21st Guards Motor Rifle Brigade

21st Guards Motor Rifle Brigade
Russian: 21-я отдельная гвардейская Краснознаменная Омско-Новобугская ордена Богдана Хмельницкого мотострелковая бригада
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21st Guards Motor Rifle Brigade shoulder sleeve insignia
Active 2009–present
Country  Russia
Branch Great emblem of the Russian Ground Forces.svg Russian Ground Forces
Type Motorized Infantry
Size Brigade
Garrison/HQ Totskoye, Orenburg Oblast
MUN 12128
Engagements War in Donbass
Battle of Ilovaisk

The 21st Guards Motor Rifle Brigade is a formation of the Russian Ground Forces. It was formed on 1 June 2009 from the 27th Guards Motor Rifle Division as a result of the 2008 Russian military reform.[1]

In 2014, the brigade was involved in the Russian military intervention in Ukraine.[2]


In August 2014 the brigade's units fought in the Battle of Ilovaisk. On 29 August, during a Ukrainian breakthrough attempt from Ilovaisk, a "northern" column of Ukrainian forces took the fight with 21st brigade's troops on a road between Voznesenka and Horbatenko villages.[3] Ukrainian T-64 tank and several BMP-2s of 51st Mechanized Brigade were able to destroy two T-72BA tanks[4][5][6] and a BMP-2[7] of the 21st Motor Rifle Brigade. Another 21st brigade's T-72BA tank was destroyed near Kumachove village, presumably by a Tochka-U missile strike of the 19th Missile Brigade.[8]

A Ukrainian Headquarters briefing held on 11 March 2015 noted the 21st Motor Rifle Brigade units are operating near Yenakiiyeve, Ukraine.[9]