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The word sotnia or sotnya (Ukrainian and Russian: сотня; Serbo-Croatian: satnija), is a term meaning “hundred”. It was commonly used in a military context originating from the Slavic group. It is also a territorial subdivision used in Ukraine during the Cossack. Sotnia used in this context can be referred to as a military unit ranging from 100-to 150 persons.

Sotnia deriving back to 1948, has been used in a variety of contexts in both Ukraine and Russia to this day. It is a helpful word to create short names for groups including the Nebesna Sotnia and Terek Wolf Sotnia, stating that these groups do include 100-150 persons.

The military unit analog and most meaningful translation for the English-speaking world would be: a company.[1]

It’s significance can be notice its nationalist impact within the 16th-18th century Cossacks Ukrainian People’s Republic, Ukrainian National Army, and during Euromaidan.[2]

Sotnia can also be referred to as half-sotnia which is a more diminutive unit of people. This is ranged from 50 persons.

In Russian history, sotnya was also a unit of some other (civil) organizations, see Сотня.



As a unit of the Cossack regiments, it is known from the earliest records of the Zaporizhian Sich,

During the Cossack service in the Imperial Russian Armies the typical regiment had five sotnias or squadrons. The term was used in the context of Cossack foot or cavalry regiments. The unit term was retained until the establishment of Soviet Union in 1922 and termination of the Ukrainian People's Republic and Free Don Cossack Oblast.

Established by the cossacks the word Kurin was being associated in their military dictionary. By the Second World War the word burin was commonly used alongside Sotnia. It was a term referring to the basic combat unit of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), the world Kurin means a village. These villages were equivalent to a battalion around four to eight hundred member each divided into three to four sotnias.

Cossacks: Don Cossacks

1906 Russia faced eighteen months of revolutionary turmoil. The Cossacks played a large role in becoming one of the most feared defenders. Discontent steadily merged late that summer, causing an increase in unrest for workers and peasants within the Russian Empire. Between May and August, fifteen Don Cossacks units mutinied.

Cossacks of the second Sotnia carried out a large group of numbers in meetings to avoid dispersing the mob. Several meetings were made and a report was made listing other incidents of the same regiment. Concluding that all the Cossacks of the Taganrog have been seen as unreliable.

Cosscaks started an internal police service. They depicted themselves a heroic warriors and defender of the fatherland. The group carried out many terroristic operations. Cossacks would break up in smaller units, referring to half-sotnias. They used campaigns that were unparalleled in its brutality and scope, the morale of the cossacks became to decrease.[3]

Sotnia Cavalry

In the mid 1980s, Russia. Germany. Austria and France worked together to create peace, with 1,772 squadrons and sotnias of Cavalry. They increased the numbers higher. A large amount of numbers of cavalry, became the most expensive if all arms, and the weighty on the badgers of each country. Sotnia Calvary can also be referred to animals the soldiers who rode horseback, in a military contexts. [4]

Not commonly used in modern day lives.

Ukrainian National Army

In the Ukrainian National Army (fighting as part of the armed forces of Nazi Germany at the end of World War II), each sotnia contained three or four chotas (singular chotа, lit. transl. count – transl.platoons)[5] and each chota comprised three riys (singular riy [Ukrainian], literally "a swarm"; a section or reinforced squad of 10 to 12 men). Every riy usually had one light machine gun, two or three other special weapons, and at least seven assault rifles.

Nebesna Sotnia (Heavenly Hundred)

Seven years ago Russia launched a military invasion into Ukraine wounding countless civilians and 20,00 deaths in the country. In memory of the Ukrainian heroes became known as the “Heavenly Hundred”. This term is translated to Nebensa Sotnia. Nebensa defined as heavenly can link to the meaning of Heaven or God. Sotnia defined as hundreds refer back to the military units established by Cossacks. Heavenly Hundred can be understood as the “legion of those who went to heaven” or “the legion of those who went to God”.[6]

Nebesna Sotnia memorial in Velyka Mykhailivka 1
Nebesna Sotnia memorial in Velyka Mykhailivka 1

Fall of 2013, Ukraine marked the day 20 February around the world, the Day of Commermoration of the Heros of the Heavenly Hundreded translated to Nebesna Sotnia. Ukrainians protested on the streets against the corrupt authoritarian regime of Victor Yanukovych, who was the former president. This was a movement that soon became names as the Revolution of Dignity. Ukrainians in all cities and town came together to ruse up in defence of their inalienable rights. Wanting a new rule of law and democracy for the country/ Demanding the government to produce them with both dignity and human rights that they all deserve [7]

