Brussels, 23 April 2015. ‘War in Ukraine: where are we now and where are we going?’

Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels and the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies are organizing a conference “War in Ukraine: where are we now and where are we going?”.

Date: 23 April 2015, 18:00 – 20:45

Venue: Stanhope Hotel, Handelsstraat 9, 1000 Brussels

Despite the shaky cease-fire, brokered in February by France and Germany, fighting continues between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists in Eastern Ukraine, further adding to the death toll in a conflict that has already claimed more than 6,000 lives. Ukraine continues to call for military aid from the US and other Western allies, including training and non-lethal defensive weapons. What is the situation on the ground now?

How stable or shaky is the cease-fire? What are the Kremlin’s plans? How can the West and Ukraine deter Russia from further escalating the conflict? What is the impact of war in Ukraine on European and world’s security? What are the possible future scenarios?

To answer these and other questions we have invited Ukrainian officials and experts, NATO and EU representatives to provide the audience their analysis of the situation and its possible developments.


Ambassador Olof Ehrenkrona Consulate-General of Sweden in Mariehamn, Finland, Member of the Board, Martens Centre

Oleksii Makeiev, Political Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

Mark Laity, Chief Strategic Communications at SHAPE, NATO

Mykola Sunhurovskyi, Director of the Military Programmes, Razumkov Centre, Kyiv

Olena Prystayko, Executive Director, Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels


Roland Freudenstein, Deputy Director and Head of Research, Martens Centre

Conference language: English, Ukrainian (translation)


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