Pro-Ukraine Russian Volunteer Corps in Grayvoron, Russia

This unit is fighting on behalf of Ukraine in Grayvorod, Russia. Their stated general goal is to foster a spirit of armed resistance in Russia. More specifically, they aim to divert and tie down Russian assets from being used against the Ukrainian offensive.


Although these aims may seem reminiscent of the resistance cells of the Second World War, this unit seems to have more in common with a Free French or Polish Army of yesteryear, as they are quite mechanized and, as this video shows, not shy about utilizing those assets. APCs, tanks, drones and even helicopters feature in the footage. A Russian Volunteer is seen re-designating a captured vehicle at 01:48, giving an indication of at least one source of supply.


As has been the case with other Ukrainian/pro-Kyiv units, the Russian Volunteer Corps has something of a mixed reputation. Allegations and interpretations of their intentions abound, from explicit support of Ukraine to the general dismantling of Russia as a nation, back down to its individual ethnic groups. Whether they are entirely pro-Ukraine or “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” remains to be foreseen, but for the moment they are a very noticeable thorn in Russia’s side, especially before Ukraine’s looming offensive.

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Cole Simms

Cole Simms is an Air Guardsman, NASA enthusiast, police officer, and security contractor with particular experience in austere environments. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Stop The Bleed instructor for area schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and blends his knowledge and experience to write analysis for Funker530.

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This unit is fighting on behalf of Ukraine in Grayvorod, Russia. Their stated general goal is to foster a spirit of armed resistance in Russia. More specifically, they aim to divert and tie down Russian assets from being used against the Ukrainian offensive.


Although these aims may seem reminiscent of the resistance cells of the Second World War, this unit seems to have more in common with a Free French or Polish Army of yesteryear, as they are quite mechanized and, as this video shows, not shy about utilizing those assets. APCs, tanks, drones and even helicopters feature in the footage. A Russian Volunteer is seen re-designating a captured vehicle at 01:48, giving an indication of at least one source of supply.


As has been the case with other Ukrainian/pro-Kyiv units, the Russian Volunteer Corps has something of a mixed reputation. Allegations and interpretations of their intentions abound, from explicit support of Ukraine to the general dismantling of Russia as a nation, back down to its individual ethnic groups. Whether they are entirely pro-Ukraine or “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” remains to be foreseen, but for the moment they are a very noticeable thorn in Russia’s side, especially before Ukraine’s looming offensive.

About the Author

Author's Photo

Cole Simms

Cole Simms is an Air Guardsman, NASA enthusiast, police officer, and security contractor with particular experience in austere environments. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Stop The Bleed instructor for area schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and blends his knowledge and experience to write analysis for Funker530.

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