Russia has now amassed over 130,000 troops, and the United States estimated on February 6 that Russia reached 70 percent of troops needed to launch an invasion of Ukraine. Now, with warnings of a potential attack the week of February 14 and reports of a false-flag operation to justify a Russian invasion, what are the prospects for avoiding a major, new Kremlin offensive against Ukraine? French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent visits to Moscow and Kyiv yielded no visible results; neither did US President Joe Biden’s February 12 call with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Now, there are reports about Russian forces engaging in a partial withdrawal, which NATO Secretary Jens Stoltenberg cautioned must be confirmed first. It seems that there might still be a diplomatic path that can avoid war, but what areas remain where Russia, Ukraine, and the West are able to come to an agreement?
Ambassador John Herbst, senior director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center, moderates a discussion with Dr. Hannah Shelest, director of security programs at the Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism” and editor-in-chief at Ukraine Analytica, Dr. Pavel Felgenhauer, defense analyst and columnist with Novaya Gazeta in Moscow, Dr. Harlan Ullman, senior advisor at the Atlantic Council, Ambassador Daniel Fried, Weiser Family Distinguished Fellow at the Atlantic Council, and Ambassador Alexander Vershbow, distinguished fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center and Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, on any final attempts Ukraine and the West can make to prevent what could become the biggest war in Europe since 1945.
Europe in crisis
War in Ukraine
In February 2022, Moscow launched an all-out invasion of Ukraine after a months-long military build-up, threatening the country’s sovereignty and its future. This existential moment for the country follows the 2014 Maidan revolution, a nexus for Ukraine’s Europe-focused foreign policy and reform efforts. The ensuing Russian invasion and occupation of Crimea, aggression in Ukraine’s east, and Kremlin disinformation efforts, cast a shadow over Ukraine’s independence.
UkraineAlert Jun 17, 2022
Why fear of provoking Putin is the most provocative policy of all
It is now abundantly clear that cautious policies toward Russia driven by a misguided fear of provoking Putin have in fact provoked Europe’s biggest war since the days of Hitler and Stalin, argues Alyona Getmanchuk.
New Atlanticist Jun 16, 2022
How NATO can stick together and keep the pressure on Russia, according to four former Alliance chiefs
By Katherine Walla
Four former NATO chiefs gathered at the Atlantic Council to weigh in on the Alliance’s response to the war in Ukraine, enlargement, and the next plays in its playbook.
The Eurasia Center’s mission is to enhance transatlantic cooperation in promoting stability, democratic values and prosperity in Eurasia, from Eastern Europe and Turkey in the West to the Caucasus, Russia and Central Asia in the East.