The Use of Force by the Russian Federation in Crimea

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Veronika Bilkova

Charles University in Prague - Faculty of Law; Institute of International Relations Prague (Ústavu mezinárodních vztah?)

Date Written: November 3, 2014

Abstract

This paper addresses the use of force by the Russian Federation in Crimea. In the first section, it shows that the two reported instances of the use of force (the use of units deployed in Crimea under the agreements with Ukraine and the presence of so called ‘little green men’) both qualify as prima facie violations of the prohibition of the use of force as well as acts of aggression and, when assessed in combination, an armed attack. In the second section, the paper discusses legal grounds that the Russian Federation has, albeit usually implicitly, put forward to justify these prima facie violations (self-defence, intervention by invitation, the use of force in support of self-determination, protection of nationals/humanitarian intervention), concluding that none of them is truly convincing.

Suggested Citation

Bilkova, Veronika, The Use of Force by the Russian Federation in Crimea (November 3, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2601998 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2601998

Veronika Bilkova (Contact Author)

Charles University in Prague - Faculty of Law ( email )

Nam. Curieovych 7
Praha, 11640
Czech Republic

Institute of International Relations Prague (Ústavu mezinárodních vztah?) ( email )

Nerudova 3
Prague 1 - Malá Strana, 118 50
Czech Republic

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