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How Ukrainian strategy is running circles around Russia’s lumbering military

By Stephen Fidler, James Marson and Thomas Grove

12 Oct 2022 · 6 min read

Analysts compare the nimble military tactics used by Ukraine to victorious historical instances, and how they are proving to be quite a match to Russia's top down approach in the war.

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Eight months into Ukraine’s war with Russia, its emerging strategy is combining classic military operations with opportunism on the battlefield to exploit the incompetence of Russian forces—and is changing the course of the battle.

Ukraine’s command structure encourages junior officers to make in-the-moment battlefield decisions, an authority that they have used to seize opportunities and quickly take advantage of enemy weaknesses.

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