Open main menu

The Ukrainian Ground Forces (Ukrainian: Сухопутні Війська ЗСУ Sukhoputni Viys’ka (ZSU)) are the land force component of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. They were formed from Soviet Ground Forces formations, units, and establishments, including three military districts (the Kiev, Carpathian, and Odessa Military Districts), that were on Ukrainian soil when the Soviet Union collapsed.

Ukrainian Ground Forces
Сухопутні Війська України
Emblem of the Ukrainian Ground Forces.svg
Emblem of the Ukrainian Ground Forces
Active1917–1922, 1991–present
Size169,000 as of 2016[1]
Part ofArmed Forces of Ukraine
HeadquartersKiev
AnniversariesArmy Day (6 December).[2]
EngagementsUkrainian–Soviet War
Polish–Ukrainian War
Kosovo Force (KFOR)
Iraq War
War in Afghanistan
Russian invasion of Crimea
War in Donbass
Commanders
Current
commander
Lieutenant general Oleksandr Sirsky
Insignia
Ground forces ensignEnsign of Ukrainian Ground Forces

Since Ukraine's independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 Ukraine retained its Soviet-era army equipment. Also, the Armed Forces have been systematically downsized since 1991 and as a result it was largely dilapidated in July 2014.[3] Since the start of the War in Donbass in April 2014 in eastern Ukraine, Ukraine continues to upgrade its Armed Forces.[3][4][5] Its size of 129,950 in March 2014[6] had grown to 204,000 active personnel in May 2015[7], with the Ground Forces branch having 169,000 soldiers as of 2016[8]. In 2016, 75% of the army consisted of contract servicemen.[9] Ukraine's ground forces have also received more modern tanks, APCs, and many other types of combat equipment.[10]

Contents

HistoryEdit

Prior to the October Revolution of 1917, three separate self-governing Ukrainian states existed on what is Ukraine today. Each of these states possessed armed forces. The largest of these, the Ukrainian People's Republic, itself comprised three separate regimes. The Ukrainian People's Army is an example of one of the early national armed forces. Other armed independence movements existed in the wake of both the First World War and the Second World War, and these armies each had distinct organisation and uniforms. These armed forces, and the independent Ukrainian homeland for which they fought, were eventually incorporated into the neighboring states of Poland, Soviet Union, Hungary, Romania and Czechoslovakia.[11]

Collapse of the USSREdit

The Armed Forces of Ukraine included approximately 780,000 personnel,[citation needed] 7,000 armored vehicles, 6,500 tanks, and 2,500 tactical nuclear missiles when they were established. However, the problem that Ukraine face was that while it had vast armed forces, it lacked a proper command structure. Therefore, on 24 August 1991, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine ratified the resolution of taking under its control, all military units of former Soviet Armed Forces, situated on the territory of Ukraine; and in turn the establishment of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine.

Creation of the Ground ForcesEdit

Armed Forces of Ukraine
Main branches
  Ground Forces
  Air Force
  Navy
  Airmobile Forces
  Special Operations Forces
Other Corps
  Naval Infantry
Related Services
  Ministry of Defence
  General Staff
  Ministry of Internal Affairs
  National Space Agency
Intelligence
  Security Service
  Foreign Intelligence Service
  Military Intelligence Service
History of the Ukrainian Military
History of Ukraine
History of Ukraine during WWII
History of Ukraine during WWI

Following the declaration of Ukrainian independence in 1991, Ukraine inherited the 1st Guards Army, 13th Army, 38th Army, two tank armies (the 6th Guards Tank Army and the 8th Tank Army), and the 32nd Army Corps (32-й Кенигсберский армейский корпус) at Simferopol. In addition, the 28th Guards Motor Rifle Division (MRD) and the 180th MRD were left in Ukraine, having been previously under the 14th Guards Army headquartered at Tiraspol in the Moldovan SSR. The post of commander of ground troops was designated in early 1992. By the end of 1992, the Kiev Military District disbanded, and Ukraine used its structures as the basis for the Ministry of Defence and the General Staff.[12] Between June and August 1993, the first redesignation of armies to army corps appears to have taken place.[13] While the chief of ground forces post had been created in early 1992, it was over two years before the first holder, Colonel General Vasily Sobkov, was appointed on 7 April 1994.[14] The legal framework for the Ground Forces was defined in Article 4 of the law 'On the Armed Forces of Ukraine.' At that time, the Ground Forces had no separate command body, and were directly subordinate to the Ukrainian General Staff.

