building in Kyiv, Kyiv.
  • Two teacherskilled by Ukrainian shelling in Gorlovka, Donetsk.

24 February 2022

  • Four civilians killed and 10 injured when Russian shell struck a hospital in Vuhledar, Donetsk.
  • One civilian killed by Russian shelling in Uman, Cherkasy.
  • One boy killed in shelling of apartment block in Kharkiv, Kharkiv.
  • Woman and man injured in airstrike on apartment block in Kharkiv.
  • One civilian killed and five wounded by Ukrainian shelling in Gorlovka, Donetsk.
  • Six civilians killed in Russian shelling of Brovary, Kyiv

Civilian Casualties in Ukraine, 2014-2021

AOAV has monitored an escalation in violence in the Donbas region, which borders Russia, and where violence between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists has occurred since 2014.

Between 2014 and 2021, AOAV recorded 5,242 deaths and injuries in Ukraine, including 2,704 civilians and 2,538 armed actors and security personnel. Of the civilian casualties recorded, 2,381 (88%) were caused by explosive weapon use in populated areas.

Ground-launched weapons, such as shelling, mortars, rockets, or grenades, for example, have accounted for 2,459 civilian casualties since 2014 – 91% of total civilian casualties.

Of the civilian casualties, the vast majority occurred in 2014 and 2015, with 1,428 and 862 civilian deaths and injuries in these years respectively. Despite continued sporadic shelling across the line of control, which divides the region of Donbas, civilian casualties have fallen quite consistently since 2014, with 28 recorded last year. Fewer civilian casualties are also likely to have occurred as numerous civilians have fled the worst impacted areas in Donbas since 2014, leaving an aging population, many of whom cannot leave.

In many instances of shelling since 2014, the perpetrator has not been identified, but where they have, Ukrainian separatist forces have been responsible for at least 667 civilian casualties and Ukraine for 783.

In the days preceding the Russian invasion, there was an increase in shelling across the line of control, which has resulted in seven civilian casualties. At least three civilians were injured on February 17th when separatist shelling hit a school in Luhansk. On the same day, separatist shelling left another woman injured in Marinka as she waited for a bus. Shelling by Ukrainian forces was also reported to have left one woman injured on February 17th. On February 20th, 2 civilian deaths were reported due to Ukrainian shelling in occupied areas of Luhansk. And, on February 21st, a civilian was killed and homes damaged by separatist shelling on Donetsk.

This escalation in violence and the Russian invasion is likely to be disastrous for civilians, as highlighted by the statement released today by the International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW), of which AOAV is a founding member.

AOAV condemns the use of violence against civilians and the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. AOAV encourages all armed actors to stop using explosive weapons with wide-area affects where there is likely to be a high concentration of civilians.