On Sunday, May 25, citizens in Ukraine will go to the polls to vote for a successor to ousted president Viktor Yanukovych. The interim government in Kiev, which has governed since Yanukovych fled to Russia in February, set its hopes on producing a legitimate leader in this election. However, since the Russian annexation of Crimea in March and the eruption of pro-Russian, separatist uprisings in Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine, voting may well be a dangerous affair for many Ukrainian citizens. Pro-Russia gunmen have seized election offices in the east and are aiming to delegitimize the election result, deterring ordinary Ukrainians from exercising their political rights. Join us as our panelists analyze the implications of Ukraine’s presidential election this Sunday, Russia’s strategy of destabilization, and the policy options facing the U.S. government.
More About the Speakers
Senior Fellow, Center for European Policy Analysis
Ariel Cohen, Ph.D.
Senior Research Fellow, Russian and Eurasian Studies, The Heritage Foundation
Atlas Corps Fellow and Visiting Senior Policy Analyst,
Center for International Trade and Economics, The Heritage Foundation
Helle C. Dale
Senior Fellow for Public Diplomacy