International stars arrive in Kyiv for 14th YES conference
Ukraine is arguably over-conferenced, with events taking place daily.
But one stands out among the pack: Victor Pinchuk’s Yalta European Strategy conference, on which the billionaire oligarch spends an average of $1.4 million each year, according to his foundation. The 14th annual YES conference is, for the fourth time, being held in Kyiv because of Russia’s ongoing occupation of the Crimean peninsula.
The event runs from Sept. 14–16 in Kyiv’s Mystetskyi Arsenal and will be livestreamed on the Kyiv Post website. This year’s big names include: John Kerry and Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. secretaries of state; David Cameron and Tony Blair, ex-U.K. prime ministers; President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman; Kurt Volker, U.S. envoy to Ukraine; retired generals Keith Alexander and Jack Keane; economist Paul Krugman; journalist Fareed Zakaria and others. YES organizers expect 350 people to attend.