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France-Ukraine Forum 2023 By invitation only

One year after the beginning of the war unleashed by Russia against Ukraine, the second France-Ukraine Forum will host political officials, experts, academics, and association members from both countries to discuss three main issues: military aspects and scenarios for ending the war; reconstruction, reforms, and Ukraine’s European prospects, through war to peace; resilience and the transformation of Ukrainian society.


In-person registration is reserved for recipients of a personal invitation.

The videoconference is open to the public. To register virtually, please contact Katie Hamilton (direction@ifri.org).


Co-organized by Ifri (France) and New Europe Center (Ukraine)

Hybrid (in-person and online)

(Bilateral simultaneous translation, French-Ukrainian)



13:00–13:30: Registration and welcome coffee


13:30–13:45: Welcome addresses by the organizers

Tatiana Kastouéva-Jean, Director, Russia/NIS Center, Ifri, France

Alyona Getmanchuk, Director, New Europe Center, Ukraine


13:45–15:00: Defense, security and ways out of war

Military and political aspects: What condition are the armed forces of Ukraine (AFU) in, one year after Russia started this war? How can the successes of the Ukrainian army be explained, and how long can it sustain such war efforts? What are the assets and weaknesses of the AFU at this stage? What are the most likely scenarios on the military and diplomatic levels? What further military support should we expect from Europe/France? Is negotiation with Russia possible?

Moderator: Tatiana Kastouéva-Jean, Director, Russia/NIS Center, Ifri, France


  • Frederic Mondoloni, Director for Continental Europe, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Yehor Cherniev, Deputy Head of Verhovna Rada committee on national security, defense and intelligence, Head of Ukraine’s delegation to NATO’s parliamentary assembly, People’s Deputy of Ukraine of the Servant of the People (Sluha narodu) party
  • Benjamin Haddad, President of the France-Ukraine Friendship group at the French National Assembly
  • Yuriy Sak, Adviser to the Ukrainian Minister of Defense
  • Pierre Haroche, French researcher on European security, Lecturer in International Relations & International Security, Queen Mary University of London

15:00–15:30: Coffee break

15:30–16:45: Reconstruction, reform and Ukraine’s European prospects: through war to peace

What are Kyiv and its partners planning, and what has already been done for reconstruction? What expectations does Ukraine have for the Euro-Atlantic community in this respect? What models and experiences are being considered by Ukraine or could help the country in the task of reconstruction? What reforms is Ukraine undertaking despite the war? How has Kyiv adapted to the need for reform? What breaks and continuities have the reforms undergone under Zelensky’s presidency since February 24, 2022? How can the EU and France support Ukraine's European aspirations, and what role can the European political community play?

Moderator: Leo Litra, Senior Research Fellow, New Europe Center, Ukraine


  • Pierre Heilbronn, former Vice-President of the EBRD, Special Envoy of the President of the French Republic for Reconstruction in Ukraine
  • Dmytro Natalukha, Chair of the Committee on Economic Development of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine
  • Bertrand Barrier, Member of the Paris Bar, President of the Governing Board of the French-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Member of the European Business Association in Ukraine
  • Olena Halushka, Board member of the Ukrainian NGO Anticorruption Action Center (AntAC), Co-founder of the NGO International Center for Ukrainian Victory (ICUV)
  • Dominique Menu, French Member of the Supervisory Board, Head of the Risk Committee, Ukreximbank


16:45–18:00: Ukrainians at war: the resilience and transformation of society

How can the outstanding unity of Ukrainian society, from the very beginning of the conflict, be explained? What are the secrets of its resilience? In what areas are the Ukrainian nation, state and society fragile? How can the weak points be strengthened? What are Ukrainians aspiring to? What type of support can be provided by the European Union and specifically by France? How does the transformation of Ukrainian society relate to its European perspectives?

Moderator: Dimitri Minic, Research Fellow, Russia/NIS Center, Ifri, France


  • Oleksandra Matviichuk, Nobel Peace Prize 2022 of the Ukrainian NGO Center for Civil Liberties
  • Manuel Lafont Rapnouil, Director, Centre d’analyse, de prévision et de stratégie (CAPS), French Foreign Affairs Ministry
  • Hanna Hopko, President of the Ukrainian NGO ANTS civic network, Co-founder of the NGO International Center for Ukrainian Victory (ICUV)
  • Ioulia Shukan, Lecturer in Slavic Studies, University of Paris Nanterre, Researcher, Institute for Political Social Sciences (ISP/CNRS)
  • Maria Zolkina, Head of Regional Security and Conflict Studies, Democratic Initiatives Foundation (Ukraine), Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science

18:00–18:30: Keynote speeches

Moderator: Thomas Gomart, Director of Ifri, France

Olha Stefanishyna, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Ukraine 

Laurence Boone, Secretary of State for European affairs, France 


18:30–20:30: Cocktail 


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For more information on this event or to attend virtually, please contact Katie Hamilton (direction@ifri.org).

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