Service sleeve insignia of the Sparta Battalion
Flag of the Sparta Battalion
|Active||Summer 2014 – present|
|Allegiance||Donetsk People's Republic|
|Size||about 1,000 troops|
|Part of||United Armed Forces of Novorossiya|
|Engagements||War in Donbass|
Arseny Pavlov †
The Sparta Battalion (Russian: батальон «Спарта») is a militia of the Donetsk People's Republic which was led by the Russian born Arsen Pavlov ("Motorola"). The battalion took part in the Battle of Ilovaisk and Second Battle of Donetsk Airport.
Though never officially confirmed, the name and symbol of the battalion, seem to have been taken as reference of the fictional "Spartan Order" of the Metro universe sci-fiction series by Dmitry Glukhovsky.
Arsen Pavlov and Sparta Battalion troops on a BTR-80 during the 2016 Donetsk Victory Day parade
- "The Battle of Ilovaisk: Details of a Massacre Inside Rebel-Held Eastern Ukraine". Newsweek. 4 November 2014. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
- "Ukraine Live Day 335: The Battle for Donetsk". The Interpreter. 18 January 2015. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
- "Separatist known as Vokha will become new commander of the Sparta Battalion". UA Wire. 24 October 2016. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
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