In 2014, Russia encroached on Ukrainian territory with its illegal annexation of Crimea and support for militant separatist in the occupied eastern regions of Ukraine. Then, in September 2015, Russia sent troops into Syria, where it had been training government troops together with Iran since 2011.
Although Ukraine and Syria may seem like worlds apart, they face a common threat in Russia.
On June 18, English-language newspaper Kyiv Post will host a conference focusing some of the themes that tie these two countries together, including war and territorial loss.
Hromadske spoke to Kyiv Post Editor-in-Chief Brian Bonner and spokesperson for Syrian Network for Human Rights in London Wael Aleji to find out what to expect from the upcoming conference.