While the world focuses on Russia’s military buildup along Ukraine’s borders, domestic developments in Kyiv seem to be backtracking. One of President Zelenskyy’s political rivals, former president Petro Poroshenko, has been charged with treason. The National Security and Defense Council is assembling a list of the country’s wealthiest individuals to sanction under Zelenskyy’s controversial “anti-oligarch” law. The selection competition for the new head of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office was cancelled at the eleventh hour. Yet there are some promising trends too, including the ongoing judicial reform process and the adoption of the new National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine law. 

Where is Ukraine heading in 2022 and why? How can Ukraine continue its democratic trajectory as it faces the Russian threat along its borders and infighting at home? With Ukraine’s post-2014 reforms increasingly under threat, how can the West best support its partners in Kyiv?

Ambassador John Herbst, senior director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center, Kira Rudik, head of the Holos party in the Verkhovna Rada, Vitaliy Shabunin, co-founder of the Anti-Corruption Action Center, and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, former prime minister of Ukraine and head of the Open Ukraine Foundation, join to discuss what may lie ahead for Ukraine in 2022. Melinda Haring, deputy director of the Eurasia Center, moderates.


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The Eurasia Center’s mission is to enhance transatlantic cooperation in promoting policies that strengthen stability, democratic values, and prosperity in Eurasia, from Eastern Europe in the West to the Caucasus, Russia, and Central Asia in the East.