Hybrid War or Civil War? The Interplay of Some Methods of Russian Foreign Policy Propaganda with International Law

Oleksandr Zadorozhnii


This article discusses the attempts of Russian officials to hide the elephant in the room – Russia’s military participation in a war that Russia falsely portrays as civil war in eastern Ukraine. Unlike Russia’s propaganda, it relies on the facts of Russia’s involvement in Ukraine, facts that show that Russian troops participated in the fighting in Donbas even though this has been adamantly denied by the highest ranking Russian officials. The author concludes that international law requires Russia and Russian leaders to be held responsible for waging a war of aggression against Ukraine.


Russian Federation aggression; Crimea; Russian troops; criminal responsibility; Donbas; Ukraine

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.18523/kmlpj88185.2016-2.117-128


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