In eastern Ukraine, massive Russian artillery and airstrikes are increasingly threatening the Ukrainian defenders. The shelling of the city of Sievjerodonetsk continued throughout Wednesday, according to the Ukrainian General Staff. 95 percent of the Luhansk administrative region in the Donbass has been occupied by Russian troops, said Governor Serhiy Hajday. The situation is “extremely bad”.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy therefore called on the international community to stand more clearly on his country’s side.

The events at a glance:

The day brings:

The Mayor of Kiev and ex-boxing world champion Vitali Klitschko is also expected at the World Economic Forum on Thursday, who will report on the situation in the Ukrainian capital.

Another date draws attention to the peaceful resistance against ruler Alexander Lukashenko in Belarus: In Aachen, the Charlemagne Prize is awarded to Belarusian civil rights activists, including opposition leader Svetlana Tichanovskaya.