Two additional brigades are reinforcing the combat capabilities of Ukrainian Ground Forces and Air Assault troops.
Ukrainian command has decided to form two brigades, 49th Artillery Brigade and 82nd AirAssault Brigade. While the first belongs to the Ground Forces of Ukraine, as any other artillery brigade, 82nd joins the Ukrainian elite Air Assault forces.
49th Artillery Brigade is a new artillery brigade of Ukrainian Ground Forces currently at the stage of formation. The brigade is under the command of Operational Command North.
insignia of 49th Artillery Brigade
82nd AirAssault Brigade is a new elite brigade of Ukrainian Air Assault Forces, currently finishing the last stage of formation and will soon be deployed to the front.
oath of soldiers of 82nd AirAssault Brigade
So, that’s 17 new brigades announced since January 31st:
1 “jäger” brigade: 13th
10 mechanized brigades: 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 31st, 32nd, 33rd, 88th, 116th, 117th, 118th
2 marine brigades: 37th, 38th
1 air assault brigade: 82nd
3 artillery brigades: 47th, 48th, 49th
+ 8 “offensive guard” brigades.
Іt is very surprising that there is a 47th artillery brigade, since there is already a 47th mechanized brigade “Magura”
Even if Ukrainians try to avoid that, it’s not unusual to have the same brigade number with two different specialty, e.g. 1st Infantry division and 1st armored division.
UA has many brigades with the same numbers – 1st SOF br, 1st tank br; 3rd assault br “Azov”, 3rd tank br.; 40th aviation br., 40th aritllery br.; 47th mechanized br., 47th aritllery br, 47th pontoon br.; 45th aritllery br., 45th air assault br.; 110th, 115th mechanized and territorial defense br.
Readying new units for the spring counter offensive ?
3 marine brigades*: 34th, 37th, 38th
Part of “offensive guard” is renaming old brigades – 1RR NGU to “Bureviy”, 3RR NGU to “Spartan”, 4RR NGU to “Rubizh” (“Frontier”)
And maybe there will be 45 AAB
There is no talk on social media regarding 34th Marine Brigade, no mention at all. Feel free to provide the intel which would confirm the existence of such brigade.