After the evacuation of around 260 Ukrainian soldiers from the Azov steelworks in Mariupol, the situation of the city’s remaining defenders in the huge industrial complex remains unclear. President Volodymyr Zelenskyj said on Wednesday night that influential international mediators were involved in the efforts to rescue them.

Fighting continues in eastern Ukraine, while Russian airstrikes are taking place in other regions.

The situation at a glance:

Sweden and Finland will jointly submit their NATO membership applications to Brussels on Wednesday. The Nordic countries are thus giving up their long tradition of military non-alignment.

The EU Commission presents its strategy on how the European Union can become independent of fossil fuels from Russia. The authority wants to set more ambitious goals for the expansion of renewable energies and energy saving.