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From left to right: Tanja Maljartschuk (© Sofia Rudeichuk), Claudia Major (© Fotostudio Kirsch) and Stefan Brandt (©Jan Windszus)

28 April // 19:00 // Futurium Forum: A conversation about the impact of the attack on Ukraine with Claudia Major and Tanja Maljartschuk

The time after the turn of the century - IN GERMAN!

For many people in Europe, 24 February 2022 - the beginning of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine - marked a turning point whose occurrence and severity surprised even most professional observers. In Ukraine, which has already been confronted with the Russian annexation of Crimea and the occupation of parts of the Donbas since 2014, the brutal attack brought destruction and suffering on an unimaginable scale.

UK Gespräch Brandt v2

From left to right: Tanja Maljartschuk (© Sofia Rudeichuk), Claudia Major (© Fotostudio Kirsch) and Stefan Brandt (©Jan Windszus)

Since the beginning of the war, Ukrainians have defended their state, their independence and the democratic model of society with overwhelming courage. The Russian army, which was highly superior on paper, failed with its planned "march through" for a few days. It was forced into a protracted war of position by the fighting strength of the Ukrainian troops and the morale of the civilian population. Even after two months, there is no end in sight.

But the impact of this war goes far beyond Ukraine. Millions of refugees have now arrived in many countries. At the same time, the European community of states in alliance with NATO is providing increasing military support to Ukraine and exerting enormous economic pressure on Russia. Whether this is enough is hotly disputed. Moreover, Putin's quest for supposedly historically legitimised "spheres of influence" does not stop at Ukraine, but is directed against other Eastern European states. From a global perspective, it is noticeable that - despite the violations of international law and the obvious crimes against humanity documented in the war - by no means all states position themselves uniformly against Russia. Besides China and other countries, this also applies to India, the largest democracy in the world.

Against this background, Chancellor Olaf Scholz spoke on 27 February in the German Bundestag of a "turning point in time". But what does this mean in concrete terms for German foreign and security policy? And what possible impact does the war of aggression have on the future of Ukraine, the European security architecture and the global order? So what does the time after the turning point look like?

We want to discuss these questions with Claudia Major, an expert on security policy from the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik), and Tanja Maljartschuk, a writer and Bachmann Prize winner from Ukraine. In the discussion, we would also like to shed light on how Ukrainian society managed to defend itself against Russian aggression and what other civil societies can learn from this.


  • Dr. Claudia Major, Head of the Security Policy Research Group at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik)
  • Tanja Maljartschuk, writer and journalist
  • Moderation: Dr. Stefan Brandt, Director of the Futurium

Statement of the Futuriums

We think it is important to learn from this disaster and to draw consequences for the future. The planned round of talks is intended to contribute to this.

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