5th Mechanized Brigade (Ukraine)

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5th Separate Mechanized Brigade
Ukrainian BTR-80.jpg
A Ukrainian Army Soldiers aboard BTR-80A armored personnel carrier, travels along a highway from Al Kut to As Suwayrah, Iraq.
Active17 August 2003 - March 2004
BranchUkrainian Army
Part ofMulti-National Division - Central South
Garrison/HQWasit Governorate, Iraq
Major General Sergiy Bezlushchenko[2]
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Sleeve patch for the Signal Unit of the BrigadeUkraine-army-iraq-800x800.jpg

The 5th Separate Mechanized Brigade was a formation of the Ukrainian Ground Forces sent to Iraq in August 2003. Brigade was deployed from 17 August 2003 to March 2004.[3]

Mission objectives[edit]

Areas of Responsibility in Iraq as of 30 April 2004
  • Maintain stability and safety in Wasit Governorate[4]
  • Reconnaissance and destruction of terrorist and organized crime groups, detainment and court judgment of military criminals[4]
  • Provide support for Coalition Provisional Authority in reconstruction of civil departments[4]
  • Provide help with development of judicial system, which supports the rights of all Iraqi residents, and provides inner security[4]
  • Provide support together with other organizations in rebuilding of schooling, medical, electrical and water systems, industrial complexes, creation of new work places[4]
  • Form and train a battalion of Iraqi Civil Defense Corps (ICDC)[4]
  • Form and train 3 battalions for the Department of Border enforcement (DBE)[4]


  • Operation Chamberlain

Brigade Order of Battle[edit]

  • 51st Separate Mechanized Battalion
  • 52nd Separate Mechanized Battalion
  • 19th Separate Specialized Battalion


Type # of Troops Location Purpose
Main Force 851 Camp "Delta" (Al Kūt airfield) Guarding Al Kūt airfield, patrolling Kut with military police, destroying IED with help of Polish and Kazakh engineers, protect convoys, provide reserve for unexpected situations.
Mechanized Company
51st MB
107 Camp "Aterbery Patrolling Iraq-Iran border.
Mechanized Company
51st MB
112 Al Kūt Provide security for engineers, patrol and maintain peace in the city of Al Kūt.
Mechanized Platoon
51st MB
58 Al-Hai patrol and maintain peace in the city of Al-Hai.
52nd MB without:
mechanized company
reconnaissance platoon
commandant platoon
394 Camp "Zulu"
8 km south of As-Suveir
Provide security, patrolling, protect convoys.
Mechanized Company
52nd MB
62 Al Kūt Provide security for Coalition Provisional Authority in the city of Al Kūt.


  • Sgt. Yuriy Koydan - Died of injuries suffered when his BRDM-2 armored reconnaissance vehicle overturned while patrolling an air base near Al Kūt in southern Iraq on 30 September 2003[5]
  • Private Sergiy Suslov - Died from a non-combat related injury.[6]
  • Captain Oleksii Bondarenko - Committed suicide by shooting himself in Al Kūt, Iraq, on 19 November 2003[5]

Next rotation[edit]