An eastern Ukrainian apartment building is the latest victim, along with 24 occupants, of Russian forces attempting to take control of the country.

On Monday morning, an apartment building in Chasiv Yar in the Donetsk province was attacked by a Russian missile. The total of deaths in the Donetsk region has now reached 31, and there are still over 20 people missing after the attack.

The Donetsk Regional State Administration posted a video on Youtube of the aftermath of what the five-story apartment building looks like now. Rescue workers can be seen digging through the rubble for any signs of survivors.

In an interview with Reuters, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the president's office said that rescuers had cleared just over half of the rubble, weighing roughly 170 tonnes by Monday evening.

Russia is expected to plan future attacks in eastern Ukraine to gain full control over its industrial provinces, Luhansk (which has already been claimed captured by Russian President Vladimir Putin) and Donetsk.

A woman who survived the missile strike told Reuters "I was thrown into the bathroom, it was all chaos. I was in shock, all covered in blood. By the time I left the bathroom, the room was full of rubble, three floors fell down."

In a public announcement, the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zalensky says that Russian troops have no excuse for attacking civilians and public areas.

"It was a missile strike. And everyone who gives orders for such strikes, everyone who carries them out targeting our ordinary cities, and residential areas, kills absolutely deliberately. After such strikes, the killers will not be able to say they did not know something or did not understand something...All those who carried out this shelling, other missile strikes, all those who hit our cities with rocket artillery, as is the case with the Kharkiv region, Zaporizhzhia, Kryvyi Rih, Siversk and Vuhledar in the Donetsk region - they will all be found."

The war between Ukraine and Russia has gone on for nearly five months. With Russian establishing full control of Luhansk and targeting Donetsk next, the major areas in the Donbas region. These areas have seen Pro-Russian violence since 2014 and were used by President Putin as a pretext for Russia's February invasion.