Experts on situation between Russia and Ukraine

Humanities, Social Sciences

The buildup of Russian forces along Ukraine's border is increasing tensions in the region and around the world. (Image: Pixabay)

The following University of Victoria experts are available to media for comment on the increasing tensions along the border between Russia and Ukraine, as well as potential geopolitical impacts:

Serhy Yekelchyk (Germanic and Slavic Studies / History) has published seven books on Ukrainian history, including two on the present conflict with Russia. Born and educated in Ukraine, he can discuss how the crisis is seen from a local Ukrainian perspective and place it in the context of two recent popular revolutions in Ukraine, as well as the ongoing war in the Donbas region. Yekelchyk is a leading media commentator on this topic, with news outlets such as the New York Times turning to him for perspective and fact-checking on its coverage about the current conflict. At UVic, he teaches a variety of courses in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies and the Department of History, including a course on Modern Ukraine and Russian-Ukrainian Conflict. (Office: 250-721-7505 or

Tatiana Shaban (Political Science / Centre for Global Studies) is a post-doctoral scholar at UVic and an expert in post-Soviet borders, governance of external borders of the European Union, cross-border cooperation in Eastern Europe and with the EU, humanitarian crisis on the borders, regional governance and democratic developments in Ukraine and Belarus. (Shaban is currently in Minsk, Belarus (+11 hrs), therefore please note time difference and that interviews will be on Zoom.) (Email:

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Keywords: politics, history, international, political science, global studies, germanic and slavic studies

People: Serhy Yekelchyk, Tatiana Shaban

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