[Central News Agency] Ukraine today accused Russian troops of attacking a civilian convoy and brutally killing 24 civilians, including 13 children, last month near the recently recaptured northeastern Ukrainian town of Kupiansk.

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) previously issued a statement saying that at the end of September in the "gray zone" between the eastern Ukrainian army and the territory controlled by the Russian army, a civilian convoy containing seven vehicles was attacked by the Russian army. 20 people were killed.

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The governor of Ukraine's Kharkiv region, Oleg Synegubov, raised the death toll today to 24, including a pregnant woman and 13 children.

He also accused Russian troops of "shooting at civilians at close range".

The Kupyansk emergency medical care department also released a video through official channels confirming the death toll.

The Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office stated that “On September 30, prosecutors, security investigators and police found a convoy of seven cars that had been shot. A group of civilians tried to evacuate on September 25. During this period, he was hit by the Russian army. Two cars were completely burned, and the parents and children in the cars were burned alive.”

Ukrainian officials have launched an investigation and claim that the Russian army, who was driven out of the village of Kyrylivka a week ago, was behind the cold-blooded massacre.

SBU chief Vasyl Malyuk said: "The occupiers were defeated on the battlefield and could only respond by killing civilians desperately. We will find every murderer and hold them accountable for the atrocities they committed." 1111002