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A couple watches the TV broadcast of Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual televised question-and-answer session with the nation in the Crimean port of Sevastopol, on April 17, 2014.

Propaganda and misinformation: Russia’s “hybrid warfare” in Ukraine

A War of Words

January 2015, Number 06.01

“Just a year ago, the word “hybrid” had exclusively peaceful connotations for the vast majority of Ukrainians, conjuring up images of hybrid automobiles, for example. Now, the word has deleterious, even bloody associations. The reason: In 2014, Ukraine was given a practical lesson in hybrid warfare.

Interestingly, despite the current ubiquity of the term “hybrid warfare,” and active use of the concept by the research and expert community, the concept is not an official one — no Ukrainian or international legal or official documents offers a definition. One definition is a military strategy that combines conventional, low intensity and cyber warfare.

Hybrid warfare includes these three components, but the above definition does not mention one more critical ingredient: information warfare...”

Excerpt from Viacheslav Dziundziuk, “A War of Words,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  6, No. 1, 2015: 50-55.

Dr. Viacheslav Dziundziuk is head of the Department of Political Science and Philosophy, Kharkov Regional Institute, Ukrainian National Presidential Academy of Government. Dr. Dziundziuk specializes in contemporary political and geopolitical processes, information security and governmental reform. He holds a doctorate in government and is a 2008 graduate of the Program in Advanced Security Studies (PASS) at the Marshall Center.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.