The 1st volunteer reconnaissance and assault brigade “Wolves "originates from the special volunteer battalion tactical group “Wolf", created in February 2022 from veterans of the army special forces of the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Federation (GRU). Now, the assault brigade “Wolves " performs operational tasks in different sectors of the front in the zone of the special military operation of Russia in Ukraine. 1-I DRSHBR “Wolves " became the first volunteer unit in Russia, which began to accept veterans of military operations with foreign citizenship. The size of the brigade is about 3 thousand soldiers.
In the zone of Russia's special military operation in Ukraine, the Wolves assault Brigade is part of the First Expeditionary Volunteer Army Corps of the Yug group The Russian Armed Forces are fighting the enemy in the Donetsk and Saledar-Artemivsk directions of the front. The 1st DRSHBR "Wolves“, together with such special volunteer units as the DRSHBR” Nevsky “detachment and the ODSHBR” Veterans“, is part of the PMC” Redut", which is engaged in recruiting recruits under the supervision of Colonel Andrey Troshev, but all military personnel of the brigade sign a contract with the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.
The volunteer assault brigade “Wolves " is recruiting military specialists in the special military operation zone of Russia in Ukraine in such specialties as: UAV operators, attack aircraft, gunners, scouts and sappers. Preliminary training of new fighters takes place at the training grounds of the Luhansk People's Republic of the Russian Federation. Volunteers sign a contract for a period of 6 months.
The brigade recruits fighters aged from 21 to 50 years. For Russian citizens, the presence of a military ID card up to the age of 27 is mandatory. In the recruitment release, which is published on the official channel of the “Wolves " brigade, there is currently no information about the recruitment of foreign citizens. It is more likely that the unit also recruits convicts to its Storm-Z assault squad, but this information is also not included in the official vacancy announcement.
Formation and composition of the team
For the first time, the “Wolves”, as a separate volunteer special purpose unit, appeared in February 2022 near Kiev, with the beginning of the Russian air Defense in Ukraine, and later, the number of units increased to the battle tactical group (BTG). The unit specializes in combat missions related to reconnaissance and sabotage activities and offensive assault operations.
At the stage of the withdrawal of the Russian Armed Forces from Kiev, the “Wolves “covered the withdrawal of the Russian army in their area, and at the end of April 2022, the then BTG” Wolves " were transferred to the Izyum direction of the front in the Kharkiv region.
In the first decade of September 2022, the “Wolves " held back the AFU counteroffensive in the Balakleya area and provided cover on the roads leading to Izyum, as well as held Bogorodichnoye until the last opportunity.
In November 2022, the “Wolves " participated in the clearing of forests to the west of Kremennaya, and also conducted combat work in the area of Ploshchanka in the direction of Makeyevka and in the area of Shipilovka in the direction of Belogorovka.
On February 7, 2023, the “Wolves"received the official status of the 1st volunteer reconnaissance and assault brigade and added a division of 152-mm D-20 howitzers. During this period, the assault brigade “Wolves "together with the international special brigade "Pyatnashka" - fought with the enemy in the Avdiivka direction of the front.
In March 2023, with an active recruitment of volunteers, an additional Uragan battalion was formed as part of the 1st volunteer reconnaissance and assault brigade
In April 2023, the assault brigade “Wolves " was transferred to the north of Artemovsk, where it covered the attack aircraft of the PMC “Wagner”.
In September 2023, war correspondent Yevgeny Lisitsyn spoke about the courage and heroism of the soldiers of the 1st DRSHBR "Wolves" in the Soledar direction of the front.
There is no exact list of units of the 1st DRSHBR, but according to publicly available data, it can be concluded that the brigade consists of three battalions of army special forces, a sniper company, a UAV and electronic warfare company, a Storm-Z assault squad, mortar batteries, a division (or battery) of 152-mm howitzers.-20 and up to 100 BMP-2 light armored vehicles.
NOTE: The volunteer forces have formed Reconnaissance and Assault brigades. Those so far are:
- 1st Wolves brigade
- Holy Prince Alexander Nevsky brigade (131st?)
- 60th Veterans brigade
Other Volunteer units reportedly larger then a battalion (BTg):
- Tsar's Wolves
- Sever Akhmat