Putin takes revenge, his generals make money. Where is Russia’s “special operation” headed?

July 03, 2022

The latest update on the goals of the "special operation", announced by Putin on 30 June, significantly corrects the previous plans ... announced by Putin himself

"Denazification” and “demilitarization” were left far behind. Apparently, the only goal is "to liberate the Donbas". But then, seemingly incidentally, he adds "creation of conditions that would guarantee the security of Russia itself”. And here lies this uncertainty. This has been done on purpose. This is not just Putin's pretext. He leaves an element of uncertainty as to how Russia should achieve these goals that would "guarantee security”.

Oleksiy Melnyk

Co-Director, Foreign Relations and International Security Programmes, Coordinator of International Projects

Born in 1962 in Khmelnytsty Rgn


Royal College of Defence Studies, London, UK (2007)

Air Field Operations Officer School, Biloxy, MS, US (2001)

Squadron Officer School, Montgomery, AL, US (1994)

Defence Language Institute, San Antonio, TX, US (1994)

Chernihiv Higher Military Air Force Academy, Ukraine (1984)


1980 – 2001 — Air Force Active Service (Cadet, Instructor Pilot, Flight Commander, Squadron Commander, Deputy Air Force Base Commander, Participant of two UN peacekeeping operations, Lt.Colonel (Ret)

2001 – 2004 — Razumkov Centre

2004 – 2005 — State Company Ukroboronservice

2005 – 2008 — Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, Head Organisational and Analytical Division — First Assistant to Minister of Defence

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