The Russo–Ukrainian War by Serhii Plokhy review — the first draft of history

John Simpson

An impressive account of the origins and early stages of Russia's invasion of Ukraine 

At the time of writing this review, we still await the big Ukrainian counter-offensive. On its success or failure will depend the future course of the war. In February, when the detailed planning for the Big Push was already starting, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy told me how nervous he was about it. Such frankness is typical of him. A charming, natural-seeming former actor, he has brought his professional abilities to the job of representing Ukraine at the highest level: providing the roar, he says, channelling Winston Churchill.

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