Russia deploying air assault division "Pskov paratroopers" to occupied Crimea

Crimean Tatars
Canan Kevser
06 April 2021, 12:20
Canan Kevser
06 April 2021, 12:20

Russia is deploying the units of the 76th Guards Air Assault Division, commonly known as the Pskov paratroopers, to the occupied Crimea, according to an open-source intelligence group Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT).

On April 4, a video was posted on TikTok social media platform showing a railway flatcar carrying Nona-S self-propelled artillery, hardware in service with Russia's Air Assault Forces.

After verifying the flatcar's registration number using the Gdevagon online service, the investigators established that it follows from the Cheryokha station in Pskov region, bound to the Simferopol-cargo station.

"Military unit 07264, 76th Guards Air Assault Division, whose fighters are known as 'Pskov paratroopers' is mentioned as cargo shipper and cargo recipient. The 104th Guards Air Assault Regiment, which is part of the division, is stationed exactly in the village of Cheryokha, from where the train in the video departed. Certain details, for example, a stack of round timber by the tracks, allows assuming that the video was shot at the Cheryokha station, during train loading," the report says.

Pskov paratroopers of 76th Guards Air Assault Division were known for fighting under the control of Russia during the conflicts in Donbas and Checenstan.

As reported earlier, the Russian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG), which initiated to resolve the Donbas issue, did not agree to continue the ceasefire that expired on April 1.