In the course of the identification the Russian invasion forces and weapons, we found evidence of the presence of a new (not previously identified) air-defense missile unit. This unit is the 67th Air-Defense Missile Brigade (military unit No.32383, Southern Military District, Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia).
According to the available information, as well as photo materials, the anti-aircraft personnel of the 67th brigade deployed to Rostov Oblast (Russian Federation) at the Ukrainian border in August 2014. They have been to Donbas, but now back in Kuibyshevsky raion of the Rostov Oblast. The unit operates the ‘Buk-M1’ air defense systems, the estimated size of the unit is equal to a squadron.
One of the found photographs is particularly remarkable. This is the picture of the Russian servicemen posing with the sign-plate of the Ukrainian ‘Military unit А0194’ (shown above). The displayed unit sign-plate belonged to the Air Defense Military Brigade of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, located in Kamennobrodsky raion of Luhansk Oblast. This brigade also utilized ‘Buk’ missile systems. The base of unit А0194 was taken over by the separatist forces after the Ukrainian military had withdrawn in June, 2014.
It can be assumed that the service personnel of the 67th brigade were “on leave” in the occupied territories of Ukraine. The reason for their incursion to the base of the unit A0194 was probably the recording and removing of captured equipment, vehicles and weapons.
Further evidence of the 67th brigade’s involvement in the war in Ukraine comes from volunteer-activist and creator of ‘Cargo–200, From Ukraine to Russia’ website Yelena Vasiljeva. In the information she has published she recorded casualties from the 67th air-defense missile brigade in Ukraine.
A short reference: The 67th separate air-defense brigade of the 58th general army (military unit No. 32383) was based nearby Volgograd until 2012 at the military housing area No. 77. At the end of 2012 the brigade was moved to to Sputnik settlement nearby Vladikovkaz, Northern Ossetia. The brigade is equipped with ‘Buk’ air defense systems. During the Russian-Georgian war (August of 2008 and for some period thereafter) a detachment of this brigade was seen in the occupied territory of Samachablo (South Ossetia) in Georgia.