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1st Turkmenistan Rifle Division (1922–35)
83rd Mountain Rifle Division (1935–43)
128th Guards Mountain Rifle Division (1943–57)
128th Guards Motor Rifle Division (1957–1991)
128th Mechanized Division (1992–2004)
128th Mechanized Brigade (2004–2013)
128th Mountain Brigade (2013–present)
128-а механізована бригада.png
Brigade Insignia
Active July 12, 1922 – January 1992
January 1992 – present
Country Ukraine
Branch Ukrainian Ground Forces
Type Mountain infantry
Part of Operation Command West
Garrison/HQ Mukachevo[1] Zakarpattia Oblast Ukraine
Colour of the Brigade 128bp.png
Anniversaries July 12
Engagements World War II
2014 pro-Russian conflict in Ukraine[2]
Decorations Order of the Red Banner (2)
Battle honours Turkestan, Zakarpattia
Colonel Serhiy Shaptala
Sergiy Tumoshkov (1st Commander)
Guards unit Нагрудний знак «Гвардія».png
Mechanized branch insignia Емблема механізованих військ (2007).png

The 128th Guards Mountain Brigade is a formation of the Ukrainian Ground Forces.

The full title of the Brigade is 128th Separate Guards Mountain Turkestan-Zakarpattia twice Red Banner Brigade, (Ukrainian language: 128 окрема гвардійська механізована Туркестансько-закарпатська двічі ордена Червоного Прапора бригада ).[3]


The 128th Mechanized Division was first formed within the then USSR's Red Army as the 1st Turkmenistan Rifle Division on July 12, 1922, in the city of Poltoratsk (now Ashgabat, Turkmenistan). (Other sources give the original name as the 1st Turkmenistan Mountain Division).[4] It was a Turkmen national formation. Sergiy Tumoshkov became the Division's first commander. The Division was renamed 83rd Mountain Rifle Division on July 1, 1935.[5] On June 22, 1941, the 83rd Mountain Rifle Division was part of 58th Rifle Corps, Central Asia Military District.[6] Between 1 September and 1 October 1941 the division was assigned to the 53rd Army, still located within the Central Asia Military District.[7] By January 1942 the division, still with 58th Rifle Corps, had been dispatched to Iran as part of the Anglo-Soviet invasion of Iran.

From January 1, 1943, the Division fought near the area of Krasnodar where it was assigned to the 56th Army. After successfully liberating the region of Kuban and the Taman Peninsula, the Division was awarded the Guards designation on October 8, 1943, and renamed as the 128th Guards Turkmenistan Rifle Division.[1]

On April 24, 1944, for participation in the battles for Crimea, the Division was awarded its first Order of the Red Banner. During the month of August, the Division participated in battles for Carpathian Mountains. The Division liberated Zakarpattya and on October 12, 1944, crossed the border with Czechoslovakia. Units of the Division liberated Ostrava, Olomouc and other cities.[1]

Postwar, the division was stationed in Mukacheve and became part of the 38th Army. During October and November 1956, it took part in Operation Whirlwind, the crushing of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. The division captured Debrecen and Szolnok and Jászberény. Advancing westward, it participated in the storming of Budapest. On 15 December 1956, the division became the 128th Guards Motor Rifle Division at Esztergom. In July 1958, the division was moved back to Mukacheve. In 1968, the division participated in Operation Danube, the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. During the operation, eleven soldiers of the division were killed.[8] In May 1976, it was given the title "named for Marshal of the Soviet Union A.A. Grechko". In December 1979, its 149th Guards Motor Rifle Regiment was transferred to the 201st Motor Rifle Division and replaced by the newly activated 487th Motor Rifle Regiment. On May 8, 1985, the Division was awarded its second Order of the Red Banner in honor of the 40th anniversary of Victory Day.[9] In January 1992, the division was taken over by Ukraine.[10]

On 31 December 1992, in Decree 642/92, the President of Ukraine promoted the commander of the 128th Guards Motor Rifle Division of the Carpathian Military District, Colonel Vyacheslav Zabolotny, to Major-General.[11]

In accordance with a decree of 23 August 1998, Colonel Oleksandr Maslenchuk – commander of the 128th Mechanised Division of the 38th Army Corps of the Western Operational Command; was promoted to major-general.[12]

On May 27, 2000, the Minister of Defense of Ukraine, General of the Army Oleksandr Kuzmuk presented the Division with its Battle Banner, and read the Order of the President of Ukraine awarding the Division the honorable name "Zakarpattia".[9]

In 2002 the Division was under 38th Army Corps.[13] After 38th Army Corps was disbanded, the Division became part of 13th Corps.

