Three Airborne Forces units awarded Guards status for “unknown accomplishments”

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Three Airborne Forces units awarded Guards status for “unknown accomplishments”

Translated from Russian by J.Hawk

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree awarding
Guards status to three military formations: the 11th and 83rd
Separate Assault Landing Brigades of the Airborne Forces, and the 38th
Separate Signals Regiment.

“For mass heroism and bravery, tenacity and courage,
displayed by the troops of the brigade during combat operations in the defense
of the Motherland and its national interests under conditions of an armed
conflict, and in recognition of their contributions during peace time, I
resolve: to award the 83rd Separate Assault Landing Brigade the
honorific “Guards,” which will heretofore be referred to as the 83rd  Guards Separate Assault-Landing Brigade,”
reads the decree’s text. Similar decrees were issued for the 11th
Brigade and the 38th Regiment.

The decrees do not reveal the locations and dates of combat
operations which earned these units the Guards status. There are no open-source
accounts about the participation of these units in combat operations in which
they could display mass heroism. It is known that the 83rd Brigade
took part in the First Chechen Campaign of 1994-1996. The 38th
Regiment participated in both Chechen campaigns. There have been no announcements
of these units’ participation in combat operations since the end of the Chechna
counter-terrorism operation.

J.Hawk’s Comment: These are almost certainly the “little
green men” of Crimea fame, who were air- and helicopter-lifted into Crimea to
join the Naval Infantry units already there. Note that the decree does not say
they participated in an armed conflict, but rather performed operations “under
conditions of an armed conflict”, which the intervention in Crimea most
certainly was. They carried live ammunition with them, and there was no telling
what the final outcome of confronting 20 thousand-strong UAF force would be.
The signals regiment’s role was to maintain secure communications during the
planning and implementation of the operation in such a way as to avoid tipping
of NATO as to what was coming—no mean feat under the conditions of ubiquitous
NSA snooping.

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