The EUSA has banned Russia and Belarus from university sport competitions ©Getty Images

The Executive Committee of the European University Sports Association (EUSA) has banned Russian and Belarusian universities from competitions and has set up a dedicated Solidarity Fund for Ukraine.

The EUSA said it strongly condemns the actions of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the supporting role Belarus has played.

The International Olympic Committee recommended all International Federations relocate events due to be held in either country and advised for Russian and Belarusian athletes to be barred from international sport.

In their efforts to extend their support for Ukraine, a EUSA Solidarity Fund will act as a foundation for proceeds to go to the National University Sports Association of Ukraine.

The EUSA announced it has donated €20,000 (£16,000/£22,000) to the fund, which is a part of the EUSA Club of Donors initiative.

Both countries have had their representatives of the National University Sports Association suspended from all EUSA events and they will be unable to host EUSA events until further notice.

The United Nations has labelled the war as the fastest-growing refugee crisis in Europe since World War Two ©Getty Images
The United Nations has labelled the war as the fastest-growing refugee crisis in Europe since World War Two ©Getty Images

Also, their members on the EUSA Committees, Commissions and working groups will not be called upon for future meetings and activities.

"EUSA Executive Committee will closely monitor the situation in Ukraine and will take additional sanctions, if required," the organisation said in a statement.

The United Nations (UN) has reported that more than 450 civilians have been killed and more than 850 have been injured since the invasion begun on February 24.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) believe over two million people have fled Ukraine to neighbouring countries.

On February 28, International Criminal Court Prosecutor Karim A.A. Khan QC announced he has opened an investigation into possible war crimes in Ukraine.

"We remain in solidarity with Ukraine," the EUSA added.

"We recognise and encourage activities of national university sports bodies, event organisers, universities and individuals who carry out various campaigns and activities, offering humanitarian support to the people in Ukraine affected by the war."