Event: ’25 Years On: Ukraine Since the Fall of the Soviet Union’


1 2 3TIME: 14th December 2016, 13:00 – 14:00

VENUE: House of Commons,Palace of Westminster, SW1A 1AA

Ambassador Natalia Galibarenko
Ukrainian Ambassador to the Court of St James
Robert Brinkley CMG Former British Ambassador to Ukraine
Olexiy Solohubenko News Editor: Languages, BBC World Service

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A quarter of a century ago, the Soviet Union dissolved and the Cold War ended. These two events were so momentous that some observers even argued that history was coming to an end. 25 years later, though, much has changed. The third in a series of three events exploring developments in the Former Soviet Union since 1991, this event focuses on Ukraine.

By kind invitation of Rt Hon Sir Malcolm Rifkind QC, The Henry Jackson Society, in partnership with the British Ukrainian Institute, is delighted to invite you to an event with Ambassador Natalia Galibarenko, Robert Brinkley CMG and Olexiy Solohubenko. The three distinguished speakers will discuss developments that have taken place over the last 25 years. What – if anything – has Ukraine gained from the collapse of the Soviet Union? What has it lost? Have there been missed opportunities, or hands that could have been played better? Is there an end to the tensions between Russia and Ukraine in sight? And what are the next 25 years likely to have in store?

Ambassador Natalia Galibarenko is the Ukrainian Ambassador to the Court of St James. Born in 1978, she graduated from the Institute of International Relations, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Natalia was appointed to her current position by the President of Ukraine. Previously, Natalia participated in numerous bilateral and multilateral negotiations of Ukraine, including in framework of the EU, Council of Europe, OSCE and other international organizations.

Robert Brinkley CMG was a British diplomat for 34 years.  He served as High Commissioner to Pakistan (2006 – 2009), Ambassador to Ukraine (2002 – 2006) and as head of the UK’s worldwide visa operation (2000 – 2002).  He had previously had two postings in Moscow (both in Russia and in the Soviet Union), as well as positions in Bonn, Geneva and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.  Since leaving government service in 2011, Robert has built a portfolio with charity, education and international dimensions.  He is a senator of the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) and chairman of the steering committee of the Ukrainian Institute in London, which is affiliated to UCU.  Robert chairs the steering committee of the Chatham House Ukraine Forum.  He is chairman of The BEARR Trust, a British charity which supports small health and social welfare groups in Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the South Caucasus.

Olexiy Solohubenko has been with the BBC World Service since 1991. From 1996 to 2003, he was Head of the Ukrainian Service which, as the first recruit from Ukraine, he had helped to set up. Olexiy is currently News Editor: Languages at the World Service and previously he was Executive Editor: Americas and Europe Region and Executive Editor: EurAsia.  Olexiy began his broadcasting career at Radio Kiev in 1985, a year when major change began in what was still the USSR. He reported extensively on the Chernobyl disaster, for Ukrainian media as well as the BBC. In 1989 he won a British Council scholarship which was presented to him in Kiev by Lady Thatcher during her first and only visit to Ukraine.


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