Experts & Staff

Margaryta Khvostova

ECFR Alumni · Visiting Fellow

Areas of expertise

Ukraine’s security and defence, reforms process and democratic development in Ukraine; human rights; EU-Ukraine relations


English, Ukrainian, Polish (can read and understand)


Margaryta Khvostova was a visiting fellow with the Wider Europe programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations. Her research focused on security and defence, human rights, and Ukraine’s democratic development and integration into EU and NATO structures.

Khvostova is an advocacy manager at the Reanimation Package of Reforms Coalition, a group of leading NGOs that promotes reforms and good governance in Ukraine. Prior to that, she was a lecturer in international relations at the Lazarski University in Warsaw.

She has published extensively on human rights and identity and nation-building processes in Ukraine and other eastern European countries.

Lessons for the West: Russia’s military failures in Ukraine

Ukraine has proven that it can counter Russian military tactics and strategy. To continue to do so, the country will require greater support from the West

All-out support: The West’s commitments to Ukraine

Ukraine’s Western partners now recognise that it can defeat Russia. Yet they need to provide the guarantees of long-term support that will make this a reality

Why advanced weapons can help Ukraine defeat Russia

Russia’s new offensive in Ukraine calls for a change in the Western response. NATO countries should supply the Ukrainian military with advanced systems and the training to use them

How Western offensive weapons can help Ukraine defeat Russia

A prolonged confrontation would help Russia regroup and adapt. The quicker Ukraine receives more military support from its allies, the greater its chances of driving Russian forces out of its territory

Why Ukraine needs greater military support from the West

Many more Ukrainians want to defend their country than have the weapons to do so. An increase in Western military support is vital to Ukraine’s survival

View from Kyiv: Putin’s failed blitzkrieg and the future of Europe

In this war, Ukrainians have proved that they belong in the European family. Yet they need far more support from their partners – including modern air defence systems – as they fight to protect the democratic world


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