Writing a book on the Battle of Kyiv 2022 and can’t decide what it is — a war chronicle, a FAQ on how Russia unleashed this war and failed, or a love letter to the capital of the ancient Rus and the city of excellent bars, pubs, parks, theaters, and coffee shops.

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In reply to @IAPonomarenko
It blossomed & thrived with freedom & hope. And it remains resilient despite Russia’s horror & destruction. I expect your book will be a good read. Slava Ukraini
 
In reply to @IAPonomarenko
Like in the books by Marc Elsberg. I like his style of writing, with many different stories that are loosely connected together and draw the full picture in the end. E.g. the view of a child, a granny, of someone from the government, a Ukrainian soldier, a russian soldier, ...
 
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An ode to the brave people who refuse to be dominated by anyone. An epic about the people who threw out the more powerful army with grit, innovation, determination, and audacious gall. An anthem about a people who needed weapons, not a ride.
 
In reply to @IAPonomarenko
All three would be relevant. Just let me know where to send the money and buy it.
 
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You can name each chapter as the name of a place in Kyiv
 
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Why not all the above?
 
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The heroic defence of Chernihiv is also something which should be remembered strongly in European historical consciousness.
 
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think future, thing the kid not born yet
 
In reply to @IAPonomarenko
Dear Illia, important news! This is a story that must be told, it matters so much that Ukrainians tell it. Your perspective & human perspective of the beautiful & beautifully brave people of Ukraine-there is much that happened the world doesn't know. You are a gifted writer. T/Y
 
In reply to @IAPonomarenko
I'd suggest writing under a pseudonym(s). Book could be called "Failing at invasion for dummies" By Vladimir Shoigu & Sergei Putin.
 
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Sounds like it should be all of those things
 
In reply to @IAPonomarenko
Please include historical background. Its important to understand why and how Putins argument that Ukraine 'belongs' to Russia has no validity. Thank you for the ongoing feedback, much appreciated.
 
 
 
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All of it and more…
 
 
 
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War chronicle sounds better than a special operations chronicle.
 
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Try talk about how Zelensky sold the loves of #Ukraine. #Ukraine deserve help. #Zelensky sold #Ukrainian to the #USA& only the leaders of 9% of the world, #G7, play with ZeTerrorism. To see the full video with the Facts. ⤵️youtu.be/j8aNxyhJNd0 ou⤵️ facebook.com/acsangelica/vi… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… pic.twitter.com/dsjP2ENCg3
 
In reply to @IAPonomarenko
“What is the city but the people”. William Shakespeare 🤘🏼🇺🇦 #SlavaUkrainii #IStandWithUkraine #PuckFutin
 
In reply to @IAPonomarenko
All of them sound nice so don't worry and keep writing.
 
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War chronicles hopefully it will be adopted into a movie some day. Include the missing gap of how Ukraine manage to hide or resurrect some of its important assets like air defense and jets from the initial onslaught
 
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Why not all three, as a trilogy? It could even be named "The History, the Battle and the City"
 
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All of the above Illia!!
 
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"Wartime Grifting. A memoir."
 
 
In reply to @IAPonomarenko
First Chapter: "The Battle is here. Your government is here" Second chapter: Homstel - The Battle for Antonov Airport & How Ukraine wiped out Russia's best paratroopers. Third Chapter: The Horror at Bucha and Irpin Fourth Chapter: Russia and Belarus failed to take Kyiv.
 
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Sounds like it should be ‘An Indictment……’
 
In reply to @IAPonomarenko
Sounds like you have the makings of more than one book there, Ilia
 
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I think it could be all of the above.
 
In reply to @IAPonomarenko
Not impossible to be all three. And I will read the hell out of your book, Illia - just like I've been reading your threads here for much of the past year.
 
 
In reply to @IAPonomarenko
You can mix those elements freely, makes for a more interesting read. I usually write a lot and then remove the unnecessary parts which don't support the 'narrative'.
 
 
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Can you write three books then ?
 
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Read "The Gates of Europe" by Harvard👇Serhii Plokhy+would suggest you to start with the 24 February 2022🇷🇺full scale invasion🇺🇦rebuttal strategy, prepearation+operational battles, however, on that journey, to also make flashbacks to what happened before. harvard.com/book/the_gates…
 
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It can be all 3. Doesn't need to fit convention, necessarily. Most interesting books I've read on World War 2, were all by Stephen E Ambrose, telling the history of the war/specific battles through the eyes of the people who were there.
 
