The Ukrainian Institute presents a study Perception of Ukraine Abroad. The United Kingdom 

At two public presentations, the Ukrainian Institute will present the results of a study of Ukraine’s perception in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The analytical document is a continuation of the complex project of the Ukrainian Institute for the Study of Perception of Ukraine. The project was launched in 2020 and covered seven countries. 

The first event for foreign audiences will take place on February 15, the second for Ukrainian audiences on February 22. Both events will be presented live in Ukrainian and English on the Ukrainian Institute’s Facebook page. 

Participants of the presentation for foreign audiences: 

  • Melinda Simmons, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Kingdom to Ukraine; 
  • Emine Dzhaparova, First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine; 
  • Peter Pomerantsev, British journalist, television producer and writer; 
  • Hanna Shelest, Security Studies Program Director, the Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism”. 

The presentation will be moderated by Volodymyr Sheiko, Director General of the Ukrainian Institute. 

Participants of the presentation for the Ukrainian audience: 

  • Vadym Prystaiko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland; 
  • Marina Pezenti, Head of the Ukrainian Institute London (2015-2020); 
  • Dr Rory Finnin, Associate Professor of Ukrainian Studies, Cambridge University; 
  • Orysia Lutsevych, Research Fellow and Manager of the Ukraine Forum in the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House; 
  • Serhiy Herasymchuk, Deputy Executive Director, Regional Initiatives and Neighborhood Program Director, the Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism”, co-author of the analytical report.

The presentation will be moderated by Nadiia Koval, Head of the Information and Analytical Department of the Ukrainian Institute. 

The study was conducted in 2021. Its purpose is to identify attitudes and expectations towards Ukraine, Ukrainian culture, and opportunities for cooperation with Ukraine in the United Kingdom, to explore awareness of modern culture and cultural heritage of Ukraine; identify the most successful and popular formats of cultural diplomacy projects at the bilateral level. 

The research was carried out by the method of in-depth interviews among target audiences commissioned by the Ukrainian Institute to experts of the Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism”. 

Research reports will be published on the website of the Ukrainian Institute on the day of the presentation.  

The event is supported by the Ukrainian Crisis Media Center.