The nine new brigades for the spring offensive – artillery

In the classified Joint Staff briefing slides, there was a listing of the ready status as of 28 February for nine new Ukrainian brigades. One of those was a reserve brigade that existed (at least on paper) when the war started. The other eight were new brigades. They are:

  1. 116th MBde (new unit),
  2. 47th MBde (new unit),
  3. 33rd Bde (reserve unit, mechanized?),
  4. 21st Bde (new unit, mechanized?),
  5. 32nd Bde (new unit, mechanized?),
  6. 37th Bde (new unit, mechanized? Not listed on,
  7. 118th MBde (new unit),
  8. 117th Bde (new unit, mechanized?),
  9. 82nd Air Assault Bde (new unit).

The charts do list the equipment being prepared for them. To summarize:


116th MBde: 30 tanks (T-64 and ???), 90 IFVs (BMP) and 12 AS-90 (GBR 155mm SP Artillery) and 10 2S1 (UKR 122mm SP Artillery).

47th MBde: 28 tanks (T-55S), 99 IFVs (M-2 Bradley) and 12 M-109s (U.S. 155mm SP Artillery) and 12 D-30 (UKR 122mm Towed)

33rd Bde: 32 tanks (Leopard II), 90 MRAPs (MaxxPro) and 12 M-119 (U.S. 105mm Towed) 

21st Bde: 30 tanks (T-64), 101 AFVs, (20 CVRTs, 51 MRAPs, 30 APCs) and 10 FH-70 (???and ITA 155mm Towed) 

32nd Bde: 30 tanks (T-72 and ???), 90 MRAPS (MaxxPro) and 12 D-30 (EST 122mm Towed)  

37th Bde: 30 tanks (AMX-10 and ???), 70 MRAPs and 12 D-30 (EST 122mm Towed) 

118th MBde:  28 tanks (T-72s), 90 APCs (M-113) and 8 FH-70 (EST 155mm Towed).

117th Bde: 31 tanks (PT-91s), 58 APCs, 10 MRAPs and 12 D-30 (EST 122mm Towed) and 4 AS-90 (GBR 155mm SP Artillery)

82nd Air Assault Bde: 14 tanks (Challenger), 90 APCs (Stryker) and 24 M-119 (U.S. 105mm Towed)


The charts show the vehicle type and in parentheses the country they are from. Tanks are discussed here and IFVs  The nine new brigades for the spring offensive – tanks | Mystics & Statistics (, and APCS here: The nine new brigades for the spring offensive – APCs and IFVs | Mystics & Statistics (

I am assuming that if I have these documents, then the Russian FSB also has them. I gather they are still officially classified.

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Christopher A. Lawrence
Christopher A. Lawrence

Christopher A. Lawrence is a professional historian and military analyst. He is the Executive Director and President of The Dupuy Institute, an organization dedicated to scholarly research and objective analysis of historical data related to armed conflict and the resolution of armed conflict. The Dupuy Institute provides independent, historically-based analyses of lessons learned from modern military experience.
Mr. Lawrence was the program manager for the Ardennes Campaign Simulation Data Base, the Kursk Data Base, the Modern Insurgency Spread Sheets and for a number of other smaller combat data bases. He has participated in casualty estimation studies (including estimates for Bosnia and Iraq) and studies of air campaign modeling, enemy prisoner of war capture rates, medium weight armor, urban warfare, situational awareness, counterinsurgency and other subjects for the U.S. Army, the Defense Department, the Joint Staff and the U.S. Air Force. He has also directed a number of studies related to the military impact of banning antipersonnel mines for the Joint Staff, Los Alamos National Laboratories and the Vietnam Veterans of American Foundation.
His published works include papers and monographs for the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment and the Vietnam Veterans of American Foundation, in addition to over 40 articles written for limited-distribution newsletters and over 60 analytical reports prepared for the Defense Department. He is the author of Kursk: The Battle of Prokhorovka (Aberdeen Books, Sheridan, CO., 2015), America’s Modern Wars: Understanding Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam (Casemate Publishers, Philadelphia & Oxford, 2015), War by Numbers: Understanding Conventional Combat (Potomac Books, Lincoln, NE., 2017) , The Battle of Prokhorovka (Stackpole Books, Guilford, CT., 2019), The Battle for Kyiv (Frontline Books, Yorkshire, UK, 2023), Aces at Kursk (Air World, Yorkshire, UK, 2024), Hunting Falcon: The Story of WWI German Ace Hans-Joachim Buddecke (Air World, Yorkshire, UK, 2024) and The Siege of Mariupol (Frontline Books, Yorkshire, UK, 2024).
Mr. Lawrence lives in northern Virginia, near Washington, D.C., with his wife and son.

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