Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Russia’s Hybrid War in Ukraine: Breaking the Enemy’s Ability to Resist

From one of our former students here at Georgetown from Finland.

The 101 page report can be downloaded directly at this link.  

There is some very interesting perspectives in this report upon first scan.  I think some of the best information that has come out on Russia's strategy and operations has been from the Finns, Latvians and Poles.


Russia’s Hybrid War in Ukraine:
Breaking the Enemy’s Ability to Resist



Julkaistu 16.6.2015
András Rácz
The Finnish Institute of International Affairs
Lataa PDF (405 Kb)
Since the change of power in Ukraine in February 2014, Russia has been swift to occupy and annex the Crimean peninsula. In April 2014, separatist riots broke out in Eastern Ukraine, following a very similar pattern to those in Crimea. These actions were accompanied by a strong and intensive, well-coordinated diplomatic, economic and media campaign both in Ukraine and abroad, also supported by pressure exerted by the large Russian military units lined up along the border with Ukraine. 
The form of warfare Russia employed in Ukraine in 2014, often called hybrid war, has been aimed at defeating the target country by breaking its ability to resist without actually launching a full-scale military attack. In line with contemporary Russian military thinking on ‘new generation warfare’, hybrid war is built on the combined use of military and non-military means, employing basically the whole spectrum of a state’s policy inventory, including diplomatic, economic, political, social, information and also military means. 
This report aims to seek answers to two main research questions. First, what are the main features and characteristics of Russia’s hybrid warfare as conducted in Ukraine? Derived from the first, the second research question is focused on the operational prerequisites for the Russian hybrid war. In other words, is the Russian hybrid war a universal warfare method deployable anywhere, or is it more country or region-specific?

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