On Friday it was 100 days since Russian President Vladimir Putin had his troops invade Ukraine. Instead of a short fight, the war drags on. The West has reacted with severe sanctions, but peace is not in sight – an overview.
100 days have passed since Russia invaded Ukraine. The most important events:
February 24: Russia attacks the former Soviet republic.
February 26: Germany decides to supply arms from Bundeswehr stocks to Ukraine. Russian financial institutions are to be excluded from the banking communications network Swift.
February 27: Russian President Vladimir Putin puts the nuclear power’s deterrent weapons on standby.
March 2: The UN General Assembly condemns the Russian invasion with a historic majority.
March 4: A fire at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant near Zaporizhia fuels fears of a nuclear catastrophe.
March 8 Thousands of civilians rescued from the embattled northeast city of Sumy. The US bans the import of oil from Russia.
March 16: The International Court of Justice in The Hague orders an immediate end to Russian violence in Ukraine.
March 17: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj speaks in a video message in front of the Bundestag.
March 24: NATO decides on a massive rearmament and activates defense against chemical, biological and nuclear threats.
March 26: During a speech in Warsaw, US President Joe Biden calls Putin a “dictator”.
April 1: Western countries must have an account with Russia’s Gazprombank to pay for their Russian gas supplies. But you should still be able to pay in euros and dollars.
April 2: The Ukrainian army says it has regained full military control over the region around Kyiv. Moscow intensifies attacks in the east and south of the country.
April 3: Atrocities against the civilian population in the Kiev suburb of Bucha cause horror. Ukraine counts more than 400 bodies.
April 8: A rocket attack on the Kramatorsk train station kills more than 50 people.
April 13: Biden accuses Russia of genocide in Ukraine.
April 15: Russia confirms the sinking of the missile cruiser Moskva. Ukraine claims to have sunk the Black Sea Fleet flagship. Moscow denies that.
April 20: The number of refugees from Ukraine exceeds the five million mark.
April 21: In eastern Ukraine, the Russian army now has most of the Luhansk region under control.
April 27: Russia cuts gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria.
April 28: The Bundestag gives the go-ahead for the delivery of heavy weapons to Ukraine.
May 3: CDU leader Friedrich Merz is shocked by the consequences of the war in Ukraine.
May 4: The EU Commission proposes an oil embargo to increase pressure on Moscow.
May 6: The federal government promises the Ukraine seven Panzerhaubitzen 2000.
May 8: Bundestag President Bärbel Bas takes part in the commemoration of the anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe in Kyiv.
May 10: Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock meets Selenskyj in Kyiv. The German embassy is reopened.
May 12: During his four-day visit to Germany, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba calls for the delivery of Western fighter jets and missile defense systems.
May 18: Sweden and Finland officially apply for NATO membership.
May 20: Germany announces delivery of the first 15 Gepard anti-aircraft vehicles to Ukraine in July.
May 21: The Russian army says it has complete control of the port city of Mariupol. The last of the more than 2,400 Ukrainian fighters in the Azovstal steelworks had previously surrendered.
May 22 Ukrainian parliament extends martial law and general mobilization until August 23.
May 23: A 21-year-old Russian soldier is sentenced to life imprisonment in Ukraine’s first war crimes trial.
May 28: According to its own statements, Russia gains control of the strategically important small town of Lyman in the Donbass region.
May 30: The EU agrees to stop Russian oil supplies by sea. Pipeline transport should remain possible.
May 31: The US wants to deliver the Himar artillery system to Kyiv.
June 1: Scholz announces delivery of Iris-T air defense system and Mars II multiple rocket launchers to Ukraine.
June 2: The EU approves the far-reaching oil embargo. Because of Hungary’s resistance, however, there are no sanctions against the Russian Orthodox Church leader, Patriarch Kirill.