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For him, it was also a form of therapy, where he could process his experiences, including the traumatic moments. 

“I chose to write this book because I was constantly bombarded with questions about what it was like in a war zone. It’s actually the easiest way and the most comprehensive way that I can answer most questions,” said Mr Shen.

“It’s also therapy for me, to deal with the ordeal that I went through, and in some ways to revisit what I’ve experienced and to accept that it has, in some way, shaped and moulded who I am now.”

The autobiography, published by Marshall Cavendish International, provides a unique Asian perspective on a topic often shrouded in political spin. It also features photographs on the turmoil of the Ukraine war.