Ukraine marks the Paratrooper's Day
16:56, 2 August 2016

Ukraine marks the Paratrooper's Day

It has been celebrated annually for decades; since 2014, Ukrainian warriors also have been honoring their comrades who perished in Donbas conflict

16:56, 2 August 2016

On August 2, Ukrainian paratroopers celebrate the Day of Highly Mobile Airborne Forces, otherwise the Paratrooper's Day. In this country, it is marked annually since 1999, under the respective presidential decree.

The airmobile forces consist of formations, units and elements of the army and the army aviation, trained for combined activities behind the enemy lines. They are supposed to perform various combat missions – engaging the enemy from the air, participating in counter-terrorist and peacekeeping operations and many more tasks that other units and means are unable to solve.   

Currently, the very service branch of Ukrainian paratroopers undergoes essential reforms – first of all, the structure of the service and its combat capabilities.  

Currently, Ukraine’s Airborne Forces structure consists of five brigades and a training centre.

For years, the airmobile forces have proved they are in constant combat readiness and are the high mobility branch of the Ukrainian military. Since the 1990s, Ukrainian paratroopers have served in peacekeeping missions to the Balkans, in Iraq, Kuwait,Lebanon, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ethiopia, Georgia and Congo.

Since 2014, Ukrainian paratroopers have been marking this date not just a their professional holiday, but also as a day of memory for their fallen comrades who perished during the ongoing armed conflict on Donbas. 

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