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Hybrid war against Russia ‘unprecedented’: Moscow

The hybrid war that the US-led West has been waging against for many years has now scaled up to an “unprecedented” level, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said today. “The aim [of the hybrid war] is being declared openly”, Lavrov explained during the ministry's Business Council meeting. The goal is “to destroy the economy, push our country to the backyard of the world politics. Recently, they have been calling to use sanctions to undermine stability in Russia openly,” he stated.

Hybrid war or hybrid warfare is a theory of military strategy, first proposed by Frank Hoffman, which employs political warfare and blends conventional warfare, irregular warfare, and cyberwarfare with other influencing methods, such as news, diplomacy, lawfare and foreign electoral intervention.

The aggressor intends to avoid attribution or retribution by combining kinetic operations with subversive efforts. The concept of hybrid warfare has been criticized by a number of academics and practitioners due to its alleged vagueness, its disputed constitutive elements, and its alleged historical distortions.

The US-led West accuses of waging hybrid war in Ukraine too.

Lavrov stressed that the ministry’s priority is to promote sustainable relations “with all interested foreign partners” based on mutual respect and cooperation.

In August, the Russian Foreign Ministry warned that the ongoing hybrid war raises the threat of a nuclear conflict, in which there can be no winners. However, according to Igor Vishnevetsky, the Foreign Ministry’s non-proliferation department deputy head, remains “committed to… building a world free of nuclear weapons.”

Since the start of the hostilities in Ukraine, Washington has been top of the list of countries providing Kyiv with military equipment, including Javelin anti-tank weapons, Stinger portable anti-aircraft missiles, howitzer artillery, and long-range HIMARS rockets. Early September saw the latest batch of lethal assistance, with $ 2.8 billion provided to Ukraine and its neighbours, bringing US military assistance for Ukraine to a total of approximately $ 15.2 billion since late February.

sent troops into Ukraine on 24 February, citing Kyiv’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, designed to give the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk special status within the Ukrainian state. The and France-brokered protocols were first signed in 2014. Former Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has admitted that Kyiv’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time and “create powerful armed forces.”

In February 2022, the Kremlin recognized the Donbas republics as independent states and demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join any Western military bloc. Kyiv insists the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked.

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