On June 18, 2004, the 128th Guards Motor Rifle Division was reorganized into a Brigade by the order of Minister of Defense.[9]

In 2013, the brigade became the 128th Mountain Brigade.

In 2014–15 the brigade fought in the War in Donbass, taking part in the Battle of Debaltseve. For his leadership in the Battle of Debaltseve, brigade commander Colonel Serhiy Shaptala was awarded the title Hero of Ukraine.

The Brigade has a training ground near the city of Vynohradiv.


  • 21st Mechanized Battalion – Mukacheve
  • 36th Mechanized Battalion – Mukacheve
  • 15th Mountain Mechanized Battalion – Uzhhorod
  • 16th Tank Battalion – Uzhhorod
  • 17th Artillery Battery – Vynohradiv
  • 10th Anti-air rocket Battery – Mukacheve
  • 150th Signal Battalion – Mukhacheve
  • 891st Logistic Support Battalion – Mukacheve
  • 65th Recon Company – Mukacheve
  • 28th Company EW – Mukacheve

Division Order of Battle

  • 128-ма механізована дивізія.jpg Divisional Command and Staff, Uzhhorod
  • 315-й механізований полк.png 315th Mechanized Regiment, Berehove
  • 327-й механізований полк.png 327th Mechanized Regiment, Uzhhorod
  • 820-й механізований полк.png 820th Mechanized Regiment, Mukacheve
  • 398-й танковий полк.PNG 398th Armor Regiment Uzhorod, Uzhhorod
  • 331-й артилерійський полк.png 331st Self-Propelled Artillery Regiment, Perechyn
  • 757th Anti-Tank Artillery Battalion, Svaliava
  • 253rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Regiment, Svaliava
  • 47-й розвідувальний батальйон.jpg 47th Separate Reconnaissance Battalion

The 327th Mechanized Regiment[14] was reorganized to form the 15th Mountain Infantry Battalion, which became the first Mountain Infantry formation in the current Ukrainian Ground Forces.

Former Commanders

  • Sergiy Tumoshkov – July 12, 1922 –
  • Colonel Viacheslav Hryhorovych Zabolotnyi – 1992[15]
  • Major General Genadiy Vorobyov – 2001[16]
  • Vasyl Kok – 2004[17]
  • Colonel Sergiy Viktorovich Goroshnikov – 2005 –


  • October 8, 1943, received the honorable designation "Guards" for liberating the region of Kuban and the Taman Peninsula.
  • April 24, 1944, received the Order of the Red Banner for participating in Liberation of Crimea.
  • May 8, 1985, received the Order of the Red Banner in honor of the 40th anniversary of Victory Day.
  • On January, 10th 2000 was given its Battle Banner and the honorable name "Zakarpattia"[18]
  • 14 soldiers were awarded with orders Hero of the Soviet Union
  • 19 soldiers and sergeants were awarded Order of Glory


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Zakarpattia regional gov article". 2012-05-30. Retrieved 2012-06-07. 
  2. (Ukrainian) In a night battle in the Luhansk region killed 15 soldiers, the fate of another 13 unknown, Ukrayinska Pravda (18 June 2014)
  3. "List of full names of the Ukrainian Military unit". 2006-06-23. Retrieved 2012-06-07. 
  4. "128-I Turkestan Krasnoznamennaya Guards Rifle Division". Retrieved 2012-06-07. 
  5. А. Г. Ленский, Сухопутные силы РККА в предвоенные годы. Справочник. — Санкт-Петербург Б&К, 2000
  6., Central Asia Military District, 22 June 1941, accessed October 2011
  7. BSSA via
  8. "Легендарные части нашей Армии: 128-я Мукачевская горно-пехотная бригада" (in Ukrainian). 
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 "MoD news article". Archived from the original on 2009-09-03. Retrieved 2009-08-28. 
  10. Holm, Michael. "128th Guards Motorised Rifle Division". 
  11. "Про присвоєння військових звань | від 31.12.1992 № 642/92". 
  13. 128th Mechanized Brigade (Ukraine) at WebCite
  14. John Pike. "Ground Forces – Ukraine". Retrieved 2012-06-07. 
  15. "Про присвоєння військових звань| вiд 31.12.1992 № 642/92". 1992-12-31. Retrieved 2012-06-07. 
  16. "Новини Управління Прес-служби МО". Retrieved 2012-06-07. 
  17. "— Мукачево: "Прощавай, зброє!" — горячие новости". Retrieved 2012-06-07. 
  18. "Про присвоєння почесного найменування "Закарпатська" 12...| вiд 10.01.2000 № 11/2000". 2000-10-30. Retrieved 2012-06-07. 

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