The Department of Political Science is hosting a presentation by chief of staff of the US Helsinki Commission (and UMaine alum) Kyle Parker on April 17 from 3–5 p.m. at Wells Commons.
Parker was among the first US officials to visit Ukraine following Russia’s full-scale invasion on Feb. 24, 2022. Over a year later, Parker remains the most well-travelled US official in wartime Ukraine.
While in country, Parker met with a cross section of Ukraine’s defenders, including demining teams, military psychologists, drone operators, foreign fighters, and commandos conducting raids inside Russia. He will share their stories with the University of Maine community, show sensitive footage and photos that have never been seen publicly, and display physical remnants of war collected from the battlefield.