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The 53rd Separate Mechanized Brigade is a brigade of the Ukrainian Ground Forces. The brigade is subordinated to Operation Command East. It is deployed in Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk.
53rd Mechanized Brigade (Ukraine) Wikipedia
In 2014, the brigade was formed in the village of Nova Lyubomyrka in Rivne Oblast. The brigade includes units formed from territorial defense battalions. The brigade also includes units derived from elements of the 17th Guards Tank Brigade and the 24th Mechanized Brigade. The brigade includes three mechanized battalions, a tank battalion, artillery, two battalion tactical groups, air defense, intelligence company. The brigade's 4th Separate Mechanized Infantry Battalion is the former 14th Cherkasy Territorial Defense Battalion of the 24th Mechanized Brigade. The brigade's 5th Separate Mechanized Infantry Battalion is also a battalion formerly of the 24th Mechanized Brigade.
In February 2015, the brigade fought in the War in Donbass. On 25 May 2015, the brigade repulsed a Separatist attack. In September, the brigade was deployed in Avdiivka.
On July 23, 2016, Ukrainian Minister of Defence Stepan Poltorak announced the Deputy Commander of the brigade has been demoted and dismissed for selling arms and ammunition.