Ukraine: coronavirus, conflict, and corruption

This event, hosted by UK think tank the Henry Jackson Society will discuss the current crises engulfing Ukraine.

Ukraine is used to fighting crises – and at the moment it is fighting three. The country currently has had around 20,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, in a population of almost 42 million. It has the lowest testing rate in Europe, and the health care system is dilapidated after decades of underfunding. As if dealing with the localised impacts of a global pandemic were not enough, Russia’s war in the Donbas continues. More than 13,000 people have now been killed since the beginning of hostilities in 2014. On top of this, President Volodymyr Zelensky – still in his first year in office – has overhauled his government on a number of occasions in an effort to overcome his country’s deep-rooted shortcomings in governance, not least endemic corruption.


Adrian Karatnycky is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter Initiative. He is a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council in the United States and director of its Ukraine-North America Dialogue.

Vladislav Davidzon is the Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Odessa Review and is Tablet Magazine’s European culture critic.

Orysia Lutsevych is manager of the Ukraine Forum in the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House.

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