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EU Solidarity with Ukraine
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Slava Ukraini

One year of Ukrainian resistance

An attack against peace and democracy

A year ago, on 24 February 2022, Russian forces began a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. So far, Russia’s war of aggression has been spreading death and destruction in Ukraine.

Ukraine has become the centre of our continent. The place where our values are upheld, where our freedom is defended, where the future of Europe is written.

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission
Composition: Children attend their first lesson as they mark the start of a new academic year at a general educational school in Avdiivka and A destroyed classroom is seen in a school in Avdiivka
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The war's impact on everyday life

At first, when Russia’s bombs started to rain down on towns and cities all over Ukraine, civilians tried their hardest to maintain a semblance of normality. But a few months into the war, mundane experiences of everyday life, such as going to a local bakery, or simply taking children to school, became no longer possible amid the unrelenting violence.

Composition of photos: Korshiv Bread Bakery and  Ukrainian volunteers distribute bread to residents of the town of Balakliya
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Paying tribute to the courageous Ukrainians

Numbers and statistics are not enough to tell the full story. To better understand the situation on the ground we have collected testimonies from some of those bearing the brunt of Russia's atrocities.

Standing with Ukraine for as long as it takes

From the first day of Russia’s unjustified and illegal war against Ukraine, the European Union and its allies have made the collective decision to support Ukraine. Since the war began, the European Union has provided Ukraine with €67 billion in economic, humanitarian and military support.

As such, assistance will continue to flow to Kyiv for the duration of the war and beyond. 

Read more about EU assistance to Ukraine

On the other hand, the European Union will keep the pressure on the Russian government through a mixture of diplomacy and a strict set of sanctions.

Read more about EU sanctions against Russia

Close political cooperation

The war's impact in Europe and beyond

Russia's war of aggression has global effects, which are particularly impacting the most vulnerable. The damage done to Ukraine's infrastructure has had a perilous impact on food security for millions of people around the world. 

The European Union is taking steps to ensure that global food security is restored through international cooperation. It is also mobilising humanitarian aid and support to the most affected farmers.

Preparing a brighter future for Ukraine

A local girl hugs Ukrainian soldier on Liberty Square during the celebration of the city's liberation on November 12, 2022 in Kherson, Ukraine.
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The EU's solidarity with Ukraine and its people will remain steadfast. We are deeply aware that at stake is not just the future of the Ukrainian people, but the future of the whole European continent. Freedom and democracy are at the very core of the European spirit, and on those we will never compromise.

We strongly believe Ukraine will come out victorious because justice is on its side. And when that day comes, the European Union will be there standing side by side with Ukraine to help the country get back on its feet and support its recovery and reconstruction.

We have the political will to hold the perpetrators of the crimes being committed accountable, including for the crime of aggression.  While continuing to support the work of the International Criminal Court, we are ready to work with the international community on setting up an ad hoc international tribunal or a specialised ‘hybrid’ tribunal to investigate and prosecute Russia’s crimes of aggression. To help coordinate the collection of evidence, we will establish an International Centre for the Prosecution of the Crime of Aggression in Ukraine in The Hague.