Azov Regiment

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5 May 2014 – today 18th Regiment Mechanized Infantry 1500 men Poltava National Corps

Azov originated from Biletsky’s national organization Patriot of Ukraine. Its members participated in EuroMaidan and many of them joined the volunteer battalion. The unit was also supported by members of Automaidan and ultras of FC Metalist Kharkiv. The unit was reformed into a regiment in late 2014 and received military equipment from the government of Ukraine, including T-64B1M tanks, D-30 artillery, and various LAVs.

STRUCTURE

First Battalion

The battalion had originally four companies but as result of expansion in October, the second battalion was formed and the number of companies reduced to three.

1st Company

The company regularly attends training. Their history is unknown.

2nd Company

There is no info about the 2nd company of the first battalion.

3rd Company

The third company was deployed to Odesa in 2016. The unit has five platoons.

Second Battalion

The newest battalion of Azov Regiment. The battalion underwent special training conducted by Georgian, Canadian and American instructors. The commander of the battalion is a soldier nicknamed Kirt.

1st Company

Originally part of the Tank Battalion but later reformed into a standalone unit and moved to the second battalion as first company.

2nd Company

The “Iron Hundred” led the offensive on Shyrokine and nearby areas. Many members are part of the Azov since 2014.

3rd Company

A formerly 4th company. The cadets underwent a special training and call themselves as “Spartans”.

Special units

Tank Company

The company is equipped with T-64B1M tanks and recovery vehicles.

Artillery Division

Division equipped with heavy D-30 artillery and 120mm mortars.

Mortar division

It’s unclear if there is just one mortar division or more and divided into battalions.

UNIFORMS


The regiment began its operations in pure black uniforms, mainly seen in Mariupol and Torez. The black colour did not perform well in outside the towns and Azov’s leadership decided to change the uniforms to Flecktarn.

Flecktarn

The uniform was used commonly during operations in 2014 and during 2015 was slowly replaced by Multicam. Some units, however, kept the uniform, mainly reservist and some veterans.

Multicam

The battalion decided to unite uniforms in order to get a more professional look. Locally made Multicam was selected and all frontline units received this camo.

EQUIPMENT


Most vehicles use unified camouflage but some still have not been painted yet and use either standard National Guard camouflage or a custom one.

T-64B1M

Type: MBT | Quantity: 10

BTR-3E1

Type: APC | Quantity: 5+

BTR-80

Type: APC | Quantity: 1

BTR-70

Type: APC | Quantity: 1

BTR-3M1

Type: APC | Quantity: 1+

BMM-4S

Type: APC | Quantity: 1+

BTR-152

Type: LAV | Quantity: 1

MT-LB-ZU-23

Type: APC | Quantity: 5+

MT-LB

Type: APC | Quantity: 2+

BRDM-2

Type: LAV | Quantity: 2+

Kraz Coughar

Type: LAV | Quantity: 4+

Kraz Cobra

Type: LAV | Quantity: 2+

Kraz Spartan

Type: LAV | Quantity: 5+

Kraz Spartan Sarmat

Type: LAV | Quantity: 1+

Kraz Shrek

Type: LAV | Quantity: 2+

Kozak-2

Type: LAV | Quantity: 2+

Varta

Type: LAV | Quantity: n/a

BTS-4

Type: Recovery | Quantity: 1+

WARPATH

Mariupol

6 May 2014 – 14 June 2014

Militants captured governmental offices and forced local National Guard units to leave the city. After a week, Ukrainian Army in a joint operation with volunteer battalions forced militants to flee the city.

Torez

23 May 2014

Members of Azov Battalion secured Torez’s city council but didn’t have enough manpower to hold the area. Militants set up checkpoints in the area and the unit was forced to retreat.

Marinka

April – 5th August 2014

The combined operation of Armed Forces and volunteer battalions to liberate the city. After several days of minor clashes, militants were forced to retreat to nearby Donetsk.

Illovaisk

6th August 2014 – 3rd September 2014

Initially successful large-scale operation to liberate strategically important train crossroad ceased when Russian regular forces crossed the border into Ukraine and encircled Ukrainian forces there.

Shyrokyne

10th February 2015 – today

Regiment Azov met heavy resistance in Shyrokyne during their offensive in 2015. After a year of static battles, militants withdrew from the town.

CASUALTIES


Manpower

One soldier died during the liberation of Mariupol in 2014. Eight soldiers died during the battle of Illovaysk and one near Marinka in 2014. One soldier died near Novoazovsk and five more in the area of Mariupol during the Russian offensive in August 2014. Three soldiers died during the shelling of a checkpoint near Hranite. During the offensive and later defensive of Shyrokyne, the regiment lost fifteen soldiers, it was biggest lost since the start of the war. Two more soldiers died near Mariupol in 2016.

Equipment

Type Number Image Event Status Info
T-64B1M n/a Unspecified clash near Mariupol 2015 Damaged
BTR-3E1 n/a Battle of Shyrokyne 2015 Destroyed Destroyed during the offensive inside Shyrokyne village and used as propaganda material on Russian media. Recovered by Ukrainian Army in 2017.
Kraz Spartan n/a Battle of Shyrokyne 2015 Damaged Heavily damaged during the battle of Shyrokyne in 2015, crew died inside. The vehicle was recovered by Right Sector later the same year.
Kraz Spartan Sarmat n/a Battle of Shyrokyne 2015 Abandoned The LAV was left behind during counter-offensive by Russian forces. It was first Kraz Spartan captured.