Donbas Battalion

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April 2014 – today 18th Regiment Motorized Infantry 1000 men Donbas Right Sector

Donbas battalion (батальйон Донбас) was founded by Semen Semechenko, originally as national militia in Donetsk region. In April 2014, the unit was renamed to Territorial Battalion of Donbas but the leadership of Donetsk region did not support Semechenko’s initiative and the volunteer unit was forced to relocate to Dnipropetrovsk region. Nowadays, Donbas battalion is far from what it was in 2014. While there still remains some veterans, who participated in Illovaysk and Debaltsevo, many of them left the battalion.

STRUCTURE

Many sites refer to subordinate units of Donbas as battalions, not companies. Three are known to exist.

1st Battalion

There is no info about the 1st battalion.

2nd Battalion

Participated in battle of Debaltsevo.

3rd Battalion “Dome”

The third battalion is also known as Detachment Dome.

UNIFORMS

Flecktarn

Locally made Flecktarn uniform is very popular among volunteers across Ukraine. It’s cheap and widely available. The pattern works well in the various environment.

Multicam

Locally made Multicam uniform is a cheap and popular variant for soldiers in Ukraine. The camouflage is designed for usage in various environments.

British DPM

Locally made British DPM is popular among Ukrainian volunteers. It’s cheap and widely available, same as Flecktarn. Works well in the natural environment.

Standard Olive

Most common uniform of National Guard units. Lacks any kind of pattern and is relatively cheap.

EQUIPMENT

BTR-80

Type: APC | Quantity: 1

BTR-70

Type: APC | Quantity: 1

BTR-60PB

Type: APC | Quantity: 1

BRDM-2

Type: APC | Quantity: 1

Kraz Spartan

Type: LAV | Quantity: 1

MT-LB-ZU-23

Type: APC | Quantity: 1

WARPATH

Karlivka

23rd May 2014 – 23rd July 2014

Armed forces of Ukraine in cooperation with volunteer battalions Pro-Russian forces had to retreat as Ukrainian military formations bypassed Karlivka and encirclement was possible.

Kostian tynivka

5th July 2014 – 8th July 2014

Pro-Russian forces captured the governmental buildings inside the city on 28th of April. Ukrainian forces, with help of volunteer battalion Donbas liberated the city in early July.

Popasna

18th July 2014 – 22 June 2014

On July 8, 2014, the Pro-Russian forces captured the town and set up checkpoints on its outskirts. Ukrainian side responded with force and liberated the town.

Pisky

21st July 2014 – today

The operation to de-block Donetsk Airport and clear the outskirts of Donetsk has started on 21st of July. The contact line was changing almost daily until the Minsk-2 agreement.

Lisichansk

22nd July – 24th July 2014

24th Mechanized Brigade with the support of Donbas battalion entered the city on the morning of 23rd of July. The Ukrainian flag was raised above the city in the evening of 24th of July.

Pervomaysk

26th July 2014 – 14th August 2014

Armed Forces with the support of Donbas battalion liberated the city on July 12th. Pro-Russain forces conducted counter-offensive on August of 14th but it was repelled by Ukrainian forces.

Illovaisk

6th August 2014 – 3rd September 2014

An 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.

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.

Vuhlehirsk 2015

18th January 2015 – 31st January 2015

Russian forces began an assault on Vuhlehirsk from multiple directions. Ukrainian defense lines collapsed after several days. Multiple counterattacks were launched but all failed.

Debaltsevo 2015

1st January 2015 – 18th February 2015

Russian forces launched an offensive to capture important railway crossroad, the city of Debaltsevo. Ukrainian forces had not enough manpower in the area and they had to withdraw.

Logovino

9th February 2014 – 15th February 2015

Russian forces captured Logovino and defacto surrounded Ukrainian forces in Debaltsevo. The operation to de-block Debaltsevo was launched the next day but was not successful.

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

Five soldiers died during an ambush in Karlivka. Three soldiers died during an assault on Popasna. Fifty-seven members of Donbas battalion died in Illovaysk and during the withdraw, dozens are still missing. Five soldiers died during de-blocking of a friendly unit in Vuhlehirsk and four near Lugovino. Nine soldiers in total died during the defence of Mariupol, which seven of them near Shyrokyne.

Equipment

There are no reports of losses of equipment for this unit.