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Frontlinje Ukraina : krisen i gränslandet mellan Ryssland och…

av Richard Sakwa

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The unfolding crisis in Ukraine has brought the world to the brink of a new Cold War. As Russia and Ukraine tussle for Crimea and the eastern regions, relations between Putin and the West have reached an all-time low. How did we get here? Richard Sakwa here unpicks the context of conflicted Ukrainian identity and of Russo-Ukrainian relations and traces the path to the recent disturbances through the events which have forced Ukraine, a country internally divided between East and West, to choose between closer union with Europe or its historic ties with Russia. In providing the first full account of the ongoing crisis, Sakwa analyses the origins and significance of the Euromaidan Protests, examines the controversial Russian military intervention and annexation of Crimea, reveals the extent of the catastrophe of the MH17 disaster and looks at possible ways forward following the October 2014 parliamentary elections. In doing so, he explains the origins, developments and global significance of the internal and external battle for Ukraine.With all eyes focused on the region, Sakwa unravels the myths and misunderstandings of the situation, providing an essential and highly readable account of the struggle for Europe's contested borderlands.… (mer)

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Despite the author’s best efforts, I cannot be dissuaded that Russia is in the throes of Roger Griffen’s definition of generic fascism (a palingenetic form of populist ultra-nationalism.) Russia under Putin has entered a stage of neo-revisionism whereby she has become more assertive due to income windfalls from oil, achieved political stabilization under the cult of the leader, has a perceived sense of alienation, and the desire to be seen as a world power, not just a regional power. Putin does not believe his neighbours have a sovereign right of choice to join alliance systems of their choosing but is adamant that his neighbours should remember their history and location and take into account the effect their decisions will have on others. Ukraine’s relationship with its neighbour Russia has historically been tense and complicated for Russia believes Ukraine has been and will always be part of the Russian psyche and has still not accepted Ukraine’s separation from Russia in 1991. It is not possible to externalize all of Ukraine’s problems to the rogue behaviour of Russia but Russia is a major player for the foundations of Ukraine’s corrupt government officials and oligarchs were learned at the knee of Ukraine’s Soviet administrators. Putin insisted the Crimean takeover wasn’t planned or prepared for it just happened that 20,000 well armed servicemen stationed in Crimea backed Crimean self defense forces. Out of all the books I’ve read on Russia and Putin, this is the only one that blames Ukraine for the Russian sponsored invasion. ( )
  ShelleyAlberta | Dec 6, 2016 |
Richard Sakwa's Frontline Ukraine is a detailed narrative of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, addressing its roots in ethnic divisions and the pro-Europe/pro-Russia tug of war. At times I thought it was perhaps a bit too detailed, for at times it seemed like every other word was a capital-letter word. This is a common flaw in academic books released soon after or during an ongoing political crisis, as there has not been enough time for the dust to settle and trends to become clear. This makes any attempt at providing a narrative overview quite cumbersome, as it means history has not yet made judgements on what details proved important and which superfluous.

Regardless, Sakwa's account was very even-handed on the motivations of the various power-players in the region. One certainly gains a better appreciation of Russia's strategic grievances and anxieties, even if this does not extend to moral support or a condoning of the actions of Putin's government. Frontline Ukraine, whilst it could have benefited from a little more flair, is excellent at impressing that this is one modern conflict in which there can be no outright victor. Like the Palestinian problem, the divisions are too ingrained and essential to identity to ever be removed. It shows more than ever that the only way forward is serious negotiation and hard compromise between various competing geostrategic interests if Ukraine is ever to emerge from civil war. ( )
2 rösta Mike_F | Jun 3, 2016 |
The unfolding crisis in Ukraine has brought the world to the brink of a new Cold War. As Russia and Ukraine tussle for Crimea and the Eastern regions, relations between Putin and the West have reached an all-time low. How did we get here? Richard Sakwa here unpicks the story of Russo-Ukrainian relations and traces the path to the recent disturbances through five “revolutions,” that have forced Ukraine, a country internally divided between East and West, to choose between a closer union with Europe or its historic ties with Russia. The first full account of the ongoing crisis, Frontline Ukraine explains the origins, developments and global significance of the battle for Crimea. With all eyes focused on the region, Sakwa unravels the myths and misunderstandings of the situation, providing an essential and highly readable account of the struggle for Europe’s contested borderlands.

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There is fake history as well as fake news....
We are very fortunate to have the real picture of what has been happening in Ukraine set out for us in Richard Sakwa’s erudite and very well-informed Frontline Ukraine. The story – as told by the mainstream media, in the USA, the UK and much of the EU – is that the crisis was the outcome of growing tension between Moscow and Kiev....Putin, a former KGB officer unwilling and unable (it is said) to escape from the secretive and authoritarian mindset typical of that organisation, has embarked on an attempt to recreate something of the old Soviet bloc, replacing Communist ideology with Greater Russian chauvinism....Sakwa, Professor of Russian and European Politics at the University of Kent, meticulously deconstructs this narrative. He produces a very different story, backed by copious documentation and mastery of a wide range of primary and secondary sources. His work, informed by decades of experience formed by teaching, researching, and writing, displays an understanding of the complexities and deep historical legacies at work in the crisis in Ukraine. In so doing it presents a highly plausible revisionist account which puts the West in a poor light and treats Putin’s Russia as a nation which, for all its faults and problems (Sakwa is under no illusions here), is more sinned against than sinning.
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There can be very few academics now operating who possess Richard Sakwa’s expertise in modern Russian (including Soviet and post-Soviet) international history. Why, then, do we not seen more of him in the mainstream media, both broadcasting and print? He has been on RT, discussing the Skripal poisonings amongst other things (no doubt leading some to suspect him of being an apologist for Putin, which he certainly is not).

But I have never seen him on (for example) BBC or Channel 4 (this does not of course mean he has never been interviewed there but it does suggest that any appearances have been somewhat limited). Why? Is this an accidental oversight, or are his opinions deemed by news and current affairs editors to be ‘unhelpful’?
tillagd av davidgn | ändraLobster, Scott Newton (Jun 1, 2019)
 
Faced with these irresponsible distortions, and they are replicated in a hundred other prejudiced comments about Russian behaviour from western politicians as well as their eastern European colleagues, it is a relief to find a book on the Ukrainian conflict that is cool, balanced, and well sourced. Richard Sakwa makes repeated criticisms of Russian tactics and strategy, but he avoids lazy Putin-bashing and locates the origins of the Ukrainian conflict in a quarter-century of mistakes since the cold war ended. In his view, three long-simmering crises have boiled over to produce the violence that is engulfing eastern Ukraine.
 
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The unfolding crisis in Ukraine has brought the world to the brink of a new Cold War. As Russia and Ukraine tussle for Crimea and the eastern regions, relations between Putin and the West have reached an all-time low. How did we get here? Richard Sakwa here unpicks the context of conflicted Ukrainian identity and of Russo-Ukrainian relations and traces the path to the recent disturbances through the events which have forced Ukraine, a country internally divided between East and West, to choose between closer union with Europe or its historic ties with Russia. In providing the first full account of the ongoing crisis, Sakwa analyses the origins and significance of the Euromaidan Protests, examines the controversial Russian military intervention and annexation of Crimea, reveals the extent of the catastrophe of the MH17 disaster and looks at possible ways forward following the October 2014 parliamentary elections. In doing so, he explains the origins, developments and global significance of the internal and external battle for Ukraine.With all eyes focused on the region, Sakwa unravels the myths and misunderstandings of the situation, providing an essential and highly readable account of the struggle for Europe's contested borderlands.

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