Festivities were held in Dnipro to mark the 25th anniversary of the first Ukrainian peacekeeping battalion
Festivities, dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the 240th separate special battalion – one of the first Ukrainian units which started performing peacekeeping operations under UN auspices, were held in the operational command “East”.
The battalion was formed in Hvardiiske settlement, Dnipro region on the basis of the 93rd Guards motorized rifle division of the Guards tank army. The best trained reconnaissance men from the military units of the 6th tank army formed the core of the 240th separate special battalion.
For seven years – from 1992 till 1999 – the servicemen from the 240th separate special battalion maintained peace in the territory of former Yugoslavia, having become a human shield between hostile sides.
Veterans and the first battalion commander Volodymyr Sydorenko honored the memory of their perished sworn brothers and laid flowers to the memorial headstone in honor of Ukrainian peacekeepers.