1st Siverska Tank Brigade (1-ша окрема танкова Сіверська бригада) is a tank brigade of Armed Forces of Ukraine formed in 1997 from the 292nd Tank Regiment. In spring 2014, the brigade moved to the border with Russia in Sumy region to protect the shortest way to Kyiv. A few days later, one battalion was transferred to Donbas and supported mechanized brigades in the Luhansk region, mainly around the Luhansk Airport. In 2015, they supported 30th Mechanized Brigade in Debaltsevo and destroyed at least three enemy tanks.
Ukrainian command has decided to deploy additional troops to Donbas, signaling a possible rotation of Ukrainian units.
Ukrainian volunteer battalions are once again on the frontline and fighting against the Russian invaders.
You can find details about all Ukrainian Tank brigades on our site.
Operation Report is a summary of what happened in the Joint Forces Operation Zone (previously known as Anti-Terrorist Operation zone or ATO) during the last week.
The situation in Donbas worsens every day.
1st Tank Battalion
First tank battalion of 1st Tank Brigade.
2nd Tank Battalion
Second tank battalion of 1st Tank Brigade.
3rd Tank Battalion
The third battalion is equipped with the mix of T-64BV and T-64B tanks.
The battalion rides on BMP-1 vehicles.
Equipped by BM-21 Grad, 2S1 Gvozdika and 2S3 Akatsyia.
Anti-Aircraft defense of the brigade. The unit is equipped with Tunguska and Strela-10.
Brigade scouts. The unit is equipped with BRDM-2s.
This includes all rear elements such as engineers, communication, medics, and material support unit.
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.
Locally made Flecktarn uniform is very popular among volunteers across Ukraine. It’s cheap and widely available. The pattern works well in various environment.
Type: MBT | Quantity: 4
Type: MBT | Quantity: 27
Type: IFV | Quantity: 32
Type: LAV | Quantity: 3+
Type: APC | Quantity: 3+
Type: AA | Quantity: 2+
Type: AA | Quantity: 5+
Type: Artillery | Quantity: 2+
Type: Artillery | Quantity: 4+
Type: AA | Quantity: 4+
Since 2017, the brigade no longer uses BM Bulats due to insufficient performance in Donbas.
April 8 – September 1, 2014
Paratroopers held the airport for several months until the Russian forces begun an offensive in the area. As the result, Ukrainian troops were forced to retreat amid heavy casualties.
August 7 – August 26, 2014
A key town, located on the M04 road, was liberated in mid-August and de-facto cut the supply line between Luhansk and Russia. During the counter-attack, Ukrainian forces were forced to retreat.
July 21, 2014 – today
The operation to de-block Donetsk Airport and clear the outskirts of Donetsk has started on 21st of July. The contact line was changing almost daily until the Minsk-2 agreement.
May 26, 2014 – January 22, 2015
Ukrainian Forces gained full control over the airport on May 27, 2014 and held it until January 22, 2015, when the main building collapsed.
January 1 – February 18, 2015
Russian forces launched an offensive to capture important railway crossroad, the city of Debaltsevo. Ukrainian forces had not enough manpower in the area and they had to withdraw.
- At least 3 BMP-1
- ~15 tanks which majority of them were BM Bulats