The EU condemns in the strongest possible terms Russia's unprovoked and unjustified war of aggression against Ukraine. This is a blatant violation of international law, including the UN Charter.

We call on Russia to immediately and unconditionally withdraw all its military personnel and equipment from the entire territory of Ukraine in full respect of Ukraine's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders and cease all hostilities. We support Ukraine’s Peace Formula as the only legitimate and credible path towards a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in line with the UN Charter.

The EU has reacted swiftly and strongly, with unprecedented support to Ukraine and with the largest sanctions packages in the Union's history.

“We commit to supporting Ukraine with whatever it takes to win the war and to win the peace.”

Josep Borell, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission

EU policies and actions

The future of Ukraine and its people lies within the European Union. In June 2022, Ukraine was granted EU candidate status. In December 2023, the European Council decided to open accession negotiations with Ukraine. The EU will stand with Ukraine on its reconstruction and reform path every step of the way. The EU stands united and resolute in its support for Ukraine. Since the start of the full-scale invasion, Team Europe has mobilised over €88 billion to help Ukraine and its people. In March 2022, the EU activated the temporary protection directive and EU Member States have been providing protection for Ukrainian citizens displaced by the war ever since, with over 4 million people being under temporary protection in the EU. The temporary protection was extended until March 2025.

Ukraine’s fight for its freedom, sovereignty and territorial integrity is also about safeguarding fundamental human values and principles of international law. The EU made it clear that it will stand with Ukraine and its people for as long as necessary and on all fronts: humanitarianeconomic, financial, political, diplomatic and military.

Our support makes a difference on the battlefield. Overall EU military support to Ukraine – provided by the European Peace Facility and the Member States directly – amounts to around €28 billion. The EU is one of the main providers of military assistance and training to Ukrainian Armed Forces through the EU Military Assistance Mission in support of Ukraine (EUMAM Ukraine).

The civilian EU Advisory Mission (EUAM) continues to advise and support civilian security sector reforms, in line with Ukraine’s EU path. In addition, EUAM supports Ukraine’s efforts to investigate and prosecute international crimes and the return of law enforcement to de-occupied and adjacent territories.

Ukraine’s security is Europe’s security. The EU and its Member States are committed to contributing, for the long term and together with partners, to security commitments to Ukraine. These commitments will help Ukraine to defend itself, resist destabilisation efforts and deter acts of aggression in the future.



HR/VP blogs & op-eds

Faces of Ukraine

They are refugees, volunteers, fighters. Their lives will never be the same again. But their hope for Ukraine to prevail remains unbroken. We collected the stories of some of the people of Ukraine whose lives changed overnight when Russia brutally attacked Ukraine on 24 February in a video series called 'Faces of Ukraine'.

Watch all 'Faces of Ukraine' videos here.



On February 24, 2022, Russia turned what had already been an eight years of war on Ukraine into a full-scale invasion. Since then, Ukraine has been facing up to tremendous challenges. And it has proved to be stunningly resilient. The volunteer movement in Europe is providing immense support to Ukraine’s civilians and armed forces.

This campaign is a candle that we are passing on from ordinary people in Ukraine to those in other countries and back to Ukraine. 

Explore more about it.


A campaign about the impacts of Russia’s war on Ukraine’s cultural heritage and cultural life

Ukrainian culture has always been and will remain an important part of European heritage. It is heart breaking to witness countless objects of cultural heritage being systematically and deliberately destroyed and looted as part of Russia’s full-scale aggression in Ukraine. Cultural institutions, projects and grants came to a standstill. Cinemas, theatres, libraries, bookstores are not accessible around most of the country. Many of them were bombed. Sometimes with civilians inside, who used them as shelters. In spite of all, Ukrainian artists are mobilizing to resist, to raise awareness and to lay the groundwork for post-war renaissance. Raising awareness can give a lifeline and a future to Ukrainian culture.

Find out impressive testimonials from the ground.



EU Solidarity with Ukraine

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