Release the Ukrainian Sailors: The Kremlin’s Aggression
against Ukraine Continues
On November 25, 2018, Russian naval vessels attacked Ukrainian ships in the Sea of Azov, capturing three Ukrainian vessels and 24 sailors. These actions were blatant provocations by Russia and add to the growing list of aggression by the Putin regime against a country it has waged war against for five years and is occupying piecemeal, starting with Crimea.
Hybrid warfare as a concept and a military strategy has been discussed for more than a decade and has had a revival due to recent global election meddling and increased troll activity in cyberspace. Many experts take issue with the term itself, due to its vague nature. Marius Laurinavicius of the Hudson Institute suggests referring to hybrid warfare by its Russian name; subversion. The acceptance of subversion as a prominent threat has taken time because, unlike its military component, hybrid threats are deniable.
EANC’s sister organization from the Central and East European Coalition (CEEC) representing Ukrainian Americans held an advocacy event on June 14 in Washington to call attention to legislation relevant to ending the conflict in Ukraine. The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) together with the Ukrainian National Information Service (UNIS) sponsored their thrice-yearly “Ukraine Days” advocacy event on June 14th and were reinforced by EANC and JBANC support.
The program included a morning briefing session with leaders of the Ukra...