New Book (4): Armies of Russia’s War in Ukraine

Armies of Russia's War in UkraineIt’s actually been out a couple of weeks now, but a quick note that my latest Osprey book, on this dismal, running conflict, is now out. The usual Osprey approach: some history, some analysis, orders of battle (I was quite pleased with the listings of forces on both sides that I compiled, although given how fluid things were, this is always a work-in-progress), photos and pretty artwork plates, in this case by Adam Hook.

Of course, as ever with this conflict, terminology had its own challenges. Is this a Russian-Ukrainian war? (It’s not that simple: yes, Russia agitated, facilitated, arms and pays, but it is also a civil war.) Should one use fighters or militants, militias or terrorists? (I regularly get hassled for now using the last term for the L/DNR fighters, but it really isn’t appropriate, this would be a political epithet, not a correct term of art). Alexander or Olexander? (I let myself be guided by what the individuals themselves use.) Anyway, it was an interesting project and a challenge to try and fit this complex, sprawling, multi-dimensional conflict into 64 pages, but I hope it’s of use.

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  1. It sounds like a very interesting book. I am curious though (and I hope asking to revealing this won’t bringing you into too much trouble with your editor) how did you end up calling the conflict in Ukraine? War or civil war?

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    • Mark Galeotti

       /  July 19, 2019

      Sometimes more anodyne words like conflict seemed appropriate, but there is no getting away from it: this is a war, this is a Russian war in Ukraine (hence the title), but the thing is that it this *also* a civil war. Those who feel it is entirely spun out of nowhere by Moscow miss the point, and it is this very complexity that makes the situation so problematic.

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  2. Bought it and read it- enjoyed it immensely. Given the limitations of the format (The consistent series format being simultaneously the best and worst things about Osprey books) I think it is a great primer on the conflict.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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