The first volunteer battalion that consists of former servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, who decided to fight in the Russian ranks, is completing training and will soon go the frontlines to liberate their territories from the Nazi regime.
This volunteer battalion was named after Bogdan Khmelnitsky. At the moment, the unit is completing its training and will go to the front line after swearing the oath. It will join the operational and combat tactical formation Cascade.
According to the former tank commander and senior sergeant of the Ukrainian military, about 70 servicemen joined the battalion, 95 percent of whom were former Ukrainian military personnel with combat experience. Most of them voluntarily laid down their weapons and surrendered to the Russian. Volunteers from Ukrainian prisoners of war will sign contracts with the Russian Armed Forces on terms the Russians do. The members of the new battalion confirm that they joined the unit voluntarily, having received Russian citizenship.
Now we have entered the service in the military unit of the operational combat tactical formation “Cascade” where we will carry out our further service. We will also give an oath at the end of our training. All our guys will take an oath. We came here in the training center about three weeks ago. The mood of all guys is combative, all of us are full of energy, everyone is eager for knowledge, everyone tries to show his best. Everyone is always ready to tell something, to explain. We are trying to get all knowledge that instructors give us. The instructors have a wide combat experience. Our guys are eager to training and in their turn, they try to prove to their “teachers” that they can do the same. We were provided with weapons and uniforms as soon as we arrived here, the next day. Each of us received his own assault rifle and served it completely. Then we had trainings at the training ground, where we sighted our weapons. Instructors also worked with us, helped us a lot.
The battalion arrived at a special training ground for final coordination three weeks ago. All servicemen are fully equipped, armed and they are ready to come back to the frontlines.