Lend Lease and Victorious Hysteria. When to Expect a Turning Point in the Ukraine War?

On 9 May, the day the Red Square parade took place in Moscow, US President Joseph Biden signed the Lend-Lease Act for Ukraine. This is the second law of this kind in history — the first one was passed during WWII. What does it mean for Ukraine, how important and timely is the law, does it imply an imminent transition to a new phase of the war, did this decision take Moscow by surprise, and should we still expect a general mobilisation in Russia? We will discuss these and other questions with military experts Oleksiy Melnyk, Co-director of Foreign Relations and International Security Programmes at the Razumkov Centre, and Yuriy Fedorov, an independent political-military analyst.

Oleksiy Melnyk

Co-Director, Foreign Relations and International Security Programmes, Coordinator of International Projects

Born in 1962 in Khmelnytsty Rgn


Royal College of Defence Studies, London, UK (2007)

Air Field Operations Officer School, Biloxy, MS, US (2001)

Squadron Officer School, Montgomery, AL, US (1994)

Defence Language Institute, San Antonio, TX, US (1994)

Chernihiv Higher Military Air Force Academy, Ukraine (1984)


1980 – 2001 — Air Force Active Service (Cadet, Instructor Pilot, Flight Commander, Squadron Commander, Deputy Air Force Base Commander, Participant of two UN peacekeeping operations, Lt.Colonel (Ret)

2001 – 2004 — Razumkov Centre

2004 – 2005 — State Company Ukroboronservice

2005 – 2008 — Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, Head Organisational and Analytical Division — First Assistant to Minister of Defence

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