GoalsThe Azov Regiment (formerly Battalion) fights against separatist rebels in Ukraine, and wants to prevent the country’s eastern regions from joining Russia.LocationThe Azov Battalion is based in Mariupol, near the Sea of Azov. OrganisationInitially a volunteer militia formed on 5 May 2014, the Azov Battalion has since been incorporated into the National Guard of Ukraine on the 12 November the same year. It now has approximately 1,000 members.In January 2015, the Azov Battalion was officially upgraded to Regiment status, which means it has been incorporated into the Ukrainian national Armed Forces, and hence turned into a regular military unit – allegedly. It is now officially called the “Azov Special Operations Regiment,” and its duties focus on reconnaissance, bomb disposal, and special weapons operations.As Azov became a Regiment, its structures were upgraded: a mobilization centre and a training facility were established in Kiev. The Regiment’s recruits have to…
Azov Regiment / Battalion (Ukraine)
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