In June of 2016, Ukrainian women were finally given the right to serve in combat positions. Before that, they were barred from serving on the front line as part of the armed service. However, since the beginning of Maidan, despite rules, women were consistently on the front line risking their lives in volunteer positions, sometimes claiming to be "medic" on paper, and serving roles such as being snipers without legal representation from the government.  

According to the Ministry of Defense in Ukraine, 17,000 women are currently in the armed forces, as well as 33,000 women working as civil servants, and an uncountable number of those who are part of volunteer political groups such as Right Sector. 

Published in: Newsweek