Russia’s Road to War With Ukraine

Samir Puri


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Ukraine is the subject of a tug of war between the west and Russia and has been terribly let down by both, albeit in very different ways, in the months and years leading up to war. Russia has brought bloodshed and suffering to Ukraine at the behest of Putin’s vision of a greater Russian sphere of influence. For their part, however, the western countries that dominate the EU and NATO have over several years raised Ukraine’s expectations of joining these bodies, leaving Ukraine without formal allies and fatally exposed to Russian aggression. This book is a concise entry-level account of the path to the conflict that now dominates our headlines. It offers an objective and lively narrative, peppered with eye-witness accounts, of the key moments of drama leading to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022.

ISBN: 9781785907708 Category:


When Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine on 24 February 2022, many in the West were left stunned at his act of brutal imperialism. To those who had been paying attention, however, the warning signs of the bloodshed and slaughter to come had been there for years.

Tracing the relationship between the two countries from the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991 to Putin’s invasion in 2022, what emerges from this gripping and accessible book is a portrait of a nation caught in a geopolitical tug of war between Russia and the West. While Russia is identified as the sole aggressor, we see how Western bodies such as the EU and NATO unrealistically raised Ukraine’s expectations of membership before dashing them, leaving Ukraine without formal allies and fatally exposed to Russian aggression.

As a former international observer, Samir Puri was present for several of the major events covered in this book. He uses this experience to ask honestly: how did we get here? Why does Vladimir Putin view Ukraine as the natural property of Russia? Did the West handle its dealings with these countries prudently? Or did it inflame the tensions left amidst the ruins of the Soviet Union? Were there any missed opportunities to avert the war? And how might this conflict end?

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Weight 0.51 kg
Dimensions 23.4 × 15.6 × 3.3 cm










327.470477 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K

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