The creation of the Ground Forces as a separate armed service was legally only put in train by Presidential Decree 368/96 of 23 May 1996, 'On the Ground Forces of Ukraine.'[15] That year both the Ground Forces Command was formed and the 1st Army Corps was reorganised as the Northern Territorial Operational Command (which became the Northern Operational Command in 1998). In 1997 the Carpathian Military District was reorganised as the Western Operational Command.

From 1992 to 1997, the forces of the Kiev MD were transferred to the Odessa MD, and the Odessa MD's headquarters moved to Donetsk.[16] A new 2nd Army Corps was formed in the Odessa MD. Armies were converted to army corps, and motor rifle divisions converted into mechanised divisions or brigades. Pairs of attack helicopter regiments were combined to form army aviation brigades.

President Leonid Kuchma revealed in a December 1996 speech that as many as 191 mechanised infantry and tank battalions were rated not ready, adding,"This is especially dangerous in the forward-based units securing the nation's borders."[17]

ReformEdit

According to a plan promulgated in 2000 the Ground Forces were to reduce the number of troops from the then 300,000 to 240,000 by 2015, and an ultimate change from a partial conscript-based force to a fully professional military.[18] Even though the Armed Forces received little more than half of the Hr 68 million it was promised for reform in 2001, officials were able to disband nine regiments and close 21 local military bases.[nb 1]

In 2005–06, the Northern Operational Command was reorganised as Territorial Directorate "North". It was tasked with territorial defence, mobilisation training, and preparation of reserves.[19][nb 2]

From 1991 the Ukrainian Ground Forces bought its military equipment only from Russia and other CIS states, as well as locally producing some of their own equipment.[3][4] The defence industry in Ukraine produced equipment was not used to equip the Armed Forces prior to the War in Donbass (that started in April 2014[21]) but it produced only for export.[3]

Loss of CrimeaEdit

In the aftermath of the 2014 Ukrainian Revolution, Russian special forces in unmarked uniforms began surrounding Ukrainian military bases on the Crimea before capturing them individually using a mixture of attrition and threats.[22] Over the following weeks the Russian Armed Forces consolidated control of the peninsula and established road blocks to cut off the possibility of Ukraine sending reinforcements from the mainland.[23] By the end of March, all remaining Ukrainian troops were ordered to pull out of Crimea.[24] The Ukrainian Army was considered to be in a poor state during and after the annexation with only 6,000 of its troops ready for combat and many of its vehicles lacking batteries.[25] (According to February 2016 official Ukrainian figures) after Russia's annexation only 6,000 of the 20,300 Ukrainian soldiers stationed in Crimea before the annexation left the peninsula.[26]

War in DonbassEdit

In the early months of the War in Donbass that erupted in 2014 the Armed Forces were widely criticised for their poor equipment and inept leadership, forcing Internal Affairs Ministry forces like the National Guard and the territorial defence battalions to take on the brunt of the fighting in the first months of the war.[27][28]

By February 2018 the Ukrainian armed forces were larger and better equipped than ever before, numbering 200,000 active-service military personnel and most of the volunteer soldiers of the territorial defence battalions have been integrated into the official Ukrainian army.[29]

Within the reporting period of 16 November 2017 to 15 February 2018 a United Nations OHCHR monitoring mission documented 115 cases of credible allegations of human rights abuses committed by Ukrainian military personal.[30] The nature of the crimes ranges from enforced disappearances, looting of civilian property, torture, rape and sexual violence up to political repression and extrajudicial killings.[30]

Military training and education centersEdit

 
Ukrainian special forces soldiers during an exercise
 
Ukrainian and Canadian soldiers converse with each other during the 2014 Rapid Trident exercise in Yavoriv, Ukraine

