“Our commitment to Ukraine remains unwavering”, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson told his hosts during his recent visit to Kyiv. And there is no doubt that Britain’s commitment to Ukrainehas been genuine: the UK has trained almost 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers to date, and is planning to intensify its training efforts.
But while the world is focused on conflicts and tensions elsewhere in the world, the four years-old war in Ukraine continues. Since 2014, almost 5 percent of Ukraine’s landmass and more than half of its coastline have been under illegal Russian occupation. Russia continues to back separatist factions in eastern Ukraine with advanced weapons, technical and financial assistance, and Russian conventional and special operations forces. More than 10,000 people perished in this war, and the repeated ceasefires agreed on the ground are honoured in name only; Ukrainian soldiers and civilians continue to die on a daily basis. Furthermore, Russia’s heightened activities in the Sea of Azov and in the Black Sea herald a serious escalation in the conflict and pose a significant challenge to NATO and its member-states in the region.
Speakers at this conference include:
- Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine
- Prof. Ihor Burakovsky, Head of the Board, Ukraine Institute for Economic Research
- Adrian Karatnycky, Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council
- Sir Malcolm Rifkind, Former UK Foreign Secretary (1995-1997) and Defence Secretary (1992-1995), and former Chairman of the UK Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (2010-2015)
- HE Ambassador Judith Gough, British Ambassador to Ukraine
- James Sherr, Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House
- Yuriy Vitrenko, Chief Commercial Officer, Naftogaz of Ukraine
- General Vasyl Hrytsak, Head of the Security Service of Ukraine
- Dr Evelyn Farkas, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Future Europe Initiative, Eurasia Centre and Scowcroft Centre for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council
Admission is free for RUSI members and includes lunch, however, space is limited, and prior registration is essential.
Photo credit to the British Embassy, Kyiv