While Ukraine is beginning to think about where to host the Eurovision Song Contest next year, bitter fighting continues, especially in the east of the country.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke of a very difficult situation in the Donbass industrial area there. Regional authorities expect new attacks by Russian troops in several directions.

The events at a glance:

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called on people in Germany to accept the consequences of the sanctions against Russia. “Sometimes it’s cheaper to help someone else and endure a short period of deprivation than sitting at home, watching TV and doing nothing, just allowing the problem to eventually knock on your own door,” said Kuleba at “Bild television”. Ukraine offers a fair deal: “Give us everything we need and we will contain Russia and defeat it in Ukraine so they never knock on your door.”

Kuleba also reiterated in the interview that his country is not ready for agreements with Russia that would leave Ukrainian territory in the hands of the attackers. “There is nothing wrong with a ceasefire if it is the first step towards a solution where Ukrainian territory is liberated,” he said. “But we will not accept the fact that there is a partial separation of territory.” The government in Kyiv will “not allow diplomacy to simply prolong our suffering and simply postpone the next phase of the war.”