Training in 2006 was aimed at developing mobility and combat readiness of the forces.[31] The Ukrainian armed forces took advantage of the opportunities provided by UN exercises and exercises where Ukraine and NATO nations and other partners participated.[31][32]

Training resulted in 6,000 combat-ready troops in the spring of 2014 of Ukraine's (then) 129,950 active military personnel.[25][33] In 2016 the Ukrainian army had more than 200,000 combat-ready soldiers of its 260,000 active personnel.[7][34]

In 2015 Ukraine, the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada established the Joint Multinational Training Group – Ukraine (JMTG-U) and they set up three new training sites, in Khmelnytskyi, Yavoriv and Kamianets-Podilskyi.[34]

Education centersEdit

In 2007 the system of exercise/training ranges was optimized, decreasing their number and providing a specialized role.[35]

Schooling occurs at:

  • 169th Training Center – (Desna / 50°55'35"N 30°45'27"E) – Home to army initial training, for all personnel entering the Army, it is also houses the 169th Teaching Brigade which homes in the tactics and skills of tankers and mechanized/motorized infantrymen.
  • Hetman Petro Sahaidachnyi National Ground Forces Academy – (Lviv / 49°49'28"N 24°1'2"E) – It is an academy for all officer cadets seeking a commission, an equivalent of the American West Point and British Sandhurst.
  • Ivan Chernyakhovsky National Defense University of Ukraine – (Kiev / 50°25'57"N 30°27'52"E) – Teaches specialization like foreign languages, book keeping, cryptology, study of armaments, logistics, etc.
  • Ivan Bohun Military High School – (Kiev / 50°25'24"N 30°32'43"E) – A JROTC style boarding school which has curriculum identical to Ukraine's public schools with added focus on military teachings and discipline.
  • Korolev Signals Institute – (Zhytomyr / 50°17'6"N 28°36'54"E) – Teaches theory and practice of electromagnetic waves and their uses in communication, radio location, eavesdropping, and jamming.
  • Military Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technologies – (Kiev / 50°25'18"N 30°33'25"E) – Teaches subjects of: Computer Science, Systems engineering, Telecommunications, Security Information and Communication Systems, Systems of technical protection of information, Electronic military administration.[36]
  • Odessa Artillery Academy

Training ranges are at:

  • Uzhgorod Military Training Center (48°39'44"N 22°26'27"E)
  • Storozhynets Military Training Center (48°8'5"N 25°50'24"E)
  • Yavoriv Military Training Center (50°2'44"N 23°36'21"E)
  • Rivne Military Training Center (50°48'22"N 26°33'12"E)
  • Novohrad-Volynskyi Military Training Center (50°40'3"N 27°32'33"E)
  • Zhytomyr Military Training Center (50°9'59"N 28°31'9"E)
  • Soshnikovskyi Military Training Center (50°1'19"N 31°10'29"E)
  • Maloye Ozero Military Training Center (51°16'19"N 32°52'41"E)
  • Poltava Military Training Center (49°37'27"N 34°36'35"E)
  • Chuhuiv Military Training Center (49°49'11"N 36°47'31"E)
  • Chervona Polyana Military Training Center (47°50'28"N 33°10'40"E)
  • Samarskyi Bor Military Training Center (48°42'34"N 35°27'27"E)
  • Mykolaiv Military Training Center (47°5'16"N 32°0'32"E)
  • Shyrokiy Lan Military Training Center (47°4'4"N 31°32'40"E)
  • Chornomorske Military Training Center (46°36'44"N 30°55'54"E)
  • Bolhrad Military Training Center (45°41'11"N 28°43'36"E)
  • Shirokyi Ovrag Military Training Center (46°51'48"N 36°58'9"E)

Branches of the Ground ForcesEdit

Armoured and mechanised forcesEdit

 
Ukrainian Army soldiers and BMP-2 in Mariupol
 
Ukrainian Army T-64BM during a training exercise

Mechanised Infantry and armoured forces are the primary components of the Ukrainian Ground Forces. Their primary objectives in case of war are capturing and holding targets, maintaining positions, defending against attack, penetrating enemy lines and defeating enemy forces.

