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A Conventional War: Escalation in the War in Donbas, Ukraine
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Division of Strategy.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0462-6679
2021 (English)In: Journal of Slavic Military Studies, ISSN 1351-8046, E-ISSN 1556-3006, Vol. 34, no 1, p. 24-49Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The War in Donbas was in its early phases largely fought between non-state volunteer battalions and separatist forces. Yet unlike the expected theories of non-state actors, the war witnessed limited and symmetrical acts of escalation and rather conventional warfare. Building on primary Ukrainian sources, I argue that this limited escalation stems in part from shared cultural and military norms — a common normative framework — possessed by the belligerents. The contribution of this article is an empirical chronology of the War in Donbas, as well as a discussion of the influence of culture and norms in escalatory dynamics and use of force.

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2021. Vol. 34, no 1, p. 24-49
Keywords [en]
Donbas, Escalation, strategy, Ukraine, volunteer battalions
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Political Science History Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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Krigsvetenskap
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-10202DOI: 10.1080/13518046.2021.1923984OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-10202DiVA, id: diva2:1576459
Available from: 2021-07-01 Created: 2021-07-01 Last updated: 2021-11-19Bibliographically approved

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