A civilian convoy in eastern Ukraine was found on Saturday after being attacked by Russian forces, killing 24 people, including 13 children and a pregnant woman, Ukrainian officials said.
According to Kharkiv military administration chief Oleh Syniehubov, a convoy of at least six cars traveling west from the village of Pishan in Luhansk region to Kurykivka in Kharkiv region was brutally attacked on September 25. around 9 am, Pravda first. reported.
Several survivors of the attack were able to escape and reported the incident to authorities.
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The identity of the victims is being reviewed and another war crimes investigation has reportedly been opened.
“The Russians fired at civilians at close range,” Syniehubov said.
Footage posted on Telegram by Ukraine’s prosecutor general’s office showed at least two burnt-out cars with burnt bodies inside.
At least two other unmarked civilian vehicles were riddled with bullets, with other deceased victims strewn inside.
Acting head of Ukraine’s security services, Vasyl Maliuk, echoed the regional military’s assessment and said, “This brutal attack on civilians was carried out by a Russian sabotage and reconnaissance group.
“They used small arms to attack six old light vehicles and a Gazel van, almost at point-blank range,” he added.
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The attack in eastern Kharkiv came after a major counter-offensive by Ukrainian troops forced Russia to evacuate its men from the area.
Officials told Fox News Digital this week that just because Ukraine has largely taken control of the region doesn’t mean Russian soldiers have left the area altogether.
Ukraine has continued to advance in neighboring Donetsk and Luhansk regions in recent days, securing the town of Lyman on Saturday in a strategic victory for Kyiv.
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Since Russia’s forced withdrawal from Kharkiv, massive human rights abuses have been uncovered, including another mass grave this week in an area southeast of Izyum.
Ukraine, the International Criminal Court and several countries, including the United States, have opened investigations into war crimes against Ukrainian civilians.