The mechanised and armoured forces are equipped with T-64[37] and T-64BM "Bulat"[38] main battle tanks; BTR-4, BTR-60, BTR-70 and BTR-80, wheeled armored personnel carriers and BMP-1, BMP-2 and BMD-2 infantry combat vehicles.

Since the fall of the Soviet Union, a large number of the previous Soviet mechanised formations on Ukrainian soil have been disbanded – the IISS says totals have dropped from 14 divisions, in 1992, to two divisions, six brigades, and one independent regiment in 2008.[39] Today, all mechanised and armoured formations are called brigades.

Mountain and Jager BrigadesEdit

The Ukrainian Ground Forces also include two mountain infantry brigades and the newly formed 61st Jager brigade, reformed from the 61st Motorized Infantry in 2019[40].

Army AviationEdit

Army Aviation provides reconnaissance, tactical fire support and air transport for the Ukrainian Ground Forces. As of 2017 Ukraine's army fields four Army Aviation brigades:

The Army Aviation's maintenance facility is the 57th Aviation Base in Brody. The service's equipment includes: Mi-2, Mi-8, Mi-9, Mi-24 and Mi-26 helicopters.

Rocket Forces and ArtilleryEdit

 
Ukrainian BM-30 Smerch heavy multiple rocket launchers on parade in Kiev

Army Air DefenceEdit

The Army Air Defence units are responsible for protecting troops against enemy air attacks anywhere on the battlefield, and while in combat. The Ukrainian Ground Forces army air defence branch is equipped with a variety of effective surface-to-air missile systems of division level and anti-aircraft missile and artillery complexes of regiment level. Regiment level units are characterized by their high rate of fire, vitality, maneuverability, and capability of action under all conditions of modern combat arms operations. Surface-to-air missile systems and complexes of division level are characterized by their long range and firepower and are equipped with surface-to-air missile complexes; S-300V, Osa, Buk, Buk-M1 and Tor. While anti-aircraft missile and artillery complexes that are of regiment level are equipped with the Tunguska-M1, Igla MANPADS system, Strela, and Shilka anti-aircraft missile systems.[41] While the army's only separate radar system, meaning it isn't a part of any anti-aircraft system, is the Ukrainian Kolchuga-M. It was designed sometime between the years 1993–1997, the system is said to be one of the most (if not the most) advanced passive sensors in the world, as it was claimed to be able to detect stealth aircraft.[42]

StructureEdit

2017 structure of the Ukrainian Ground Forces after the reorganization caused by the Donbass War. It built and expanded on the 2011 structure.[43]

The 4th Army Reserve Corps (Ukrainian: 4-й армійський корпус резерву) is a new formation, directly subordinated to the General Staff. It is also called the Army Strategic Reserve Corps. Its main function is to prepare and administer the reservists of the ground forces. According to plans it should be fully operational by 2020 with reserve servicemen in three separate categories[47]:

  • Operational Reserve of the First Line (оперативний резерв першої черги) – by 2020 it should include about 50,000 reserve servicemen with extensive combat training (60 days of combat training every 2 years) in the reserve companies and batteries of the operational army brigades and regiments and those reservists are to become casualty replacements in wartime
  • Operational Reserve of the Second Line (оперативний резерв другої черги) – it should include reserve servicemen with combat training of 30 days every 2 years in territorial defence brigades. In addition the command personnel will undergo 10 days training cycles yearly. The 4th Army Corps should also act as the pool formation for those territorial brigades and transfer them to the ground forces' operational commands in wartime as needed.
  • Mobilization Reserve (мобілізаційний резерв) – it should include all the Ukrainian citizens, who are eligible to mobilization in case of a war, but do not belong to the first or the second line operational reserve. They could be used to form support units or to boost the service numbers of the territorial brigades as casualty replacements.

