79th Airmobile Brigade (Ukraine)

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40th Air Assault Brigade (1979-198X)
40th Airborne Brigade (198X-1993)
40th Separate Airmobile Brigade (1993-199X)
79th Airmobile Regiment (199X-2007)
79th Airmobile Brigade (2007- )
Sleeve patch for the 79th Airmobile Brigade
Active 1979 -
Country Ukraine
Branch Soviet Army 1979-1991
Ukrainian Ground Forces 1992-
Type Brigade
Role Airmobile
Size ~1000 (2006)
Part of 6th Army Corps[1]
Garrison/HQ А0224 Solyanu[2] Mykolaiv Oblast, Ukraine[3]
Motto "In Unity is Power"
"В єднанні - сила!"
Engagements 2014 insurgency in Donbass[4]
Colonel Oleksiy Shandr
Aircraft flown
Attack helicopter Mi-24
Transport Mi-8

The 79th Airmobile Brigade (Ukrainian: 79 окрема аеромобільна бригада, 79 okrema aeromobilna brygada) is a formation of the Ukrainian Airmobile Forces. Brigade is located in Mykolaiv. For their transport the Brigade uses UAZ fitted with DShK anti-aircraft machine gun, 2B14 Podnos 82mm mortar, SPG-9D, AGS-17 automatic grenade launcher.[5] Until summer of 2007 the Brigade was a Regiment. In 2008 the Brigade is being manned by contract soldiers.[6]

Soldiers from the Brigade have served as peacekeepers in Yugoslavia, Iraq, Kosovo, Sierra Leone.[7][8]

In 2014 the Brigade took part in suppressing the 2014 insurgency in Donbass during the 2014 pro-Russian conflict in Ukraine.[4]


The Brigades history began as 40th Air Assault Brigade in the late 1979.[9] Later it was reorganized into the 40th Airborne Brigade in the later years of the 1980s (1.6 1990 according to Holm). That redesignation marked the transfer of the brigade from the Odessa Military District to the Soviet Airborne Troops. In September 1993 the Brigade was renamed 40th Separate Airmobile Brigade.[10]

The 40th Brigade was reorganized and reduced into the 79th Airmobile Regiment.

On July 1, 2007 the Brigade was formed by combining the 79th Airmobile Regiment with 11th Army Aviation Regiment.[3][11]

In 2014 the Brigade took part in the fighting of the 2014 insurgency in Donbass during the 2014 pro-Russian conflict in Ukraine.[12][13] 54 persons called up for mobilization (and thus serving in the Brigade) deserted.[14]

Crimea Crisis and War in Donbass[edit]

Pro Russian protesters blocked the unit's base in Voznesensk on March 1, 2014 and a platoon of soldiers was sent to reinforce and secure the military equipment located at the facility from looting, the protest was resolved without violent clashes.[15] Other then Spetsnaz forces of Ukraine the unit was one of the first to be mobilized during the Crimea Crisis and the War in Donbass by being deployed to the Crimean-Kherson border in order to prevent Russian forces from a possible advance into mainland Kherson Oblast on March 13, 2014. On March 26 Ukrainian forces secured the Russian Mars-75 naval navigation station located in Kherson oblast.[16][17]

The unit was deployed to Donbass in May 2014 and participated extensively in the Battle in Shakhtarsk Raion where it held the objective of securing both the Russian border and the strategic Savur-Mohyla hill. The unit, along with the 72nd Guards Mechanized Brigade became trapped in southern Luhansk oblast as pro-Russian forces cut their supply lines from the bulk of Ukrainian force in July. Ukrainian forces attempted to keep the units resupplied delivering 15 tons of supplies through enemy lines to the unit. The 79th air mobile brigade was able to break through enemy lines on August 7, 2014 along with much of their equipment, however it was reported that the unit was severely short on ammunition and would likely not be able to continue holding its positions if it did not break through the encirclement.[18][19][20] Due to spending a month surrounded by enemy forces the unit was sent back to its home station in order to regroup.[21]

