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Post-Maidan Ukraine: EU, Ukrainian and Russian perspectives

Tuesday 13 May 2014

The Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies hosted a symposium on Ukraine entitled "Post-Maidan Ukraine: EU, Ukrainian and Russian perspectives". The symposium took place in the EDEN Lecture theatre, Hope Park, on the 9th May 2014, and over forty people attended.

We were excited to welcome: Myroslav Marynovych - Vice-Rector for University Mission of the Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv, Hlib Lonchyna - Bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of the Holy Family of London, Andy Hunder - Director of the Ukrainian Institute in London; a leading specialist in Public Affairs, Communications and Government Relations in Ukraine, Konstantin Medovnikov - businessman, living in Cheshire and working for Stirling Lloyd Polychem in Knutsford, Ria Laenen - Senior Research Fellow, LINES Institute - Russia and Eurasia Research Group, and Lecturer in International Politics at the Faculty of Social Sciences, KU Leuven, Belgium, Eleanor Bindman - Lecturer in Politics, School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester and Kate Flynn, Honorary Research Fellow in the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies.

Whilst popular revolution and subsequent partitioning by intervention in Ukraine has caused great concern in the West, leading to a media war that is reminiscent of the Cold War and Soviet disinformation, the problem of resolution still lies heavily in a successful envisioning of future collaboration and democracy.

The symposium brought together UK, European and Ukrainian experts not only to discuss and debate the current crisis, but also to consider constructive energies of partnership and resolution. The symposium included the views of the international community of media, policy makers, religious leaders and business. As a result, the audience were able to gain insights into the implications of this crisis for Ukraine, Russia, EU relations as well as for the future of the Ukrainian state. These panels were followed by a joint panel discussion, in which all the speakers participated. Various interesting viewpoints were raised, and the audience actively joined in with the discussion, talking about the key issues within the conflict.

The Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace studies would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the speakers for their input, and the audience for their engagement with the topic. We look forward to seeing you at future events.