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President Vladimir Putin (front C) and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (front L) walk to watch military exercises

The international community must deter violations of Ukraine’s sovereignty.

Curbing Russian Aggression

October 2014, Number 05.04

“In the first 10 days of August 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin brought his military standoff with Ukraine to the boiling point. First, deposed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych bolted, then special forces agents in eastern Ukraine and the pro-Kremlin Donbass “elite” failed to live up to expectations. Before the pro-Russian bloc in the Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian parliament, visibly weakened, Ukrainian security forces had shown they still had muscles to flex and, finally, the parliament started preparing for a total reset. This started the chain of events that pulled Ukraine out from under Russia’s thumb. Putin is realizing he has bitten off more than he can chew, and he is delirious with frustration.

As if in revenge, the Kremlin has supersized its provocations. Occasional Grad artillery barrages were followed by a murderous aerial bombing of Luhansk Oblast and, within a week, Russian military planes were openly attacking Ukrainian air forces. The unprecedented annihilation of a civilian jet (Malaysian Airlines Flight 17) by Russian backed separatists, killing nearly 300 passengers, proved to the world that Putin’s team will not stop threatening international order...”

Excerpt from Valentyn Badrak, “Curbing Russian Aggression,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 5, No. 4, 2014: 18-23.

Valentyn Badrak is director of the Center for Army Conversion and Disarmament Studies, and an accomplished security and defense writer. He co-authored Ukraine’s first book on the arms trade, Cult: Weapons Business in Ukraine, and the country’s first compilation of reviews on defense technologies, Technopower.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.