Throughout the years, everyone from around the world are reminded of the prinicples and values which the Ukrainians had to pay for and continue to pay with their own lives, dignity, democracy,equality and rule of the law. The Revolution of Dignity, has become a turning point in modern Ukraine history, it has now become recognised throughout the world as expression of the ideal of national freedom.[8]

Zhinocha Sotnia (Women's Squad)

Between 2013 and 2014 Ukrainian women and males were able to both equally participate at Maidan square protesting for their rights. However, women were excluded from the more violent activities where their contributions became largely unknowable. By 2014, Nadia Parfan organised and created a “Night of Women’s Solidarity” leading a group of feminists to Kyiv’s Maidan Square[9]. Dissatfication grew amongst the women protest and the continued exclusion for the Maiden square grew a new phenomenon known as the “Women's Squad” (Zhinocha Sotnia), an all-women self-defense brigade. The translation is “Women's Hundred”, this use of “hundred” is referred to a common grouping of soldiers into squads of hundred.

Women would protest feminist initiatives and discussions about their role in Ukraine’s past and future, which explored both nationalism and mililtiarian contexts. The Maidan created a place where women were able to protest and be herd in an public space. Provided Ukraine’s feminists with brand new opportunities to articulate divergent and familiar outlooks on women's lives through activism, social change and national sovereignty.[10]

Terek Wolf Sotnia

Rusian monarchism and nationalism in the last twenty-five years has been increasing. By 2014, April, Russian Special Forces were operating in Ukraine to destabilise the country. These were known as the Terek Wolf Sotnia, is a group of members who have been identified as mysterious and ideologically questionable. Their profiles can be identified seen as V shape insignia of black green and red tricolor. Including ahead of a wolf in front. The disguise men appear to be Russian citizens however other claim to be natives of Crimea or from Eastern Ukraine. These men all share similar commonalities claiming to be Fascist and ultra-nationalist, claiming to defend Eastern Ukraine from Fascist  operating in the Ukraine.[11]

Tikhon karetniy is a Russian member of the Belorechensk Cossack community. Photos were posted to the community showing his involvement in the seizures in Solviansk also known as the “Terek Wolf Sotnia”. [12]


  1. ^ Company (<< sotnia>> ). Encyclopedia of Ukraine.
  2. ^ Dehors, T. (2022). Letters from Ukraine. Retrieved from \}
  3. ^ Shane O’Rourke, “The Don Cossacks during the 1905 Revolution: The Revolt of Ust-Medveditskaia Stanitsa” Wiley JSTORA, no.4 (1998): 584-590.
  4. ^ FOREIGN MILITARY NOTES. (1895). The Times of India (1861-Current), p. 4–.10
  5. ^ Compare the account of the subdivisions of the Ukrainian National Army units in internment in Italy: Братство українських вояків 1-ої української дивізії Української національної армії (1979). Revutskyj, Valeriyan (ed.). Rimini 1945-1947РІМІНІ 1945–1947. Перша українська дивізія Української національної армії у британському полоні в Італії: матеріали до історії дивізії [Rimini 1945-1947: Ukrainian National Army, First Ukrainian Division: in British internment in Italy] (PDF) (in Ukrainian). Vol. 2. Kyiv: Смолоскип (published 2005). p. 8. ISBN 966-8499-29-8. Retrieved 2014-10-30.
  6. ^ Wyledgala, A. Glowacka-Grajper, M. “The Burden of the Past”. MEMORY, MONUMENTS, AND THE PROJECT OF NATIONALIZATION IN UKRAINE: The Case of Chernivtsi by Karolina Koziura. Indiana University Press:2020.
  7. ^ "Honoring the heroes of the Heavenly Hundred".
  8. ^ Wyledgala, A. Glowacka-Grajper, M. “The Burden of the Past”. MEMORY, MONUMENTS, AND THE PROJECT OF NATIONALIZATION IN UKRAINE: The Case of Chernivtsi by Karolina Koziura. Indiana University Press:2020.
  9. ^ Sarah Phillips, “The Women's Squad in Ukraine's protests: Feminism, nationalism, and militarism on the Maidan” American Ethnoloigst, no.3 (2014): 415-422.
  10. ^ Sarah Phillips, “The Women's Squad in Ukraine's protests: Feminism, nationalism, and militarism on the Maidan” American Ethnoloigst, no.3 (2014): 415-422.
  11. ^ Bellingcat (2014) Who Exactly Are The Terek Wolf Sotnia?.
  12. ^ Euromaidan Press (2014). Insurgents Identified: The Green Men of VKontakte, Retrieved From
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