In February 2014, unmarked militia groups began appearing across the Crimean Peninsula.  Later dubbed “little green men” by news outlets, these groups were a mixture of Russian conventional and special forces deployed by Russian President Vladimir Putin to relink the territory with the Russian Federation following the abdication of interim Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych.[1] When coupled with the subsequent March 2014 breakaway of the Ukrainian Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts , 2015 intervention in Syria, and interference in the American 2016 presidential election, Russia seemed to have perfected a new method of war: hybrid warfare, a political strategy that […]

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