The Resistance Movement is an organized volunteer movement of patriots of Ukraine who responded to Batkivshchyna leader Yulia Tymoshenko’s call to defend Ukraine’s borders from the Russian aggressor.

The Resistance Movement assists the army in defending Ukraine’s territorial integrity.  The army was severely weakened under the presidency of Viktor Yanukovych.

Yulia Tymoshenko announced the creation of the Resistance Movement on April 30, 2014 and by mid-May nearly 20,000 patriots from across Ukraine had signed up.

In May 2014 the 34th territorial battalion “Batkivshchyna” was created in the Kirovohrad oblast. Its 421 members vary in age and most have professional combat and peacekeeping experience in various countries of the world. The Batkivshchyna battalion underwent a two-month training and is now fighting pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine.

Another battalion – Resistance Movement – is finilizing its training and its 644 fighters are ready for combat.

The Resistance Movement volunteer battalions operate in accordance with Ukrainian law and are territorial defense batallions of Armed Forces of Ukraine.

“I believe in this volunteer army. I believe that it will help defend Ukraine. We have to focus on our defense and all the resources and capacity of our country. We have to defend our borders,” Yulia Tymoshenko said.



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Yulia Tymoshenko provides support to Batkivshchyna battalion

17:31 02.10.2015

Yulia Tymoshenko has given the soldiers of the “Batkivshchyna” 57th Mechanized Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine blessed icons


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21:40 16.02.2015

Volunteers and business in the Kirovohrad region have repaired six armored reconnaissance and patrol vehicles that were damaged in fighting in eastern Ukraine


Batkivshchyna Battalion loses another soldier

15:30 12.01.2015

Andriy Sokolenko of the 34th Battalion “Batkivshchyna” died in hospital on Jan. 9 from injuries sustained four months ago


Being a soldier means living eternally

21:40 09.01.2015

The 34th Battalion “Batkivshchyna” has released the names of its Heavenly Platoon


Batkivshchyna battalion has first rotation

20:09 29.12.2014

The 34th battalion “Batkivshchyna” is having its first planned rotation after nearly six months on the frontlines of the military operation in eastern Ukraine


Batkivshchyna soldiers: the children’s support keeps up going

11:24 16.12.2014

We are proud that Ukrainians raised such children. You are our country's future. You are our pride and joy


Ukrainian diaspora supports Batkivshchyna battalion

15:59 12.12.2014

The volunteer soldiers received warm sweaters and radios from Ukrainians living in Madrid


Three Batkivshchyna soldiers injured near Dzerzhynsk

11:01 04.12.2014

Around 2 am on Dec. 2 armed separatists attacked the positions of the Batkivshchyna battalion near Dzerzhynsk