Kyiv Lviv Kharkiv Odesa
August 23
11:30 AMLVIVDaryna Marchak, First Deputy Minister of Social Policy of Ukraine (online)Topics of focus:
– The work of the Ministry of Social Policy during the war; core tasks of the Ministry
– Payment of welfare benefits to Ukrainians
– Digitalization of the welfare benefits payment process
– Payment of pension benefits in the occupied territories
– The Ministry’s priorities for the year 2023
12:00 PMLVIVDenys Bashlyk, Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine (online)Topics of focus:
– State Agrarian Register: How does it work?
– First performance results of the SAR: How many agrarians signed up?

Why this is interesting:
The State Agrarian Register (SAR), an online platform for the direct interaction between the government and agrarian producers, started operating in Ukraine. The system is supposed to facilitate the search for support opportunities for the agrarian business and the submission of applications. One can apply for any support program online and track the application review in real-time.
1:00 PMLVIVIryna, the mother of a POW from the Azov Regiment

Alla, the mother of a POW from the Azov Regiment

Dana, the mother of a POW from the Azov Regiment

(all in person)
 Topics of focus:
– What is known about where Azov POWs are held in custody, their condition, and incarceration conditions?
– Do international organizations respond to requests by POWs’ relatives to inspect the incarceration conditions and investigate the killing of POWs in Olenivka?
11:00 AMKYIVKateryna Yesypenko, the wife of the political prisoner Vladyslav Yesypenko

Volodymyr Chekrygin, Deputy Chair of the Board of the Crimean Human Rights Group

Volodymyr Prytula, Manager of the Crimea.Realities Project at Radio Liberty

Denys Chystikov, Deputy Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea

Tetiana Pechonchyk, Head of ZMINA Human Rights Center

Vitaly Portnikov, a publicist, writer, and member of the Ukrainian PEN Club, an ambassador of the campaign to release Vladyslav Yesypenko from custody
One year and a half in russian custody – new details on the case of the political prisoner Vladyslav Yesypenko.
Vladyslav is a freelance journalist working for Radio Liberty’s Crimea.Realities project, covering social and environmental issues and filming surveys of the Crimeans. He was taken into custody by officers of russia’s FSB on March 10, 2021, on charges of gathering information “in the interests of Ukraine’s special services” and keeping an “improvised explosive device” in his car. At the court session in Simferopol, where an independent attorney was permitted to participate, Vladyslav Yesypenko accused the russian secret services of torturing him.
12:00 PMKYIVVitaliy Kim, Head of Mykolaiv Oblast Military Administration (online)The current situation in the Mykolaiv Oblast; results of the operation to detect collaborators and artillery spotters.
12:30 PMKYIVSerhii Pozniak, Serviceman of the Northern Group of the National Guard of Ukraine, a participant in the operation to place the National Flag of Ukraine on the highest point at the city of Sviatohirsk (Donetsk Oblast), a site of fierce fighting

Serhii Pavliuk, chief director of Kherson Oblast Theater, one of the organizers of mass rallies in Kherson in March 2022
The National Flag Day: Heroic stories of placing and saving the National Flag of Ukraine.
2:00 PMKYIVAndrii Zahorodniuk, Minister of Defense of Ukraine (2019–2020), Chair of the Board of the Center for Defense Strategies

Mykola Bielieskov, military expert, an analyst of the National Institute for Strategic Studies

Alina Frolova, Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine (2019–2020), Deputy Chair of the Board of the Center for Defense Strategies

Oleksiy Melnyk, Head of Foreign Policy and International Security Programs at Razumkov Centre
Expert meeting with journalists to discuss results of six months of the war: Front line status and development prospects


Topics to be discussed:

During the meeting, speakers will provide an expert assessment of the first six months of the war and share their short-term forecasts: Why does the information about potential negotiations appear more often? Is Ukraine’s counterassault in the south going on? What do explosions in Crimea mean? How can the situation along the entire front line potentially develop?