The unit was redeployed after a month of R/R to hold the southern Donetsk Oblast in the Mariupol and Donetsk regions. In September the unit joined the 3rd separate spetsnaz regiment along with National Guard units in the defense of Donetsk Airport.[22][23]


Soldiers of the 79th Airmobile Brigade

Regiment 1992-2007[edit]

  • 1st Battalion[5]
  • 2nd Battalion[5]

Brigade 2014[edit]

  • 79aembr1bt.jpg 1st Airmobile Battalion[5]
  • 2amb.jpg 2nd Airmobile Battalion[5]
  • 3rd Airmobile Battalion «Phoenix»
  • 88th Separate Airmobile Battalion
  • Artillery Company
  • 79aembraa.jpg Anti-aircraft Company
  • Rocket artillery Company
  • Reconnaissance Company
  • 79ambricp.jpg Engineer Company
  • 79ambrrhbzr.jpg Chemical Company
  • Signal Company
  • Maintenance Company
  • Headquarters Platoon
  • Field Training Site(Range)
  • 11aar.jpg Separate Army Aviation Regiment[7]

Past Commanders[edit]


  1. ^ (Ukrainian) Hrytsenko in Crimea
  2. ^ (Ukrainian) View from the window unto an army base
  3. ^ a b (Ukrainian) 15th Anniversary of Ukrainian Airmobile Forces
  4. ^ a b https://news.pn/en/public/109677
  5. ^ a b c d e (Ukrainian)Newspaper "Peoples Army"
  6. ^ (Ukrainian) Preparing for the Army
  7. ^ a b (Ukrainian) Commander for 9th rotation of the 56th Helicopter Detachment
  8. ^ Ukraine, NATO start military drills in Poland
  9. ^ (Russian) V.I. Feskov, K.A. Kalashnikov, V.I. Golikov, The Soviet Army in the Years of the Cold War 1945-91, Tomsk University Publishing House, Tomsk, 2004 pg31
  10. ^ (Russian)History of Airmobile Forces
  11. ^ Ukrainian Armed Forces 2007 White Book p.38
  12. ^ https://news.pn/en/public/110083
  13. ^ https://news.pn/en/public/110084
  14. ^ https://news.pn/en/public/110189
  15. ^ "Антимайдановцы ночью блокировали николаевскую аэромобильную бригаду". 0512ua. 
  16. ^ "Николаевские десантники 79-й бригады укрепили блокпост у дороги на Крым". niknews. 
  17. ^ http://www.ukrinform.ua/eng/news/ukrainian_militaries_take_control_of_mars_75_navigation_station_319220
  18. ^ "Ситуация вокруг 79-ой аэромобильной бригады не критическая, - Селезнев Больше читайте здесь: http://112.ua/politika/situaciya-vokrug-79-oy-aeromobilnoy-brigady-ne-kriticheskaya-seleznev-92443.html". 112.ua. 
  19. ^ "Министр обороны заверил, что николаевские десантники получили еду и боеприпасы в зоне АТО Больше читайте здесь: http://112.ua/politika/ministr-oborony-zaveril-chto-nikolaevskie-desantniki-poluchili-edu-i-boepripasy-v-zone-ato-93442.html". 112.ua. 
  20. ^ ""Когда куски тел собираешь на лопату - это страшно", - боец 79-ой николаевской аэромобильной бригады". 0512ua. 
  21. ^ "Десантники 79-й бригады вернулись в Николаев". army.unian. 
  22. ^ "На Николаевщине объявлен трехдневный траур по погибшим вчера воинам 79-й бригады". niknews. 
  23. ^ "Один из 'киборгов' опубликовал видео обороны Донецкого аэропорта". news.liga.net. 21 October 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  24. ^ ""Ніхто, крім нас!" — Президент України на зустрічі з десантниками 79 бригади". Ukrainian Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 

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