In less than a month, Russia’s army has invaded Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, held a bogus referendum and annexed nearly 5 percent of Ukraine’s land and people as part of the Russian Federation. And Kremlin leaders have done it all in ways that violate international law and make them war criminals by hiding their troops’ identities and denying their presence.
Yet there is no official declaration of war from Ukraine’s side, or from the Russian side, for that matter.
By and large, there was also no fighting back from Ukraine’s military as Russia’s military seized Ukraine’s bases and military equipment in Crimea. There were simply no orders to fight coming from the top military commanders and no leadership either, for that matter. If Ukrainians had strategically decided they weren’t going to fight, why did Ukraine’s leaders wait until March 24 to order a retreat?