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About 17,000 Female Soldiers Serve In Ukrainian Armed Forces

At present there are 17,000 women in the Ukrainian Armed Forces. This is about 8.5% of a general number of armed forces personnel, according to the Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze. Another 33,000 are working at positions of civil servants and employees of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. More than 1,500 were performing tasks in the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Zone.

“At present there are 17,000 women in the Ukrainian Armed Forces, this is about 8.5% of a general number of the personnel,” she said.

She also said that due to military actions in eastern Ukraine, 1,300 women joined the Ukrainian army, what shows women’s readiness for military service.

According to revolutionary amendments on the Decree of the Ministry of Defense #337, women will be able to hold positions of snipers, intelligence officers, and commanders of military hardware. This is way more compared to the previous list of positions for women in the Ukrainian army, according to which they could only work officially as nurses, secretaries, accountants, seamstresses, and cooks (

However, women’s tasks in the Ukrainian Army were never limited by this list. Quite often they performed the same duties as men but did not receive the same rights and state support, including when they come back from war. Also, Ukrainian women face a number of obstacles to entering the army as volunteers. Which means that those who succeed are highly motivated to serve for Ukraine. Sometimes their motivation is much higher than men’s.

You can read news in English on official website of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine.

Cover photo: A screenshot from the Ukrainian documentary Women Of War