Six thousand women took part in the military operation in the Donbass on the side of the Ukrainian security forces, Ukraine's Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said on Wednesday.
"6 thousand women passed through the furnace of hostilities (in Donbass - ed.), 107 of them were awarded state awards, about 3 thousand were awarded with the honors of the Defense Minister and the Chief of the General Staff. Unfortunately, three women were killed," Poltorak said during the Ukrainian Women's Congress.
According to him, 55.6 thousand women serve in the armed forces of Ukraine or work under the Ministry of Defense of the country - this is 20% of all active Ukrainian military. He noted that women in the Ukrainian army, occupied military posts as well. Some were called on to mobilize, others went to the Donbass voluntarily.
The head of the Defense Ministry said that today in the country there were no obstacles for women in training military affairs or promotion. At the same time, Poltorak believes that it is still necessary to expand their capabilities in the military sphere.
"A woman in the army is the success of the future armed forces of Ukraine," the minister added.
DONi News Agency