Ukrainian Women-in-Arms: Ukrainian women can now serve in military combat roles

17:28 Jul. 16, 2016

Ukrainian women can now serve in military combat roles

Photo source: UNIAN

Scouts, snipers, armoured vehicle commanders – defence ministry announces list of combat positions for female soldiers

Ukraine's Defence Ministry has changed the rules prohibiting female contract soldiers to serve in army battle units.

According to the Ministry's press service, "if previously women could only serve as war medics, operators, cooks, accountants, now this list is increased by 100 new jobs."

Read also Removing barriers to women in the Ukrainian armed forces

After the Ministry's decision, servicewomen can now be appointed as military vehicle commanders, machine gunners, mortar commanders, scouts, or snipers.

Watch also Women Warriors: supporting the war effort in eastern Ukraine and fighting for equality

The press service adds women willing to take combat positions will undergo strict selection process. Their physical fitness and ability to withstand psychological pressure in combat will be examined.

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