200th Independent Motor Rifle Brigade
|200th Independent Motor Rifle Brigade|
|Active||1 December 1997–present|
|Branch||Russian Ground Forces
|Part of||Northern Fleet Coastal Troops|
|Engagements||War in Donbass|
|Decorations||Order of Kutuzov|
|Shoulder Sleeve Insignia|
The 200th Independent Motor Rifle Brigade is a military formation of the Northern Fleet based at Pechenga in Murmansk Oblast. The brigade was formed from the 131st Motor Rifle Division in 1997 and is one of the two Russian Arctic warfare brigades.
The 200th Brigade was formed from the former 131st Motor Rifle Division in 1997. It inherited the honorifics "Pechenga Order of Kutuzov" from the division.
Transition to professional contract status was planned to finish at the end of 2006. At the beginning of April 2006 the brigade had about 700 professional personnel, practically all sergeant positions having been filled by kontraktniks (Russian: контрактник contracted professional soldiers). More than 180 military men and women have signed contracts for service in communications, medical, and rear services subunits. The brigade has about 10 professional soldiers from other Commonwealth of Independent States members. At the beginning of 2006, during a trip to the Leningrad Military District, the 200th Brigade was visited by the Minister of Defence, Sergei Ivanov. The brigade has association links with the Norwegian 6th Division (Norway) and the Swedish Norrbottens Regiment.
It formed part of the 6th Army in the Western Military District. As of November 2011 it became the first of two new Arctic brigades of the Russian Ground Forces. The unit has had some disciplinary problems. In November 2012 it became part of the Coastal Troops of the Northern Fleet.
In 2014, according to Bellingcat contributor, the brigade was involved in the War in Donbass. Brigade's units participated in the battle of Luhansk Airport and were spotted in the Khryashchevatoe village, a Luhansk suburb. In October 2014, Senior Lieutenant Yevgeny Trundayev, commander of the anti-tank platoon of the 1st Motorized Infantry Battalion, was killed in the clashes for 32nd checkpoint, a battle in Luhansk region. He was later awarded the title of Hero of the Russian Federation.
The 200th Independent Motor Rifle Brigade has the following equipment:
- 41 x T-80 Main Battle Tanks
- 36 x 2S19 Msta self-propelled howitzers
- 18 x BM-21 Grad Multiple Rocket Launchers
- MT-LB based 9P149 tank destroyers with 9K114 Shturm Anti-tank missile
- SA-13 Gopher
- Rapira 100-MM ASS gun
- SA-8 Gekko
- SA-19 Grison
- Colonel Vitaly Leonidovich Razgonov (September 2009–April 2011)
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