Why are Ukraine's armed forces so ineffective?

May 29, 2014 6:38 PM

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Ukraine's military proved impotent during the Russian annexation of Crimea, and has been struggling to deal with pro-Russia rebels in eastern Ukraine.

In October 2012, Yuri Syrotyuk, a Ukrainian parliament member, stood up in a security and defense committee meeting to announce that if Ukraine didn't reverse the trend of deterioration in its military and change its defense strategy, "we're going to see Russian troops on our soil within a year."

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