Ukraine in Conflict: An Analytical Chronicle

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 An Analytical Chronicle

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Through a series of articles written between 2013 and 2017, this book examines Ukraine during its period of conflict – from the protests and uprising of Euromaidan, to the Russian annexation of Crimea and the outbreak of war in Ukraine’s two eastern provinces Donetsk and Luhansk. It also looks at Ukraine’s response to Russian incursions in the form of Decommunisation – the removal of Lenin statues, Communist symbols, and the imposition of the so-called Memory Laws of the spring of 2015. The book places these events in the context of the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, and Ukraine’s geostrategic location between Russia and the European Union. It seeks to provide answers to questions that are too often mired in propaganda and invective and to assess whether the road Ukraine has taken is likely to end in success or failure.

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David R. Marples is a Distinguished University Professor of Russian and East European History and currently Chairman of the Department of History and Classics, University of Alberta, Canada. He is the author of 15 books, including ‘Our Glorious Past’: Lukashenka’s Belarus and the Great Patriotic War (2014), Russia in the 20th Century: The Quest for Stability (2011), and Heroes and Villains: Creating National History in Contemporary Ukraine (2007).


Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

PROSPECTS FOR ‘PUTINISM’ IN UKRAINE

UKRAINE’S ASSOCIATION AGREEMENT WITH THE EU: ACCEPTABLE COMPROMISES AND SHARED HYPOCRISIES

WHAT DO UKRAINIANS WANT?

EUROMAIDAN: IS THERE AN END GAME?

THE PEOPLE AND THE OPPOSITION

ANALYSING EUROMAIDAN FROM THE WEST

INSIDE THE HEAD OF V.V. PUTIN

CRIMEA: RECAPPING FIVE MONTHS OF CHANGE IN UKRAINE

ODESA AND THE ESCALATING WAR

KING COAL AND THE FUTURE OF THE UKRAINIAN DONBAS

IGOR STRELKOV: MOSCOW AGENT OR MILITARY ROMANTIC?

PUTIN’S DWINDLING OPTIONS IN UKRAINE

LONG LIVE THE DONETSK PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC!

THE AFTERMATH OF MH-17

THE UKRAINIAN ARMY IS UNPREPARED FOR WAR

@FUCKYOUPUTIN

ASSESSING UKRAINE’S OPTIONS

PREPARING FOR NEW PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS IN UKRAINE

THE SNIPERS’ MASSACRE IN KYIV

THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLICS CAST THEIR VOTES

POROSHENKO’S CHOICES AFTER THE PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS

MINSK-2

ONE YEAR AFTER EUROMAIDAN

COMPARING MAIDAN 2004 WITH EUROMAIDAN 2014

ETHNIC AND SOCIAL COMPOSITION OF UKRAINE’S REGIONS AND VOTING PATTERNS

UKRAINIAN PARLIAMENT LEGALISES ‘FIGHTERS FOR INDEPENDENCE IN THE 21ST CENTURY’

VOLODYMYR VIATROVYCH AND UKRAINE’S DECOMMUNISATION LAWS

KYIV REVISITED

WHAT TO DO WITH DONBAS: PHASE 3

UKRAINE AT 24

PEACE AT LAST IN UKRAINE? ANALYSING RUSSIAN GOALS

COMMUNIST HEROES OF UKRAINE

THE DNR, ‘GRISHA PHILLIPS’, AND SPEAKING THE TRUTH

RUSSIANS AS TERRORIST VICTIMS

DECENTRALISATION: PROS, CONS, AND PROSPECTS

THE ‘IMMINENT COLLAPSE OF RUSSIA’: A RESPONSE TO ALEXANDER J. MOTYL

POROSHENKO, POLLS, AND THE RISE OF THE ‘GAS PRINCESS’

UKRAINE AND RUSSIA: REWRITING HISTORIES

THE DONALD ON CRIMEA

DEATH OF A SEPARATIST LEADER

THE DESTRUCTION OF ‘COLONIAL REMNANTS’

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