Putin Takes Crimea 2014
Grey-zone warfare opens the
Russia-Ukraine conflict

Raid 59 Putin Takes Crimea 2014

Author Mark Galeotti
Illustrator Irene Cano Rodríguez

Putin Takes Crimea 2014, Grey-zone warfare opens the Russia-Ukraine conflict is the 59th book in the Raid series of books that are available from Osprey Publications.

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. This is an authoritative analysis of how Putin’s Russia conquered the Crimea in 2014 using ‘grey zone’ warfare techniques. These techniques blend operations by anonymous special forces with cyber, sabotage, and propaganda.

The book provides a fascinating account of the Crimea conquest from a supremely qualified expert on modern Russian forces. It explores how Russia developed its new model of ‘hybrid’ or ‘grey zone’ warfare, and planned and deployed it against Crimea. The narrative is enriched with the choreographed appearance of ‘spontaneous’ protesters through to the deployment of unbadged Russian elite forces.

Ironically, this slick triumph eventually led to the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the largest and costliest conventional war in Europe since 19451. The book 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

  • Introduction
  • Origins
  • The Plan
  • Consolidation
  • Analysis
  • Conclusion
  • Further Reading
  • Index

The book provides an authoritative analysis of how Putin’s Russia conquered Crimea in 2014 using ‘grey zone’ warfare techniques. These techniques blend operations by anonymous special forces with cyber, sabotage, and propaganda.

The book explores how Russia developed its new model of ‘hybrid’ or ‘grey zone’ warfare, and planned and deployed it against Crimea. The narrative is supported with numerous photographs, maps, and military graphics. The book also discusses how this apparently textbook operation sowed the seeds that would erupt so catastrophically in 2022.

Summary

This book provides an authoritative analysis of how Putin’s Russia conquered Crimea in 2014 using ‘grey zone’ warfare techniques. These techniques blend operations by anonymous special forces with cyber, sabotage, and propaganda.

The book explores how Russia developed its new model of ‘hybrid’ or ‘grey zone’ warfare, and planned and deployed it against Crimea. The narrative is supported with numerous photographs, maps, and military graphics. The book also discusses how this apparently textbook operation sowed the seeds that would erupt so catastrophically in 2022. Overall, Putin Takes Crimea 2014 seems to be a well-researched and informative book that provides valuable insights into modern warfare techniques and recent Russian history.

Putin Takes Crimea 2014 is an 80 page book that is the 59th book in the Raid series of books that are available from Osprey Publications.

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