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Russia-Ukraine balance of military power

Vol. 10, No 1, 2017


Jokull Johannesson


University of Agder
Kristiansand, Norway


Russia-Ukraine balance of military power






Abstract. The Russia-Ukraine conflict is the most serious test of European security in the 21st century and the forgone conclusion is that Russia can easily prevail in the conflict, but this has not been the case. This article uses balance of military power analysis to report findings on the plausible outcome of a war between Ukraine and Russia. I report findings based on realist theoretical perspectives that indicate Russian victory is unlikely because of relative balance of power where Russia has to face multiple threats diverting its military power while Ukraine can concentrate its military power for a single purpose. The findings suggest implication for policy in Russia, Ukraine, EU and the United States of America.


Received: March, 2017

1st Revision: April, 2017

Accepted: April, 2017


DOI: 10.14254/2071-8330.2017/10-1/4


JEL Classification: H56

Keywords: Russia, Ukraine, balance of military power, war