One Man’s Extraordinary Struggle
for Life at a Time of War
About the Cover
A Russian sword severs the flag of Ukraine and the country. It was so easy without bloodshed.
"For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill." Sun Zu
Escape From Ukraine is a timely reminder of aggression, Russia’s undeclared wars, and a glimpse into the future of Russian neighbor states. The resolve of NATO, the European Union, and the United States may be tested as President Vladimir Putin seeks lifelong power.
In a fertile but vulnerable borderland coveted by powerful empires, a young Ukrainian and his peasant family wanted nothing more than to tend their allotment. But geography placed them in the path of fanatical Communists, conquering Nazis, and the advancing Red Army. They had no choice but to flee west in 1944, led by a German Wehrmacht deserter, to the safety of American forces.
Trapped behind the Iron Curtain, Luboš is a participant in the significant events of his era: the death of Stalin, the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, Prague Spring's rise and fall, the Velvet Revolution, and the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The 2014 invasion of Eastern Ukraine and Crimea by Russian forces is a personal threat.
During perilous times in the shadow of the USSR and then Russia, Luboš finds love and tragedy and the strength to guide his family. Seventy years after fleeing Ukraine as a boy, he must lead his family from Crimea to safety.