From Annexation to War: Russia's aggression in Ukraine

Hosted by the European Institute and Department of Methodology

Online and in-person public event (Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House)


Dr Rory Finnin

Dr Rory Finnin

Dr Olesya Khromeychuk

Dr Olesya Khromeychuk

Dr Eleanor Knott

Dr Eleanor Knott


Dr Denisa Kostovicova

Dr Denisa Kostovicova

“If Russia stops fighting, there will be no war. If Ukraine stops fighting, there will be no Ukraine” is the sentiment used by many Ukrainian protesters mobilising against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In this talk, the panellists will consider both Russia's war against and invasion of Ukraine since February 2022 and the longer trajectory of Russia's aggression against Ukraine since 2014, first in Crimea and second in Donetsk and Luhansk.

The panellists will reflect on what we know about Ukraine and Ukrainian citizens prior to and since Russia's aggression began, as well as perspectives we can take to understand the scale and consequences of Russia's aggression.

Meet our speakers and chair

Rory Finnin is University Associate Professor of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Cambridge. He launched Cambridge Ukrainian Studies in 2008. He is former Head of the Department of Slavonic Studies (2014-18) and former Chair of the Cambridge Committee for Russian and East European Studies (CamCREES) (2011-18).

Olesya Khromeychuk (@OKhromeychuk) is Director of the Ukrainian Institute in London. Dr Khromeychuk is a historian of 20th century East-Central Europe, specialising in Ukrainian history. She has a PhD in History from University College London. Olesya has previously taught at King’s College London, the University of East Anglia, University College London and the University of Cambridge. She also runs a theatre company, Molodyi Teatr London, that stages documentary pieces exploring urgent social and political themes. 

Eleanor Knott (@ellie_knott) is a political scientist and Assistant Professor in Qualitative Methodology in the Department of Methodology, LSE. Her current research interests include the politics of identity and citizenship (predominantly in post-Soviet space) and qualitative research methods, primarily ethics of research. She has published in Perspectives on Politics, Qualitative Research, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Citizenship Studies and Democratization, among others.

Denisa Kostovicova (@DenisaKost) is Associate Professor of Global Politics at the European Institute, LSE. She is a scholar of conflict and post-conflict processes, with a particular interest in post-conflict transitional justice and accountability for human rights violations. She is the author of Kosovo: The Politics of Identity and Space, and of Reconciliation by Stealth: How People Talk About War Crimes (forthcoming). Her research has informed policy-making, as in the United Nations, European Union and the United Kingdom. 

More about this event

The European Institute (@LSEEI) is a centre for research and graduate teaching on the processes of integration and fragmentation within Europe.

The Department of Methodology (@MethodologyLSE) is home to postgraduate programmes in social research methods, demography and applied data science, training in qualitative and quantitative methods, and insightful research produced with the application of innovative methodology. 

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