Ukrainian Ground Forces received a well-worth additional strength in the form of a new tank brigade.
Demobilized, reactivated, used as replenishment and reactivated again. That’s the story of Ukrainian 5th Tank Brigade through the last years. The unit was formed back in 2016 as a reserve tank brigade, but was subsequently demobilized and reactivated only after the Russian full-scale invasion in February 2022.
However, due to fierce fighting on many fronts during the first months and the losses in other combat brigades, tanks and manpower were used as replenishment and the path of 5th Tank Brigade seemed to be over.
In March 2023, first hints appeared that Ukrainian Command has decided to reactive 5th Tank Brigade again, possibly due to large influx of Western-donated tanks and successful tank restoration process abroad.
Later, a Facebook page of the brigade appeared online and just recently a new insignia of the brigade was shown to public. Ukrainian 5th Tank Brigade is real once again, and hopefully is here to stay.
The brigade is rumored to receive Western-donated Leopard 1A5 or M1A1 Abrams tanks. If that’s the case or not, we have to wait and see.
Visit the page of 5th Tank Brigade on our site to learn more about the unit.