Yalta fo­rum in Kyiv – again

Kyiv Post - - News -

For the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year, Vic­tor Pinchuk’s Yalta Euro­pean Strat­egy con­fer­ence took place in Kyiv fol­low­ing last year’s Rus­sian mil­i­tary in­va­sion and oc­cu­pa­tion of the Crimean penin­sula. No par­tic­u­larly new themes emerged this year, with the dis­cus­sion more or less a con­tin­u­a­tion of last year’s main top­ics, with the two main ques­tions again: How to de­feat Rus­sia in its war against Ukraine and Will Ukraine re­form its cor­rupt ways or not? (1) The group photo of par­tic­i­pants has been a yearly rit­ual of the event started in 2004. (2) From left, for­mer Ukrainian Pres­i­dent Leonid Kuchma, BBC host Stephen Sackur, Kuchma’s daugh­ter Elena Pinchuk and her hus­band, bil­lion­aire Vic­tor Pinchuk. (3) Ex-Lat­vian Pres­i­dent Vika Veira-Freiberga and ex-Is­raeli Pres­i­dent Shi­mon Peres greet each other. (4) El­ton John de­liv­ers a mes­sage of tol­er­ance and sup­port for hu­man rights. (5) Radek Siko­rski, for­mer for­eign min­is­ter of Poland, ar­gues the case for greater sup­port of Ukraine from the West. (Volodymyr Petrov)

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