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#3 UkraineMEMO: War of aggression against Ukraine – Demands to the West

Comprehensive sanctions, military support and political signals: One day after the start of Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine, we spoke with Ukrainian and German experts about the situation on the ground and their appeal to the West.

Ukraine has been facing Russian military aggression in the east of the country for eight years, but on 24 February 2022 the Russian army launched a large-scale attack in various regions and on the capital Kyiv. Which steps by Western states are now necessary? Can sanctions stop the war? One day after the war of aggression began, four experts share their assessments of the political and military situation in Ukraine.

The third episode of the UkraineMEMO podcast presents the most important statements of our speakers at the 24th Ukraine Breakfast Debate on 25 February 2022.

Our guests are:

Prof. Olexiy Haran is Professor of Comparative Politics at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and Head of Research at the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation (DIF), one of the leading think tanks in Ukraine. He regularly comments in Ukrainian and international media.

Mariia Zolkina is a Political Analyst and Public Opinion Researcher at DIF. Her research focuses on the EU and Euro-Atlantic perspective of Ukraine and the Donbas conflict, which has been going on since 2014. She grew up on the contact line in Stanytsia Luhanska.

Nataliia Shapoval is the Chair of the Kyiv School of Economics (KSE) Institute and Vice President of its Policy Research department. With a degree in mathematics and economics, she is an expert in, among other things, public procurement and leads a team of 50 people.

Dr. Janis Kluge is a Senior Associate in the Eastern Europe and Eurasia Research Division at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). He is an expert on Russian domestic politics, economic elites and the impact of sanctions as well as Russia-China relations.

Moderators: Ljudmyla Melnyk & Arthur Molt

Episode #3 of the UkraineMEMO podcast is also available on:

With its podcast "UkraineMEMO: Interviews, Analysis, Policy Advice", IEP presents new perspectives on Ukraine. With guests from Germany and Ukraine, Ljudmyla Melnyk discusses recent developments in the areas of Ukrainian politics, economy and society and thus provides an insight into the events on the ground that are moving the country. Ukraine's relationship with Germany and the EU is always kept in mind.

The UkraineMEMO podcast is part of the “German-Ukrainian Researchers Network” (GURN 2) project and is kindly supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.

Team & authors

About the GURN – German Ukrainian Researchers Network project: The cooperation between think tanks and politics are strengthened. GURN focuses on knowledge transfer, capacity building and bilateral dialogue. Current developments and German-Ukrainian relations are discussed in a variety of formats.

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