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.
UkraineAlert Jun 17, 2022
Why fear of provoking Putin is the most provocative policy of all
It is now abundantly clear that cautious policies toward Russia driven by a misguided fear of provoking Putin have in fact provoked Europe’s biggest war since the days of Hitler and Stalin, argues Alyona Getmanchuk.
New Atlanticist Jun 16, 2022
How NATO can stick together and keep the pressure on Russia, according to four former Alliance chiefs
By Katherine Walla
Four former NATO chiefs gathered at the Atlantic Council to weigh in on the Alliance’s response to the war in Ukraine, enlargement, and the next plays in its playbook.
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