Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy calls the bitter battle for Sievjerodonetsk one of the most difficult battles in the war with Russia. After more than three months of fighting, taking the strategically important city could mean a preliminary decision in the struggle for the Donbass region. Russia attacked the neighboring country on February 24. Thursday is the 106th day of the war for Ukraine.

While a special envoy of Zelenskyj is counting on Ukraine’s EU candidate status soon, Poland’s President Andrzej Duda criticizes the talks between Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) and French President Emmanuel Macron with Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin. The events at a glance:

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The day brings:

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg meets Chancellor Scholz and Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht (both SPD) in Berlin.

Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach sets off on a trip to Ukraine. The SPD politician wants to meet the Ukrainian Minister of Health there. Among other things, he is concerned with how injured people can be better cared for.