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Russian war of aggression in Ukraine

Russian War of Aggression on Ukraine


Russia’s aggression is not only an attack on the Ukraine, but also an attack on our European and international order.

Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert, Chairman of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

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At a glance

  • The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung stands with Ukraine and at the same time views this Russian aggression in breach of international law as an attack on our European and international order.
  • With the war of aggression on Ukraine, Putin has revealed his true intentions: He wants to subjugate Ukraine by means of military force and make it an entity completely dependent on him.
  • Putin’s goal of a quick military defeat of Ukraine, has failed. Ukraine is also successfully defending itself with the help of Western weapons; yet it is still not clear how this war will come to an end.
  • Contrary to the Russian regime’s expectations, the war has united the West. The sanctions are having an effect and the Putin regime is also largely isolated on the international stage.
  • The repercussions of the war on the future global order and security architecture cannot yet be entirely foreseen. The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung is, however, already intensively looking at this as part of its analyses.



1. Putin wants to subjugate Ukraine with military force

2. The West stands together

3. Consequences for the world order and Europe

4. Our offers and projects on the topic

5. Publications, events and media contributions on the topic


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In a film by the Ukraine Office (Kharkiv), five Sur Place scholarship holders talk about their memories of 24 February 2022, their flight from Ukraine, their current lives and their hopes for the future (only in german).

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Putin wants to subjugate Ukraine with military force

With Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine on 24 February 2022, which is contrary to international law, there is no longer any doubt about the true character of Putin and his regime. The long-discussed question of Putin's intentions has been answered in sight of the whole world: he wants to subjugate Ukraine with the use of brute military force and turn it into an entity completely dependent on him. Ukraine's state sovereignty and its self-determined path towards democracy and the rule of law have no place in his world view. The attack is therefore also an attack on the European peace order, in which borders may never again be moved by force, and an attack on the international order, which is based on the right of peoples to self-determination.

Moreover, the invasion of Ukraine shows that Putin was not primarily concerned with Russian security interests. Rather, a neighbour that has embarked on the path towards democracy and the rule of law is a thorn in his side. A functioning democracy in his immediate neighbourhood threatens Putin's authoritarian rule because it presents a liberal and economically attractive alternative.

In the meantime, it has become clear that the Russian plan of a rapid conquest of Ukraine did not work out. On the contrary, Ukraine has managed to stand its ground against Russian aggression and to reclaim occupied territories. However, it is not yet foreseeable who will win this war, which according to serious estimates has already claimed well over 100,000 lives. The will to resist on the Ukrainian side, however, is unbroken.

The West stands together

Contrary to what was intended, Putin has united the West with his war. The sanctions against the Russian economy are having an effect, extensive military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine has strengthened its military combat capability and civilian resilience, while the weak points of the Russian military machine have become apparent. Moreover, since the beginning of the war and especially after the partial mobilisation, hundreds of thousands of mostly young and well-educated Russians have left their country, putting a heavy strain on the country's future prospects. Internationally, too, the Putin regime sees itself largely isolated, as the votes in the UN General Assembly show.


Consequences for the world order and Europe

In the future, the year 2022 will stand in a row with the years 1945 and 1989. This turning point raises numerous questions about the short-term, medium-term and long-term consequences of the war: What other victims will it claim among the Ukrainian civilian population and among combatants on both sides? Will the domestic political repercussions of the war become a danger for the Putin regime? What are the longer-term economic consequences of this war for Russia, the West and the world economy? When and how will this war end? What are the consequences of the war outcome scenarios for the people of Ukraine and for the European and international security architecture? What role can the European Union play? What are the consequences of this war for the future world order?

On this page you will find information from the Foundation's offices abroad as well as analyses and publications on the above topics and questions, which are continuously updated and expanded.

Our offers and projects on the topic

Publication projects

With our own publication projects, in which we approach different aspects of the topic, we analyse, among other things, the profound changes that the war of aggression brings to Europe and its societies.

