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    Solidarity with Ukrainian people

    Almost eight years after the beginning of the conflict in eastern Ukraine and the illegal annexation of Crimea, Russia launched on 24 February 2022 a large-scale military invasion of the whole country. The destruction and suffering is already devastating. More than 4 million people have fled to neighbouring countries and there are 6.48 million internal displaced persons within Ukraine (as of 4 April). Ukraine is bravely fighting for the survival of its democracy and national sovereignty.

    The European Union and its partners are doing their outmost to help Ukraine and the last weeks have seen high levels of support and unprecedented political decisions. The EU has reacted swiftly, adopting four sets of unprecedented sanctions against Putin’s regime, and its collaborator, the Lukashenko regime.

    The EU has also significantly stepped up its financial and humanitarian support to Ukraine. From the very outset, the European Commission activated €85 million in humanitarian assistance and €5 million for Moldova; €10 million for priority cybersecurity measures in Ukraine; €15 million for civil society organisations assisting communities and people affected by the attacks.

    The EU provides help in keeping the Ukrainian government functional through the provision of cash injections to support basic expenditures. This includes an emergency macro-financial assistance package of €1.2 billion and €120 million budget support. The first tranche of €600 million of the macrofinancial assistance has been disbursed in two equal instalments, first one of €300 million paid on 11 March, and the second on 18 March.

    In addition, the Council adopted assistance measures under the European Peace Facility worth €1 billion to purchase and deliver military equipment to the Ukrainian Armed Forces, and at least €550 million from the EU budget (including the Emergency support programme of €330 million) will deal with the immediate consequences of this tragic war, both in the country and for the refugees.

    EU Member States and their citizens have shown impressive solidarity with the Ukrainian people. Each of us can contribute to support Ukraine and its citizens to face the destructions of war and displacement. Should you have any questions on how you can support Ukraine or what the EU is doing to help Ukraine, please contact us:

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    What we do - Support Group for Ukraine (SGUA)

    The European Commission - Support Group for Ukraine (SGUA)- together with the EU Delegation to Ukraine have been working relentlessly to coordinate support for Ukraine and rapidly mobilise emergency assistance to the country (apart from humanitarian aid and aid through the Union Civil Protection Mechanism):

      a) By Re-purposing of ongoing projects

    The EU Delegation to Ukraine is fully operational. It is currently re-purposing up to €200 million worth of ongoing projects to deliver emergency assistance to meet pressing needs of the Ukrainian population and authorities.

    b) €120 million State and Resilience Building Contract (SRBC) – Budget Support

    As part of an emergency package for Ukraine announced on 24 January 2022, a €120 million grant in the form of a State and Resilience Building Contract was approved by the European Commission on 17 March. During her visit to Ukraine on 8 April, President von der Leyen announced the full disbursement of the €120 million grant. The programme aims at strengthening civilian crisis preparedness and management at both central and local levels, an area of utmost importance for Ukraine at present. This will contribute to continue addressing existing vulnerabilities against crises affecting the society as a whole, as well as critical infrastructure, including the transport network, information and communication systems.

      c) Emergency support programme of €330 million

    This support will contribute to strengthening Ukraine’s resilienceby increasing the capacity of the government, economic actors, independent media and civil society to withstand the impact of the war, and contribute to the recovery of the country. Assistance to Internally Displaced Persons and host communities will be a core part of the programme. Focus will be also placed on the rehabilitation of critical infrastructure, including digital and cybersecurity as well as energy and food security.

    In addition to all the work on financial assistance, the European Commission is swiftly taking work forward on Ukraine’s application for EU membership. The European Council received it on 28 February and asked the European Commission to prepare an Opinion – also on Moldova and Georgia who followed a few days later. The Opinions will assess the merits of the applications against the EU accession criteria, notably the Copenhagen criteria [focusing on the political and economic criteria]. We cannot prejudge at this stage the content or timeframe of these Opinions.

    Further information

    Factsheets available to download

    EU Neighbours East

    EU solidarity with Ukraine

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    For specific information (programme level), see below