In this conversation with RevDem editor Ferenc Laczó, Yaroslav Trofimov—author of the new book Our Enemies Will Vanish. The Russian Invasion and Ukraine’s War of Independence—shows how Ukraine has turned out to be much stronger than hoped whereas Russia has proven significantly weaker than feared; discusses the major crimes Russia has committed in Ukraine and the destruction its war of aggression has wrought; reflects on the experience of reporting on a major conflict in his country of origin; describes the evolving relationship between the Ukrainian leadership and its Western supporters; and shares his assessment of the prospects for Ukraine.
Yaroslav Trofimov is the chief foreign-affairs correspondent of The Wall Street Journal. He has reported on most major conflicts of the past two decades. Yaroslav Trofimov is the author of two previous books and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting in both 2022 and 2023.
Our Enemies Will Vanish. The Russian Invasion and Ukraine’s War of Independence has been published by Penguin Press.
This material appears simultaneously at Visible Ukraine and at the Review of Democracy.