Defensive Democracy


Russia’s attack on Ukraine has catapulted the question of the defensibility of democracy to the fore of public interest. Yet, tanks and rockets are not the only threat to our free society. Our democracy is exposed to many dangers, which are addressed in our book of essays and major campaign.


Learn more about the topic “Defensive Democracy” or go directly to the essay collection “die wehrhafte(re) Demokratie” (The (More) Defensive Democracy).


Ukraine in focus - perspectives from a European Country

Our series “Ukraine in Focus” presents viewpoints and perspectives of Ukrainian authors on prevalent topics and debates.


All issues can be found here

East Central and Southeast Europe: Political and Social Impact One Year After the Start of Russia's War of Aggression against Ukraine


In our country report series on the occasion of the one-year anniversary of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, our staff members abroad report on the situation in their countries of assignment. The reporting focuses on the concrete effects of the war in Ukraine on politics and society as well as its instrumentalisation in national political debates.


Learn more about our country report series

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Dr. Lars Hänsel


Head of the Department Europe and North America +49 30 26996-3526

Dr. Christina Catherine Krause


Head of Department International Politics and Security Affairs +49 30 26996-3445 +49 30 26996-53445
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Publications, events and media contributions on the topic

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Publications to the topic

Flaggen der Nato, Polens und der USA Adobe Stock / Panama

Poland as a strong security guarantor on NATO’s eastern flank

What can a successful modernization of the Polish armed forces mean for Europe and Germany?


Freedom of Navigation in the Black Sea Area and the Strategic Significance of the Danube

Präsident Emmanuel Macron bei der Ukraine-Hilfskonferenz in Paris am 26.02.2024 IMAGO / ABACAPRESS

Franco-German tensions and European pressure to act

Ukraine conference in Paris

Prof. Dr. Viktor Winkler, LL.M. (Harvard) KAS

Are we doing enough? EU sanctions against Russia - a review

Interview with Prof. Dr. Viktor Winkler LL.M (Harvard)

Ukranian nuns IMAGO / ZUMA Wire

Ukraine policy in Rome

Italy top, Vatican flop?

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The conference of the Ukrainian Energy Security Dialogue 2023: Resilience and Recovery


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Russia's influence on German domestic security

The Kremlin's actors, instruments and goals

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The Offshore Energy Potential of the Black Sea

Baltische Staaten auf der Karte IMAGO / Pond5 Images

New defence strategies for Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia

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Holocaust und Erinnerungskultur in der Ukraine

Entwicklungen und Initiativen seit der Unabhängigkeit

Українське суспільство, держава і церква під час війни. Церковно-релігійна ситуація в Україні-2023 Центр Разумкова

Українське cуспільство, держава і церква під час війни. Церковно-релігійна ситуація в Україні-2023

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Athens Security Forum

The New Europe Facing the challenges of multiple crises

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Przyszłość stosunków polsko-niemieckich w obliczu wojny w Ukrainie

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Banner eng 2023 Social Policy in Ukraine in the Wartime

Social Policy in Ukraine in the Wartime: 2022-2023 years

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Strategic Partners of Ukraine

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Events on the topic






75 Jahre NATO
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Mare belli? – Der Ostseeraum in Zeiten russischer Aggression
Eine Kooperationsveranstaltung mit der Deutschen Atlantischen Gesellschaft



Ist ein Ende absehbar?
Der Krieg Russlands gegen die Ukraine

Event Reports on the topic

Event Reports on the topic

Grevenbroicher Schlossgespräch 27.05.2024

Putins Krieg gegen die Ukraine: Wie kann Europa Frieden schaffen?

Grevenbroicher Schlossgespräch unter der Schirmherrschaft von Hermann Gröhe MdB

XII. Adenauer Konferenz am 15. Mai 2024 KAS/Edgar Nemschok

„A turning point requires determination“

Report on the XII. Adenauer Conference on 15 May 2024

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75 Jahre NATO: Zerreißprobe für das Atlantische Bündnis am Beginn einer neuen Weltordnung?

