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News / February 3, 2023

Defending Democracy: Ukraine Under Fire


In February 2022, Russian military forces launched a wide-scale attack on Ukraine, escalating the conflict in the Eastern part of the country which began in 2014, and sparking the largest refugee crisis on the European continent since the end of World War II. In the first episode of this in-depth capsule series, “Defending Democracy: Ukraine Under Fire,” Dr. Hanna Hopko, head of the National Interest Advocacy Network and former member of the Verkhovna Rada, walks you through the war’s broad impact on Ukraine and the world.

Then, CEPPS International Republican Institute Political Parties Program Officer Vyacheslav “Slava” Lipetskiy shares a crucial decision he made in the first moments of the war that would change his life and the way he thinks about democracy forever. His powerful story is not to be missed.

Finally, as the ground war kicked into high gear, Russia’s assault in cyberspace also created havoc for Ukraine’s critical infrastructure. The International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ Senior Global Advisor for Cyber and Information Integrity, Matt Bailey, explains the critical role cyber warfare plays in Russia’s war on Ukraine.

Democracy! The Podcast is brought to you by the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS) with support from the United States Agency for International Development through the Democratic Elections and Political Processes Award.

Find this episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and the player below:



Special thanks to: 

  • Dr. Hanna Hopko, PhD;  Chair, National Interest Advocacy Network; fmr. People’s Deputy of Ukraine (2014 -2019) & Chair, Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Verkhovna Rada.
  • Vyacheslav “Slava” Lipetskiy, Program Officer, Political Parties, The International Republican Institute for Ukraine.
  • Matt Bailey, Senior Global Advisor for Cyber and Information Integrity, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems.


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