February 24 marks two years since the beginning of Russia’s wider invasion of Ukraine and ten years from Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea. Ukrainians have fought valiantly against the brutal onslaught, but two years on from the full invasion, Kyiv is facing equipment and manpower shortages — along with wavering international support for additional military and financial aid.

The Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center and the US Institute of Peace (USIP) host a discussion with former US ambassadors to Ukraine and Russia analyzing the current battlefield situation, the importance of Western aid and the disastrous consequences that would result without it, and what can be done to secure Ukraine and its democracy long term. 

Opening remarks

Lise Grande
President and CEO
US Institute of Peace

Denys Sienik
Deputy Chief of Mission
Embassy of Ukraine to the US


Ambassador John Herbst
Senior Director, Eurasia Center
Atlantic Council

Ambassador Steven Pifer
Senior Fellow
Brookings Institution

Ambassador John Tefft
Distinguished Chair, Diplomacy and Security
RAND Corporation

Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch
Senior Advisor, Russia and Europe
US Institute of Peace


Ambassador William Taylor
Vice President, Russia and Europe
US Institute of Peace

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