Diplomatic, Military and Historical Perspectives of the Russia-Ukraine War

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A panel discussion on the evolving situation in the Ukraine war. This event will be held in-person at the National Liberal Club, 1 Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2HE, and online.


Almost three months after it invaded Ukraine, the widely predicted Russian victory has failed to emerge. Instead, the Ukrainian government has rallied the whole nation in a fierce resistance, putting Russian troops in considerable difficulties and pushing back their offensive. Contrary to what President Vladimir Putin might have expected, the war has helped further consolidate Ukraine as a sovereign nation.

In this wide-ranging discussion, the panellists will offer diplomatic, military and historical insights to help us understand Russia’s war against Ukraine and address what Putin's endgame might be.

The panellists are:

  • Iuliia Osmolovska, Chairwoman, Transatlantic Dialogue Centre and Executive Director, Eastern Europe Security Institute, Ukraine
  • General Sir Richard Shirreff, former Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, NATO, and Founder, Strategia Worldwide
  • James Verini, Features Writer, The New York Times Magazine and Visiting Research Fellow, King’s College London


The discussion will be moderated by Emily Ferris, Research Fellow, Russia and Eurasia, RUSI.

Refreshments will be available from 10:30 BST.

This event is open to RUSI members only. To become a member, please click here. To take part, you must pre-register no later than 18 May using the ‘Register to attend’ button above. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

If you have any questions, please email Conor O’Shea, Events Manager, at ConorO@rusi.org.



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