Since the beginning of the Russian-Ukrainian war, the Kremlin has been illegally holding “elections” in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine using the same methodology: legitimising the illegal occupation and creating the illusion of democracy.
To destabilize the internal political situation in European countries, Russia is waging a hybrid war that began long before its full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The countries that actively support Ukrainians are the most pressured.
Over the course of more than a year of full-scale invasion, the front lines in Chernihiv, Sumy, and Kharkiv regions were pushed back by Ukrainian military forces practically to the border with Russia. It was precisely during that time when the residents of Belgorod region and other bordering territories, who had been considering buying summer plots in Ukraine, fully experienced life under the “cotton explosions” and the actions of Russian volunteer battalion fighters, as well as the Kremlin’s actual “concern” for the “Russian-speaking population”.
Speakers of the panel discussion “Russian culture and Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine” During the discussion, the speakers addressed the interdependence of Russian culture and politics during the war. The event took place in cooperation with the Ukrainian Security and Cooperation Center’s partners in Germany: the Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit (Friedrich Naumann Foundation for…