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On February 24, 2022, after months of military buildup on the border, the Russian Federation launched a brutal invasion of Ukraine. The Ukrainian military shocked the international community by holding off the Russian armed forces and preventing them from taking the capital and other important areas.
As the war enters its second month and Moscow rethinks its objectives, Perry World House is hosting a conversation with Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations Sergiy Kyslytsya to discuss the changing nature of the war and his efforts to get the United Nations to take action against Russia's aggression. He will also talk about how the West can assist Ukraine and its people.
Join us for this event with one of Ukraine's leading diplomats, in conversation with Perry World House Visiting Fellow and Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Trudy Rubin.
Sergiy Kyslytsya is the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations. Before this appointment, he was his country’s Deputy Foreign Minister since 2014. He was previously Director-General for International Organizations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs beginning in 2006 until 2014 and Deputy Director-General of the Ministry’s Second Territorial Department (Americas and Western Europe) in 2006. Ambassador Kyslytsya was Minister Counsellor for Political Affairs at Ukraine’s Embassy in Washington, D.C., between 2003 and 2005, having served as Political Counsellor in the same mission from 2001 until 2003. Among other positions, Ambassador Kyslytsya was Chief of Staff to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, as well as First Secretary (Political) at Ukraine’s Embassy in Belgium, accredited also to the Netherlands and Luxembourg, as well as its Mission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). He was previously the Head ad interim of the Foreign Ministry’s Council of Europe Section. Ambassador Kyslytsya holds a master’s degree in international law.
Trudy Rubin is the Worldview columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer and a member of The Inquirer's editorial board. Her column runs in many other U.S. newspapers. In 2019, Rubin received the Overseas Press Club of America’s Flora Lewis Award for Best Commentary in international affairs. In 2017 and 2001, she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2010, she received the Arthur Ross Award for distinguished analysis of foreign affairs from the American Academy of Diplomacy. She is the author of Willful Blindness: The Bush Administration and Iraq. Ms. Rubin has special expertise on the Middle East, South Asia, and Russia. In recent years, she has written from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Russia, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon, Israel, the West Bank, Turkey, France, Italy, Britain and Germany. Before joining The Inquirer in 1983, she was Middle East correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor. She is a graduate of Smith College and the London School of Economics.
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