The book focuses on the participants' own voices and personalities, drawing extensively on first-hand research and interviews. It follows the stages of assembling different conflict ingredients together, and the rebellion's zigzagging fortunes after it became apparent that Moscow was not going to repeat the Crimea scenario in Donbas.
It provides a unique insight into their thinking and motivations, which need to be understood if the conflict is to be resolved. It analyses the logic of armed struggle and the tactics deployed by warring parties. It also sheds light on the developments in Moscow, discusses the phenomenon of the Russian Spring movement and concludes with the prospects for a peaceful solution.
Dr Anna Matveeva is Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Department of War Studies at King's College, London.
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