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Night Owl Session under Chatham House Rule

Lessons Identified vs Lessons Learnt: What Has Russia Learnt from the War in Ukraine? What Have We?

May 17, 22:00-23:30
Room: Copenhagen

The Russian war in Ukraine has now been going on for more than two years. At this moment, around 20% of the territory of Ukraine, including the Crimean Peninsula, is occupied by the Russian military. In the first year of the war, we saw humiliating defeats for the Russian armed forces. However, as we’ve seen from the 2014 Crimean invasion and Russian involvement in Syria, Russia’s military learns from its mistakes. What are the changes they have implemented since the beginning of the war? How should we adapt our defences and capabilities based on how Russia is fighting? What lessons have they not learned?


Oleksandr V Danylyuk

Chairman of the Centre for Defence Reforms

Gustav Gressel

Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations 

Martin Herem

Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces

Matthew Kroenig

Vice President and Senior Director of the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security and Director of Studies at the Atlantic Council


Ben Hodges

Former Commander of US Army Europe, FBH Geostrat Consulting GmbH