Geographic distributionEdit


Location of Ukrainian Ground Forces units

  Tank,   Mechanized,   Motorized,   Mountain Infantry,   Artillery,   Rocket Artillery,   Army Aviation
Regiments:   Rocket Artillery,   Anti-Aircraft Missile Artillery,   Engineer
units in Italics are directly subordinated to Ground Forces Command

List of commandersEdit

Title "Commander-in-chief" (Ukrainian: Головнокомандувач) 1992 – 2005, "Commander" (Ukrainian: Командувач) 2005 – present

  • 1992 – 1994 unknown
  • 1994 – 1998 Colonel General Vasyl Tymofiyovych Sobkov
  • 1998 – 2001 Colonel General Petro Ivanovych Shulyak
  • 2001 – 2002 Colonel General Oleksandr Ivanovych Zatynayko
  • 2002 – 2004 Colonel General Petro Ivanovych Shulyak
  • 2004 – 2006 Colonel General Mykola Mykolayovych Petruk
  • 2006 – 2007 Lieutenant General Valeriy Semenovych Frolov
  • 2007 – 2009 Colonel General Ivan Yuriyovych Svyda
  • 2009 – 2014 Colonel General Henadiy Petrovych Vorobyov
  • 2014 – 2016 Lieutenant General Anatoliy Sabbatiyovych Pushnyakov
  • 2016 – present Colonel General Serhiy Mikolayovych Popko

Military ranksEdit

As a non-member state, NATO rank codes are not used in Ukraine, they are presented here for reference purposes only

In the new uniforms the Ukrainian Army unveiled in August 2016 the stars that traditionally adorn shoulder straps have been replaced by diamonds.[48] A new set of insignia are being adopted.

General and officer ranksEdit

Equivalent
NATO Code
OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) & Student officer
  Ukraine
(Edit)
                         
General of the army of Ukraine
(Генерал армії України)
Colonel General
(Генерал-полковник)
Lieutenant General
(Генерал-лейтенант)
Major General
(Генерал-майор)
Brigadier General
(Бригадний генерал)
Colonel
(Полковник)
Lieutenant Colonel
(Підполковник)
Major
(Майор)
Captain
(Капітан)
Senior Lieutenant
(Старший лейтенант)
Lieutenant
(Лейтенант)
Junior Lieutenant
(Хорунжий)
Officer cadet
(курсант)

Other ranks and NCOsEdit

Equivalent
NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
  Ukraine
(Edit)
                   
Chief Master Sergeant
Головний майстер-сержант
Master Sergeant
Майстер-сержант
Sergeant First Class
Головний штаб-сержант
Second Sergeant
Штаб-сержант
Third Sergeant
Головний сержант
Staff Sergeant
Старший сержант
Sergeant
Сержант
Corporal
Капрал
Private First Class
Старший солдат
Private
Солдат

EquipmentEdit

HardwareEdit

             


UniformsEdit

The Ukrainian Army unveiled its new uniforms on 24 August 2016 (Independence Day of Ukraine).[48] The new uniforms are modeled on British military styles.[48] They also incorporate details from the uniforms worn by the Ukrainian People's Army.[48] The new cap includes an insignia of a Ukrainian Cossack grasping a cross.[48]

Deployment outside of UkraineEdit

IraqEdit

 
Henadii Lachkov, commander of the Ukrainian contingent in Iraq, kisses his country's flag

Ukraine deployed a sizable contingent of troops to the Iraq War, these were stationed near Kut. Ukraine's troop deployment was the second largest of all former Soviet states besides Georgia and they deployed more soldiers to the nation then many members of NATO such as Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Ukraine also suffered the fifth highest casualty toll during the war, with only Polish, Italian, UK, and US forces suffering heavier losses.[49]

From 2003–2005 over 1,700 Ukrainian soldiers were deployed to Iraq, the third-largest contingent at the time, they were designated to the 5th Mechanized Brigade (Ukraine), as in Ukraine's mission to Kosovo the troops deployed were contract soldiers and not conscripts. Ukraine began to severely draw down its troop levels in Iraq in 2005 due to mounting casualties and the political toxicity of the conflict. By 2005 only 876 soldiers, roughly half of the original contingent were deployed, by years end troop levels dropped to below 100. In 2008, one year before the official end of the US military mission, President Viktor Yushchenko ordered all remaining troops deployed to Iraq returned home and Ukraine's mission to the nation officially over.[50]

