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War has returned to Europe. Despite the warnings, Vladimir Putin’s decision to launch an unprovoked invasion of Ukraine has shocked the world, causing the greatest security and humanitarian crisis since the Second World War. The invasion has seemingly not gone according to plan for the Russians, as Ukrainian resistance, under the leadership of Volodymyr Zelenskyy, has both stalled Russian advances and inspired the whole world with its courage and determination. Yet the frustrated Russian forces are escalating their brutality, including against civilians, and there are concerns that weapons of mass destruction could be deployed against the Ukrainian people. The Western response has been one of unity. It has levied unprecedented sanctions against Russia, and has supplied increasing numbers of defensive weapons to the Ukrainian army, but has refused President Zelenskyy’s request to enforce a no-fly zone, fearful that a direct confrontation between Russian and NATO forces could escalate the conflict into a Third World War, and even trigger an unthinkable nuclear exchange. The British response to the crisis has largely been praised, but there have been criticisms of the speed at which it has sanctioned oligarchs and their assets, and the speed at which it has processed the applications of refugees trying to reach the UK. What more can the UK and its allies do to support Ukraine, and how can Putin be stopped without risking an even more perilous confrontation between Russia and the West?

This episode of Bright Blue TV is hosted by the Communications Manager of Bright Blue, Joseph Silke. In this episode, he will be joined by Member of the Home Affairs Select Committee, Adam Holloway MP, former Chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee, Dominic Grieve QC, historian and Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London, Katja Hoyer, and Co-Founder and Director of Strategy at the Council on Geostrategy, Viktorija Starych-Samuolienė.

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