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Russian roulette (Comment)

9th February 2022 - 16:25 GMT | by Tim Martin in Belfast


Ukraine; Russia; Ukraine invasion; Russian invasion; S-400 air defence system; Su-35S fighter jet; Allied Resolve exercise; Su-57 fighter jet; NATO; SAM; Tanks; Belarus

The 2014 annexation of Crimea shocked the international community and now, less than a decade later, all eyes are back on Ukraine as Russian forces surround the nation.

As tension mounts over a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine, which could see Europe dragged into a war with deadly and far-reaching consequences, much has already been said of the ways in which Moscow will attempt to dominate any such conflict. Reliance on long-range precision strikes and dismantling of Ukrainian C2 infrastructure could characterise Russian strategy.

Defence analysts and academics have also consistently stressed that invasion looks to be a very strong possibility. Russian President Vladimir Putin has escalated matters, including the deployment of more than 100,000 troops to the Ukrainian border and Belarus, to the point where he

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Tim Martin


Tim Martin

Tim Martin is Air Editor for Shephard Media, based in Belfast. 

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