Putin’s Last War: Narratives, Counternarratives, and Early Lessons Learned

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Connections: The Quarterly Journal, Volume 21, Issue 3, p.5-8 (2022)


disinformation, Forecasting, Global Health Engagement, Information warfare, Interoperability, narrative, Professional Military Education, propaganda, resilience


In the early hours of February 24, 2022, the armed forces of the Russian Federation and armed formations of the so-called Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics attacked Ukraine from the north, east, and south. In parallel, Russia conducted massive cyberattacks and propaganda campaigns. To the surprise of many analysts, Ukraine demonstrated exceptional cohesion, resilience, and will to fight. The raging war is already influencing the international security environment and the thinking on societal preparedness, military capabilities and operations, and will continue to do so in the coming decades. This editorial article presents the early lessons learned from the war, with a focus on Russia’s propaganda narratives and information warfare and ways to counter them, the role of professional military education, and combat medical support.