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A Russian attack hit an apartment building killing at least 15 people in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine. At the same time, the Russian giant Gazprom is starting maintenance work on the two Nord Stream 1 gas pipelines, sparking fears of a complete stop of gas imports to Europe. Follow live events.
8:50 am: the strike at the Chassiv Iar building is “a terrorist attack” according to Kyiv
The Ukrainian government said the deadly attack on a five-story apartment building in Ukraine’s Donetsk region was “another terrorist attack” and that Russia should be designated as a “terrorist sponsor state” accordingly. Explanations by the special envoy of France 24 in Kiev, Ludovic de Foucaud.
7:20 am: At least 15 dead in a strike against a building in eastern Ukraine
Ukrainian rescuers continue to search for survivors in the rubble of an apartment building gutted by a Russian strike that killed at least 15 people in eastern Ukraine, where Russian forces are trying to solidify their hold.
The strike took place at night in Chassiv Iar, a town of about 12,000 inhabitants in the Donetsk region, which Russian troops are trying to conquer.
AFP reporters saw dozens of rescuers working in the rubble of the partially destroyed building, aided by a mechanical excavator.
“During the rescue operations, 15 bodies were discovered on the spot and five people were pulled out of the rubble,” local rescue services said on Facebook, adding that they made contact with three people trapped under the ruins.
4:00 am: Uncertainty about gas imports
Germany and Europe are entering a period of great uncertainty on Monday due to the continuation of their Russian gas imports, which have already been severely reduced in recent weeks and may soon dry up completely.
Russian giant Gazprom began maintenance work on the two Nord Stream 1 gas pipelines in the morning, which transport a large amount of its gas, which is still delivered to Germany and several other Western European countries.
This stop for ten days of the two rods, long announced, was supposed to be only a technical formality. But in the context of the war in Ukraine and the showdown between Moscow and the West over energy, no one can bet on the future.
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