More and more often, young officers are moving up in the ranks and taking command in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In the first weeks of the large-scale invasion, junior- and mid-grade officers bore full responsibility for independent military operations. They took incredible risks and re-invented military engagements. They were born in the early 1990s, at the dawn of Ukraine’s Independence, and grew up in a free and more tolerant society. Open-minded, educated, and free, they were not cowed by threats, suspicion, or Soviet ideals.
Some of them joined the struggle for Independence in 2014 during the Revolution of Dignity, when Russia invaded Crimea and the Donbas. Others signed up immediately after Russia’s full-scale invasion on February 24, 2022.