Since the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine in 2014, conflict in the Donbas has continued with no real end in sight. This year may be a tipping point. As the Ukrainian government prepares a new strategy for reintegration of the Donbas, the Kremlin has tightened its grip on the region by restricting access across the line of contact. With increased “passportization” and renewed pressure on residents to rely on Moscow rather than Kyiv for healthcare, education, pensions, and economic opportunity, Russia may be experimenting with a creeping annexation of the region. Moscow’s dramatic seizure of Crimea in 2014 shocked the world—do US and European policymakers need to up their commitment to prevent another land grab in 2021? How can the Biden administration increase its involvement to ensure peace and real results?
Ambassador John Herbst moderates a discussion with Yevgen Vilinsky, former deputy governor of the Donetsk region; Dr. Celeste Wallander, president and CEO of the US-Russia Foundation; and Jock Mendoza-Wilson, director of International and Investor Relations at Systems Capital Management; on how the Kremlin’s latest moves in the Donbas may hint at a darker turn in the war for Ukraine’s sovereignty.
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.
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Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine is widely seen as one of the biggest geopolitical blunders of the modern era, but as the war enters its second year, could the Russian dictator still have a pathway to potential victory?
UkraineAlert Feb 28, 2023
Russia’s invasion one year on: Ukraine is stronger than ever
By Vitaly Sych
Vladimir Putin expected a short and victorious war that would extinguish Ukrainian independence and force the country back into the Russian orbit. One year on, Ukraine has never been stronger, writes Vitaly Sych.
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Tech innovation helps Ukraine even the odds against Russia’s military might
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Over the past year, Ukrainians have demonstrated their ability to defeat Russia using a combination of raw courage and innovative military tech, writes Ukraine’s Digital Transformation Minister Mykhailo Fedorov.
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