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Timeline: How the EU has been supporting Ukraine since the start of the war 




Check out the timeline for an overview of how the EU and the European Parliament have been supporting Ukraine since the start of Russia’s invasion on 24 February, World.

The timeline is in reverse chronological order, meaning the most recent event will appear on top and the oldest one on the bottom. EU support for Ukraine  description: How the EU and the European Parliament have been supporting Ukraine since the start of Russia’s invasion on 24 February.   EU reactions Sanctions European integration EU-Ukraine cooperation Refugees 23-05-2022

MEPs call for energy independence and more pressure on Russia

title short description: MEPs unanimously condemn Russia’s brutal invasion and urge the EU to further sanction Moscow and protect the European economy. Tag:EU reactions


MEPs call for special tribunal to punish Russian political leaders and military commanders

title short description: Parliament asks the EU to support setting up a special international tribunal to punish the crime of aggression committed against Ukraine, for which the International Criminal Court has no jurisdiction and hold Russian political leaders and military commanders and those of its allies to account. Tag:EU reactions


Parliament backs more powers for EU agency on war crime investigations

title short description: MEPs greenlight new rules that will allow Eurojust to store and analyse evidence related to war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity. Tag:EU reactions



EU agreement to restock gas reserves before winter

title short description: Parliament and Council negotiators reach an agreement on a new regulation setting the mandatory minimum level of gas in storage facilities to 80% by 1 November 2022. Tag:EU reactions


MEPs: all EU sanctions against Russia must apply to Belarus

title short description: Parliament welcomes the European Commission’s proposal for a sixth sanctions package against Russia and Belarus and calls on EU countries in the Council to ensure its comprehensive and swift implementation. All the future EU sanctions issued against Russia must be strictly mirrored for Belarus for its support of the war of aggression in Ukraine, say MEPs. Tag:Sanctions


MEPs approve suspension of EU duties on all Ukrainian exports

title short description: Parliament backs a one-year suspension of EU import duties on all Ukrainian exports, to support the country’s economy. The adopted measures aim to remove barriers to trade. Tag:EU-Ukraine cooperation


EU must strengthen support for citizens and businesses and help for Ukraine

title short description: MEPs call for funding to deal with the consequences of the war in Ukraine, by confiscating Russian oligarchs’ assets, making use of new EU own resources, and fully using the funds available in the existing EU budget. Tag:EU-Ukraine cooperation


Eurobarometer survey: Europeans approve EU’s response to the war in Ukraine

title short description: A Flash Eurobarometer survey in all EU countries shows wide support among EU citizens in favour of the EU’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Tag:EU reactions


MEPs call on Russia to return airplanes

title short description: MEPs demand Russia return leased airplanes that have been re-registered in the Russian aircraft register, in clear violation of international civil aviation rules, and call on the EU to tighten sanctions on Moscow. Tag:EU reactions


War in Ukraine: protecting women refugees from violence and sexual exploitation

title short description: To protect women fleeing the war, MEPs call on the EU and all host and transit countries to ensure access to sexual and reproductive health services , as well as to the obstetric care. Tag:Refugees


Oil embargo – the sixth package of sanctions is on the table

title short description: The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announces a proposal for the sixth package of sanctions against Russia which would include a complete import ban on all Russian oil, seaborne and pipeline, crude and refined. Tag:Sanctions


Italian Prime Minister Draghi calls for faster EU integration to address crises

title short description: In an address to the European Parliament, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi calls for faster EU integration: “We want Ukraine in the EU” and “we must also proceed as quickly as possible”. Tag:European integration


Fifth package of sanctions: coal embargo and transport restrictions

title short description: The EU adopts a fifth package of sanctions against Russia, in light of Russia’s continuing war of aggression against Ukraine and the reports of atrocities committed by the Russian armed forces in a number of Ukrainian towns. Tag:Sanctions


Ukrainian application to the EU membership is in progress

title short description: The President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen hands over the EU membership questionnaire to the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Tag:European integration


