In the view of President Volodymyr Zelenskyj, the war in Ukraine can ultimately only be ended through diplomacy. The war will be “bloody, there will be fierce fighting, but it will only end definitively through diplomacy,” Zelenskyi told Ukrainian television station ICTV on Saturday. At the same time he demanded further arms deliveries from the West.

After completely capturing the port city of Mariupol, the Russian army continued to increase the pressure in eastern Ukraine.

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Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) is setting off on his first trip to Africa since taking office almost six months ago. He also wants to talk about the effects of the Ukraine war on the continent. Africa is affected, among other things, by the sharp rise in grain prices in the course of the war, which has triggered a food crisis. After Senegal as the first travel stop, Scholz wants to visit Niger and South Africa.