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The war on Ukraine explained: Hear from our experts - 8 March 2022

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Many pundits did not believe Russia was going to attack Ukraine. Yet Vladimir Putin launched a terrestrial invasion entering through the North, South, and East of the country. This operation has precipitated an escalation that lead several NATO members, together with the European Union, to support Ukraine with weapons and funding, while Putin put Russia's nuclear deterrence force on state of alert.

As everyone seeks to make sense of confusing news coming from the ground, many questions arise. Why has Putin decided to invade Ukraine, escalating from the grey zone warfare seen in 2014 to a war of attrition? Has he taken a reckless gamble? What will he do next? Is this conflict going to be limited to Ukraine? What might lead to a more direct involvement of other European nations, if anything?

Find out by joining this online event which will reflect on the many different facets of the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine. It is free to attend and open to the public, academic staff and students. 

Please register via Zoom


Gesine Weber and Dr Zeno Leoni


  • Dr Ofer Fridman - Senior Lecturer in War Studies (Russian operations), Department of War Studies
  • Sophia Rigby - PhD student, Defence Studies Department
  • Dr Natasha Kuhrt - Lecturer in International Peace and Security, Department of War Studies
  • Elena Grossfeld - PhD student, Department of War Studies
  • Dr Deborah Sanders - Reader in Defence and Security Studies, Defence Studies Department
  • Ryan Vest - PhD student, Department of War Studies
  • Professor Tracey German - Reader in Conflict and Security, Defence Studies Department

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