Si vis pacem, Ukraine ,– para bellum

Guest Contributor:

By Leonid Polyakov

Russian aggression left little choice for my unfortunate country, the former Soviet republic turned independent country Ukraine – to either submit to its bullying neighbor, chauvinistic Russia, and forget about real sovereignty or to fight against an overwhelming Russian invading force and a pro-Russian separatist insurgency, risking losing part of its territory but securing its freedom. Below is a brief glance at the recent history of Ukrainian military posture, the recent hostilities in Crimea and Donbas regions of Ukraine, and prospects for future development of our national military, which might be helpful for understanding important aspects of this latest example of Russian aggression.

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published 7 February 2015: Democracy, EU, Europe, History, Military, Russia, Security