Flemish Peace Institute dedicates 'Day of Peace' to war in Ukraine
On the occasion of the international "Day of Peace", the Flemish Peace Institute wants to draw attention to some underexposed aspects of the conflict in Ukraine. At Cinema Lumière on Wednesday evening, topics will include the challenges for humanitarian law and the impact of the war on the relationship between Ukrainian and Russian citizens.
The Flemish Peace Institute has been organising debates, providing analyses and proposing measures on peace and violence prevention on behalf of the Flemish Parliament since 2004. Last year, Syria was the focus of activities on the "Day of Peace"; this year, of course, there was no escaping the situation in Ukraine.
At the venue Cinema Lumière in Antwerp, the Peace Institute is organising a panel discussion on Wednesday evening with Laura De Greve of Red Cross Flanders, Ghent University professor Aleksey Yudin and Peace Institute director Nils Duquet. De Greve comes to shed light on on the extreme challenge the conflict poses to humanitarian law. Yudin, who himself has Ukrainian as well as Russian roots, will talk about the impact the conflict has on the relationship between Ukrainian and Russian citizens. Duquet, in turn, aims to place the violence in a broader, European peace perspective.
After the talk, the audience will be shown the award-winning documentary 'Trenches', about the 2014 conflict in the Donbas region to which the roots of the current war can be traced.
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