AfghanistanEdit

Since 2001, Ukraine allowed United States military cargo planes to fly over and refuel on Ukrainian soil on their way to Afghanistan. In 2007 Ukraine deployed a detachment of the 143rd De-mining Center of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to Afghanistan. Ukraine has kept a team of soldiers deployed to Afghanistan as part of ISAF since 2007, these mostly consisted of pilots, medical officers, and bomb disposal experts. Ukrainian pilots were responsible for training the pilots of the Afghan Air Force on the operation of several air craft as Afghanistan's forces consisted of many Soviet designed aircraft such as the Mi-17 with which Ukrainian troops were very familiar with. In 2013, the contingent of troops in Afghanistan totaled 26 troops. As of 2014 the Ukrainian contingent was further drawn down and the team included 8 bomb disposal experts and several medical officers.[51]

KosovoEdit

Ukrainian forces have also been deployed to Kosovo since 2000 as part of the 600 man Polish–Ukrainian Peace Force Battalion. In August 2014, Ukraine ended its mission to Kosovo due to the 2014 Russian invasion of Ukraine.[52]

AfricaEdit

Ukrainian peacekeeping forces have been deployed to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Sudan and South Sudan and Cote d'Ivoire. Ukrainian forces have also been requested to take a more active role in the Northern Mali Conflict of 2012 in battling Islamic forces. One of the largest deployments is the 18th Separate Helicopter Unit of the Armed Forces of Ukraine which consisted of 160 servicemen and four Mi-24P helicopters and was deployed to the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2011.[53]

Military decorationsEdit

VeteransEdit

Ukraine provides combat veterans with various benefits. Ukrainians who have served in World War II, the Soviet–Afghan War, or as liquidators at the Chernobyl disaster are eligible for benefits such as a monthly allowance, a discount on medical and pharmacy services, free use of public transportation, additional vacation days from work, having priority for retention in case of work layoffs, easier loan access and approval process, preference when applying for security related positions, priority when applying to vocation school or trade school, and electricity, gas, and housing subsidies. Veterans are also eligible to stay at military sanatoriums, provided there is available space. Since gaining independence, Ukraine has deployed troops to Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan gaining a new generation of veterans separate from those who have served in the Soviet forces. Most recently the government passed a law extending veteran benefits to Ukrainian troops participating in the War in Donbass. Moreover, veterans from other nations who move to or reside in Ukraine may be eligible for some of the listed benefits, this provision was likely made to ensure World War II, Chernobyl, and Afghanistan veterans from other Soviet states who moved to Ukraine received similar benefits, however as Ukraine has participated in numerous NATO led conflicts since its independence it is unclear if NATO veterans would be extended these benefits.[54]

Veteran groups are not as developed as in the United States which has numerous well known national organizations such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars. World War II veterans, and even persons who have lived through the war are generally treated with the highest respect. Other veterans are not as well known. Ukrainian veterans from the Soviet War of Afghanistan are strikingly similar to the Vietnam veterans of the United States, although the Soviet Union generally kept the public in the dark through the war, unlike in Vietnam, where coverage was very high. Afghanistan is often labeled as a mistake by the Soviet Union and its successor states, but the lack of media coverage, and the censorship through the war have ensured that many still remain unaware of their nation's involvement in the conflict.[55] Despite Ukraine having the 3rd largest contingent of troops in Iraq in 2004, few also realize that their nation has many veterans of the Iraq war.

Soldiers that took part in the War in Donbass can receive free land plots.[56]

On 22 November 2018 the (Ukrainian) Ministry for Veterans Affairs was officially established.[57]

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ According to the State Program of the Ukrainian Armed Forces reform and development to 2005, the ground forces were to have the biggest ratio of personnel of all services (up to 54%). This ratio was to be based on the missions assigned to the armed forces, and also on the fact that the economy of Ukraine could not support any larger troop numbers. However, the ground forces still has priority in the number of personnel, weapons, military equipment development priorities and the development of their future systems, which were to correspond to modern warfare requirements. The ground forces were planned to closely coordinate their assignments with other army branches, engaging appropriate military arts and equipment. They were to also be involved in law enforcement activities during emergencies, dealing with consequences of technological and natural disasters, providing military assistance to other countries, engaging in international military cooperation activities (UN), and participating in international peacekeeping operations according to international agreements.
  2. ^ It was reported on 27 July 2005 that '..[o]ver 70 per cent of planned work on [the] disbandment of the Ukrainian armed forces' Northern Operational Command has been completed,' according to the Defence Ministry's press service.[20]

