53rd Mechanized Brigade

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2014 – today OC East Mechanized Infantry Brigade Separate Lysychansk, Luhansk Region

53rd Mechanized Brigade (53-та окрема механізована бригада) is a mechanized brigade of Armed Forces of Ukraine formed in fall of 2014. The brigade includes units derived from other brigades and former territorial defence battalions. The unit was deployed to Donbas since its formation and regularly serves on the frontline until today.

1st Mechanized Battalion

The battalion was formed in the fall of 2014.

2nd Mechanized Battalion

Former 4th Battalion of 24th Mechanized Brigade. The unit was reorganized and transferred to 53rd Mechanized Brigade in the fall of 2014.

24th Mechanized Battalion “Aidar”

The third mechanized battalion was withdrawn from the brigade and assigned to 10th Mountain Brigade as 108th Battalion in 2015. Aidar Battalion took its place a few months later.

43rd Mechanized Battalion

The unit was created on August 22, 2014 as 43rd Territorial Defense Battalion “Patriot”. The unit was later reformatted and assigned under the command of 53rd.

Tank Battalion

Former 2nd Battalion of 17th Tank Regiment. The unit was reorganized and transferred to 53rd in the fall of 2014. The unit is equipped with captured and refurbished T-72s.

Artillery Group

Brigade artillery group equipped with 2S3 self-propelled artillery and BM-21 Grad vehicles.

Reconnaissance Company

Brigade scouts. The unit is equipped with BRDM-2s.

Anti-Aircraft Company

The company provides protection against danger from the air. It’s equipped with 2K22 Tunguska and 2K35 Strela-10s.

Support units

This includes all rear elements such as engineers, communication, medics, and material support unit.

 

MM-14

The camouflage was officially adopted as standard camouflage of Armed Forces of Ukraine in 2014. The semi-arid, with the addition of digital pattern, works well in Ukrainian nature.

Flecktarn

Locally made Flecktarn uniform is very popular among volunteers across Ukraine. It’s cheap and widely available. The pattern works well in various environment. Mainly the rear units of 53rd Brigade wear this uniform.

T-72AV

Type: MBT | Quantity: 2+

T-72B

Type: MBT | Quantity: 5+

T-72B1

Type: MBT | Quantity: 5+

T-64BV

Type: MBT | Quantity: 10

BMP-1

Type: IFV | Quantity: 40+

BTR-70

Type: APC | Quantity: 1+

BRDM-2

Type: LAV | Quantity: 5+

MT-LB

Type: AA | Quantity: 2+

MT-LBu

Type: AA | Quantity: 1+

ZSU-23-4

Type: AA | Quantity: 1

2K22 Tunguska

Type: AA | Quantity: 1

2K35 Strela-10

Type: AA | Quantity: 2+

2S3 Akatsyia

Type: Artillery | Quantity: 2+

BM-21 Grad

Type: Artillery | Quantity: 2+

 

Tank company of Aidar battalion uses T-64BV tanks.

43rd Mechanized Battalion, previously known as Patriot, uses BTR-70.

Bakhmutka Highway

7th October 2014 – today

Ukraine forces set up multiple checkpoints on the highway connecting Luhansk with Lisichansk. The checkpoints have been under constant attack since.

Avdiivka

21 July 2014 – today

In July 2014, Ukrainian forces liberated Avdiivka. Separatist forces launched many unsuccessful attacks towards the city. Latest fighting is concentrated around nearby industry zone.

Krymske area

2015 – today

Ukrainian forces regained the high grounds around Krymske and advanced towards Bakhmutka Highway, where they were stopped by Pro-Russian forces. Sporadical clashes are ongoing.

Svitlodarsk Bulge

April 2016 – today

A line of Ukrainian defense after their withdrawal from Debaltsevo in 2015. A strategically important area is located just outside the Svitlodarsk and is a witness of regular clashes.

Horlivka

12 April 2014 – today

Pro-Russian forces captured a police station and important buildings in April. Ukrainian forces tried to enter the town several times but they were never successful.

Manpower

Equipment

Type Number Image Event Status Info
BMP-1 n/a Unspecified clash Destroyed
MTLB n/a Avdiivka 2015 Destroyed Destroyed during the heavy battles on the outskirts of Avdiivka in the fall of 2015.
BMP-1 514 Avdiivka 2015 Destroyed Destroyed during the heavy battles on the outskirts of Avdiivka in the fall of 2015.

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