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UKRAINE - ARMY 53rd Mechanized Brigade

UKRAINE - ARMY 53rd Mechanized Brigade

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The 53rd Mechanized Brigade named after Volodymyr Monomakh is a brigade of the Ukrainian Ground Forces. The brigade is subordinated to Operational Command East. It is deployed in Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk.[1]


In 2014, the brigade was formed in the village of Nova Lyubomyrka in Rivne Oblast.[2] The brigade includes units formed from territorial defense battalions. The brigade also includes units derived from elements of the 17th Guards Tank Brigade and the 24th Mechanized Brigade. The brigade includes three mechanized battalions, a tank battalion, artillery, two battalion tactical groups, air defense, intelligence company. The brigade's 4th Mechanized Infantry Battalion is the former 14th Cherkasy Territorial Defense Battalion of the 24th Mechanized Brigade. The brigade's 5th Mechanized Infantry Battalion is also a battalion formerly of the 24th Mechanized Brigade.

In February 2015, the brigade fought in the war in Donbas.[3] On 25 May 2015, the brigade repulsed a separatist attack.[4] In September, the brigade was deployed in Avdiivka.[5]

On July 23, 2016, Ukrainian Minister of Defence Stepan Poltorak announced the Deputy Commander of the brigade has been demoted and dismissed for selling arms and ammunition.[6][7]

From April to October 2017, the brigade units held positions on the Svitlodar Arc. At the beginning of November 2017, the units of the brigades were withdrawn from the ATO area to rest and restoration of combat capacity to landfill in the village of Cherkasy Dnipropetrovsk region.[8]

In 2019, units of the brigade were deployed near Horlivka.[9]

On October 29, 2019, the brigade units left the war zone for rotation. During this time, the brigade had lost 7 soldiers in combat.[9]

On May 6, 2020, the President of Ukraine gave the brigade an honorary name in honor of Volodymyr Monomakh.[10]


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The Azov Special Operations Detachment (Ukrainian:
Окремий загін спеціального призначення «Азов», romanized: Okremyi zahin
spetsialnoho pryznachennia "Azov"), also known as the Azov Regiment
(Ukrainian: Полк Азов, romanized: Polk Azov) or Azov Battalion until
September 2014, is a unit of the National Guard of Ukraine based in
Mariupol in the coastal region of the Sea of Azov. Azov formed as a
volunteer paramilitary militia in May 2014, and has since been fighting
Russian forces in the Donbas War. It first saw combat recapturing
Mariupol from Russian forces and pro-Russian separatists in June 2014.
It initially operated as a volunteer police company, until it was
formally incorporated into the National Guard on 11 November 2014. In
the wake of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, the battalion gained
renewed attention for its use by Russia in justifying the invasion and
during the Siege of Mariupol for its role in the defense of the city.