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War in Ukraine

This page provides information about the current situation in Ukraine, with a particular focus on financial assistance for Ukraine and sanctions against Russia.

War in Ukraine

ukraine Finance Minister Lindner visits Kyiv

Federal Minister of Finance Christian Lindner travelled to Kyiv on 14 August 2023. Upon his arrival, he emphasised that Germany stands shoulder to shoulder with Ukraine and is providing financial, humanitarian and military support.ch.

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Sanctions against Russia

Acting jointly within the EU and with international partners, Germany has adopted sanctions in response to Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine. The measures aim in particular to severely weaken the Russian economy and the country’s political elite, and are already having an impact. In close coordination with its G7 partners, the EU has so far put ten far-reaching sanctions packages into force.

You can find an overview of the adopted sanctions on the Federal Government’s website.

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action has compiled a list of FAQs on the sanctions against Russia (in German).

To ensure that sanctions are implemented as effectively as possible, the German government adopted two Sanctions Enforcement Acts in 2022. The first Sanctions Enforcement Act put key short-term measures in place, and the second Sanctions Enforcement Act introduced major structural improvements. More information on sanctions enforcement is available here.

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Bilateral support for Ukraine

Across all government departments, Germany is providing a wide range of bilateral assistance both to Ukraine as well as to Ukrainian people in Germany. A significant share (€6.24 billion) of this assistance comes from the Federal Ministry of Finance.

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Financial assistance for Ukraine

The Federal Ministry of Finance issued a €1 billion bilateral grant to Ukraine via a special IMF fund.

In addition, the Finance Ministry is providing one-time payments to approximately 10,000 Holocaust survivors living in Ukraine. These payments, which are being disbursed via the Jewish Claims Conference, total roughly €12 million.

Furthermore, German customs authorities are helping their Ukrainian colleagues by providing them with official vehicles and uniforms free of charge.

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Services for Ukrainians in Germany

The Federal Government’s website provides an overview of all the bilateral assistance measures that Germany has taken since the start of the war.

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Multilateral financial assistance for Ukraine

In addition to bilateral measures, Germany also assists Ukraine within the framework of the EU, the G7 and international organisations such as the International Monetary Fund.

Since the war broke out, the G7 (including the EU) and international financial institutions have been working together to provide direct, short-term budgetary assistance to Ukraine in order to ensure that the country has the financial means to continue functioning effectively. Under Germany’s G7 presidency, over $30bn in international budgetary assistance for Ukraine was mobilised in 2022. G7 budgetary assistance for Ukraine has been increased to $39bn in 2023.

More information on financial assistance for Ukraine during Germany’s G7 presidency is available here.

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Debt service suspension for Ukraine

On 21 December 2023, Germany joined the other members of the Group of Creditors of Ukraine (GCU) in signing an Amendment to the September 2022 Memorandum of Understanding that provides debt service suspension for Ukraine. The Amendment extends Ukraine’s debt service suspension until the end of March 2027, which is also when Ukraine’s current IMF programme is due to expire.

Additional information on the debt service suspension is available here.

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Key information at a glance

Current information on the situation in Ukraine and on security

Working in Germany

How can I help?

  • Many of us have a strong desire to support people in Ukraine and refugees from Ukraine. This overview by the Federal Government (in German) shows what you can do to help.
  • If you would like to make a donation to help people in Ukraine and refugees from Ukraine, you can give money to Germany’s relief coalition Aktion Deutschland Hilft or the disaster relief alliance Aktionsbündnis Katastrophenhilfe, among other charities.
  • Answers to common questions about tax measures to support people harmed by the war in Ukraine are available here (in German).

Countering disinformation

  • The Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community provides answers to key questions about disinformation in connection with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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Christian Lindner on the anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

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Finance Minister Christian Lindner before the start of the Eurogroup meeting

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Christian Lindner on the virtual meeting of G7 finance ministers

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Germany provides €1bn in financial assistance to Ukraine

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Joint press conference with Bruno Le Maire

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G7 reaffirms its decisive course of action and calls for resolute implementation of sanctions

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Speech by Christian Lindner at the Bundestag’s special session on the war in Ukraine

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Christian Lindner on the war in Ukraine

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Christian Lindner’s remarks on the G7 Finance Ministers’ Statement on Ukraine

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