The Uncelebratory Anniversary


It has been 365 days since the unlawful Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022. No end is in sight. Like much of the world, the team at Foreign Policy Rising continues to hope for a quick and peaceful resolution of the conflict, the re-instalment of Ukraine’s sovereignty, and the prosecution of war crimes committed by Russia.

Here are some of the English-language sources we have noticed, followed, and discussed over the past year. These are only a few of the many valuable sources available, so take these as a first inspiration as you remain updated on discussions and stay informed:


The German Institute for International and Security Affairs continues to pool its expertise for papers, op-eds, and background information on the war and the region at large. Most recently, the piece “What the Prospect of a Prolonged War Means for Russia, Ukraine and Belarus” attempts an outlook into the future. The analysis is written by, among others, notable female experts you should follow.

UkraineAlert by the Atlantic Council is a comprehensive online publication that provides regular news and analysis on developments in Ukrainian politics, economy, civil society, and culture. UkraineAlert sources analysis and commentary from a wide array of politicians, experts, and activists from Ukraine and the global community. A special mention goes to Nonresident Senior Fellow, former UkraineAlert editor, and renowned Ukraine expert Melinda Haring.

The information space plays a central role in Russia’s invasion and the Russian government has used disinformation campaigns to sow confusion and undermine Ukraine’s legitimate effort to defend itself. As a response, the Czech think tank European Values Center launched the Information Defense Hub to protect the truth and counter fake Russian narratives. The hub features many Ukrainian information specialists who were forced to flee their home country, among them renowned journalist Sonya Koshkina, and publishes a bi-weekly Ukraine Watch Newsletter summarizing the latest developments in Ukraine.

In George C. Marshall’s words: “With foresight, and a willingness on the part of our people to face up to the vast responsibility which history has clearly placed upon our country, the difficulties I have outlined can and will be overcome.” Read more here on the German Marshall Fund’s flagship idea on a Marshall Plan for Ukraine, co-authored by one of our editors.

For updates and news about Ukraine in English, read the Kyiv Independent and the Ukrainian Pravda website.


VITSCHE.ORG is a Ukrainian civil movement in Berlin, organizing protests as well as cultural and educational events. Most notably, their posters contrast life in Germany with life in Ukraine. They are strong visual reminders of what Ukrainians currently endure every day.

“Ich will eine Prüfung überstehen“ versus „ich will den Krieg überstehen“ (I want to get through an exam versus I want to get through this war) are strong visual reminders of what Ukrainians currently endure everyday (Vitsche Berlin/Facebook).

The documentary WHY UKRAINE? on arte by French philosopher and writer Bernard-Henri Lévy, who went to Ukraine to film both the front lines and civil resistance, is a call on Europe to act to defend democracy. Both shocking and educational.


The podcast UKRAINE MEMO, moderated by Ljudmyla Melnyka at the Institute for European Politics, has since 2020 been discussing the newest developments in Ukrainian politics, economics, and society. The discussions with German and Ukrainian guests are a window into the interior make-up of Ukraine, also but not only during the war.

The Economist’s Anne McElvoy asks Ben Hodges, a former commanding general of US Army Europe, why he thinks a Ukrainian victory is beyond doubt. Titled “How could Ukraine win the war?”, this is a 24-minute podcast take on the “could” and the “maybe” of an irreversible momentum since the liberation of Kherson and a Ukrainian victory against Russia by the summer. 

The #UkrainianSpaces podcast features Ukrainian voices discussing, among others, culture, identity, and colonialism.


Below, you’ll find some of the women experts, scholars and journalists tweeting and writing analyses about Ukraine and Russia. Tweet at us @PolicyRising to share other names and experts!

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