"Integrated unit of the 23rd special brigade was redeployed from Samara to the south in February-March 2014, so that they were "lucky" to take part in the seizure of Crimea. In May, the tactical battalion group of the Samara brigade was transferred to Oktyabrskyi district of the Rostov region, from which it conducted marching raids to the Donbas," Komakhidze states.
"To date, the unit is not observed in the Rostov region, and the majority of tactical battalion groups of the Southern and Central Military Districts were replaced by other units in late fall," Komakhidze wrote.
Russian division of the 20th special brigade from Volgograd within Rostov group of invading forces. PHOTOS
The presence of the 23rd special brigade as part of the invasion force is as well evidenced by captivity of its soldier Balobanov.