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“When Ukrainians Showed the World the Meaning of Bravery and Love of Country”
 
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Certainly not a tale of lesser power's humility in the face of great power conflict that aims to consume innocents. #surrenderUkraine
 
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Can’t it be all three?
 
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Writing a book to profit of this war for money. You should work for the US government 😆
 
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Or everything together
 
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Hubris vs. Spirit of Ukraine
 
All of the above. Use Tolstoy as your guide. I know he's Russian, but War & Peace is beyond borders...
 
 
In reply to @IAPonomarenko
Collect snippets, properly join them once you decide.
 
 
When this war is over, I suspect you will receive many tourists that will want to meet and discover your beautiful country and people. A book with history, places and Ukrainian humour would be a hit! Good luck @IAPonomarenko
 
 
A tragic story of what could be friendship that accelerates possibilities of people in both countries, ruined for years for personal gain, hidden behind voal of lies and deception
 
Whatever it turns out to be, I’ll be waiting to buy it and read it.
 
In reply to @IAPonomarenko
Personally I'll enjoy read contrasting events unfolding simultaneously. Small units defending airports until reinforced, assassins/saboteurs feared in Kyiv (how govt/infra was protected), civilians wait with AK's and molotovs while military battled approaching columns, jets above
 
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Integrate all three? FAQ can be appendix, love letter as intro, war chronicle for the meat and kartoshki of the book🤔
 
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Whatever it is, I’m sure it will be brilliant Illia.
 
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You don’t have to decide. It can be all 3. The writer has the freedom to do whatever he wants.
 
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Can’t it be all three?
 
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can you incorporate all 3?
 
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Why can't it be all those things at once?
 
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Separate books and maybe some intersections
 
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Or, do one of each. First, second and third.
 
In reply to @IAPonomarenko
I like war chronicle. My Christmas gift to me is a patron to the Kyiv Independent!😊❤️🇺🇦🎄☮️
 
 
Let's go with the third option: A Love Letter to the country and her peoples. 🌄💞🕊️🕊️🕊️🌻🇺🇦
 
In reply to @IAPonomarenko
here is a subtitle 500 Lukoil petrol stations across EU27 and USA
 
In reply to @IAPonomarenko
Combine the 1st and 3rd, skip on the 2nd...
 
 
In reply to @IAPonomarenko
love letter it is - Як тебе не любити, Києве мій!
 
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It will be all of those things. When you have the first draft down, you can tweak to find the right balance.
 
In reply to @IAPonomarenko
Start with capturing the reader with an imaginary war room with Zalushnyi. Then about Kiev on the eve of invasion (bars etc), then fate of typical awaken terrified civilian. then chronicle with occasional update on the war room and that person enlisting for territorial defence
 
In reply to @IAPonomarenko
Sports almanac, like turret toss, etc.
 
In reply to @IAPonomarenko
It could be the story of failed intelligence and assessments. A failed belief that Ukraine would overwhelmingly welcome Russian soldiers with open arms. Perhaps one of the greatest military miscalculations in history.
 
 
In reply to @IAPonomarenko
Very good decision making not to sign neutrality and give freedom to Russian population in Ukraine for self declaration. Such a great decision, we have been seeing great results for the last 9 months and can't wait to see what coming. So much joy so far and so much joy on the way
 
In reply to @IAPonomarenko
Memoirs of the defenders?
 
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Make it all of these things
 
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Latter makes former more powerful imho
 
In reply to @IAPonomarenko
Some kind of Hemingway medley might work out just fine.
 
In reply to @IAPonomarenko
Hopefully it will be all of those things.
 
In reply to @IAPonomarenko
Sounds like multiple books
 
In reply to @IAPonomarenko
Kindly ask everyone and everybody to support Ukraine in war for liberty! Together we will prevail! #RussiaIsATerroristState #IzyumMassacre #ArmUkraineNow #StandWithUkraine 🇱🇻👍🇺🇦✌️ #BanRussianTourists #VISABanForRussians #BoycottCROCS
 
 
In reply to @IAPonomarenko
Sounds like three books 👍
 
In reply to @IAPonomarenko
A love letter will sell best.
 
In reply to @IAPonomarenko
Write two books, they are both important.
 
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In reply to @IAPonomarenko
Considering your talent at writing let's call it a piece of garbage
 
In reply to @IAPonomarenko
Nobody knows yet. Just keep writing.
 
 
 
 
In reply to @IAPonomarenko
Chronicles, not necessarily in time order either. You could call it... World War Z.
 
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