British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the formation of the “International Ukraine Support Group” last March 7 in partnership with the Netherlands and Canada. The initiative aims to bring together global support to ensure robust economic, political, defensive, and humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

“This coalition [International Ukraine Support Group] will allow countries to “coordinate the efforts of the international community to provide long-term and unwavering assistance, now and in the future,” said Johnson in a press conference.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L), British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (C), and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte during a press conference announcing the creation of the International Ukraine Support Group (Justin Trudeau Facebook Page)

The trio intends to expand its capabilities through encouraging more nations, particularly their existing partners, to join the cause. “This is the moment for Ukraine’s friends to create a coalition of humanitarian, economic, and defensive military support to ensure that Putin fails,” he added.

Last week, the emergency meetings of the United Nations General Assembly concluded with a historical 141 votes in favor of a resolution which deplored the Russian invasion of Ukraine, reiterated the sovereignty of the said country, and demanded that Russia “immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw all of its military forces from the territory of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders.”

That same week, the world saw the largest referral to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in history, which allowed the immediate start of investigations on alleged war crimes Russia has committed in Ukraine.

Note that photographic and video evidence, verified by independent news sources, show that Russia has been targeting civilian populations, evacuees, and residential infrastructure to further their cause. They have also been accused of using cluster munitions and thermobaric weapons in their campaign. These weapons have been largely banned from warfare due to thermobaric weapons’ stronger firepower than traditional bombs (as it sucks in oxygen to create a more powerful explosion) and cluster munitions’ ability to spread submunitions over a wide area.

“The whole world is now coming together to try to help avert a total catastrophe in Ukraine. It’s already very, very grim indeed. We’re doing everything in our power to prevent it from getting worse, and one of the most important things is to look after people fleeing the war zone. And all of us, in our different ways, are doing a lot,” he said.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, The invasion of Russia has caused the largest refugee crisis in recent history, with over 2.3 million people forced to flee Ukraine in search of safety.