Ukraine: AOAV explosive violence data on harm to civilians

In the Ukrainian conflict, AOAV – which takes its sources from reputable English language media – has recorded up to the 27 June, 5,091 casualties from explosive weapon use across 574 incidents; this includes some 4,452 civilian casualties (2,080 killed, 2,372 injured).

The Casualties of Ukraine: an invitation to a discussion in the UK Houses of Parliament (4th July 4pm)

Casualty recording in Ukraine: what are the challenges and necessities of recording civilian casualties in the current war?

Human Rights Watch finds Russian strikes killed scores of civilians in Chernihiv, Ukraine

A Human Rights Watch investigation found that four air and ground-launched attacks on the Ukrainian city of Chernihiv, in March 2022, were in clear violation of the laws of war.

Invasion of Ukraine sees 90% increase in ground-launched explosive weapons in towns and cities – new research

A shift to Russian ground-launched weapons in towns and cities a major feature of current Ukrainian war compared to previous conflict, AOAV’s new analysis shows

At Least Three Killed and 19 Injured in 9th Recorded Russian Air Strike on a School in Ukraine

At least three people were killed and 19 injured in a Russian airstrike on schools in Novhorod-Siverskyi, Chernihiv, on Thursday 12 May. Russian troops reportedly fired several missiles at a school and boarding school, damaging an administrative building and some residential houses in the ensuing fire.

Russian bombings of hospitals and healthcare

Since 2015, AOAV has recorded 12 incidents of Russian bombings of hospitals, resulting in 124 civilian casualties, 45 of whom were killed and 79 injured.

600 reported killed in Russian strike on Mariupol theatre

On 16 March 2022, a Russian airstrike hit the theatre in Mariupol, causing the roof and some of the exterior walls to collapse inwards.

“It’s actually civilians that are targeted”- Dr Matthew Spreadbury on Delivering Emergency Trauma Response in Myanmar

Dr Matthew Spreadbury is a surgery resident currently living and working in Norway. Here, he shares with us his experiences working as a surgeon in Myanmar, performing emergency and trauma response interventions for civilians injured by explosive weapons in Karenni State. He shares a story of pain and catastrophic human impact, but also of hope.

At Least 62 Killed in Russian Strike on School

At least 62 people were killed in a Russian airstrike on a school, on Saturday 7 May 2022. 90 people were using the school as a shelter in the village of Bilohorivka, and following the strike, 30 have been pulled from the rubble.

UK arms exports to Russia

Russia: Country overview The Russian Federation is the world’s largest country in terms of size, spanning northern Asia and much of eastern Europe, with an estimated population of 142 million. A federal semi-presidential republic, Russia has been effectively ruled for the past two decades by one man: Vladimir Putin. Putin became the country’s president in 2000 and, […]

A short review of journalist Nagieb Khaja’s film: ‘Syria: Under Russia’s Fist’

This short film on Al Jazeera called ‘Syria: Under Russia’s Fist’, by filmmakers and journalists Nagieb Khaja and Tom Greenwood, highlights the devastating consequences Russian air strikes have had on the lives of ordinary Syrian civilians. It is a raw and gripping film that should be watched by anyone concerned about the use of explosive weapons […]

Ukraine: Ceasefire amid a surge of shelling

Yesterday’s Minsk Agreement seeks to secure a new ceasefire in the eastern Ukraine conflict. The plan focuses on the withdrawal of heavy explosive weapons, which have wreaked devastation in towns and cities across the embattled region. AOAV’s explosive violence monitor reveals the terrible impact of the use of heavy explosive weapons in populated areas. AOAV […]