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From Wikipedia: 2014 Russian military intervention in Ukraine


Ukrainian crisis
Part of the 2014 Crimean crisis
Crimea crisis map.PNG
Crimea (black), Ukraine (light green) and Russia (light red) in Europe
  Crimea
(disputed by Ukraine and the Russian Federation)
  Russia
Date 27 February 2014 (de facto)[1] – present
(2 months, 1 week and 1 day)
Location Crimea and Sevastopol
Southern Kherson Oblast, Ukraine[2]
Allegedly, Eastern Ukraine[3]
Status Ongoing

Belligerents
Russia Russia

Ukraine Ukraine[15]
Commanders and leaders
Pres. Vladimir Putin
Gen. Sergey Shoygu
Gen. Valery Gerasimov
Lt.Gen. Igor Sergun
V.Adm. Aleksandr Vitko
Sergey Aksyonov
Pres. (acting) Oleksandr Turchynov
Adm. Ihor Tenyukh
Lt.Gen. Mykhailo Kutsyn
R.Adm. Serhiy Hayduk (P.O.W.)
R.Adm. Denis Berezovsky
(defected)
Units involved
Medium emblem of the Вооружённые Силы Российской Федерации.svg Russian Armed Forces:[16][17]
Russian 76th Airborne Division patch.svg 76th Airborne Division
Russian 31st Airborne Brigade patch.svg 31st Airborne Brigade
18th Mechanized Brigade

Sleeve Insignia of the Russian Baltic Fleet.svg Baltic Fleet[18]
Sleeve Insignia of the Russian Northern Fleet.svg Northern Fleet
Sleeve Insignia of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.svg Black Sea Fleet:

FSB.svg FSB Operators

Generalstaff central dep.svg GRU Operators

Emblem of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.svg Armed Forces of Ukraine:
Emblem of the Ukrainian Navy.svg Ukrainian Navy

  • 36th Coastal Defense Brigade[23]  Surrendered

Gerb of State Border Guard Service of Ukraine.gif Ukrainian Sea Guard
MVS of Ukraine.gif Ukrainian police
Герб Внутрішніх Військ.png Internal Troops
NGU command.jpg National Guard of Ukraine
Security Service of Ukraine.gif SBU

  • Spetcnaz “Alpha”
Strength
Crimean Force: 25,000–30,000[24][25]

  • Black Sea Fleet: 11,000 (including Marines)4 Squadrons of fighter aircraft (18 planes each)

Reinforcements:Between 16,000[23][26][27][28] and 42,000[29] troops

Crimean garrison:
~ 14,500[30] – 18,800[31] troops
10 warships
Casualties and losses
15 Pro-Russian militants killed[22][32][33][34][35] 3 Ukrainian soldiers killed[36][37][38]
1 Ukrainian SBU officer killed
3 militants killed (Russian claim)
1 civilian activist abducted and killed[39]
1 Ukrainian MP abducted and killed
1 Ukrainian civilian killed
8+ wounded[15][40]
50+ captured[40][41][42]
1 Mil Mi-8 helicopter
1 An-2 transport aircraft
12 ships captured (some damaged)
Overall deaths: 25

Following the events of the 2014 Ukrainian Revolution, a secession crisis began on Ukraine‘s Crimean Peninsula. In late February 2014, unmarked armed forces began to take over the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine. Experts identified the gunmen to be Russian Special Forces[43] and other paramilitaries. Russia at the time insisted that the forces did not include Russian troops stationed in the area,[44] but only local self-defense forces.[45][46] The local population and the media referred to them as “martians” or “little green men“.[47][48] On 17 April, Russian president Vladimir Putin admitted that Russian troops were in fact active in Crimea during the referendum, claiming this facilitated self-determination for the region.[49][50]

Russia rejected the legitimacy of the interim Ukrainian government in favor of ousted-President Viktor Yanukovych,[a] whose request for intervention has also been cited.[52][53] Russia has accused the United States and the EU of funding and directing the Ukrainian revolution.[54][55][56][57] The Ukrainian military reaction has included a mobilization of Ukraine’s armed forces and reserves. Western media reported that as of 3 March, Russia had stated that its troops would stay until the political situation was “normalised”[58][59] however Russia consistently denied that its troops were involved in the conflict at the time.[60][61][62][63]

Geopolitics of the Crimean autonomous Republic, March 2014.

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