Eine Bilanz des 45. #HessenKAS Facebook-Live in Kooperation mit der Deutschen Atlantischen Gesellschaft am 10. April 2024

Natalija Bock und Irina Riabenka (von links; Foto: Thomas Ehlen) Thomas Ehlen / kas,de

Zwei Jahre (zehn Jahre?) nach dem Beginn von Russlands Angriffskrieg gegen die Ukraine

"Europa bedeutet, füreinander einzustehen“ / Eine Bilanz des Fuldaer Gesprächs 20. Februar 2024

Ursula Von der Leyen bei ihrem Rundgang in der Wagenhalle im Colosseum Colosseum Berlin

Cafe Kyiv 2024: "Putin cannot be allowed to win this war!"

Political discussions, pop-up market, workshops, films, fashion, art and Ukrainian cuisine

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Das Jahrhundert der deutsch-russischen Beziehungen ist mit dem Angriff auf die Ukraine zu Ende

Wintervortrag zur Geschichte und Zukunft der deutsch-russischen Beziehungen

Dr. Christoph von Marschall Thomas Ehlen /

Krisen, Kriege, Konkurrenz

Eine Bilanz des Wiesbadener Tischgesprächs und des Frankfurter Gesprächs am 4. Dezember 2023


"Deutschland und Europa in der „Zeitenwende“ – Zukunftsaufgaben der Sicherheitspolitik"

Vortragsreihe in Kooperation mit der Professur für Internationale Politik der TU Chemnitz


Bundeswehr der Zukunft

Verantwortung und Künstliche Intelligenz

vlnr Vice Admiral Jan C. Kaack, Kusti Salm, Admiral Stuart Munsch, Dr. Bastian Giegerich Jan Kulke

Kiel Security Conference 2023

"Spies, Subs and Melting Ice - Old & New Challenges to the Baltic Sea Region" 17 June 2023

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Geheimsache BND

Der Bundesnachrichtendienst in weltpolitischen Wendezeiten

Prof. Dr. Serhii Plokhii bei der Vorstellung seiner Kernthesen bei der Veranstaltung KAS/Wadim Lisovenko

Russia’s War Against Ukraine: A Conversation With Serhii Plokhii

Bericht zur Veranstaltung am 2. Mai 2023

Bonner Rede zur Demokratie 2023 Volker Lannert

„Bonner Rede zur Demokratie“ und das Ringen um Freiheit

Nico Lange Thomas Ehlen /

Welche Wege weisen in die Zukunft?

Russland, die Ukraine und Perspektiven für eine neue Europäische Friedensordnung / Eine Bilanz des Frankfurter Gesprächs 24. April 2023

Marion Sendker im Gespräch mit Gabriele Baumann

Ratspräsidentschaft, NATO-Beitritt, Seltene Erden, Weltraumbf: Schweden im Zentrum d. Aufmerksamkeit

Eine Bilanz des 40. #HessenKAS Facebook-Live vom 28.03.2023

Außenminister der Republik Moldau Nico Popescu zu Gast bei der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung KAS

Außenminister der Republik Moldau Nico Popescu zu Gast

Austausch über Perspektiven der Zusammenarbeit

Dr. Bastian Matteo Scianni Thomas Ehlen /

„Wir haben völlig verlernt, Kriege zu lesen“

Eindrücke von dem Fuldaer Gespräch 16. März 2023

Münsteraner Gespräche 09.03.2023 KAS

Europas neue (Un-)Sicherheit

Münsteraner Gespräche

Köln & Köpfe 08.03.2023 KAS

Freiheit braucht Sicherheit

Unsere Zukunft steht in der Ukraine auf dem Spiel KAS / Marco Urban

„Unsere Zukunft steht in der Ukraine auf dem Spiel“

Navigieren in stürmischen Zeiten – deutsche Sicherheitspolitik 2023


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