On 6 July, the delegation of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (parliament of Ukraine) visited ICDS to discuss the war in Ukraine, possible developments and the probable aftermath. The delegation was welcomed by ICDS director Indrek Kannik. The guest delegation head was Oleksandr Merezhko – People’s Deputy of Ukraine, Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Committee on Foreign Policy and Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation. The delegation was accompanied by the Ambassador of Ukraine in Estonia H.E Mariana Betsa.
Some of the covered topics include:
- Russia’s initial and current war aims and how they were adjusted by its diminishing military capabilities
- The weapon supplies to Ukraine needed to achieve parity, as well as objective and subjective reasons for the delays
- Ukraine’s aspirations to recover both recently occupied territory and the Russian-claimed Crimean Peninsula
- The regional security environment in the light of Belarus’s potential military involvement in the war in Ukraine
- Ukraine’s resilience and post-war recovery
- Democracy and internal politics in Ukraine, and how they affect Ukraine’s image and the level of foreign support for Ukraine
- Integration formats and security guarantees from partner states
The participants concluded that Russia must suffer a devastating defeat and undergo significant reforms, such as decentralization and real federalization, to prevent it from further aggression against its neighbors in the future.