From Soviet juggernaut to non-aligned skeleton force…
Dmitry Tymchuk, Information Resistance
March 14, 2014
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine
On the question of – who is to blame?
Admiral Tenyuh, head of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, made a statement that the Ukrainian ground forces only have 6,000 combat-ready servicemen. That information came as a shock. Next, came a question – who is responsible for the fact that a state whose army was almost 800,000 strong in 1991, turned out to be one of the most helpless states in the world in 2014 (in terms of the ratio of combat-ready servicemen to total population)?
Let’s try to analyze this. In October of 1991, the Verkhovna Rada [Ukrainian Parliament] set the prospective size of the army and the Navy at 450,000 people. This amounted to 1% of the population – according to international standards, this is the upper threshold, after…
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