War in Ukraine: heavy fighting in Donbass, Zelensky praises Severodonetsk “heroes” – overview – politics

subordinate Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky Decisively in the face of more than 100 days of valiant struggle against the Russian invasion EU filter status wanted. “I mean, this will be a decision not only for Ukraine, but for the entire European project,” the head of state said in his daily video message on Monday. That will also decide whether the EU has a future, Zelensky said.

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Meanwhile, fighting continues in Ukraine.

A glimpse of the events:

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his evening video address that the Ukrainian forces In the besieged city of Sevgerodonetsk They will hold their positions. “Our heroes will not give up their positions in Severodonetsk. And in the city the fierce fighting continues in the streets.”
  • “On the 103rd day holds Ukrainian Donbass Zelensky said, referring to the situation in the east of the country. In addition, everything is being done to ensure the stability of the front in the Zaporizhia and Mykolaiv regions. Fierce fighting continued around Severodonetsk, Lesichansk, Slovyansk, Pakhmut, Svyatohersk, Avdiivka, Kurakhov, and in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions. The armed forces have to bear heavy losses.
  • The Russian army and the Moscow-backed separatists have shut down Capture of the Ukrainian city of Svyatohersk (Swjatogorsk) with its historical monastery according to its own statements. “Svyatogorsk is practically liberated,” Denis Pushlin, the leader of the breakaway region of Donetsk, told Russian state television. There lies the Dormition Monastery, which was finally shot The most important Russian Orthodox shrines he heard. Initially, there was no confirmation from the Ukrainian side of the abandonment of Svyatohersk. However, the Ukrainian General Staff reported heavy fighting broke out in the Donetsk region around the city on Monday morning. For weeks, Ukraine has been demanding supplies of heavy weapons from the West, not only to stop and push Russian forces, but also to liberate occupied positions.
  • Ukrainian military spokesman, Alexander Motosianik, reported heavy fighting “almost along the entire front line In the Luhansk and Donetsk regionsThe Russian Air Force carried out 39 air strikes outside eastern Ukraine. However, the most dangerous situation is in the Zaporizhia region, where the Russian army threatens the capital of the region, according to the statement. President Selinsky visited the region on Sunday and was also directly in front.
  • Zelensky He thanked Britain in his evening video address. “I am grateful to Prime Minister Boris Johnson for his full understanding of our demands and his willingness to provide Ukraine with the weapons that it so badly needs to protect the lives of our people.” High performance rocket launchers With a range of up to 80 km to Ukraine.
  • Silinsky sent a special envoy to Berlin for talks with the federal government The possibility of joining the European Union Straight. Regional Development Minister Oleksiy Chernshaw wants to meet Chancellor Wolfgang Schmidt (SPD) and several ministers on Tuesday and Wednesday. “The European Union must embrace Ukraine,” Chernyshev told dpa in advance. But he also stressed that his country does not want to receive preferential treatment. “We do not expect Ukraine to join through the back door and there is no fast passage to Ukraine.” As the most powerful and most populous country in the European Union, Germany plays a “decisive role” in the accession cause.
  • The European Union Commission He wants to decide in June how to proceed with the EU’s ambitions for the country attacked by Russia. The federal government has not yet taken a position on this issue. Chancellor Olaf Schultz (Social Democratic Party) made it clear that there should be no shortcuts for Ukraine on the way to the European Union. Ukraine, which has something to do with massive corruption, sees its war against Russia as a sufficient qualification.

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What will be important on Tuesday:
Secretary of State for Culture Claudia Roth (Al-Khidr) arrived in the Ukrainian coastal city of Odessa on Monday afternoon for a two-day visit. She traveled to the Black Sea at the invitation of her Ukrainian counterpart. “We want to show we’re there, we want to show how culture is under attack,” the green politician said at the start of the trip, before the main day of the trip on Tuesday. Offers of humanitarian aid are rarely mentioned in the discussions.

Visited for the first time since the start of the Ukraine war Counselor Olaf Schultz (Social Democratic Party) on Tuesday with Lithuania, a NATO country that neighbors Russia and feels particularly threatened by the nuclear power. In the capital, Vilnius, Nauseda becomes the next Heads of Government of the Three Baltic States Meet – Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are also included. The chancellor then visits German soldiers stationed in Lithuania to secure the eastern flank of NATO. (AFP, Reuters)

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