Berkut (Ukraine)

Berkut (Ukraine)

Berkut ( _uk. Бе́ркут - golden eagle) is a special reaction force of Ukrainian "militsiya" (police) within the Internal Ministry (national police authority).

Berkut is the national successor of the Soviet OMON, responsible for high-risk police operations including hostage crises and riots. Berkut teams participated in many actions of Leonid Kuchma's regime against the opposition.

As of January 2008, the force consists of 2 regiments, 6 separate battalions, and 19 companies totaling 3,250 members. [uk icon [http://mvs.gov.ua/mvs/control/main/uk/publish/article/73799 МВС України ] ]

ee also

*OMON
*UBK

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