Battleground Ukraine: From Independence to the War with Russia

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Battleground Ukraine: From Independence to the War with Russia
The first major English-language history of Ukraine from its emergence after the demise of the Soviet Union through the current Russian invasion

In 1991, after seventy years of imperial Soviet rule, Ukraine became an independent country. Since 2022, it has been fighting an existential war against an unprovoked, brutal, and ongoing invasion by Russia. At the center of its resistance is the resilience of a united people.

Ukraine expert Adrian Karatnycky provides an eyewitness account of the history of the modern Ukrainian state and of the nation through the tenures of the six presidents who have led Ukraine since the collapse of the USSR, including Volodymyr Zelensky. Karatnycky shows how--despite the influence of corrupt oligarchs, pressures from Russia, and the legacies of Soviet rule--an inclusive and united Ukrainian nation has emerged that inspires the world as it defends the principle that states and peoples have the right to their national sovereignty.

Publication Date: 
June 4, 2024