The UK academic journal Europe-Asia Studies declined to publish my letter commenting on a review of Richard Sakwa’s book FrontlineUkraine.

Dear Editors,

Richard Sakwa’s letter to the editor (Europe-Asia Studies, vol. 68, no. 6, August 2016, pp.1102 –1104) concerning his book Frontline Ukraine requires further commentary and discussion. Frontline Ukraine does not provide a new and intellectually challenging new approach to the study of contemporary Ukraine because of three reasons.

The first is that it is difficult to describe Frontline Ukraine as a scholarly work. It is more akin to an ideologically driven study whose premises are commonly found on the left (Stephen Cohen, Jonathan Steele, and others) and among right-wing realists (Henry Kissinger who Sakwa quotes, Rajan Menon and Eugene Rumer, John Mearsheimer, and others) that blames the West (US, NATO, EU, democracy promotion, etc.,) for the 2014 Russia-Ukraine crisis…

Ukraine’s Phoney War

The head of Ukraine’s delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe said that Ukraine would not recognise any documents from the State Duma after this months elections which were also held in the Crimea. Ukraine would not henceforth not recognize any legislation adopted by the Russian State Duma.

During the same week the Ministry of Foreign Affairs protested against Russia taking over as head of the CIS at a time when it is blocking the work of Ukraine in the Council of Heads of State of the CIS. Ukraine declared that Russia could not be head of the CIS until Ukraine’s returns sovereign control over the Crimea and Donbas, Russian forces and equipment are withdrawn from Ukraine, Ukraine again controls its borders with Russia and Ukrainian prisoners are released from captivity in the separatist enclaves and in Russia…