Tracking Russian deployments near Ukraine – Autumn-Winter 2021-22


The purpose of this blog post is to provide an up-to-date order of battle data of Russian forces near Ukraine. Due to increased operational security and Russian attempts to hide the movements of their units, this list is unlikely to be exhaustive.

Nevertheless, I still think it is relevant to keep track of what is being moved around.

This post will be regularly updated.

As for the area coverage, I will be looking at everything that is deployed from the Smolensk Oblast to Krasnodar Krai and Crimea.

First are the units that are permanently deployed near Ukraine.

20th Combined Arms Army – Western Military District – Voronezh

236th Artillery Brigade – Kolomna

3rd Motorised Rifle Division – Valyuki

  • 252nd Motorised Rifle Regiment – Boguchar – Fully established
  • 752nd Motorised Rifle Regiment – Valyuki – Fully established
  • 237th Tank Regiment – Valyuki – Fully established
  • 99th SP Artillery Regiment – Boguchar – Fully established
  • A new motor rifle regiment set up based on belowmentioned BMP-3s

144th Motorised Rifle Division – Smolensk

  • 488th Motorised Rifle Regiment – Klintsy – Fully established
  • 856th SP Artillery Regiment – Pochep – Fully established
  • 254th Motorised Rifle Regiment – Klintsy – Tank company and an MR battalion
  • 59th Tank Regiment – Yelnya – Tank battalion, an MRC

8th Combined Arms Army – Novocherkassk – Southern Military District

20th Separate Motorised Rifle Brigade – Volgograd – Fully established

238th Artillery Brigade – Korenovsk – Fully established

150th Motorised Rifle Division – Persianovskiy

  • 102nd Motorised Rifle Regiment – Persianovskiy – Fully established
  • 103rd Motorised Rifle Regiment – Rostov-on-Don – Fully established
  • 68th Tank Regiment – Persianovskiy – Fully established
  • 163rd Tank Regiment – Persianovskiy – Fully established
  • 381st Artillery Regiment – Rostov-on-Don – Fully established

New units near Ukraine


  • A BTG from the 4th Tank Division, 1st Guards Tank Army, Western Military District
  • A BTG from the 2nd Motor Rifle Division, 1st Guards Tank Army, Western Military District
  • A company/battalion of TOS-1A, 20th NCB Regiment, 1st Guards Tank Army
  • A possible BM-27 Battalion, 288th Artillery Brigade, 1st Guards Tank Army


  • Two BTGs from the 74th MRB;
  • Two BTG from the 35th MRB;
  • A BTG from the 90th Tank Division;
  • A BUK-M3 battalion from the 61st Air Defence Brigade (?); Not there (25 November)
  • An Iskander Battalion from the 119th Missile Brigade;
  • A TOS-1A company and assorted equipment from the 10th NCB Regiment; and
  • One artillery battalion ( 9P140 Uragan) from the 120th Artillery Brigade;


  • A BTG from the 205th Motor Rifle Brigade, 49th Combined Arms Army (unit seen moving towards Kerch);
  • A BTG from the 34th Motor Rifle Brigade, 49th Combined Arms Army (unit seen moving towards Kerch);
  • Artillery assets from the 58th Combined Arms Army deployed to Novoozerne in Crimea;
  • A BTG/tank battalion from the 42nd Motor Rifle Division was seen moving to Feodosia;
  • An air defence elements (presumably from 58th CAA) is at Dzankoi Airbase;


Other units

  • A BTG from the 228th MRR, 90th Tank Division, Central Military District. The unit was seen on a train station near Yekaterinburg. It is unclear where it has gone/will go to, but it is worth keeping a track of this BTG .
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