Europe Calling

6. Standing with Ukraine: support and solidarity from the European Union

April 13, 2022

Russia’s full-scale war of aggression against Ukraine, which began on 24 February, has caused the greatest security and humanitarian crisis in Europe for almost a century. In response, the European Union has demonstrated its solidarity with and support for Ukraine, and its determination to isolate Russia internationally and weaken its capacity to wage war.
In this edition of Europe Calling, we look at the war waged by Russia against Ukraine, and how the EU is responding with unprecedented decisions. Our guests from the EU institutions are Matti Maasikas, EU ambassador to Ukraine, and Maciej Popowski, Director-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations in the Commission. They present to us the EU’s work consisting in supporting Ukraine and managing the consequences of the war.
We also speak to three Ukrainians for their perspectives on the war: Vsevolod Chenstov, Ukraine’s ambassador to the EU; Gennadiy Chyzhykov, president of the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry; and Olena Alekseyenko, a refugee who managed to flee Ukraine with her two teenage sons and is now in Belgium.
More information on the EU support to Ukraine: