The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Valery Zaluzhny, said that he studied Russian military doctrine, in particular, he read all the publications of the Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, General Valery Gerasimov. He told about this in an interview with The Time publication, which dedicated the cover of the new issue and an article to him.
According to Zaluzhny, he went from being a platoon commander to leading the country's troops on the Eastern Front after Russia's occupation of Crimea in 2014.
At the same time, Zaluzhny keeps a collection of works by Gerasimov, who is 17 years older than him, in his office.
"I grew up on Russian military doctrine and still believe that all military science is in Russia. I studied with Gerasimov. I read everything he ever wrote. He is the smartest of people, and my expectations from him were huge," said Zaluzhny.
At the same time, the article notes, Zaluzhny trained younger officers, encouraging them to make decisions more flexibly, delegating authority to field commanders.
Unlike the Russian army, Ukrainian sergeants are not scapegoats, but rather real deputies whose purpose is to create military talents, the article about Zaluzhnyi says.