56th Motorized Brigade

Ukrainian Motorized Brigade was formed in 2015 as the reaction on the annexation of Crimea and the War in Donbas. Three Territorial Defense Battalions were assigned under its command. The unit actively participated in the War in Donbas. In 2019, Ukrainian command decided to transfer the brigade under the Marines to form a third Marine Brigade. The move has never been completed, and the brigade remained under the command of Ukrainian Armed Forces.

On the night of the invasion, the brigade was stationed in Pisky and nearby surroundings in Donetsk Oblast.

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Structure

21st Motorized Battalion

Formed in 2014 as 21st Territorial Defense Battalion Sarmat. In 2015, reformed under the command of 56th Motorized Brigade.

23rd Motorized Battalion

Formed in 2014 as 23rd Territorial Defense Battalion Khortytsia. In 2015, reformed under the command of 56th Motorized Brigade.

37th Motorized Battalion

Formed in 2014 as 37th Territorial Defense Battalion Zaporozhzhia. In 2015, reformed under the command of 56th Motorized Brigade.

Tank Battalion

Tank Battalion of 56th Motorized Brigade.

Artillery Group

Brigade artillery group equipped with 2S1 Gvozdikas.

Reconnaissance Company

Brigade scouts. The unit is equipped with BRDM-2s.

Anti-Aircraft Company

The company provides protection against danger from the air. It’s equipped with 2K35 Strela-10 and ZU-23-2 Shilka.

Support units

This includes all rear elements such as engineers, communication, medics, and material support unit.

Uniforms

MM-14

The camouflage was officially adopted as standard camouflage of Armed Forces of Ukraine in 2014. The semi-arid, with the addition of digital pattern, works well in Ukrainian nature.

Vehicles

T-64BV

Type:

MBT

| Amount:

10

BMP-1AK

Type:

IFV

| Amount:

15+

BMP-1

Type:

IFV

| Amount:

10+

BRM-1K

Type:

IFV

| Amount:

2+

MT-LB

Type:

APC

| Amount:

5+

BRDM-2

Type:

APC

| Amount:

5+

BM-21 Grad

Type:

MLRS

| Amount:

3+

2S1 Gvozdika

Type:

Artillery

| Amount:

9K35 Strela-10

Type:

4+

| Amount:

Losses

For Equipment losses, please visit dedicated page at:

Manpower losses since the Russian invasion of Crimea and Donbas (2014 - today)

Manpower losses since the Russian invasion of Ukraine (2022 - today)

Disclaimer: Manpower casualties data are based on publicly available sources and social media. They do not represent final or official amount of losses and are subject to change.