Russian rockets kill six people in Ukraine’s Donetsk region, several trapped. Official.

Dozens are also feared trapped after Russian attack destroys a five-storey apartment, an Ukrainian official says.

The number of people killed in the Russian rocket attack that destroyed a five-story apartment building in the eastern Donetsk region is about six, according to officials.

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 who are under the wreckage, he said on the Telegram messaging app.
The Ukrainian emergency services initially gave a death toll of six, but later said it may have risen. They did not say how many people may still be in the rubble.

Zelenskyy sacks several Ukrainian envoys.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said that he dismissed several of Kyiv’s senior envoys abroad, including the country’s outspoken ambassador to Germany.
Zelenskiy announced the sacking of Ukraine’s ambassadors to Germany, India, the Czech Republic, Norway and Hungary and said new candidates were being readied for the positions.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has dismissed Kyiv’s ambassador to Germany as well as several other top foreign envoys.
“This rotation is a normal part of diplomatic practice,” he said in a statement.

Canada says it will return to Germany the Russian turbine needed to maintain the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline. Ukraine had lobbied against the move saying it would weaken Western sanctions on Russia.

The United States promises to provide nearly $368m in further humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

Ukraine says Russian troops are pursuing “relentless” shelling on its eastern Donetsk region.

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