The War in Ukraine’s Donbas

Origins, Contexts, and the Future
The War in Ukraine's Donbas book cover
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Publication date: 
October 2021, 260 pages, 5 b&w photos, 2 maps

This collective work analyzes the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, providing a coherent picture of Ukraine and Eastern Europe in the period 2013–2020. Giving voice to different social groups, scholarly communities and agencies relevant to Ukraine’s recent history, The War in Ukraine's Donbas goes beyond simplistic media interpretations that limit the analysis to Vladimir Putin and Russian aims to annex Ukraine. Instead, the authors identify the deeper roots linked to the autonomy and history of Donbas as a region. The contributions explore local society and traditions and the alienation from Ukraine caused by the events of Euromaidan, which saw the removal of the Donetsk-based president Viktor Yanukovych. Other chapters address the refugee crisis, the Minsk Accords in 2014 and the impact of the new president Volodymyr Zelensky and his efforts to bring the war to an end by negotiations among Russia, Ukraine, France, and Germany.

The book concludes with four proposals for a durable peace in Donbas: territorial power-sharing; the conversion of rebels into legitimate political parties; amnesty for all participants of the armed conflict; and a transitional period of several years until political institutions are fully re-established.


David R. Marples, Introduction

William Jay Risch, Prelude to War? The Maidan and Its Enemies in the Donbas

Alina Cherviatsova, Hybrid War and Hybrid Law: Minsk Agreements in the Context of International Law and Ukrainian Legislation

Kimitaka Matsuzato, The First Four Years of the Donetsk People’s Republic: The Differentiating Elites and Surkov’s Political Technologists

Oksana Mikheieva, Motivations of Combatants in the War on the Territory of Donbas

Nataliia Stepaniuk, Limited Statehood, Collective Action and Reconfiguration of Citizenship in Wartime: Volunteer Engagement Amidst the Donbas War

Ernest Gyidel, Ukrainian Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and the Future of Donbas

Oleksandr Melnyk, War Dead and (Inter)-Communal Ethics in the Russian-Ukrainian Borderlands: 2014-2018

Alla Hurska, Russia`s Hybrid Strategy in the Sea of Azov: Divide and Antagonize

Sergey Sukhankin, Russian Private Military Contractors in the Donbas: Rehearsing Future Voyages

Serhiy Kudelia, Civil War Settlements and Conflict Resolution in Donbas

List of Contributors