In 2022, Ukraine inflicted a string of major defeats on invading Russian forces, ending Vladimir Putin’s hopes of a short, victorious invasion. The tenacity of the Ukrainian people demonstrated to the entire world that Ukraine could win the war, while Western weapons and transatlantic unity proved critical to helping Ukraine achieve its battlefield victories. 2023 begins with Russia using mass assaults to make small gains in the Donbas near Soledar and Bakhmut, and small probes in Zaporizhzhia Oblast. There is talk of a major new Russian offensive, but Ukraine is also preparing its next moves to liberate all of its sovereign territory from Russian occupation and defeat Russia in the process.

The world is fast approaching the one-year anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. What has Ukraine accomplished and where does the war go from here? What strategies and support will best help Ukraine to emerge victorious in 2023?

A panel of former US, Canadian, and Australian generals, all members of the Ukrainian World Congress’s Strategic Advisory Council, join the Atlantic Council to answer these questions and more.


Gen. Wesley Clark, US Army (Ret.)
Former Supreme Allied Commander Europe

Gen. Rick Hillier, Canadian Armed Forces (Ret.)
Former Chief of the Defense Staff of Canada

Gen. David H. Petraeus, US Army (Ret.)
Former Director
Central Intelligence Agency;
Board Director,
Atlantic Council;
KKR Global Institute

Maj. Gen. Mick Ryan, Australian Defence Force (Ret.)
Adjunct Fellow
Center for Strategic and International Studies


Debra Cagan
Distinguished Fellow
Transatlantic Leadership Network

Closing remarks

Paul Grod
Ukrainian World Congress

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