Military Capabilities

Ukrainian army forms its first Jager brigade

23 May 2019

Ukraine has formed its first Jager infantry brigade to operate in heavily wooded regions on the East European country's northern borders with Russia and Belarus.

The conversion of the 61st Separate Infantry Brigade from the Ukrainian Army Reserve command into its new role was announced on the brigade's social media page on 12 May. It said the brigade had been re-roled, according to a joint directive from the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence and the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, with the main purpose being the strengthening of Ukraine's defences on its northern border.

"The units of the brigade are intended for combat operations in forest and marsh terrain and are only equipped with contract [professional] servicemen who have experience in military operations or whose civil activities have affinity with the specifics of the brigade [such as hunters and forestry workers]," announced the brigade.

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