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Ukrainian black berets under attack

Black Berets@Ukr140324(BRUSSELS2) Russian troops attacked the 4st detachment of the Feodosia marine battalion based in Crimea in the early morning (20:1 a.m. local time), the Ukrainian Defense Ministry announced. Russian assault forces landed with two Mi-8 helicopters, while two more Mi-24 helicopters (attack helicopters) brought “ air support ».

Several injured and several dozen “prisoners”

At 6 a.m., soldiers entered the base, their weapons in hand, accompanied by armored transport vehicles, BTR type, and dropping stun grenades ". " Several Ukrainian soldiers were injured during this attack “says the press release. While " 60-80 Ukrainian black berets were captured and taken into custody in the Feodosia naval base ».

Elements… of the European battlegroup

Remember that certain units of the “black berets” form the support elements of the European battlegroup (Helbroc). We already knew that this was purely theoretical, not having the (financial) means to deploy far from European territory. This battlegroup is now partly non-operational, with certain elements missing. Reflection on the “modularity” of these groups is therefore becoming reality today, under the pressure of events

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).