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Water @ Wilson | Water and Conflict: Updates from the Russia-Ukraine War

Date & Time

Feb. 7, 2023
9:30am – 11:00am ET


Online Only


Russia’s war in Ukraine has devastated the country’s water and sanitation infrastructure. Civilian water supply and treatment have been exposed to collateral damage, wielded as weapons through targeted attacks, and strained by large population movements and diminished capacity as water operators take up arms to protect their country. This has enormous implications for Ukraine’s short and long-term health, agricultural, and energy systems, and economic well-being.

Join the Wilson Center and the U.S. Water Partnership on February 7th for a discussion with a panel of experts – including two representatives of Lviv’s water utility – to better understand the enormous costs of Russia’s attacks on civilian infrastructure, and how the international community can better support Ukraine’s efforts to rebuild and modernize its water infrastructure.


Volodymyr Bilynskyy

Deputy Chief Engineer, Lvivvodokanal, Lviv City Communal Enterprise Water Utility

Franklin Broadhurst

WASH Technical Advisor, Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, U.S. Agency for International Development

Sébastien Truffaut

Former Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Chief in Ukraine, UNICEF

Dmytro Vankovych

Director, Lviv City Communal Enterprise Water Utility

Erika Weinthal

Lee Hill Snowdon Professor of Environmental Policy, Duke University


Christopher Rich

Executive Director, U.S. Water Partnership

Hosted By

Environmental Change and Security Program

The Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) explores the connections between environmental change, health, and population dynamics and their links to conflict, human insecurity, and foreign policy.  Read more

Kennan Institute

The Kennan Institute is the premier US center for advanced research on Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American understanding of Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, the South Caucasus, and the surrounding region though research and exchange.  Read more

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