Russia-Ukraine Dialogues: Ukraine, One Year On

This week’s panel of LSE IDEAS’ Russia-Ukraine Dialogues focused on Ukraine, the primary victim of the war. #LSERussiaUkraine

Discussants covered the following issues:

  • Overview of the past year
  • Recent winter time developments (battlefield dynamics, and economic and humanitarian impacts of Russian attacks on critical infrastructure)
  • Ukraine’s needs (military, economic reconstruction, and humanitarian)
  • And scenarios for 2023.



This webinar was held on Tuesday 21 Febraury.

Meet the speakers and chair

Andrii Yarmolskyi is the Deputy Head of the Service for Foreign Policy Security and International Cooperation, Head of Sanctions Policy Department, and a Member of Interdepartmental Working Group on Implementation of the State Sanctions Policy.

Andrii Ziuz is the Head of the Office of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, the coordinating state body of the executive power under the President of Ukraine on issues of national security and defense. He is also the founder of "Public Eye" and he was the Deputy Head of the Office of the Luhansk Regional State Administration.

Mariia Zolkina (@Mariia_Zolkina) is the DINAM Fellow (2022-2023) in the Department of International Relations at LSE and She has been working as Head of Regional Security and Conflict Studies at one of most authoritative Ukrainian think tanks, the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation (DIF). She is a Ukrainian Researcher working in the fields of regional security, reintegration policies in occupied territories and wartime diplomacy. Since 2014 she has been producing expertise on the political component of Russo-Ukrainian war, especially regarding the Donbas region, and has analyzed the socio-political implications of the conflict both at the national and international levels.

Oleksandr Hryban is the Deputy Minister of Economy of Ukraine. He is responsible for directing and coordinating performance of Investment department, and Department for Regulatory Policy and Entrepreneurship.

Olga Tokariuk (@olgatokariuk) is an independent journalist, fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism in Oxford and non-resident fellow at CEPA (Center for European Policy Analysis). Her professional interests include international affairs and disinformation research. Olga has vast experience working with Ukrainian and international media. Her reports and op-eds have been featured in TIME, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, NPR, BBC, Monocle, EFE (Spain), Il Foglio, ANSA (Italy). She is a former head of foreign news desk at the independent Ukrainian Hromadske TV. Olga worked on several disinformation research projects and was the lead author of Mythos Labs' reports on Russian propaganda related to invasion of Ukraine, featured on BBC, Le Monde, Newsweek etc. Mrs Tokariuk is a former scholar of the Digital Sherlocks program at the Atlantic Council’s DFR Lab.

Leon Hartwell (@LeonHartwell) is a Senior Associate at LSE IDEAS and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) in Washington DC. His research interests include conflict resolution, genocide, diplomacy, democracy, the Russia-Ukraine war, and the Western Balkans. Previously, Hartwell was the Senior Advisor of the Central and South-East Europe Programme (CSEEP) and the 2022 Sotirov Fellow at LSE IDEAS, and CEPA’s Acting Director of the Transatlantic Leadership Program.  From 2012 to 2013, he was also the Senior Policy Advisor for Political and Development Cooperation at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Zimbabwe, where his work included government and civil society engagement, political reporting, peace building projects, and supporting human rights defenders. In 2019, Hartwell completed a joint doctoral degree summa cum laude at Leipzig University (Germany) and Stellenbosch University (South Africa). His thesis analyzed the use of mediation in the resolution of armed conflicts. Hartwell has published extensively in professional scholarly outlets and mainstream media ranging from the Negotiation Journal (Harvard-MIT-Tufts) and Oxford University Press to War on The Rocks. He speaks Afrikaans, English, Dutch, and Latvian, which he studied at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute.