Russia’s ‘hybrid’ aggression against Ukraine

Authored by: Yury E. Fedorov

Routledge Handbook of Russian Security

Print publication date:  February  2019
Online publication date:  January  2019

Print ISBN: 9780815396710
eBook ISBN: 9781351181242
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Russia’s annexation of Crimea and proxy war in Donbas are often seen as the classic or at least the first case of ‘hybrid’ warfare, the trendy term today to denote what is a mix of conventional military operations with non-military methods of corrosion of an opponent, such as economic pressure, fomenting political and social conflicts, subversive activities and massive propaganda campaigns. Since many believe that ‘hybridity’ will be a predominant trait of armed conflicts in the twenty-first century, analysing Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine could be helpful for comprehension of the future security environment as well as for assessing strategy and methods of Russia’s power projection in nearby regions. With this in view, the chapter exposes the Russian concept of a hybrid warfare, describes Moscow’s strategic goals towards Ukraine, outlines evolution of its war plans from ‘traditional’ to hybrid operations and analyses tactics and efficiency of Russian interventionism in that country.

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