Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February 2022, marking a major escalation of the Russo-Ukrainian War, which began in 2014. Russian military vehicles had crossed the border near Kharkiv in the north, Luhansk in the east, Russian-annexed Crimea in the south and from Belarus too. The invasion has triggered Europe’s largest refugee crisis since World War II, with more than 4,8 million Ukrainians leaving the country and a quarter of the population displaced.
For the first time, the EU will finance the purchase and delivery of weapons and other equipment to a country that is in a war. The plan was agreed at an emergency videoconference of EU foreign affairs ministers on Sunday evening.
For the first time, the NATO Response Force has been activated as a defensive measure in response to Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.