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A number of Russian military units were given names of Ukrainian cities

Regiments and divisions of the Russian army now have the names of Lviv, Nizhyn and Zhytomyr cities
16:49, 2 July 2018

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The President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin has named military units of Russian army after Ukrainian cities. Such decrees on attaching honorifics were published Monday, July 2 in official state law database of the country.

The documents state that the new names were given to different units of the Russian army “with a purpose to preserve glorious military historic traditions, bringing up the military servicemen in the spirit of devotion to the Motherland and loyalty to military service.”

The 6th tank regiment of Russian army will have the name ‘Lviv Guards Tank Regiment’, the 68th tank regiment will be ‘Zhytomyr-Berlin Guards Tank Regiment’ and the 163rd tank regiment will be named ‘Nizhyn Guards Tank Regiment.’

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At the same time, a number of Russian military units received the honorifics that include names of Belarusian cities, as well as the names of Polish cities (381st Warszawa Guards Artillery Regiment).

The 400th artillery regiment got the name of Transylvania, and 933rd surface to the air-missile regiment was named after Verkhnodniprovsk city (Ukraine).

As it was reported earlier, as of the end of 2017, around 5.000 inhabitants of the occupied Crimea were drafted into the Russian Army. Criminal cases were opened on the peninsula for evading the conscription. The employees of Russian conscription offices find the young people who left Crimea for mainland Ukraine and threaten to search for them.

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