Over 67,000 women serve in Ukrainian army - Ministry of Defense

Over 67,000 women serve in Ukrainian army - Ministry of Defense

More than 67,000 women currently serve in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and most of them are military personnel.

Ukraine's Deputy Defense Minister Nataliia Kalmykova announced this in the Small Talk program, Ukrinform reports.

"Currently, we have more than 67,000 women in the Armed Forces, of which 19,000 are workers, and others are service members," Kalkmykova said.

According to her, the number of women in the army has begun to increase since 2014, and after February 24, 2022, this dynamic accelerated despite the fact that the mobilization of women in Ukraine is not carried out.

Kalmykova also noted that today women increasingly choose professions in the army that are not considered feminine by default. They show a desire to shoot, control artillery systems, drones, etc.

"In 2018, the legislation was changed, and women got the right to hold positions in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. [...] At the same time, unfortunately, we still have a problem with the promotion of women. We are currently looking for ways to resolve this issue so that women who want to build a career in the Armed Forces could have this opportunity," she added.

After Russia launched its full-scale invasion, the number of women in the Armed Forces of Ukraine increased by 40%. As of the beginning of 2024, the total number of women who worked and served in the Armed Forces of Ukraine was over 62,000, including 45,587 servicewomen.

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