|“|| Stalker! Come out! With your hands up in the air!|
Ukrainian Soldiers are the regular military task force that are doing their tours of duty in the Zone. They are mostly patrolling the roads, securing areas such as their base and making sure they gun down any stalker in their sight. Grunts consist of Experienced and Rookie ranks, and are usually led by the Spetsnaz or any other higher ranked soldier. Grunts are mostly equipped with AKM-74/2 and AKM-74/2U assault rifles and they're wearing a regular soldier uniform that provides the same protection as the leather jacket. As Private Kyzyakin once said: "The Officers and Commanders are sending grunts to fill up every gap in the Zone, that is highly dangerous and make the KIA stats a higher number."
Shadow of ChernobylEdit
In the events of Shadow of Chernobyl, the first time you see a grunt is in the Cordon. They are patrolling the road leading to the Rookie Camp and are securing the outpost. Through the game the player will also encounter them in the Agroprom during the mission of saving Mole and his group.
During the events of Clear Sky, the soldiers' HQ appears in the same location in Cordon. During Clear Sky, grunts usually make a lot of raids on Loner outposts such as the railway bridge. At the beginning of Clear Sky soldiers were tasked to capture outposts from Loners in order to free Major Khaletskiy. They sent Grunt squads to the key points to advance a further raid on the northern farm.
- In Shadow of Chernobyl, Major Kuznetsov's grunts have their own bio pics and models that seem to be deleted from the original Grunt model list.
- Grunts sometimes have one of the experienced soldiers wearing a balaclava on his head. That NPC usually spawns at the Dark Valley during the Military raid on the Bandits.
- Soldiers in Clear Sky have the same npc model. In Clear Sky, Grunts can only be seen in the Cordon location.