By popular demand, we are happy to announce that Prof. Walter Zaryckyj is coming back to give us a second update talk on the Ukraine / Russia crisis. This is a follow-up talk after his riveting May 5, 2022, first update.
Prof. Zaryckyj, a fellow alumnus, is the Executive Director of the Center for US-Ukrainian Relations.
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The talk will initially and shortly cover the first Five Phases of the Russo-Ukrainian War, namely:
(1) The Hair on Fire [Feb-Mar] phase when most Western analysts (except for the former NATO & USAREUR commanders) claimed that the full-scale attack that Russia had launched would bring most of the Eastern and Southern cities under RU control within days and Kyiv within a week
(2) The How Could We Have Gotten It So Wrong [Mar-Apr] phase when the Ukrainians actually beat back RU forces from Kyiv in the North and lost only one provincial capital in the South & East (Kherson)
(3) The Oh Watch the RU Regroup and Focus On the East (trying to take all of Donbas -ie- Donetsk & Luhansk provinces) [May-Jul] phase when the RU claimed that they were simply going to work on taking "all of Donbas and adjacent areas that protected Donbas"; the phase saw RU destroy and then 'occupy' Sevro-Donetsk and Lysychansk in the Luhansk province
(4) The Meanwhile RU Loses Its Naval Clout (flagship Moskva, Snake Island) and Folds Throughout the Northeast [Aug-Oct] phase; Kharkiv province is fully liberated; Northern Luhansk moves into the UA column [NOTE: Giving a Lomachenko-style (light mid weight with extraordinary speed and dexterity) armed force like the UA military the "fists" [US HIMARS] of a heavyweight like Klitchko helped a great deal]
CUSUR Executive Director Walter Zaryckyj’s article in Kyiv Post: The Best Evidence of a Future Ukrainian Victory is the Country’s Valiant Past: Part One – 2022
CUSUR Executive Director Walter Zaryckyj’s article in Kyiv Post: The Best Evidence of a Future Ukrainian Victory is the Country’s Valiant Past: Part Two – Ukraine’s Warrior Farmer Roots – 2022
BEST EVIDENCE ARTICLE IS COMBINED AND PRINTED IN CANADA'S ECHO [http://www.homin.ca/news.php/news/25549/group/28] AS GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE AND ALL ELSE WILL FOLLOW [An Edited Version appears in The Ukrainian Weekly]
(5) The Holy Cow, the Ukrainians Just Liberated Kherson (the only provincial center in captivity) in the South [Oct-Dec] phase; Kherson's liberation opens the possibility of heading east (to interrupt the Kherson-Melitopil-Beryadiansk-Mariupil coastal landbridge to RU) -OR- south into Crimea (which became vulnerable after the Kerch bridge was damaged).
Then, the talk will review the present (Jan 2023) ferocious battle taking place in the Bakhmut-Soledar region as the exhausted Russians look to put up 'any points on the board' (pyrrhic victories will do) ; it will also focus on the 'just give the Ukes the tanks to drive RU back to the internationally recognized borders' debate that has all the Western capitals buzzing
Finally, before opening for Q & A, the talk will touch on the "What Next?" questions. Can the Ukrainians actually win this struggle? What would constitute victory? Will Vlad have enough time (or breathing space) to see a rebound by his forces?
- 7:00-7:10 Start. Welcoming Statements, Ground Rules, Updates, Introductions.
- 7:10-7:50 The Talk
- 7:50-8:30 Q & A, Thanks, Closing Statements, End.
About Walter Zaryckyj
Walter Zaryckyj is Executive Director of the Center for US-Ukrainian Relations. The Center provides “informational platforms” or venues for senior-level representatives of the political, economic, security, diplomatic and cultural/academic establishments of the United States and Ukraine to exchange views on a wide range of issues of mutual interest, and to showcase what has been referred to as a “burgeoning relationship of notable geopolitical import” between the two nations.
Dr. Zaryckyj completed his undergraduate and graduate work at Columbia University; he taught political science at NYU for nearly three decades before moving on in recent years to do postdoctoral research work on Eastern Europe.