Is the EU doing enough to help Ukraine? On 24 February 2022, Russian troops invaded Ukraine, escalating the Russian-Ukrainian war that began in 2014. The following months have been catastrophic for Ukraine and a shock for the rest of Europe. For EU states, the question is how to support Ukraine and weaken Russia at the same time? For the first time, the European Union is proposing joint weapon-purchasing in order to replenish stocks sent to Ukraine. European countries – most notably Germany – are now racing to boost defence spending.

With the aim of massively weakening the Russian economy and elites, the European Union, together with its international partners, has adopted a series of sanctions packages against Russia. But the sanctions were softened in some respects by the veto of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Moreover, Europe remains the largest buyer of Russian energy with imports worth 57 billion euros since the invasion began, 12.1 billion going to Germany alone.

The war has driven millions of Ukrainians out of their country. In response, the EU has activated protection status for Ukrainian war refugees. Since then, it has taken in more than 3.6 million Ukrainians (as of 6 July). Most of them are staying in neighbouring countries. Is it enough?

What do our readers think? You sent us YOUR questions and comments and we forwarded them to two experts! You can find their answers here!

  • Manal Fouani, UNDP Permanent Representative in Ukraine
  • Dima Al-Khatib, UNDP Permanent Representative in Moldova

First, reader Zeynep sent us this comment:

I think that our support does not go far enough. We can’t leave Ukraine alone or Putin will do the same to other countries. The man is insane.

Next, Jakob sent us this comment:

What I found surprising and beautiful was the willingness of many neighbouring countries to take in the Ukrainian war refugees and really support them.

Finally, our reader Leon sent us this comment:

Now it is more important than ever that Ukraine gets all our support.

Is Europe offering enough support to Ukraine? Is the EU’s support sufficient? Could the EU do more to share the burden of taking in Ukrainian refugees? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!

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    EU-Reform Proactive

    The political options for the EU & its folks have become very limited. Even the pragmatic adherence to its treaty enshrined enlargement criteria has to be sacrificed on the altar of ‘realpolitik’.

    It is not a matter of whether the EU support is now considered enough or not- it has become a ‘forced’ decision by the principle of the survival of the fittest This disaster was diplomatically avoidable and should be a sobering lesson.

    Politics and politicians, in general, are gamblers and opportunists by probing and pushing the limitations of risk and are flabbergasted and surprised once they ignited their overheated political theatre- they believe to control.

    Diplomats with their diplomatic skills are relied on to be alert from the time the ‘curtain is raised’ and not enter during Act 2 or when the show has finished. It is too late to fish for answers or screw their heads off to have them dry-cleaned. To- happy-go-lucky miss- or over-sleep the overture of a political tragedy is unforgivable!

    The Ukrainian- Russia drama did not start on the 24th Feb, but before and after the fall of the USSR in 1990 already. The various milestones since then bear historical witness.

    The event on the 24th Feb 22 was triggered by a deceptive, cagy and deranged KGB agent named Putin- cynically declaring suddenly a ‘limited operation. The Ukrainian chapter should be presented in its entire context and not selectively.

    The (obvious) ‘unlimited and undeclared’ step-by-step EU treaty aspirations- to enlarge the EU into oblivion, to create an EU army or to enlarge NATO- are enough reasons to drive any powerful and unpredictable dictator nuts!

    82-year-old US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is another example that grandmothers should rather care for their grandchildren at home. Her probable last visit to Taiwan (to fill her memoirs) could have been labelled as private and yield such official ambition to the US president. We might equally witness a sudden but ‘limited operation’ by a determined China. And than?

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