Video showing some equipment
firing anti tank guided missile , not sure of the type.
Since one of the Ukrainian elite units poised for the most rapid response to a situation in the Crimea is the 79th Airmobile Brigade in Mykolaiv on the Black Sea, I will begin by discussing the Ukrainian airmobile forces. When the Soviet Union broke up and Ukraine became independent, it inherited one division and three brigades from the former Soviet airborne forces. Since that time, cuts in troops strength and funding have lowered the combat readiness of the Ukrainian airmobile forces, though their state of readiness is still greater than much of the rest of the armed forces. And, at least some airmobile troops have some combat experience, having served in Afghanistan, Kosovo and Iraq.
As of 2008, the Ukrainian Airmobile Forces consisted of the 25th Airborne Brigade, the 95th Airmobile Brigade, the 79th Airmobile Brigade, the 80th Airmobile Regiment and the 28th Training Battalion. Typically, each airmobile brigade is comprised of three battalions, which are comprised of a headquarters company, three airmobile companies, a mortar battery, an anti-tank platoon and an anti-aircraft platoon. Each brigade has support elements as well as an artillery battalion, an anti-tank battalion and a recon company
. One of the airmobile battalions, the 13th, is a fully professional unit trained and equipped for peacekeeping operations. The 79th Airmobile Brigade is also a fully professional unit.
“At least some airmobile troops have some combat experience, having served in Afghanistan, Kosovo and Iraq.”
Although many members of the airmobile brigades are parachute qualified, the unit tasked with airborne missions is the 25th Airborne Brigade. Within the brigade are three parachute battalions as well as an artillery group, an anti-aircraft artillery battalion, an airmobile recon company and various support companies. The last time I talked with U.S. personnel who had trained with the 25th Airborne Brigade, a lack of parachutes and lift capability was making it difficult to keep all members parachute qualified