Ukrainian paratroopers to have maroon berets, new insignia

Source : 112 Ukraine

The other elements of the uniform will also change
13:05, 30 October 2017

Ukrainian Airmobile Forces in Facebook

Ukrainian paratroopers will stop wearing blue berets. Instead, they will have headdresses in maroon colors. This was stated by Ukrainian Airmobile Forces command in Facebook.  

It is reported that the maroon color of the beret was not chosen by chance.

Headgear of this color was used by the British air infantry, which was the first in the world to form a full-fledged combat separate landing division.

"Now 59 countries of the world (where airborne units are not simultaneously special forces) use dark maroon beret, in particular, 19 NATO countries. In some countries the airborne units, acting as special forces, use green berets," the message says..

It is noted that only seven countries in the world use blue for their landing units (Russia and other former Soviet Union countries). For the rest of the world, the blue beret is a symbol of international peacekeeping forces.

The landing forces commander added that the maroon color would also symbolize the color of blood shed in battles for state sovereignty, territorial integrity and freedom of Ukraine.

Ukrainian Airmobile Forces in Facebook

"Out of respect for the victories of Ukrainian paratroopers, during the current Russian-Ukrainian war, they are invited to use the beret as the only everyday and ceremonial headgear. From a soldier to an army general. Not a cap, but beret of the color of blood, shed in battles for state sovereignty, territorial integrity and freedom of Ukraine, "it is said.

Related: Paratroopers' Day in Ukraine

The command of the Airborne Forces of Ukraine noted that the changes will also affect the insignia on the berets. It is reported that they will depict a dome of a parachute, as a symbol of airborne units around the world and the wings of the Archangel Michael and the fiery sword with which he burns out the filth with a sacred fire.

It is noted that Ukrainian paratroopers will receive a new daily and parade uniform.

As it was reported earlier 467 paratroopers died since the beginning of the Anti-Terrorist Operation area in Donbas. This was announced by Commander-in-Chief of Ukraine’s Army, General Viktor Muzhenko during the celebration of Paratroopers’ Day in Dnipro region, reports Defense Ministry press service.

Congratulating the 25th Separate Dnipro Paratroop Brigade present on the parade, and personnel of all the units of Airborne Troops of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, Victor Muzhenko noted the high morale and high professionalism of paratroopers.

Related: Moment of silence for fallen paratroopers near Zaporizhya

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