February 27, 2023, 18:00


2:30 PM — a briefing by Olena Shuliak, Chair of Sluha Narodu (Servant of the People) Party, Chair of the Verkhovna Rada’s Committee on State Building, Local Governance, Regional and Urban Development

Topic of focus:
Draft law No. 7198 on compensation for destroyed and damaged housing: what lies at its core, how housing compensation will work in the conditions of the all-out war and after Ukraine’s victory.

Why this is important:
On February 23, the Verkhovna Rada adopted draft law No. 7198 as a whole in the second reading. It is a part of large-scale reconstruction efforts, and clear rules of the game, transparency, openness and extensive use of digital tools lie at the center of it. A legislative change is overdue: this is evidenced by the fact that, as of the beginning of 2023, more than 316,000 Ukrainians who are homeowners have submitted their applications for compensation through Diia.

3:00 PM — Discussion “A fatal blow is needed: a year of sanctions against russia in review”

— Ilona Khmeleva, expert at the Economic Security Council of Ukraine
— Yaroslav Yurchyshyn, People’s Deputy of Ukraine
— Agiya Zagrebelska, Deputy Chief of Staff at the National Agency on Corruption Prevention
— Alexandra Vasylenko, Special Envoy on Sanctions Policy at the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine
— Thomas Ewing, Associate Fellow at Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) (online)
— Roman Vybranovskyy, Communication Expert and Founder of Foreign Media Department at the National Security and Defense Council

Why this is interesting:
Throughout russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, sanctions were reimagined as a new kind of weapon — no less effective than a howitzer. However, over time, more and more analysts are beginning to doubt whether the sanctions remain relevant and effective. This is what the experts will focus on during the discussion.

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