42nd Motorized Infantry Battalion (Ukraine)

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42nd Motorized Infantry Battalion
Ukrainian: 42-й окремий мотопіхотний батальйон
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42nd Territorial Defence Battalion shoulder sleeve insignia
Country Ukraine
BranchGround Forces
TypeMechanized Infantry
EngagementsWar in Donbass
Battle of Ilovaisk

42nd Motorized Infantry Battalion is a formation of the Ukrainian Ground Forces. It was originally formed as the 42nd Territorial Defence Battalion "Rukh Oporu" (from Ukrainian: Рух опору – "Resistance movement") in Kirovohrad.

The battalion fought in the War in Donbass.


In August 2014 the battalion was involved in an attempt of Ukrainian command to deblock encircled forces near Ilovaisk. The assault squad was formed that had 90 soldiers. It was sent from Kramatorsk in direction of Ilovaisk, after it became clear Russian military forces approached Ilovaisk. The unit was supposed to meet a company tactical group of 92nd Mechanized Brigade and try to breach Russian encirclement. The squad arrived on 27 August to Dokuchaievsk city where it was beefed with 2 IFVs and advanced towards Ilovaisk. The column stopped in the field for a night and shortly after it was hit by heavy artillery shelling. The next morning it was completely defeated by Russian paratroopers.[1]


  1. ^ "Серпень 2014. Іловайськ. Частина ІІІ. Спроба деблокади «Іловайського котла», 27 – 28 серпня" [August 2014. Ilovaisk. Chapter 3. Attempt to deblock "Ilovaisk kettle".]. tyzhden.ua. Retrieved 1 November 2016.