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Russia’s Overestimated Military Might


In light of events in Crimea, an assessment of the capabilities of the Russian ground forces calls into question their ability to follow through on Putin’s threats.

Recent events in Crimea, which has become the major focus of post-uprising Ukraine following reports of the arrival of Russian troops, have served to shine a light on Russia’s military capabilities. In particular, Putin’s strong statements rejecting the new government in Kiev and reserving ‘the right to use all means’ – including an invasion of the country’s east – to protect Russian citizens and interests have raised questions about the Russian military’s ability to follow

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WRITTEN BY

Dr Igor Sutyagin

Senior Research Fellow, Russian Studies

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