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Don’t let the good vibes from Ukraine reform conference fade

By Oksana Bashuk Hepburn      

In today’s world, it makes good sense to ensure Ukraine stays with law-abiding democracies rather than with caustic Russia.

Ukraine President Vladimir Zelenskiy and Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland met on the margins of the Ukraine Reform Conference in Toronto. At the conference, the minister added $45-million to strengthen trade, governance, police, and youth exchanges with Ukraine. Photograph courtesy of Global Affairs Canada

The third Ukraine Reform Conference held in Toronto July 2-4 was a confirmation of Ukraine’s forward momentum despite fighting Russia’s war. Some 40 countries and international institutions participated. Yet Ukraine, and others are concerned that some members are sabotaging their own efforts. It would be a huge strategic loss were Russia to succeed in recapturing Ukraine militarily or through “malign influence and activities below the level of armed conflict,” as one report states. Greater unity of purpose is badly needed.

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