Putin Takes Crimea 2014

Grey-zone warfare opens the Russia-Ukraine conflict

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An authoritative analysis of how Putin's Russia conquered the Crimea in 2014 using 'grey zone' warfare techniques, blending operations by anonymous special forces with cyber, sabotage, and propaganda.

Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014 was almost bloodless – fought as much through propaganda, cyberattacks and subversion as by force of arms – but it is crucial for our understanding of both modern warfare and recent Russian history. Ironically, this slick triumph eventually led to the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the largest and costliest conventional war in Europe since 1945.

This is a fascinating account of the Crimea conquest from a supremely qualified expert on modern Russian forces. Illustrated throughout, it explores how Russia developed its new model of 'hybrid' or 'grey zone' warfare, and planned and deployed it against Crimea, from the choreographed appearance of 'spontaneous' protesters through to the deployment of unbadged Russian elite forces.

In this book Mark Galeotti explores the lessons that Russia, Ukraine, and the West took from it – correctly and mistakenly – and how this apparently textbook operation sowed the seeds that would erupt so catastrophically in 2022.

Table of Contents

The Plan
Further Reading

Product details

Published Sep 28 2023
Format Ebook (Epub & Mobi)
Edition 1st
Extent 80
ISBN 9781472853875
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Illustrated throughout with around 50 photos and 9 pages of colour illustrations
Series Raid
Short code RAID 59
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Mark Galeotti

Mark Galeotti is a scholar of Russian security aff…


Irene Cano Rodríguez

Irene Cano Rodríguez (known as Araire) is a freela…


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