Petro Burkovskiy

Executive Director

Petro Burkovskyi is DIF Executive Director, supervising DIF analytical activities since October 2017. Before joining DIF Petro Burkovskyi worked for 14 years in the National Institute for Strategic Studies as Head of the Center for Advanced Russia Studies (2018-2020), Head of Department for Political System Development (2016-2018), deputy head of Analysis and Information Department (2010-2016), chief consultant (2006-2010). He is a cadre civil servant (2005-2018).

Petro Burkovskyi holds MA with distinction in Political Science from the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (2004). He is alumnus of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies (2007). In 2014 participated in High Level Expert Program at the Federal Foreign Office of Germany. In 2015 completed Defence Management Course at the Cranfield University, Defence Academy of UK.

Since 2004 he is engaged in the civil society activity, working as an independent analyst for media watchdog “Detector Media”, tracking political propaganda influence and manipulation in Ukraine and Russia.

His areas of expertise are history, comparative analysis, constitutional law, decision making process, security policy, energy policy, international relations.

Happily married, together with wife Tetiana bringing up son and daughter.

Expert latest

The visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Russia takes on two dimensions, on the basis of Western caution

Petro Burkovskyi explained how will the Chinese President's visit to Moscow affect the relations between the two countries and the peace eff...
22 March 2023

Ukrainian journalists fight another kind of war - against graft

Petro Burkovskіy commented on the role of the media in the fight against corruption on the domestic front to Reuters
11 March 2023

Delivery of the western battle tanks to Ukraine. What is at stake and how it can change course of battles in 2023

Petro Burkovskyi explained to Sky News Arabia how modern battle tanks can change the course of war and debunked Russian disinformation about...
2 March 2023

"The president should change his approach to making important state decisions if he is truly committed to democracy," said Petro Burkovskyi

Petro Burkovskyi comments on the fight against corruption in Ukraine for the Austrian newspaper Der Standard
8 February 2023

"It's very important for the authorities not to lie or cover for anyone", said Petro Burkovskyi

Petro Burkovskyi told Reuters that corruption scandals were increasingly likely to stoke public anger as the war ground on and that demands...
27 January 2023

Morale in Ukraine 'is very high despite Russian missile attacks, despite all of the casualties'

Petro Burkovsky spoke in more detail about how German tanks can help Ukraine overcome the situation on the battlefield.
24 January 2023

Fighting for Freedom: Ukrainian Assessment of the Implications of the Russian Invasion for South Asia

Olexiy Haran & Petro Burkovskyi
4 January 2023

The EU and Ukraine’s Public Opinion: Changing Dynamic

Summary of Democratic Initiatives Foundation work before and after invasion with observations about the war and EU policy toward Ukraine
13 December 2022

How to secure Ukraine's safety after the war is over? | World Today | TVP World

Petro Burkovskiy shared his thoughts on the diplomatic big picture surrounding Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine
10 December 2022

How Ukrainians see goals and exit from the war with Russia and why it is important to know for the Ukraine's partners

This report explains to a Western audience how Ukrainians see victory, what they are doing to achieve it, and how they perceive dependence o...
8 December 2022