2024 #1 Taranets S.

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The Ethnology Notebooks. 2024. № 1 (175), 131—144

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DOI https://doi.org/10.15407/nz2024.01.131

DEVELOPMENT OF THE AIR ASSAULT FORCES OF THE ARMED FORCES OF UKRAINE

TARANETS Sergii

  • ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0979-7496
  • PhD (History and Archeology),
  • Military History Research Centre of the Armed Forces of Ukraine,
  • Kyiv, Ukraine,
  • Contacts: e-mail: korsak111@gmail.com

FYLYPENKO Artem

Abstract. The historical article highlights the history of formation and development of the Air Assault Forces (AAF) of the Armed Forces of Ukraine from the moment Ukraine gained independence to the present time, including periods of repelling Russian Aggression from 2014 and large-scale invasion of the Russian Federation (RF) into Ukraine from 2022, and shows the changes that took place in the organizational structure of the AAF. The authors pay particular attention to the evolution of world views on air assault operations and consider the evolution of Air Assault Troops in the context of these views.

The purpose of the article is to research the history of formation and development of the Air Assault Troops of Ukraine, to highlight the participation of these troops in protecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the state, repelling Russian aggression, and revealing the peculiarities of the combat traditions of Ukrainian paratroopers.

The object of research is the Air Assault Troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the military units that are part of them.

The methodological approach is based on involvement and analysis of a wide range of open sources, principles of historicism, objectivity and systematically, as well as general scientific and special research methods, use of an interdisciplinary approach. The applied methodology of military-historical research made it possible to highlight the main problems of the issue.

The territory of study covers the entire territory of Ukraine and regions in which the formation of conceptual foundations of creation and active use of air assault (airmobile) units took place.

The chronological framework of study covers the period from 1991 to 2023, from Ukraine’s declaration of independence and creation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to the Russian Federation’s Aggression against Ukraine (including the Russian Federation’s large-scale invasion of Ukraine). They are determined by the object of scientific research, but according to conceptual necessity, appeal is also made to an earlier period.

Keywords: Air assault troops, Airborne troops, Armed Forces of Ukraine, large-scale invasion of the Russian Federation into Ukraine, Russian aggression against Ukraine.

Received 1.02.2024

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