Following yesterday’s vote to implement martial law within Ukraine, many have begun looking at Ukraine’s ability to stand up to Russia. The main goal of the declaration of martial law is to allow the government to recall reserve and active duty while expanding the armed forces. Unfortunately for Ukraine, analysts do not believe that this is sufficient time to recall and train a sufficient force to stand up to Russia. This due largely to the fact that Ukraine’s economy cannot support an expanded military force, let alone finance the expansion, or even finance an armed conflict with Russia. The Ukrainian government is likely hoping that the declaration of martial law and posturing will buy them time to build up international support and force negotiations between Russia and Ukraine. The risk of cyber-attacks on Ukrainian critical infrastructure, especially the financial sector within Ukraine is extremely high right now.
By Anthony Zampino Introduction Leading up to the most recent Russian invasion of Ukraine in