February 21, 2023

Ground Forces continue to expand

Ukrainian Army continues to form additional brigades to counter the Russian invasion. The expansion of Ukrainian Ground Forces seems to be unstoppable, as new brigades are appearing literally every day. The amount of new brigades now actually raises a question regarding the equipment. If all the recently created brigades are to be formed at full…

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Ukrainian Army continues to form additional brigades to counter the Russian invasion.

The expansion of Ukrainian Ground Forces seems to be unstoppable, as new brigades are appearing literally every day. The amount of new brigades now actually raises a question regarding the equipment. If all the recently created brigades are to be formed at full strength, Ukraine needs thousands of infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers and tanks to arm them.

13th Jager Brigade – a new hunting brigade specialized for forest and swampland areas.

insignia of 13th Jager Brigade

22nd Mechanized Brigade – a brand new mechanized brigade. No other details are currently known about the unit.

88th Mechanized Brigade – another new mechanized brigade with rather interesting choice of number, as 80s are primarily reserved for AirAssault forces.

insignia of 88th Mechanized Brigade

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Alex

Are these truly additional units, or were they formed from bits and pieces of disbanded brigades?

Cosaque

another new mechanized brigade with rather interesting choice of number, as 80s are primarily reserved for AirAssault forces.” A very bad choice that could serve russian’s propaganda.

88 is often use in the halt right as a way to say “Heil Hitler”.

Noelle

for a hammer everything is a nail.

Cosaque

Il n’est pire aveugle que celui qui ne veut pas voire.

Thabelo

They don’t have enough personnel carriers. Just an additional units to help keep fighting

Tristan

88th Mechanized Brigade – another new mechanized brigade with rather interesting choice of number.

I wouldn’t call it “interesting”, but “connoted”. They should have skip that number.

Tristan

I was thinking about something else.

Anyway, that’s 13 new brigades, I hope it means thet Ukrainians got more equipment than anounced from Western countries. If not, those new brigades will be under-equipped.

Max Beckhaus

1) It makes a lot of sense to not announce the real amount of help send, e.g. disinformation for Russia.
2) It could make sense to disinform/scare Russia with “forming” of “empty” brigades.
3) To manage escalation, it would make sense to split support announcements in smaller parts, upscale it slowly.

Andrii

please, elaborate about 13 new brigades

Tristan

That’s what Jerome is reporting:
Jan 30: 5 new brigades
Feb 13: 5 new brigades
This post: 3 new brigades

Plus there are 8 “offensive guard” brigades, but I am not sure they can be counted as new since they are formed from existing units.

Miles_Ignigena

I agree. It’s just fodder for Russia and they really should stop the use of those symbols. Putin can always point at them and his propaganda exaggerate the usage and frame everyone that fight for an independent Ukraine as nazis. It’s also undermines the will to support Ukraine. People in the west are seeing this and wonder if they are being fooled. I hear this everyday at work.

Aleksey

duck test

Miles_Ignigena

It’s not the question of “if” there are far-right fighters, because there are far-right/nationalistic battalions. It’s the scale that is being overexaggerated. They are a minority and do not represent the whole of Ukraine nor its government. Look at the 2019 election, They diden’t even made the 3% threshold.

Aleksey

Fire starts with smoke. In Germany in 1924, the NSDAP received 1.5 percent of the vote in the elections.

Andrii

what nonsense, there has been a 14th brigade in Ukraine for a long time. And what?