In the top-secret Ukrainian commando unit that rivals Russia’s military power
WHILE Ukraine is busy ironing out the details of its planned spring offensive, the world has been given a rare glimpse of a top-secret commando unit crushing Russia’s military might.
The elite frontier force, known as the DOZOR unit, is made up of the country’s cream of the crop, specializing in clandestine missions.
Top performers form the formidable squad by recruiting the best men from their militarized State Border Patrol Service.
And some superhuman civilians who pass the grueling entry tests that test your fitness, strength and dexterity make it, too.
Officially designated the 10th Mobile Border Detachment, the DOZOR unit patrols Ukraine’s sprawling borders and conducts covert operations.
President Zelenksy’s safety is said to be their top responsibility as he embarks on trips away from Kiev, fearing the Kremlin has put a target on his back.
The squad are assigned high-level duties by the State Border Service that usually require a ruthless armed response, the Daily Mail reports.
The resilient troops were instrumental in repelling the Russian advance but have snubbed public glory for reasons of privacy.
But now bombastic footage of the top-secret squad has surfaced on the internet, offering a glimpse of their efforts to overthrow Vladimir Putin’s seedy invasion.
Established in 2002, the DOZOR unit makes up a fraction of Ukraine’s nearly 53,000-strong Border Force, which includes 45,000 military personnel.
The unit rarely checks travel documents, as they are instead busy fending off Russian invaders.
A dramatic video showing their skills on land, sea and air has now been shared online to celebrate the 22nd anniversary of the unit’s founding on April 5.
Documenting their incredible skills and terrifying arsenal of weapons, DOZOR Special Forces proved why they were put on a pedestal.
It has captured some of their extraordinary exploits in military vehicles, on foot – and on the front lines.
It is assumed that soldiers are trained to fight on various terrains, including underwater, as well as in complete darkness.
The clip showed the commando unit conducting training exercises using night vision goggles, laser sights, helicopters and boats.
One squaddie was seen smashing into a car window while another spectacularly fired a rifle underwater.
DOZOR troops are rumored to have been supported and even trained by the US before Russia launched the full-scale invasion.
They reportedly received hoards of donations of tactical equipment, as well as a maritime patrol boat, according to risk intelligence firm Sibylline.
The company says Ukraine’s armed forces played a crucial role in preventing people smuggling across the border after human trafficking had boomed since the start of the war.
“As such, they are likely to play a key role in preventing organized crime groups from smuggling military-age men out of Ukraine to evade conscription,” they said.
“Given the attritional nature of the fighting in the East and the growing need for manpower, these operations will likely remain of increasing importance as conscription avoidance remains an enduring problem.”
The DOZOR unit last launched a recruitment campaign in 2018 to bolster Ukraine’s defenses – particularly along the eastern border with Russia.
Details of their operations are a state secret, but some clips posted online show the unit taking part in the bloody battle for Bakhmut.
The elite special forces are said to have held out for three hours in the crumbling city before being forced to retreat.
It is believed Ukraine will rely on DOZOR troops to bolster its defenses as the devastating war rages on.
They apparently fared better on the battlefield than Putin’s Spetsnaz forces, which suffered a staggering 95 percent casualty rate.
The no-nonsense soldiers are known for their ruthlessness but have been dramatically shaken by the embarrassing leak.
The troops, undergoing around four years of rigorous training, reportedly suffered “significant casualties” after being roped up in support of infantry soldiers.
It’s a major blow to Moscow, as US officials say it could take up to a decade to replenish the depleted special forces squad.