Analysis

Give Putin Credit for Rebuilding Russian Military, and Morale
Russian military forces advance on a Ukrainian military base in Perevalnoe, Ukraine, on March 19, 2014. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
April 9, 2014
| Security
| Russia and Central Asia
Summary
The Russian military’s swift and bloodless conquest of Crimea demonstrates the major strides it has made under President Vladimir Putin in the past decade. Improvements extend to both strategic nuclear and conventional forces, a measure of Russia’s long-term commitment to the modernization of its military.Poor performances against Chechen rebels through the 1990s and during the 2008 invasion of Georgia have been relegated to the past by military units that are well equipped and well trained. Political support is translating into high morale, completing the transformation of Putin’s military into a formidable instrument of Russian power.
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