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57,000 women serve in Ukrainian army, - defense minister

3,500 of them are the officers, Stepan Poltorak specified
16:27, 31 January 2019

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Currently, there are 57,000 women serving in the Ukrainian armed forces. Stepan Poltorak, the defense minister said that during the session of Committee for Reforms, which is a department of the Ministry on Thursday.

'We stay loyal to the idea of gender equality; on the legal basis, we stated equal rights and freedoms of men and women during the military service. There are 57,000 female employees in the Armed Forces. That includes 26,000 service staff and 3,500 officers', Poltorak said.

In October 2018, President Petro Poroshenko said the number of women serving in the military was 55,000. 

In autumn 2018, the law on equal rights of men and women in the Armed Forces took effect. It stipulates that women can serve not until they turn 40 but until they reach the age limit of active duty in the military. That concerns both conscripts and those serving under contract. That makes 45 years for the privates and 60 for those from the high-rank officer corps. 

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