Definition of Spetsnaz
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Spetsnaz abbreviation for Войска специального назначения, tr. Voyska spetsialnogo naznacheniya, is an umbrella term for special forces in Russian and is used in numerous post Soviet states. Historically, the term referred to special military units controlled by the military intelligence service GRU (Spetsnaz GRU). It also describes special purpose units, or task forces of other ministries (such as the Ministry of Emergency Situations' special rescue unit) in post-Soviet countries. As Spetsnaz is a Russian term it is typically associated with the Special Forces units of Russia, however other nations often refer to their special forces by the term as well. The 5th Spetsnaz Brigade of Belarus or the Alpha group of the Security Service of Ukraine are both examples of non Russian Spetsnaz forces.
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