Amidst the looming threat of Russian attack on Ukraine, women there have taken up arms. Women belonging to different professions are getting recruited in the army to protect the country by taking short term training. They are being given training in gun handling, first aid and self-defense. Most of the women have left their work, family and children.
In view of the serious situation, the Ukrainian government has decided to induct women in the age group of 20 to 60 years. More than 30,000 women are already in the Ukrainian army.
Women have been included in the Ukrainian army since 1993, as shown earlier . During this, he has defended his country shoulder to shoulder with the men in the battlefield. At present, there are about 31 thousand women soldiers in the Ukrainian army. Of these, 1100 are also military officers. More than 13 thousand women are posted in war zones. Women account for 15% of Ukraine’s military forces.
According to a report, the number of female soldiers in Ukraine has doubled since 2014. In 2014, Russia invaded Ukraine’s Crimea and annexed it.
According to a report, the number of female soldiers in Ukraine has doubled since 2014. In 2014, Russia invaded Ukraine’s Crimea and annexed it. Even then, the women soldiers of the country fought the Russian army fiercely. At that time more than 14,000 Ukrainian soldiers and civilians were killed in the Russian attack. A large number of women were also involved in this.
Russia-backed separatists have influence in the eastern part of Ukraine, taking the iron from Russian-backed separatist groups . They advocate independence from Ukraine. Russia helps them with weapons. Ukraine alleges that along with these separatists, the Russian army is also fighting with Ukraine, but Russia calls them volunteers. They have significant influence in many parts of Ukraine. Their morale has increased significantly since the Crimean attack of 2014. Ukrainian women are also playing an important role in fighting these separatists. Separatists often attack here.
The ‘Babushkha Battalion’ means the army of elderly women,
even the old women of Ukraine are not behind for the defense of their country. There is an organization of old women here named ‘Babushkha Battalion’. The women involved in this help the army in many ways in times of war. At the time of the Crimean invasion of 2014, older women of this group had dug trenches for their soldiers. Babushkha’s women are also working for military supplies, medical services and intelligence.
79-year-old Valentina Konstantinovska is ready to fight with the Russian army by taking up arms to defend her country even at this age.
There are good reasons for women’s concern too.
Ukraine is a democratic country. Here women have a lot of rights and freedoms. On the other hand the roots of democracy in Russia are not that deep. Here women have to face many restrictions. That is why women are even ready to take up arms in the event of a Russian attack. Women, on the other hand, are also afraid of their bad memories of the Soviet Union. Women do not want to go back to that era.
Women have freedom in Ukraine. The women are terrified of their bad memories of the Soviet Union. Women do not want to go back to that era.
Ukraine has also been in
controversies regarding women soldiers, Ukraine has also been in controversies regarding women soldiers. During a parade here, women were seen wearing high hills. After which the feminists put the army and the government in the dock. He said that by doing so, women are being shown less than men. Ukraine was also criticized all over the world for this.
Ukraine has been a part of Russia for a long time because of the Russia-Ukraine dispute . Ukraine became a separate country after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, but Ukraine’s proximity to the West has grown in recent years. Because of which he remains the target of Russia. In 2014, Russia invaded Crimea, the territory of Ukraine, and occupied it.
Satyam Singh, who is doing research on foreign affairs at Jawaharlal Nehru University, says, ‘Russia fears that if Ukraine joins the western bloc ‘NATO’, then it could be a serious threat to its security, because by doing so. NATO’s reach will be closer to Moscow. This is the reason why Russia wants to keep pressure on Ukraine. The current President of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky, is considered a supporter of Western countries.