Brothers Armed Military Aspects of the Crisis in Ukraine (Second Edition)

Author(s): Vasiliy Kashin, Sergey Denisentsev, et al
Editor(s): Colby Howard and Ruslan Pukhov
Pages: 333
Publication Year: 2015
Price
  • $89.95
ISBN: 9781879944657
Price
  • $89.95
ISBN:  9781879944640

Brothers Armed: Military Aspects of the Crisis in Ukraine offers an in-depth look at the state of the military in both Russia and Ukraine, as well as the history, political circumstances and events leading to the annexation of Crimea and outbreak of conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Brothers Armed provides military context for and unprecedented detail about the strategic confrontation between Russia and Ukraine, bringing greater balance and detail, more candor and increased objectivity to a subject fraught with confusion, misunderstanding, and historical animosities.

In this updated and expanded second edition, Brothers Armed builds on the critical analysis presented in the first, examining the military reform efforts of both Russia and Ukraine, the antecedents to Russian intervention in Crimea, the military and political mechanics of the intervention itself, and the nature of and grounds for the subsequent Russian annexation. New essays examine what has transpired in the region since the annexation of Crimea and assess the causes and possible consequences of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

Foreword
David M. Glantz, Colonel, US Army (Ret.)

PART I: THE BACKSTORY OF A DISPUTED CRIMEA
Khrushchev’s Gift: The Questionable Ownership of Crimea
Vasiliy Kashin

PART II: A PICTURE OF THE MILITARY FACEOFF
The Soviet Inheritance of Ukrainian Armed Forces
Sergey Denisentsev

Neglect and Rot: Degradation of Ukraine’s Military in the Interim Period
Anton Lavrov and Alexey Nikolsky

Hard Lessons Learned: Russian Military Reform up to the Georgian Conflict
Mikhail Barabanov

Changing the Force and Moving Forward After Georgia
Mikhail Barabanov

Little, Green and Polite: The Creation of Russian Special Operations Forces
Alexey Nikolsky

PART III: THE ANNEXATION OF CRIMEA
Home of the Black Sea Fleet: History and Disposition of Russian Forces in Crimea
Dmitry Boltenkov

Russian Again: The Military Operation for Crimea
Anton Lavrov

PART IV: UKRAINIAN ARMED FORCES PUT TO THE TEST
Viewing the Action in Ukraine From the Kremlin’s Windows
Mikhail Barabanov

Civil War in the East: How the Conflict Unfolded Before Minsk I
Anton Lavrov

Aircraft, Tanks and Artillery in the Donbass
Anton Lavrov

Reorganization Under Crisis: Development of Ukraine’s Defense and Security Agencies
Alexey Ramm and Alexey Nikolsky

Rebuilding and Refocusing the Force: Reform and Modernization of the Ukrainian Armed Forces
Vyacheslav Tseluyko

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Afterword
Peter B. Zwack, Brigadier General, US Army (Ret.)

Map of Eastern Ukraine
Map of Russian and Ukrainian Combat Units in Crimea
Timeline of Key Events
Acronym Glossary
Contributors
Index