Explaining the importance of Ukraine’s response, she noted how an entire generation of children have grown up under Russian occupation in Crimea and Russian influence in the Donbas.
As a result, she said it is vital that Ukraine pushes a campaign to show future generations what life can be like under Ukraine instead of Russia, in the hope they can inspire future generations to take up the call of Ukraine over President Putin.
Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014 when soldiers bearing no insignias entered the Crimean Peninsula in an almost bloodless takeover of power. The move was followed by the War in Donbas between Ukrainian Government forces and Russian-backed militants, 14,000 people have died in the fighting.
Concluding her analysis, Ms Koval said the issue now forms one of two challenges posed by Russia that run in “parallel” with one another, each posing credible threats.