The conflict has forced many people to flee their homes to safety, with many already making their way over borders to neighbouring countries such as Poland and Romania.
As of 6 March, the United Nations estimates that 1.5 million people have already fled Ukraine into Poland, Hungary, Romania, Moldova and other surrounding countries.
But how can people in Newcastle offer support and donations to refugees and those in need? These are the charities you can donate to.
Newcastle Stands With Ukraine
The Newcastle charity has launched a fundraiser to support Ukrainian refugees.
The money will be used to buy targeted items for the people who need it most.
Early this week, three lorry's full of aid left the region for the Ukraine.
To donate to the fundraiser, visit the charities Gofundme page.
Ukrainians in Newcastle collection
Ukrainians in Newcastle have organised collections to take place each day this week.
All items collected will be sent directly to those affected by the war declared on Ukraine by Russia.
Items that the group is asking for are listed here: camping mats; sleeping mats; warm heavy blankets; ot water bottles; lasks; thermal base layers (ideally mens); thick walking socks (ideally mens); backpacks (Hiking ones); First Aid Kits; paracetamol/ Ibuprofen/ pain killing medication/ over the counter medication such as cold and flu meds; Imodium (in packet form not bottles); protein bars; energy gels; sanitary products; Nappies and baby powdered milk
In addition to this, the group has said they would appreciate donations of protective equipment such as old army helmets and steel capped boots.
The collection will take place between 5pm and 7pm each weekday this week at Unit 23E of the North Tyneside Industrial Estate, NE12 9SZ.
Newcastle Polish Centre fundraiser
A fundraiser has been set up on JustGiving to raise money towards the Newcastle Polish Centre.
The money raised will be used by the centre to help support Ukranian refugees who are seeking refuge in Poland.
The fundraiser target was £250 but has already exceeded this.
For more information on the fundraiser and to donate, visit the JustGiving page.
Help for Ukraine
A series of collections has been organised for people living in the North East through a Facebook group.
The group is listing essential items that they are in short supply of. They include toiletries, sanitary towels, Tampax, first aid, dog food and bandages.
From 3 to 13 March, items can be donated to the Polish Community Centre, 2 Maple Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SF between 2pm and 6pm.
To find out more and to see how you can help, visit the ‘Help for Ukrainian’s’ Facebook group.
British Red Cross
The British Red Cross has launched a ‘Ukraine Crisis’ appeal to raise money to support people impacted by the Russian invasion.
A donation to the Red Cross could help towards buying food, water, medicine and blankets for those in need.
A spokesperson for the charity said they are asking people to donate to their crisis appeal as it is “the quickest, safest and most direct way of helping people and supporting the Red Cross in Ukraine and neighbouring countries.”
They added that British Red Cross websites and social media channels will have updates on the humanitarian response.
There is one British Red Cross charity shop in Newcastle where money and clothes can be donated.
This is located on Nun Street by the Grainger Market.
For all the up to date information and items the British Red Cross need supply of please visit the charity’s website www.redcross.org.uk
To donate to the British Red Cross, visit their website.
Save The Children
Save The Children is distributing essential supplies such as food and blankets to people displaced by the crisis in Ukraine.
The charity is also distributing cash vouchers to help people pay for basic needs such as food and rent.
Save The Children hopes to support 3.5 million vulnerable children in Ukraine.
The closest charity shop to Newcastle is located in South Shields where clothes and other items can be donated.
To donate, visit the Save The Children website
The humanitarian organisation has said they have been ‘horrified’ by the loss of life being witnessed in Ukraine.
The charity has a branch in Newcastle, located on Percy Street, but has recommended that people who want to support their work in Ukraine by donating to their campaign fund.
A spokesperson said: "Donated items would be resold in our shops and online (which in turn raises as much money as possible for Oxfam’s work), or recycled. Oxfam does not send clothes overseas."