DCU’s Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction (IICRR) hosted the international conference “Ukraine: one year after Maidan” on Thursday, 12 February. The event was attended by more than 200 people, among them governmental officials, TDs, scientists, students and Mass Media representatives.
The keynote speakers were Aleksander Kwaśniewski, former President of Poland, and Štefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy (2010 – 2014). They expressed their views on the causes of the Ukrainian crisis, the main of which was Russian military aggression and Kremlin’s attempts to hold Ukraine in its orbit of influence.
Speakers pointed out that military confrontation in Ukraine posed a serious threat to international security. They emphasised on the necessity to implement reforms in Ukraine and provide it with the EU assistance.
Participants warmly welcomed Andriy Shevchenko, a well-known Ukrainian politician, journalist and Maidan activist. He shared his memories from Maidan and highlighted the current situation in Ukraine, inter alia, the implementation of reforms. A.Shevchenko emphasized that reforms were seriously hindered by the necessity to counteract the Russian military aggression in the East of Ukraine.
Among other speakers were the Ambassador of Ukraine to Ireland Mr.S.Reva, experts from Georgia and Russia.
Within the framework of the conference the inauguration of “Ukraine: Inspiring Dignity” exhibition, organized by the Ukrainian community in Ireland jointly with the Embassy of Ukraine, took place.