Venue: Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Ave de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels
The events in Ukraine are changing daily; the outcome and Ukraine’s future remain unclear. It all started less than 10 days after ex-President Janukovych had left Ukraine, when the unlikely became a reality: for the second time in post-Cold War history, Russia violated the sovereignty and territorial integrity of a neighbouring country. With the seizure of Crimea, Russia has shown a disregard for a number of treaties and has shaken the West’s confidence in the world order it thought guaranteed by international law. Russia seems to be left cold by the sanctions imposed by the EU and US. In the meantime, armed pro-Russian separatists have begun seizing official buildings in eastern Ukraine. Acting Ukrainian President Olexander Turchynov has launched an “anti-terrorist operation” in response.
Miriam Kosmehl, our Project Director in Kyiv, who is observing the developments at the Maidan and in Ukraine from the ground, will provide an eye-witness account, discuss current challenges and reflect on the upcoming elections and the possible referendum.
Foto credit: Miriam Kosmehl