Sparta Battalion

Sparta Battalion
Батальон «Спарта»

Service sleeve insignia of the Sparta Battalion

Flag of the Sparta Battalion
Active Summer 2014 – present
Allegiance Donetsk People's Republic
Branch Army
Role Special Forces
Size about 1,000 troops
Part of United Armed Forces of Novorossiya
Garrison/HQ Donetsk
Nickname(s) Motorola's Division

War in Donbass

Arseny Pavlov
Soldiers of the Sparta Battalion during the Second Battle of Donetsk Airport

The Sparta Battalion (Russian: батальон «Спарта») is a special forces military unit of the Donetsk People's Republic which was led by the late Russian militant Arseny Pavlov ("Motorola"). The battalion took part in the Battle of Ilovaisk and Second Battle of Donetsk Airport.[1][2]


  1. "The Battle of Ilovaisk: Details of a Massacre Inside Rebel-Held Eastern Ukraine". Newsweek. 4 November 2014. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  2. "Ukraine Live Day 335: The Battle for Donetsk". The Interpreter. 18 January 2015. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
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