EU facilitates steps by telecom operators to help refugees stay connected

title short description: Telecom operators based in the EU and in Ukraine sign a joint statement on their coordinated efforts to secure affordable or free roaming and international calls between the EU and Ukraine. The Commission and the Parliament facilitate this joint statement. Tag:Refugees


MEPs demand full embargo on Russian imports of fuel

title short description: MEPs call for additional sanctions, including “an immediate full embargo on Russian imports of oil, coal, nuclear fuel and gas”. Tag:Sanctions


MEPs frontload €3.4 billion to address Ukrainian refugees’ needs

title short description: MEPs adopt additional urgent support measures agreeing to immediately release about €3.4 billion from the React-EU funds and speed up EU governments’ access to funds to pay for infrastructure, housing, equipment, employment, education, social inclusion, healthcare and childcare for refugees. Tag:Refugees


EU must protect all children fleeing the war

title short description: MEPs call for children fleeing war in Ukraine to be given safe passage and for assistance for those internally displaced or unable to leave areas under siege. Tag:Refugees


MEPs call for more support for Ukraine and further sanctions against Russia

title short description: MEPs unite in showing solidarity and giving more help to Ukraine. They call for further sanctions against Russia, additional support for Ukraine and for reducing the EU’s energy dependency. Tag:Sanctions


Minute of silence in memory of war victims in Ukraine

title short description: President Roberta Metsola leads MEPs in a minute of silence in memory of the victims of Bucha, Irpin and all victims of war, terror and violence. She updates the Parliament on her visit to Ukraine and appeals for more logistical, humanitarian and military support. Tag:EU reactions


Parliament President visits Kyiv

title short description: European Parliament President Roberta Metsola visits Kyiv to express the EU´s support and hope to the Ukrainian people and condemn the unjustified Russian attack. She meets with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as well as others. Tag:EU reactions


More EU action needed for secure food supply

title short description: Parliament calls for immediate and substantial food aid to Ukraine and for the EU to make its food production more independent. Tag:EU-Ukraine cooperation


War in Ukraine: MEPs unlock emergency funds for refugees

title short description: Parliament approves plans to redirect EU regional and asylum funding to EU countries sheltering people fleeing from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Tag:Refugees


European Parliament launches website in cooperation with Ukrainian parliament

title short description: The European Parliament in cooperation with Ukraine’s Parliament Verkhovna launches the Stand with Ukraine shows how the EU supports Ukraine. The website, set up by Parliament, provides (in English and Ukrainian) the latest news, videos and podcasts, relevant legislation and resolutions. Tag:EU-Ukraine cooperation


New measures targeting Belarus and Russia

title short description: In response to the involvement of Belarus in the unjustified and unprovoked Russian military aggression against Ukraine, the Council adopts additional measures targeting the Belarusian financial sector. Tag:Sanctions


Europe stands with Ukraine: Parliament calls for tougher sanctions against Russia

title short description: MEPs strongly condemn Russia’s illegal invasion and call for stronger sanctions against Russia. Tag:Sanctions


Third package of sanctions: banning Russian aircraft and transactions with Russian Central Bank

title short description: The EU approves a third package of measures in response to the unprovoked and unjustified military aggression carried out by the Russian Federation against Ukraine. EU countries decide to deny Russian aircraft permission to land in, take off from or fly over their territories and ban transactions with the Russian Central Bank. Tag:Sanctions


Second package of Russia sanctions including against President Putin

title short description: The EU decides to sanction Russia’s president Vladimir Putin and Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov. The Council also agrees on a further package of individual and economic measures covering Belarus to respond to the unprovoked and unjustified military aggression carried out by the Russian Federation against Ukraine. Tag:Sanctions


European Parliament’s leaders express full solidarity and support for Ukraine

title short description: Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola and the political group leaders condemn the attack in the strongest possible terms and express full solidarity and support for Ukraine and its people. Tag:EU reactions


First package of sanctions against Russia

title short description: The EU adopts a package of sanctions in response to Russian recognition of the non-government controlled areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine and sending of troops into the region.

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