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Conferences and public forums will take place in four Canadian cities in the coming three weeks on the war situation in eastern Ukraine and what the future holds for Ukraine and its neighbouring countries:

  • Montreal, Thursday May 28
  • Ottawa, Saturday, May 30 and Friday, June 5
  • Vancouver, June 12
  • Toronto, June 12

Full event details are listed below.

Montreal: La guerre en Ukraine de l’Est : Enjeux du conflit et compte-rendu d’une visite

Forum publique, jeudi, le 28 mai 2015, 19 h 30

Salle des Boiseries (J-2805)
Pavillon Judith-Jasmin, UQÀM
405 Sainte-Catherine Est, Montréal (métro Berri-UQAM)

Roger Annis (The New Cold War: Ukraine and beyond)
Raymond Legault (Échec à la guerre)

Parrainé par: Échec à la guerre

Roger Annis, de Vancouver, a passé quelques jours dans la région de Donetsk, à la mi-avril 2015, dans le cadre d’une tournée médiatique organisée par une ONG russo-allemande. Il présentera ses observations et ses opinions sur cette guerre.


Ottawa, May 30: The conflict in Ukraine
A session of the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Slavists/Association canadienne des slavists

Saturday, May 30, 10 am to 12 pm
At: University of Ottawa, Desmarais Building, Room AV 8-161

Moderator: Paul Robinson


  • Elena Maltseva (U.Windsor) Lost and forgotten: The war through the eyes of Donbass people
  • Ivan)Katchanovski (U. Ottawa) The far right in Ukraine during the Europmaidan and beyond
  • Halyna Mokrushyna (U. Ottawa) Soviet “Dawnbass” or Donbas as a Euro-Ukrainian Region? Conceptualization of Donbas in Ukrainian public discourse.

Ottawa, June 5: The NATO offensive in Eastern Europe and the class and national dynamics of the war in Eastern Ukraine

A session of the Conference of the Society for Socialist Studies

Friday, June 5, 9 am to 10:30 am
University of Ottawa, Desmarais Building, Room 4120

Moderator: Kevin Skerrett

Presenters: Roger Annis and Halyna Mokrushyna, participants in a four-day media tour to Donetsk, eastern Ukraine in April 2015

Vancouver, June 12: Public forum: Eyewitness report from the war zone of eastern Ukraine

Friday, June 12, 7 pm to 9 pm
At Harbour Center, 515 W Hastings St, Rm 1700

Speaker: Roger Annis

Sponsor: Institute for the Humanities, Simon Fraser University

The war in eastern Ukraine is at a crossroads. A ceasefire has been in place since February 12, 2015 but violations are frequent. The underlying political and economic issues that sparked the war are unresolved. Ukraine does not recognize or talk to the rebel, pro-autonomy movement in the east. The NATO countries are pushing a ‘blame Russia’ narrative, and three of them-the U.S., UK and Canada-have soldiers in western Ukraine providing training to the Ukrainian army. Roger Annis visited the city and region of Donetsk, Eastern Ukraine in mid-April 2015. He is an editor and writer at the website, The New Cold War: Ukraine and beyond.

Information online:

Toronto, June 12: Public forum: The war in Ukraine and wider implications for Europe

Friday, June 12, 7 pm
At Beit Zatoun Community Center, 612 Markham St., Toronto

Speakers: Judy Deutsch (University of Toronto), Halyna Mokrushyna (University of Ottawa), Sergei Plekhanov (York University)

Sponsor: Centre for Social Justice

Information on Ukraine:


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