NGRN expert took part in the Taipei Security Dialogue

Yurii Poita, Head of the Asian Section of NGRN took part in the Taipei Security Dialogue, where he spoke as a speaker during a panel on the lessons of the Russian-Ukrainian war for Taiwan.

He said at a Taipei security forum that an important lesson from the Russian invasion of Ukraine was that the country’s leadership “didn’t expect a full scale invasion.”

The failure to recognize beforehand that the war could turn into a full scale one instead of the smaller scale conflicts near Crimea or in Donbas that it originally anticipated, has cost lives in Ukraine, Poita argued.

He praised Ukraine’s Territorial Defense Forces (TDF) for the crucial supplementary role it has played in assisting its regular armed forces in fending off Russian forces since the war begin in late February, but said those forces were not ready when the conflict began.

The TDF was not very active in preparing in advance because Ukraine’s government did not anticipate a full-scale Russian invasion, he said.

“The actual preparation of the TDF began a few weeks before the invasion, and in terms of equipment training, in terms of logistics, the TDF wasn’t prepared fully.”

With the lack of preparation and related training, TDF forces suffered heavy losses and demoralization when they were sent to the front lines of the war, he said.

“I believe it is very important to prepare this reserve component in advance,” instead of doing so during a war, he said.

The full article is available here.

Yurii Poita

Head of the Asian Section

He has been working as a Head of the Asia-Pacific Section at the Center for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Studies (Kyiv, Ukraine). Yurii also is a sinologist and member of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine.

He studied at the Institute of International Relations of the Kyiv International University, the Wuhan Research Institute of Postal and Telecommunications (China), Zhytomyr Military Institute (Ukraine). At the moment Yurii is a PhD candidate at the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University.

He has experience in defense, international journalism, analytics and research.

Research interests: China’s influence in the post-Soviet space, “hybrid” threats to national security, Ukrainian-Chinese relations, the development of the situation in the Asia-Pacific and the Central Asian region.

He took part in a number of expert and scientific discussions in Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Israel, China and other countries. He has participated in research projects on the consequences of educational migration to China, interethnic conflicts and the protest potential of Kazakhstan, creation of a new Asian strategy of the MFA of Ukraine, study of Ukraine’s relations with the countries of Central and East Asia.

Speaks Ukrainian, Russian, English and Chinese.

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