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Russia Ukraine war news: 10 killed in Russian rocket attack on apartment building in Chasiv Yar in Donetsk region, officials say

KYIV, Ukraine — Russian missiles struck the eastern Ukrainian city of Chasiv Yar, destroying a five-story apartment building and killing at least 10 people, officials said Sunday.

Pavlo Kyrylenko, governor of the Donetsk region, said about three dozen people could be trapped in the rubble. Rescuers have made contact with two people trapped under the debris, he said on the Telegram messaging app.

Ukraine’s emergency services initially put the death toll at six, but later put the death toll at 10. They did not say how many may still be in the rubble.

Kirilenko said the town of about 12,000 people was hit by Uragan rockets, which are launched from truck-based systems. Chasiv Yar is about 20 kilometers (12 miles) southeast of Kramatorsk, a town expected to be a major target for Russian forces as they grind westward.

Donetsk region is one of two provinces along with Luhansk that make up the Donbas region, where separatist rebels have been fighting Ukrainian forces since 2014. Last week, Russia captured the city of Lysychansk, the last major stronghold of the Ukrainian resistance in Luhansk.

Russian forces are raising “real hell” in the Donbass, despite estimates that they have taken an operational pause, Luhansk Governor Serhi Haidai said on Saturday.

After the capture of Lysychansk, some analysts predicted that Moscow’s troops would likely need some time to rearm and regroup.

But “so far no operational pause has been announced by the enemy. It is still attacking and shelling our territories with the same intensity as before,” Haidai said. He later said that the Russian bombardment of Luhansk had been suspended because Ukrainian forces had destroyed ammunition depots and barracks used by the Russians.

The video in the player above is from a previous report.

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