Maskirovka at its Worst — Russians Dress as Ukrainian Soldiers

Wes O'Donnell
3 min readMar 2

Maskirovka is something the Soviet Union excelled at and covers a broad range of military deception measures.

Special Forces by Andriy Ageev, Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

At its core, maskirovka “маскировка” is designed to sow confusion.

A 1988 Pentagon study of the technique says “Maskirovka may be conducted in any environment to deny information to sensors.” Especially the most basic of…

Wes O'Donnell

Army & Air Force Veteran | Global Security Writer for War is Boring, GEN, OneZero, Soldier of Fortune | Law Student | TEDx Speaker