From Russia’s aggression to progressive recovery of Ukraine

How to ensure Ukraine’s democratic future?

29/11/2023
13:30 - 15:00
Helsinki, Finland (Hybrid)
From Russia’s aggression to progressive recovery of Ukraine
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More than one year and a half into Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, when emotional fatigue and disengagement may start showing up, FEPS and Kalevi Sorsa Foundation invited you to get stimulus for an informed debate about Ukraine’s future in Europe. Russia’s aggression has set major challenges on multiple fronts, being one the most severe existential and security crisis Europe and its neighbourhood have faced in decades.

Even when the war is over, the destinies of the EU, which Finland is an integral part of, and Ukraine will continue to be tied to each other. Against this background, as part of our public discussion, we wanted to foster together the development of a progressive vision on the recovery and transformation of Ukraine in a way that advances a broader concept of peace, security & democracy (in Europe and beyond).

A vision, which addresses the question on how to set the basis for substantive democracy and sustainable peace in Ukraine – and by extension build more resilient Europe and Finland. Among the questions we addressed:

  • What does “build back better” entail in the case of Ukraine? 
  • How to implement the recovery process in a way that strengthens its civil society and improves democratic resilience?
  • What is the strategic and national interest of Finland in supporting Ukraine’s post-war recovery?
  • What are the risks if the recovery is not implemented in a progressive and sustainable way?
14:30Opening
14.35László AndorSecretary General, FEPS:  Introduction of the book Europe and the war in Ukraine: From Russia’s aggression to new eastern Policy
14.50Yulia YurchenkoSenior Lecturer in Political Economy, Greenwich University: Ukraine’s economic and social losses and the path forward
15.05Anders AdlercreutzMinister for European Affairs and Ownership steering: Finland’s support for Ukraine’s EU accession path and post-war recovery
15.15Miapetra Kumpula-NatriIs the Finland’s government’s support enough and what are its broader European implications?
15.25Maksym KravchukCounselor, Embassy of Ukraine in Finland: Ukraine’s short and long term needs from Finland and the international community
15.35Panel discussion and questions from the audience 

The discussion was moderated by Andriy Korniychuk, Policy Analyst on International Relations, FEPS.

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