The undeclared war in southeastern Ukraine has entered its fifth year and shows little sign of abating. Officials on both sides blame their opponents: the Ukrainian government accuses Russia of having triggered the war by annexing the Crimea, then secretly sending thousands of troops, mercenaries, and weapons across the border as well as recruiting, funding, and training Ukrainians to overthrow the government. Cybertrolls have also been deployed to shape the outcome of this “non-conventional war.” Russia denies the charges, claiming that NATO has infiltrated Ukraine and marshaled forces against Russia in a revival of the Cold War conflict of East versus West. Crying "fake news," the Russian government insists that Ukrainian propagandists have systematically distorted the reporting of events in eastern Ukraine and the Crimea. Can we discover the truth of these claims? To help us think critically about this momentous global conflict, Ambassador Volodymyr Yelchenko, the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations and former Ukrainian Ambassador to Moscow, will speak on April 4, at 4:30 pm, in McCosh Hall 50 on the campus of Princeton University, free and open to the public.
Co-sponsored with the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, the Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies and the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination.