From surviving to thriving: How Europe should support Ukraine in the long war against Russia 

To brace for a “Long War”, Europe needs to be ready to take its lessons learned from more than half a year of the war to heart and deliver enduring support to Ukraine

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  • Keynote: Tobias Lindner, State Minister, Federal Foreign Office, Germany
  • Carl Bildt, Co-Chair, ECFR
  • Hanna Hopko, former Member of Parliament, Ukraine
  • Radosław Sikorski, Member of the European Parliament

Chaired by

  • Lykke Friis, Director, Taenketanken Europa

As we head into the winter, Europeans must confront the reality that the war against Ukraine is here to stay. To brace for such a “Long War”, Europe needs to be ready to take its lessons learned from more than half a year of the war to heart and deliver enduring support to Ukraine.

At ECFR, authors Gustav Gressel, Marie Dumoulin, Jeremy Shapiro and Piotr Buras have made their case for a Comprehensive Action Plan to support Ukraine in this Long War against Russia, which is to consist of direct military assistance (such as through tanks), credible security assurances, energy security and gradual economic integration. A Security Compact for Ukraine would aim to increase much-needed cooperation between the security and defence sectors of Europe and Ukraine to deliver the support Ukraine needs to protect itself. 

But how can Europe stand united against Russian aggression in a Long War, and protect other countries at risk of Russian aggression such as Moldova and Georgia? Which specific areas should a Security Compact for Ukraine encompass? And how can Europe pave the way for Ukrainian integration into the European economic system in the long term?