Mark Galeotti on the war against Ukraine

Historian and political scientist, Mark Galeotti on military decision-making in Russia

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As the second year of the war is drawing to a close, historian and political scientist, Mark Galeotti, reflects on the ways in which the invasion has changed Russian politics, and its military leadership. Galeotti discusses the different strategies that Putin has deployed – from mercenaries to information war – with The Guardian reporter, Pjotr Sauer.

Mark Galeotti is the author of Putin’s wars. A book in which he puts the war against Ukraine in historical context, from the First Chechen War, to the two advances into Georgia, and the annexation of Crimea.

About Putin's wars

Putin’s Wars is a timely overview of the conflicts in which Russia has been involved since Vladimir Putin became prime minister and then president of Russia, from the First Chechen War to the two military incursions into Georgia, the annexation of Crimea and the eventual invasion of Ukraine itself. But it also looks more broadly at Putin’s recreation of Russian military power and its expansion to include a range of new capabilities, from mercenaries to operatives in a relentless information war against Western powers.

About 'The war against Ukraine' series

With this three-part programme series, which is partially funded by NATO, we want to provide in-depth analysis of current affairs and facilitate nuanced debate, thus making complex material accessible. How have Russian-Western relations changed since the collapse of the Soviet Union, how does Russia view its relations with former Soviet States, and what motivates the EU, NATO and the USA? What are the consequences of the hybrid forms of warfare? Such as cyber- and psychological warfare, and economic sanctions.
In order to understand the current state of affairs, The War against Ukraine series will focus on the larger historical, societal and cultural context.


Mark GaleottiHistorian, political scientist
Pjotr SauerThe Guardian reporter on Russian Affairs
Oleg LysenkoBayan player
Photo: Jef Van Eynde

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