Ukraine is now in its sixth year of conflict and all parties claim they want peace. In December 2019, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with President Vladimir Putin, President Emmanuel Macron, and Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss a way out of the conflict. Most experts thought Zelenskyy upheld Ukraine’s negotiating priorities well. However, in early March, a controversial proposal was floated to bring in representatives from the Russian-backed territories into the trilateral working group, which has been a red line for Ukraine. But this agreement was not signed. Why not, and what does Kyiv plan to do next? How can Kyiv bring Moscow to the table while holding its ground?


H.E. Dmytro Kuleba
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine


Ambassador William B. Taylor
Vice President, Strategic Stability and Security, United States Institute for Peace

Svyatoslav Vakarchuk
Member of Parliament, Verkhovna Rada;
Founder, Reformist “Voice” political party

Adrian Karatnycky
Senior Fellow, Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council;
Managing partner, Myrmidon Group LLC

Ambassador John Herbst
Director, Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council


Orysia Lutsevych
Research Fellow and Manager, Ukraine Forum, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House

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