ReferencesEdit

CitationsEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-03-01. Retrieved 2018-03-01.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Culture Smart! Ukraine by Anna Shevchenko, Kuperard, 2006, ISBN 978-1-85733-327-5
  3. ^ a b c d In the Army Now: Answering Many Why's Archived 2015-01-08 at the Wayback Machine, The Ukrainian Week (8 July 2014)
  4. ^ a b Ukraine must stop importing Russian weapons, switch to NATO standards Archived 2014-12-18 at the Wayback Machine, Interfax-Ukraine (18 December 2014)
  5. ^ Poroshenko says military hardware will bring Ukraine's victory closer Archived 2016-08-24 at the Wayback Machine, Interfax-Ukraine (24 August 2016)
  6. ^ Adam Taylor (3 March 2014). "Ukraine's military is far smaller than Russia's, but there are 3 reasons it might not be so easy to crush". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 22 November 2017. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  7. ^ a b Olga Rudenko (6 May 2014). "Thousands dodge Ukraine army in fight with rebels". USA Today. Archived from the original on 23 March 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-03-01. Retrieved 2018-03-01.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ Ukrainian army composed of 75% contract servicemen - president Archived 2016-08-25 at the Wayback Machine, Interfax-Ukraine (24 August 2016)
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-12-25. Retrieved 2017-12-24.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ Abbott, P. & E. Pinak Ukrainian Armies 1914–55 (Osprey Publishing Ltd., 2004), ISBN 1780964013, 9781780964010
  12. ^ ANALYSIS: Ukraine adopts program for military reform Archived 2005-11-18 at the Wayback Machine, 03/02/1997
  13. ^ See references at 6th Guards Tank Army and 6th Army Corps (Ukraine). On 1 December 1993, 8th Guards Tank Army became 8th Army Corps.
  14. ^ Jane's Sentinel: Ukraine, 1994
  15. ^ Yuriy Yurchnya, 'The Armed Forces of Ukraine,' DCAF, 2010, 89.
  16. ^ Andrew Duncan, 'Ukraine's forces find that change is good,' Jane's Intelligence Review, April 1997, 162–3.
  17. ^ Stephen D. Olynyk, Ukraine as a Post-Cold War Military Power Archived 2006-09-26 at the Wayback Machine, Joint Force Quarterly, Spring 1997, 93.
  18. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-11-27. Retrieved 2007-09-24.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) , page 4 of 136
  19. ^ Yurchnya, 2010, 91.
  20. ^ Interfax-AVN, 'Ukrainian army's Northern Operational Command being disbanded,' Interfax-AVN military news agency web site, Moscow, in English 1152 gmt 27 Jul 05 via BBC Monitoring.
  21. ^ Ukraine crisis timeline Archived 2014-06-04 at the Wayback Machine, BBC News
  22. ^ "Kiev announces plans to withdraw Ukrainian troops from Crimea". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 26 October 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  23. ^ "Russia has sent 6,000 troops to Crimea says Ukraine". www.thejournal.ie. Archived from the original on 12 August 2015. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  24. ^ "Ukraine orders all troops out of Crimea". CBS News. Archived from the original on 8 July 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  25. ^ a b "Ukraine Battles to Rebuild a Depleted Military". Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on 23 February 2015. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  26. ^ (in Ukrainian) After the annexation of Crimea left only 10% of staff SBU Archived 2016-02-09 at the Wayback Machine, Ukrayinska Pravda (February 8, 2016)
  27. ^ "Abandoned Donbas Battalion fights on". Kyiv Post. 24 August 2014. Archived from the original on 25 August 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  28. ^ "Why is Ukraine's Army So Appallingly Bad?". The New Republic. 9 May 2014. Archived from the original on 4 July 2014. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
  29. ^ Ukraine’s Toughest Fight: The Challenge of Military Reform Archived 2018-12-03 at the Wayback Machine, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (FEBRUARY 22, 2018)
