As the war in Ukraine enters its bloodiest phase, there’s no shortage of experts in the West holding forth on how best to bring the violence to an end. But what do the Ukrainian people themselves think? In May 2022, Intelligence Squared brought together three prominent Ukrainians, all currently located in Ukraine, for an urgent conversation: Kira Rudik, the MP who went viral on Instagram when she posted a photo of herself wielding a Kalashnikov and urging her fellow citizens to take up arms against the Russian invaders; Michael Bociurkiw, geopolitical analyst and humanitarian; and Olha Poliukhovych, a cultural historian and academic based in Kyiv.
Is the West doing enough to help Ukraine? What kind of endgame should Ukraine be seeking – all-out victory over Russia or a negotiated settlement that will allow both sides to claim they have won? Our speakers engaged with these questions which have profound implications for their own country – and for the rest of the world..