The War In Ukraine: Why It Matters to the World? 30 Sept, 6.30pm BST.

DATE & TIME: Wednesday 30 September, 6.30pm BST
£5 general admission / £3 students. Book via eventbrite.

The war in the Donbas region of Ukraine has been going on for over six years. It has become the new normal not only for the residents of the region and Ukraine as a whole but for the rest of the world. While Russia's aggression against Ukraine has been widely recognised by the international community, the war is still often misrepresented as an ethnic internal conflict.

The webinar will explore Ukraine’s complicated history of ethnic and civic identity, its fraught relations with its former imperial master, Russia, and will situate the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine in the wider international political context.

This is the first event as part of the Ukrainian Institute London's Donbas Season.

The event will be held in English.

Event photo by Alena Grom from the project ‘Cold’/ ‘Kholod’


Serhy Yekelchyk is Professor of History and Germanic & Slavic Studies at the University of Victoria and current president of the Canadian Association for Ukrainian Studies. He has published widely on modern Ukrainian history and Russian-Ukrainian relations. His Ukraine: Birth of a Modern Nation (2007) was the first historical survey to include the 2004 Orange Revolution and has since been translated into five languages. His monograph Stalin’s Citizens: Everyday Politics in the Wake of Total War (2014) won the Best Book award from the American Association for Ukrainian Studies and its Ukrainian translation (2018) received at the Lviv International Book Forum a special diploma for the best book on Kyiv. His most recent book is Ukraine: What Everyone Needs to Know (OUP, 2020), which represents the second, much expanded edition of The Conflict in Ukraine: What Everyone Needs to Know (2015).




Lucy Ash is an awarding-winning broadcast journalist with more than 20 years’ experience as a BBC correspondent, presenter and senior producer. Her most recent work includes Ukraine’s Frontline Bakery, a radio documentary and film about a new bakery in the town of Marinka, in Eastern Ukraine which is bringing some comfort and sustenance to local people amidst the trauma of war. (Radio 4, World Service and BBC World TV).



About the Donbas Season

This season of events focuses on the Donbas: the part of Ukraine that has been engulfed by the war in recent years. As well as discussing the impact of the hostilities on the region and its population, this series of events will also explore the history, cultural heritage and unique identity of the Donbas.