53rd Mechanized Brigade (Ukraine)

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53rd Mechanized Brigade
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Brigade Shoulder Sleeve Insignia
Country Ukraine
BranchUkrainian Ground Forces
TypeMechanized forces
Part ofOperational Command East
Motto(s)"With God for Ukraine"
EngagementsWar in Donbass

The 53rd Separate Mechanized Brigade is a brigade of the Ukrainian Ground Forces. The brigade is subordinated to Operational Command East. It is deployed in Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk.[1]


In 2014, the brigade was formed in the village of Nova Lyubomyrka in Rivne Oblast.[2] The brigade includes units formed from territorial defense battalions. The brigade also includes units derived from elements of the 17th Guards Tank Brigade and the 24th Mechanized Brigade. The brigade includes three mechanized battalions, a tank battalion, artillery, two battalion tactical groups, air defense, intelligence company. The brigade's 4th Separate Mechanized Infantry Battalion is the former 14th Cherkasy Territorial Defense Battalion of the 24th Mechanized Brigade. The brigade's 5th Separate Mechanized Infantry Battalion is also a battalion formerly of the 24th Mechanized Brigade.

In February 2015, the brigade fought in the War in Donbass.[3] On 25 May 2015, the brigade repulsed a Separatist attack.[4] In September, the brigade was deployed in Avdiivka.[5]

On July 23, 2016, Ukrainian Minister of Defence Stepan Poltorak announced the Deputy Commander of the brigade has been demoted and dismissed for selling arms and ammunition.[6][7]

Current Structure[edit]

As of 2017 the brigade's structure is as follows:

  • 53rd Mechanized Brigade, Sievierodonetsk
    • Headquarters & Headquarters Company
    • 1st Mechanized Battalion
    • 2nd Mechanized Battalion
    • 3rd Mechanized Battalion
    • Tank Battalion
    • 24th Motorized Infantry Battalion "Aidar"
    • 43rd Motorized Infantry Battalion "Patriot"
    • Brigade Artillery Group
    • Anti-Aircraft Missile Artillery Battalion
    • Engineer Battalion
    • Maintenance Battalion
    • Logistic Battalion
    • Reconnaissance Company
    • Sniper Company
    • Electronic Warfare Company
    • Signal Company
    • Radar Company
    • CBRN-defense Company
    • Medical Company


  1. ^ "Ukrainian Military Pages: Сухопутні війська" [Ukrainian Military Pages: Ground Forces]. www.ukrmilitary.com (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  2. ^ "Минобороны формирует более 16 новых военных частей, – список" [Ministry of Defence creates more than 16 new military units – list]. ipress.ua (in Russian). Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  3. ^ Omelian, Mikhail. "На Рівненщині благословили бійців 53-ої Окремої механізованої бригади" [Rivne region blessed fighters 53rd Separate Mechanized Brigade]. www.cerkva.info (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  4. ^ Demchuk, Lina (26 May 2015). "Бійці 53-ї механізованої бригади дали відсіч бойовикам в районі Сизого" [Soldiers of 53rd Mechanized Brigade gave resistance to militants in the Syzoho region]. uapress.info (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  5. ^ "53-я в Авдіївці: Моя «нова» стара зброя" [53rd in Avdiivka: My "old" new weapons]. www.hromadske.tv (in Ukrainian). 29 September 2015. Archived from the original on 16 February 2016. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Deputy commander in ATO zone dismissed, charged with trading in ammunition". Ukrainian Independent Information Agency. 23 July 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Міністр оборони генерал армії України Степан Полторак позбавив військового звання та звільнив зі служби заступника командира 53 омбр" [Defense Ministry Army General of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak stripped of rank and dismissed from service deputy commander 53rd Mechanized Brigade] (in Ukrainian). Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. 23 July 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2016.