12.05.2021 Off By Editor


On May, 13 at 14:00 there will be an online round table on the topic: „ Belarus is a new outpost of Russian aggression? “

Organizer: “International Center for Countering Russian Propaganda.”

In the autumn of 2021, large-scale joint Russian-Belarusian military training “Zakhid 2021” will take place on the territory of Belarus. Experts consider this event as one of the main moves on the way to the conquest of this country by the Russian Federation.

Today, the actions of the official Minsk  are marked by the implementation of aggressive anti-Ukrainian rhetoric of the media controlled by the government, accusing Ukraine of supporting the Belarusian opposition. Russian special services are freely operating on the territory of Belarus, Russian troops are being accumulated and stocks of weapons and military equipment are being built. All this is the result of the strengthening of political, economic and military dependence of Belarus on the Russian Federation.

During the round table the experts will discuss the following issues:

  • “Zahid 2021” as a tool of diplomatic influence: what Belarus wants and can influence on?
  • Is Ukraine ready for a new Eastern Front of information warfare?
  • What are the possible economic losses of Ukrainian and European businesses due to the depletion of Belarus by the Russian Federation?
  • Is there any danger for citizens of Ukraine, in particular for participants of the Russian-Ukrainian war, to be on the territory of Belarus?
  • The Belarusian-Ukrainian border: a problem or an informational operation?
  • How realistic is the threat of military invasion of Ukraine from the territory of Belarus?

Roundtable participants:

Leonid Baran, Director of Department of State Border Protection in the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine

Myroslav Hai, journalist, public activist;

Dmytro Gromakov, expert from Belarus at the International Center for Countering Russian Propaganda

Yuriy Karin, coordinator of the “Informational Resistance” project;

Stasys Kaunitis – Chairman of the Lithuanian Civil Defense Fund (Lithuania)

Andrey Porotnikov – head of the analytical center Belarus Security Blog (Belarus)

Volodymyr Chepoviy, editor-in-chief of the journal “BUSINESS”

Elina Shnurko-Tabakova, Head of the Council of Information Security and Cybernetics Protection

Yuriy Tsarik,  deputy director of the Centre for Strategic and Foreign Policy Studies, head of the Russian and Post-Soviet Studies Programme (BILORUS);

Arseniy Sivitskiy – Director of the Center for Strategic and Foreign Policy Studies, Head of the Research Program on Regional and International Security (BILORUS);

Yuri Kochevenko – Director of the International Center for Countering Russian Propaganda, moderator.


Address:  B. Khmelnitsky str, 8/16, Kyiv.

Accreditation of media representatives:

The event will be broadcast on the website and YouTube channel of Ukrinform: