A pro-Russian soldier stands next to a tank in Perevalne, Ukraine on March 14, 2014. Photo credit: AP Images.
In late February 2014, when the Kalashnikov-wielding “little green men” appeared—apparently out of thin air—and started the takeover of government buildings, airports, and other strategic locations in the Ukrainian Crimea Peninsula, the rest of the world watched with a mixture of surprise and fear. Even though soldiers were dressed in uniforms without insignia, their identification as Russian special forces was very much a no-brainer. In March, after a sham spectacle of a “referendum,” Crimea was annexed into the Russian Federation. Next month, …read more
Source: Harvard International Review