Rescue workers searched throughout the night for two people missing after an explosion ripped through an apartment building outside Paris, killing six and reducing half a residential block to rubble. Firefighters were combing the wreckage for two other missing people, Mayor Claude Capillon said. The building was practically scythed in two.
Ukrainian troops on Monday were battling a Russian tank division in the eastern city of Lugansk, Kiev said, in its latest allegation of Moscow's direct involvement in the conflict. "The battle between Ukrainian paratroopers and a reinforced tank battalion of the Russian armed forces is continuing with the goal of controlling the Lugansk airport," military spokesman Leonid Matyukhin wrote on his Facebook page. Also on Monday Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said a meeting of the Ukraine Contact Group in Minsk should discuss an immediate and unconditional ceasefire. "I am very much counting upon the negotiations set for today, to above all focus on agreeing an immediate and unconditional ceasefire," he said a meeting with university students according to Russian news agencies.