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15th Ukraine Breakfast Debate: “Between Red Lines: Peace or Capitulation as Conflict Resolution in Donbas?”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who won both the presi­dential and parlia­mentary elections by great margins of the votes in 2019, made peace in Donbas one of his central campaign promises. After taking office, the new “Ministry for Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Terri­tories and Inter­nally Displaced Persons of Ukraine” was estab­lished, the resumption of the Normandy format announced and the so called “Stein­meier Formula” accepted as a basis for peace talks. This decision incited mass protests in Kyiv earlier this month, which calls for further debate on risks and oppor­tu­nities for conflict resolution.

To bring some clearance into the complex­ities of conflict resolution, we held our 15th Ukraine Breakfast Debate on 7 November 2019 on the topic “Between Red Lines: Peace or Capit­u­lation as Conflict Resolution in Donbas?“. Together with our experts Mariia Zolkina, political analyst at the Ilko Kucheriv Democ­ratic Initia­tives Foundation (DIF, Kyiv), Prof. Oleksiy Haran, research director at the Ilko Kucheriv Democ­ratic Initia­tives Foundation (DIF, Kyiv), and Dr. Susan Stewart, Head of Research Division Eastern Europe and Eurasia at the German Institute for Inter­na­tional and Security Affairs (SWP, Berlin) we looked into the current strategy on Donbas and which steps the new government has taken in this regard. Our experts addressed the following questions:

This event was part of the new project “German Ukrainian Researchers Network” (GURN). GURN aims at estab­lishing a German-Ukrainian network for senior and junior researchers and their organ­i­sa­tions, strength­ening country expertise and promoting joint cooper­ation projects. GURN is conducted in close cooper­ation with the Ilko Kucheriv Democ­ratic Initia­tives Foundation (DIF, Kyiv), the think tank devel­opment and research initiative think twice UA (Kyiv), the New Europe Center (NEC, Kyiv) and is kindly supported by the Federal Foreign Office.