The 8th separate Special Forces brigade was established in the city of Iziaslav, Khmelnytskyi oblast, on December 15, 1962. Later, this unit has become one of the best Special Forces military units on the territory of the former USSR.
After Ukraine has proclaimed its independence, the personnel of the brigade swore allegiance to the people of Ukraine. In 2003, the 8th sep SF bde was reformed into the 8th separate Special Forces regiment, which was redeployed in the city of Khmelnytskyi.
From the beginning of the Russian aggression against Ukraine, the scouts of the regiment carry out special tasks in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) area. From then on, several warriors of the 8th sep SF rgmt were awarded the distinguished title of the Hero of Ukraine.
Despite the fact that the 8th regiment has been redeployed in another city for more than 10 years, people of Iziaslav region continue to comprehensively support it. Priests, volunteers, representatives of the local authorities, the civil organization of “The Council of Veterans of the 8th separate Special Forces brigade”, businessmen and just not indifferent citizens united to arrange, coordinate and provide aid to the Special Forces officers.
Mitred protopriest father Volodymyr Kovalchuk, rural dean of Iziaslav region of Kmelnystkyi Eparchius of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyivan Patriarchate personally provided charitable assistance to the scouts in the ATO area for many times. With the assistance of the local authorities, people organize a Festival of Christmas carols to collect money to buy necessary things for military men, who are their landsmen. Different educational establishments of the region prepare and send tens of buckets of tasty varenyky to the warriors.
For the New Year's holidays, the community of the city and the region plans to send warm clothes, food and medicine, as well as sweets to the scouts. They want the defenders felt the family warmth of their fellow countrymen.