State Border Guard Service
Державна прикордонна служба
Service emblem
Service emblem
Service flag
Service flag
AbbreviationSBGS / ДПСУ
Agency overview
FormedJuly 31, 2003
Preceding agency
  • State Committee for Protection of the State Border of Ukraine
Employees~ 60 000 (2022)[1]
Jurisdictional structure
National agencyUkraine
Operations jurisdictionUkraine
General nature
Specialist jurisdiction
  • National border patrol, security, and integrity.
Operational structure
Headquarters26, Volodymyrska st, Kyiv[2]
Agency executive
  • Serhiy Deyneko[3], Head of the SBGS
Parent agencyMinistry of Internal Affairs
Child agency
Significant operations

The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine (SBGS; Ukrainian: Державна Прикордонна Служба України, romanizedDerzhavna Prykordonna Sluzhba Ukrainy; abbr. ДПСУ, DPSU) is the border guard of Ukraine. It is an independent law enforcement agency, organized by the Constitution of Ukraine as a military formation, the head of which is subordinated to the President of Ukraine.[4]

The Service was created on July 31, 2003, after the reorganization of the State Committee for Protection of the State Border. During wartime, units of the State Border Guard Service fall under the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The State Border Guard Service includes the Ukrainian Sea Guard, which is the country's coast guard. It is also responsible for running Temporary Detention Centres, in which refugees are held.


Ukrainian border guards are the national successors of the Soviet Border Troops. They were formed from the approximately 17,000 Border Troops located in Ukraine in 1991. The organization was first titled the "Ukrainian Border Troops", which was later subordinated to the "Ukraine's State Committee for State Border Guarding".

From 1991 to at least 1993, the new borders with Russia and Belarus were not guarded; the Border Troops were only deployed along the western borders (minus Moldova) and on the Black Sea.[5] Another 9,000 personnel were added to the Border Troops at the expense of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and, by the end of 1993, border posts were established in the north along the Russian and Belarusian borders. In 1999, the authorized strength of the force was again increased to 50,000.

In 2003, new legislation was adopted, and this somewhat changed the legal status of the institution. In March 2003, the Border Troops became the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, and its status was legally changed from 'military formation' to 'special law-enforcement body.' The force was legally granted 50,000 personnel, including 8,000 civilian employees.

On 4 July 2012, a State Border Guard Service Diamond DA42 aircraft failed to make its scheduled radio contact with ground units. A Search and rescue mission revealed that the plane had crashed into a wooded mountainous area in Velykyi Bereznyi Raion, killing all 3 crew members on board. A further investigation was launched.[6]

During The War in Donbas on August 31, 2014, two Sea Guard Zhuk class patrol boats were struck by land-based artillery. In June 2, a border base in the outskirts of Luhansk was besieged by a troop of Luhansk People's Republic separatists. The Siege of the Luhansk Border Base resulted in 10 wounded Border Guards until they surrendered and withdrew.[7][8]

In 2022, during the Battle of Snake Island 13 border troops were attacked and captured by Russian warships. A unit of border guards was stationed in Mariupol and fought during the Siege of Mariupol. In 20 April, the border guards were stranded in an encircled pocket at the Mariupol sea port together with National Police of Ukraine, until they were rescued by the Azov Regiment and retreated into the Azovstal Iron and Steel Works.[9]


State Border Guard Service of Ukraine is a special enforcement branch tasked with the protection of Ukrainian state border on land, sea or any other inland water obstacle.[10] During wartime, the Border Guards units fall under the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.[11] They were the first Ukrainian units to counter Russian invasion on February 24, 2022.[12]

Mobile response units

Border detachments

Maritime Security


Volunteer Units


Directors (commanders) of the Border Guard Service (border troops):

Military ranks

Main article: Military ranks of Ukraine


Long service medal


Model Image Origin Variant Number Details
Stugna-P  Ukraine [17]
NLAW  Sweden
 United Kingdom
Several hundred Used by the Luhansk border guards.[18]
SPG-9  Soviet Union
Bulgarian made rifles are also used.[19]
BS-3  Soviet Union Reactivated after the 2022 Russian invasion.[20]
RAK-12  Croatia RAK-SA-12 [21]
ZU-23-2  Soviet Union
ZU-23-2CP Used on static positions or mounted on trucks.[22]
Armoured personnel carrier
BM Triton [uk]  Ukraine 63 [23]
Roshel Senator  Canada Used by the Chernihiv border guards.[24]
M113  United States 50 Purchased by the Ukrainian Ministry of Energy and energy sector companies.[25]
Kozak  Ukraine Kozak-2 17 [26]
KRAZ Cougar  Canada
3+ [27]
Alvis 4[28]  South Africa
 United Kingdom
7 Donated by Estonia.[29]
Logistics and utility vehicles
Ural-4320  Soviet Union Medium truck [30]
ZiL-131 Medium truck [30]
GAZ-66 Medium truck (2 tonnes) [30]
KamAZ-5320 Heavy truck (8 tonnes) [30]
KamAZ-4310 Heavy truck (6 tonnes) [30]
KAMAZ-43114  Russia Heavy truck (6 tonnes) Purchased prior to the Russo-Ukrainian war.[30]
KrAZ-257  Soviet Union Heavy truck (12 tonnes) [30]
KrAZ-255B Heavy truck (12 tonnes) [30]
KrAZ-260 Heavy truck [30]
KrAZ-6322  Ukraine Heavy truck [30]
KrAZ-6510 Dump truck [30]
KrAZ-5233 Heavy truck (6 tonnes) [30]
IVECO Trakker  Italy Dump truck Donated by Germany.[31]
Mercedes Benz Unimog  Germany Truck Donated by Germany.[31]
UAZ-3163  Russia Off-road vehicle [32]
Land Rover Defender  UK Off-road vehicle 55[33][34]
Volkswagen Amarok  Germany Off-road vehicle 20[35]
Toyota Land Cruiser 200  Japan Off-road vehicle 20[36]
Dacia Duster  France
Off-road vehicle 10[37]
UAZ-3303  Russia Off-road vehicle [38]
Mitsubishi L200  Japan Off-road vehicle 40 Donated by the US in 2021.[39]
UAZ-3962  Russia [40]
Volkswagen Transporter  Germany Bus 10[37][41]
Ford Transit  USA Bus 10[42]
Bogdan A092  Ukraine Bus [43]
ЛАЗ-695  Soviet Union Bus [44][45]
Rosenbauer Panther  Austria Airport crash tender 2 Donated by Germany.[46]
Other vehicles
Bombardier Outlander 400 MAX  Canada 100[47]
Polaris 600 IQ Touring  Canada 50[48]
Caterpillar 336-08  United States 1 Donated by Germany.[31]
Antonov An-8  Soviet Union Used by the Sea Guard.[28]
Antonov An-24  Soviet Union Used by the Sea Guard.[28]
Antonov An-26  Soviet Union Used by the Sea Guard.[28]
Antonov An-72  Soviet Union Used by the Sea Guard.[28]


Robed woman, seated, with sword on her lap
The State Border Guard Service's headquarters in Kyiv
Robed woman, seated, with sword on her lap
Border Guards at the Belarus–Ukraine border, 2021.
Robed woman, seated, with sword on her lap
State Border Guard armored vehicle
Robed woman, seated, with sword on her lap
Ukrainian Border Guard post in Kyiv Oblast shelled by Russian missiles in the first day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, 24 February 2022.

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