In­ter­na­tional stars ar­rive in Kyiv for 14th YES con­fer­ence

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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.

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