Russia’s Justification for the Annexation of Crimea

Failure to act by NATO, UN, or Western powers made Russia’s non-linear invasion and subsequent annexation of Crimea legal. Russian-propagated disinformation campaigns, psychological manipulation efforts, cyber attacks on critical infrastructure, financial and military aid to paramilitary groups, and the deployment of unmarked special forces by Russia in Crimea and later in Eastern Ukraine exemplifies the concept of contemporary non-linear conflict.
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