Russian special forces in Crimea. Sometimes called "little green men," they were one of the offensive "columns" that resulted in their annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.
From the beginning of Russia’s engagement in Crimea, there was a profound emphasis on maintaining a degree of plausible deniability. The Russian flag was raised by residents of Crimea, not Russian soldiers. Russian forces were stripped of any identifying markers or insignia. Cyber attacks launched at Ukrainian infrastructure and internet domains were structured in a manner