A soldier to the root of the hair”
: thus does one present General Valeri Guerassimov, 67, appointed on January 12 by Vladimir Putin as military commander in Ukraine.
An officer who
"recognizes only one thing, the balance of power",
recently said of him on BFMTV General Pierre de Villiers, his counterpart as Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces from 2014 to 2017.
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Massive build, closed face, Valeri Guerassimov has held his position for ten years.
His green uniform is studded with decorations, including the highest, that of "Hero of Russia" awarded in 2016. Since leaving a battle tank school in 1977, the strongman of the Russian army has climbed all levels of the military hierarchy.
The Hybrid War Theorist
His appointment as head of the "special military operation", unusual at his career level, responds to a double priority for the Kremlin: a strategic objective, at a time when Russia is obviously preparing to launch a vast offensive against Kyiv forces;
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