Poltava Battalion

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28 April 2014 – today National Police Motorized Infantry 300 men Poltava Ukraine

Poltava Battalion (Батальйон Полтава), a volunteer unit in the structure of Ministry of Internal Affairs. Established as a company in April 2014 and in June merged with Cascade unit and reformed to a battalion. The unit was deployed alongside regular armed forces units as well as tasked with guarding checkpoints. Poltava battalion was reformed into a Poltavshina battalion on September 2014 but renewed by November 2014 and Poltavshina was disbanded.

STRUCTURE


1st Company

No information about this company is available, but most likely the core of merge Poltava and Cascade Company in 2014.


2nd Company

It’s highly possible the second company was formed from members of Mirny company, a standalone unit merged with Poltava battalion in 2015.


3rd Company

Formed in 2014, Kremenchuk company was originally a standalone unit but reformated into Poltava battalion as 3rd company in 2017.

UNIFORMS

MARPAT Woodland

Uniforms were most likely bought from the internet. It’s very rare to see them among Ukrainian personnel and only a few units use them. The camouflage works well in nature environment.

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.

EQUIPMENT

 

BRDM-2

Type: LAV | Quantity: 1

BTR-60

Type: APC | Quantity: 1

BTR-70

Type: APC | Quantity: 1

WARPATH

 

The battalion participated in numerous battles, including the one near Debaltsevo and Makiivka. However, not enough information or exact places are known.

CASUALTIES

 

Manpower

Two soldiers of Poltava Battalion died near Olhovatka, Donetsk Region in 2014.

Equipment

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