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The Document Explaining Assault Detachments of the russian Army Revealed: How They Are Organized

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The Document Explaining Assault Detachments of the russian Army Revealed: How They Are Organized

Such detachments are likely to be equipped according to the principle “all convicts separately from others”

Earlier, Defense Express reported about russian army decision to review the tactics and create reinforced assault battalions: it involves keeping armored vehicles further from the frontlines and the appearance of flexible "assault squads", consisting of 2-3 companies, control units, artillery support, as well as various other groups of tanks, reconnaissance, EW, air defense, drones, etc.

About new offensive tactics and reinforced assault battalions

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The Tatarigami_UA Twitter account posted detailed information about this tactic, and now has published interesting information about russian assault companies based on a document called "Regulations on assault companies "Z" of the 8th general army".

About assault detachments

"Storm Unit "Z" is defined in the document as "an integrated tactical military unit, which has high independence and is temporarily created outside the regular number of units of army corps for immediate (operational) use in the performance of particularly complex combat tasks."

As noted, the document also specifies which units need to be created for these "Z storm detachments": it refers to units of the 1st Army Corps, motorized rifle and tank regiments of the 150th motorized rifle division, as well as individual motorized rifle brigades.

The composition of these assault detachments has a flexible structure that can change depending on the task it performs. In general, such a unit should have up to 100 people in its composition. The main weapons are small arms and grenade launchers.

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Credits: @Tatarigami_UA

Among them, in particular, two people in the detachment management (commander and deputy commander for military and political work), as well as four assault groups of 20 people each. These assault groups consist of two detachments of 10 people each: a сasualty evacuation detachment and a fire support detachment.

In addition, the assault company also includes a sapper group (5 people), a reconnaissance group (8 people), one medical evacuation group (3 people), and a UAV crew (2 people).

The Document Explaining Assault Detachments of the russian Army Revealed: How They Are Organized, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
Other groups within the assault detachment / Credits: Tatarigami_UA

The objectives for such "Z storm companies" are defined as follows:

  • conducting hostilities in populated areas or in difficult areas;
  • capturing of important objects (support points, command posts, communication nodes, buildings, structures);
  • sabotage, as well as the fight against enemy sabotage groups;
  • blocking and destroying enemy units;
  • adjustment of artillery fire and air support.
  • the first is "refresher skills" such as weapons handling, first aid, camouflage, separate training for UAV operators, etc.
  • the second is direct coordination with an emphasis on actions in combat pairs, threes and within the framework of the detachment;
  • the third is coordination at the level of storm groups with an emphasis on preparation for conducting assault operations.
  • the first stage is from October 24, 2022 to February 15, 2023 in subdivisions 1 AK
  • the second stage is from February 18 to March 5, 2023 in units of motorized rifle and tank regiments of motorized rifle divisions;
  • the third stage is from March 6 to April 16, 2023 in units of individual motorized rifle brigades.
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Convicts will also fight in assault detachments, but in separate ones

It should be noted separately that the training and coordination of such assault companies units from 10 to 15 days in three stages:

As it is noted, they want to involve prisoners in such assault companies, but there will be special rules for their participation, in particular, "prohibition of mixed composition of companies", hinting that convicts should be distributed separately.

The equipping of units with such assault brigades has already begun and takes place in three stages:

  • the first stage is from October 24, 2022 to February 15, 2023 in subdivisions 1 AK
  • the second stage is from February 18 to March 5, 2023 in units of motorized rifle and tank regiments of motorized rifle divisions;
  • the third stage is from March 6 to April 16, 2023 in units of individual motorized rifle brigades.
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