- May 04, 2022
- May 04, 2022
On May 4, 2022, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m., the Aspen Institute Germany hosted a joint event with the Aspen Institute Kyiv on “Ukraine’s Defense of Freedom: A Conversation with our Partner Aspen Institute Kyiv”.
The ongoing Russian military aggression in Ukraine has had economic and humanitarian repercussions on a global scale. For more than seven weeks, the war impacted not only the Ukrainian economy, which is predicted to shrink by over 45 percent this year, but also global supply chains, the cost of goods and crude oil, and international trade. The war has also had profound humanitarian effects, as more than 11 million people have been displaced since the start of the war, five million of which have fled to neighboring European countries.
Since the early days of the attack, the Aspen Institute Kyiv has focused its work on supporting Ukrainian efforts to end this war. Many members of the Aspen Institute Kyiv’s community are engaged in humanitarian, medical, and defense efforts. The goal of this joint event is to share the first-hand experience of four members of the Aspen Institute Kyiv community and to discuss what this war means for the transatlantic and international community. Furthermore, we want to explore ways in which the international community can help Ukraine to reduce the economic and humanitarian costs of this war. Following the panel discussion, we want to examine the implications of the war from a German perspective in a conversation with participants from Aspen Germany’s network.
We were joined by Yaroslav Hrytsak, Ukrainian Historian and Professor at the Ukrainian Catholic University, Aspen Institute Kyiv Supervisory Board Member, Natalie Jaresko, Chairperson of the Aspen Institute Kyiv Supervisory Board, Minister of Finance of Ukraine (2014-2016), Lana Zerkal, Ukrainian Diplomat and Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine for the European Integration, and Anton Korynevych, Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (2019-2022). Yuliya Tychkivska, Executive Director, Aspen Institute Kyiv, provided commentary and Dr. Stormy-Annika Mildner, Executive Director, Aspen Institute Germany, moderated the panel discussion.