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Old 23 Jul 17, 21:56
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Input on Russian units in Ukraine

Any input on the Russian regular army units participating in the conflict in Eastern Ukraine.

Inform Napalm put together this list based on Russian Army soldier's social media posts:

https://informnapalm.org/en/professi...visualisation/

Sources using the number of medals won by Russian Army soldiers indicates up to 50,000 have been rotated through. Casualties figures vary from as small as 166 from the Russian Army Mothers to 500 from the US State department with others using funerals putting the number higher.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/paulrod.../#490149fb3809

https://www.bellingcat.com/news/uk-a...erous-numbers/

The Russian officials running Donetsk indicate 3,000-4,000 Russian soldiers present. terming them as "volunteers" apparently from Pskov where their funerals take place:

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallel...eer-in-ukraine

Since two BMP's from the 76th guards airmobile unit based in Pskov were captured in Ukraine in August 2014 At least some units from the 76th were operating in Ukraine at a crucial time, preventing the encirclement of Donetsk and encircling UAF forces instead.

It does not appear that tanks are organic to the 76th and the sheer numbers of armored vehicles point to significant Russian support or direct Russian Army presence.

https://www.reuters.com/article/amp/...0IC1GE20141023

Anyone know which Russian army Tank or mechanized units were deployed/have been rotated through Ukraine?

Is it too soon for this?
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In regards to the 76th Airborne

This article references an encounter near Heorhiivka or (Georgiyevka) Ukraine where units of the Russian Army 76th Airborne or Air Assault [division] were active according to a unit award and funerals in August 2014. Ironically around the same time and region where two BMP-2's and troops were captured. Apparently the "vacation" was not so pleasant for the troops of this storied Russian Army unit.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-ukr...0GS17V20140828

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-uk...0H70S920140912

Captured Sep Russian volunteer says he saw a company sized unit operating with the Sep forces and taking casualties (this may be part propaganda) in the same region and time as above.

https://www.liveleak.com/view?i=e44_1430513389


Russian news regarding a 76th platoon commander killed in August in Ukraine in the same region and time in August.

https://riavrn.ru/news/v-voronezhsko...skoy-divizii-/

"Yesterday, August 25, the funeral of Anton Korolenko, the commander of the assault and assault platoon of the 76th Airborne Assault Division stationed in Pskov, was held in Pavlovsky district. As explained to the correspondent of RIA "Voronezh" head of the Military Commissariat of the Voronezh Region in the city of Pavlovsk, Pavlovsk and Verkhnemamonsky districts, Mikhail Kharkov, Anton Korolenko was killed "in the line of duty on August 19." Where and under what circumstances this happened, the military commissar did not explain. Relatives also did not answer questions about this, calling the information "hidden."

In one of the villages of Pavlovsky district there live the parents of Anton, therefore the deceased paratrooper, who lives in Pskov with his family, was brought to Voronezh region.

Anton Korolenko had a wife and a small daughter.
- On Friday morning I was happy - I was packing things home in Pskov to our house, and at lunch everything was cut. I'm on the edge of the abyss - on the one hand our happy life, on the other - emptiness. Pray for everything for my only and beloved Anton, how can this be, he is no more, - wrote the wife of the platoon on his page "VKontakte" on August 24.
The page of Anton Korolenko himself was removed from the social network.
The resident of the Pavlovsky district, Anton Korolenko, served in the Pskov Airborne Assault Division after the end of the Ryazan Higher Airborne Command School in 2009. In 2011, the platoon of Senior Lieutenant Korolenko became the best in the Airborne Forces of Russia following the results of the competitions.

Yesterday, August 25, the federal media reported on the "closed funeral" of two paratroopers of the Pskov Airborne Division (officially called the 76th Guards Airborne Assault Chernigov Red Banner Division). The relatives of Leonid Kikhotkina and Alexander Osipov refused to explain to journalists how the servicemen died. On their graves are the dates of death - on 19 and 20 August. Journalists also drew attention to the fact that these military men last visited the network on August 15-16.

August 18 76th Chernigov Airborne Division, which is based in the Pskov region, was awarded the Order of Suvorov with the phrase "for the successful execution of combat missions of the command and shown with the personal composition of courage and heroism." Especially arrived in Pskov on this occasion, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu made it clear that the division was awarded on the basis of combat merit, including for actions during the referendum in the Crimea."


This unit (the 76th) has a long history of being at the front of Russian Army operations from WW2, Chechnya and the invasion of Ukraine. It's a shame to those soldiers getting killed their government and apparently the people of Russia continue this convenient charade or Maskirovka.

http://www.realcleardefense.com/arti...on_110282.html
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