- The Russian Battle Group is essentially composed
of soldiers coming from the 2nd Parachutist Battalion.
They are stationed in four camps and four checks points
established on the roads within their area of responsibility
(AOR). The Headquarters are in Ugljevik, 30 kilometres
northeast of Tuzla, in the Multinational Division
Within its ranks are three Airborne companies, a reconnaissance
company, an engineer company, a signal company; an
NBC protection company, a support and maintenance
unit, a military police company, a command and logistics
company and an artillery detachment and a medical
team. The battalion has approximately 1,150 men and
about 50 women.
camp is established on both sides of a small river
and connected by a suspended footbridge. Buildings
already existed there, and they have only had to be
restored. The only building they made themselves is
a small wooden Orthodox chapel where the practising
soldiers could have a place for worship.
camp is different from the other SFOR camps in many
ways. The work zone is guarded and has restricted
access, and the living area doesn't have marked limits.
The local inhabitants can enter the camp.
"It is not a problem because relations with the
neighbourhood are excellent," explained Maj.
Rudenko. One can find in the camp bars run by civilians,
and a Russian field hospital as accessible to the
population as to soldiers.
daily activities vary to include guarding the checkpoints
and having some presence patrols. They also assist
with UXO destruction when returnees find some. The
practice keeps the soldiers' skill level high.
The Russian soldiers also play a lot of sports, and
every company fields its own teams. From the soldier
to Battle Group commander, everyone is on a team and
tournaments are organised regularly. Trophies from
the competitions within the Battle Group are displayed
near the Battle Flag room where the most experienced
soldier, in parade uniform, guards the unit flag 24
hours a day.
military exercises are also organised quite often.
There are three shooting exercises a week on the neighbouring
range of the Republika Srpska Army for example.
The soldiers remain in Bosnia for one year. They appreciate
this work and are appreciated a lot by the local population.
Nations of SFOR: Russia