Our Enemies Will Vanish by Yaroslav Trofimov

Our Enemies Will Vanish by Yaroslav Trofimov – The russian Invasion and Ukraine’s War of Independence – is a book about the events after russia’s full-scale invasion. I had to review this book today, on the second anniversary of the full-scale invasion. This month also marks the tenth anniversary of russia’s invasion, when it annexed Crimea and started the war in Donbas. They also tried to take Odesa and Mariupol, hence the barrage of missiles they are showering Odesa with and the countless war crimes they are responsible for in Mariupol.

It offers a clear and unbiased view of war reporting. I think he could have been more pro-Ukrainian in his stance at different points in the book. At the same time this makes his book more palatable for a western audience. On goodreads, the only negative reviews are from russians, which is to be expected. He spent the first months of the invasion going up and down the country, close to the frontlines. His account is important to read.

Our Enemies Will Vanish by Yaroslav Trofimov

Trofimov grew up in Kyiv and he speaks both Ukrainian and russian. He has a vast experience in reporting on wars and conflict. He was a reporter in Milan, covering fashion and culture, when 9/11 happened and he changed to covering conflicts. The book on Ukraine and its war against the invaders are really interesting. I followed closely what was happening in Ukraine and I read about the invasion, but I think his approach was clear and he covered things I did not remember from those first few days.

This book is also an important testament and a documentation of the war. I highly recommend the book.

Our Enemies Will Vanish by Yaroslav Trofimov

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My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes
Published by: Penguin Press
Year it was published: 2024
Format: Hardcover
Genre(s): History – Ukraine
Pages: 400

About the author: Yaroslav Trofimov is the chief foreign-affairs correspondent of The Wall Street Journal and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting for two consecutive years, in 2022 and 2023. Before covering the Russian war on Ukraine, he reported on most major conflicts of the past two decades, serving as the Journal’s bureau chief in Afghanistan and Pakistan and as a correspondent in Iraq. He holds an MA from New York University and is the author of two critically acclaimed books, Faith at War and The Siege of Mecca.
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2 thoughts on “Our Enemies Will Vanish by Yaroslav Trofimov”

  • This sounds like an important and well-written account of the war (so far, which is sad to have to add). I’ll never forget the date because it’s also the anniversary of my sister’s death.
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    • There are quite a few books already published on the war and some I want to read but didn’t get to them. Each one is a bit different and it has different details and information. I liked this one a lot.

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