Dnipro Battalion Firefight in Donetsk

Some recent footage of the Dnipro Combat Battalion on the front lines in Donetsk, Ukraine. Dnipro Battalion, also known as Dnipro-1, is a militia battalion of the patrol police of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine that is based in Dnipropetrovsk. The unit was established in April 2014 on a voluntary basis during the 2014 pro-Russian conflict in Ukraine, which initiated multiple separatist movements in the southern and eastern regions of Ukraine. Its assignments include duties at multiple checkpoints in the south-eastern part of Ukraine. The unit claims to have hired Romanian and Georgian military advisers to help with the training of troops. Before June 2014 this training was often just one week. It first operated outside Dnipropetrovsk Oblast in May 2014. The militia unit, nicknamed Kolomoyskyi’s battalion, is funded by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine and also through the charitable organization "Fund Dnipro-1". Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoyskyi (who was during the 2014 pro-Russian conflict in Ukraine also Govenor of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast) is believed to have spent $10 million to create the unit.