Territorial Defence Chief of Staff: Most territorial defence brigades engaged in combat

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Anastasiia Kalatur – Wednesday, 18 May 2022, 06:15

In Ukraine, 25 out of 32 territorial defence brigades are engaged in combat action, either with their full complement or in part.

Source: Serhii Sobko, Territorial Defence Chief of Staff, quoted by Ukrinform

Quote from Sobko: "Fighters from territorial defence units have taken an active part in combat against the enemy since practically the first day of Russia’s full-scale aggression. Today, around 25 out of 32 territorial defence brigades are taking part in combat action either with their full complement or in part."

Details: Sobko noted that territorial defence units played a crucial part in defending and liberating Kyiv, Chernihiv, and Sumy Oblasts, and in the defence of Mariupol.

Earlier: On Monday, 16 May, a territorial defence battalion in Kharkiv Oblast pushed the Russian forces back to the Ukrainian-Russian border.

Background: Territorial defence forces are part of the Ukrainian Armed Forces; they report to and carry out the orders of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Territorial defence force units can be deployed to conduct territorial defence and carry out combat missions throughout Ukraine.