Online panel event: Russia’s war on Ukraine

Russia’s war against Ukraine has shocked the world. Currently millions of Ukrainians have fled the country, while millions more are trapped under horrific circumstances. Thousands of civilians and soldiers have been killed (both Ukrainian and Russian) and the scale of the humanitarian crisis continues to grow. 

Our expert panel will address key questions surrounding the war and its implications for Ukraine and Russia, but also for wider European and global peace. Our aim is to raise awareness of the realities of this awful conflict, and also to raise concrete funds to help beleaguered Ukrainians survive the war. 

An introductory 'question-time' format session, with panel members answering questions put to them by the Moderator, will be followed by an open Q&A session where audience members will be invited to submit further questions to the panel. 

Russia's war on Ukraine 

School of Social & Political Sciences online panel

Thursday, 17 March 2022

11:00 - 12.30


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Dr Huseyn Aliyev, Lecturer in Central and East European Studies. Huseyn grew up in Russia but has deep personal and scholarly links with Ukraine - including family in the Chernihiv region. Before Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, he spent time embedded with paramilitary groups in Ukraine, and was examining military mobilisation in the country. 

Yelizaveta Rekhtman, PhD Student (Central and East European Studies). Liza is from Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine. Her PhD research focuses on the role of civil society in the transitional justice process in Ukraine. Before coming to Glasgow, Liza worked for a civil society NGO, trying to reach across the contact line in the Donbas region for productive dialogue. 

Dr Joanna Szostek, Lecturer in Political Communication (Politics). Joanna has extensive experience of studying mass media in Ukraine and Russia. Her research explores how Ukrainians respond to competing political narratives. She previously lived in Kyiv for 18 months, and in Russia for six years.


Dr Ammon Cheskin, Senior Lecturer in Nationalism and Identity. Ammon’s research focuses primarily on Russian-speaking (non)identities outside Russia. He has previously published research on Russian soft power in Ukraine. He also teaches on Russian foreign policy.

We urge people to continue to support the immense international humanitarian effort to help the millions of civilians fleeing the war in Ukraine.

Donations can be given through organisations such as the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

The UoG Refugee and Asylum Seeker Champion has information about opportunities to provide support from within the University community.

First published: 11 March 2022