  30. ^ a b Report on the human rights situation in Ukraine 16 November 2017 to 15 February 2018 Archived 3 May 2018 at the Wayback Machine, OHCHR (page 6)
  31. ^ a b Ukrainian Armed Forces 2006 White Book p.25 Archived 2007-11-27 at Archive-It
  32. ^ Ukrainian Armed Forces 2006 White Book p.26 Archived 2007-11-27 at Archive-It
  33. ^ Explainer: How Do Russia's And Ukraine's Armies Compare? Archived 2016-10-23 at the Wayback Machine, Radio Free Europe (6 March 2014)
  34. ^ a b Ukrainian army struggling with its training system Archived 2016-10-23 at the Wayback Machine, Kyiv Post (14 September 2016)
  35. ^ "Ukrainian Armed Forces 2007 White Book p.42" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-09-10. Retrieved 2008-05-13.
  36. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-30. Retrieved 2016-01-20.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  37. ^ (in Ukrainian) Minister of Defence visits 1st Armored Brigade Archived 2011-06-07 at the Wayback Machine
  38. ^ (in Ukrainian) People's Army Magazine Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine
  39. ^ IISS Military Balance 1992/3, p 86, and Military Balance 2008, p 188
  40. ^ https://www.kyivpost.com/ukraine-politics/ukrainian-army-launches-new-light-infantry-brigade.html
  41. ^ "Structure of Ukrainian Armed Forces". Archived from the original on 2007-10-07. Retrieved 2007-08-29.
  42. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-03-13. Retrieved 2007-11-24.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  43. ^ "Ukrainian Armed Forces White Book 2011" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on May 20, 2013. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  44. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av Dovbaka Nicholas Ihorovych. "National defense" (in Ukrainian). Archived from the original on 12 March 2016. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  45. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba Сухопутні війська (in Ukrainian). Archived from the original on 27 June 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  46. ^ Новостворена танкова бригада склала іспит на полігоні "ШИРОКИЙ ЛАН" [New Tank Brigade passess test at training ground "Shyrokyi Lan"]. Ministry of Defence of Ukraine (in Ukrainian). 28 December 2015. Archived from the original on 7 February 2016. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  47. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-11-16. Retrieved 2017-11-10.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  48. ^ a b c d e Fashion statement: Ukrainian troops debut post-Soviet uniforms Archived 2016-08-29 at the Wayback Machine, The Washington Times (25 August 2016)
  49. ^ "Ukraine withdraws last troops from Iraq". Reliefweb. 2005-12-05. Archived from the original on 2014-09-13. Retrieved 2014-09-13.
  50. ^ "Ukrainians complete mission in Iraq". Army Times. 2008-11-08. Archived from the original on 2014-09-13. Retrieved 2014-09-13.
  51. ^ "Українського контингенту Міжнародних сил сприяння безпеці в Афганістані". Ukraine Ministry of Defense. 2014-09-18. Archived from the original on 2014-09-18. Retrieved 2014-09-18.
  52. ^ "Украина возвращает из Косово еще 100 миротворцев". Ukrinform. 2014-08-15. Archived from the original on 2014-08-17. Retrieved 2014-09-18.
  53. ^ "Ukraine and Africa. Ukrainian Peacekeepers in Africa". Borysfen Intel. 2014-08-15. Archived from the original on 2014-12-13. Retrieved 2014-09-19.
  54. ^ "Benefits for the servicemen of the ATO". Харькова Тимохов. 2014-09-08. Archived from the original on 2014-09-14. Retrieved 2014-09-13.
  55. ^ "Vietnam Veterans Against the War: THE VETERAN: Afghanistan Veteran Once Removed". Archived from the original on 14 September 2014. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  56. ^ Soldiers participating in ATO get 863 land plots of 394 ha, 45% of petitions satisfied – land agency Archived 2014-12-16 at the Wayback Machine, Interfax-Ukraine (16 December 2014)
  57. ^ Ukraine parliament appoints Markarova, Friz ministers, UNIAN (22 November 2018)

SourcesEdit

Further readingEdit

External linksEdit