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Russia’s “Special Military Operation” and the (Claimed) Right of Self-Defense

Authors:

Michael N Schmitt

ARTICLES OF WAR

Abstract

On 24 February, Russia attacked Ukraine on several fronts. Two days earlier, President Vladimir Putin had announced Russia’s recognition of Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics in the Donbas region and ordered in so-called “peacekeepers.” Those breakaway entities had declared independence from Ukraine following Russia’s 2014 invasion of Crimea, Crimea’s subsequent declaration of independence, and its annexation by Russia.

Full Citation

Michael N Schmitt, Russia’s “Special Military Operation” and the (Claimed) Right of Self-Defense, ARTICLES OF WAR (February 28, 2022). View Online