23rd Airborne Brigade

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23rd Air Assault Brigade (25 Sep 1986 – Jan 1990)

23rd Airborne Brigade (Jan 1990 – 1992)
23rd Airmobile Brigade (1992 – 1 Jul 1995)

23rd Airmobile Border Detachment for Special Purposes (1 Jul 1995 – ?)
Active 1986–?

 Soviet Union (1986–1992)

 Ukraine (1992–?)

Soviet Army (1986–1990)
Soviet airborne (1990–1992)
Ukrainian Airmobile Forces (1992–1995)
Ukrainian Border Troops (1995–1997)

Security Service of Ukraine (1997–?)
Type Airborne
Garrison/HQ Kremenchug

The 23rd Airborne Brigade was an airborne brigade of the Soviet airborne. It was originally formed as the 23rd Separate Air Assault Brigade in 1986 but transferred to the Soviet airborne in 1990 and became an airborne brigade. In 1992 it was transferred to Ukraine.[1]


The 23rd Separate Air Assault Brigade was activated on 25 September 1986 in Kremenchug[2] as part of the Southwestern Theatre of Military Operations. The brigade was composed of three airborne battalions, an air assault battalion, an artillery battalion and an antiaircraft artillery battalion. On 1 June 1990, the brigade was transferred to the Soviet airborne and redesignated as the 23rd Separate Airborne Brigade after its air assault battalion was disbanded.[3] After the Dissolution of the Soviet Union, the brigade was transferred to Ukraine.[1]

The brigade became the 23rd Separate Airmobile Brigade in the summer of 1992. It transferred to the Border Troops on 1 July 1995 and was renamed the 23rd Airmobile Border Detachment for Special Purposes. In 1997, it was transferred to the Security Service of Ukraine and reformed in a special unit.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b Holm, Michael. "23rd independent Landing-Assault Brigade". www.ww2.dk. Retrieved 2015-12-05.
  2. ^ "Войны, истории, факты. Альманах" [Almanac War History]. www.almanacwhf.ru (in Russian). Archived from the original on 2015-11-17. Retrieved 2015-12-06.
  3. ^ Zaloga, Steve (1995-01-01). Inside the Blue Berets: A Combat History of Soviet and Russian Airborne Forces, 1930-1995. Presidio. ISBN 9780891413998.
  4. ^ "Краткая история создания и развития воздушно-десантных войск (советский период). Аэромобильные войска Украины" [A brief history of the creation and development of airborne forces (Soviet period). Airmobile Forces of Ukraine]. vdv-ua.com (in Russian). Union of Paratroopers Ukraine. Retrieved 2015-12-05.
  5. ^ Furtat, Vyacheslav (2002). Украинские аэромобильные [Ukrainian airmobile] (in Russian). Lighthouse.