Social media users immediately started to criticize the idea noting that this would turn the military parade into a "farce," and it is contrary to NATO values and creates absolute inequality between men and women. Subsequently, the Ministry of Defense limited the comments under the post.
Some parliamentarians also did not support marching on heels. In particular, an hour of questions to the government is taking place in the Verkhovna Rada on June 2. Defense Minister Andriy Taran came to the meeting and received "gifts" from some lawmakers - high-heeled shoes.
The Chair of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Ukraine's Integration into the EU Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze also expressed her opinion on the upcoming parade on Facebook.
"Shocked by the information that women will be on high heels at the Independence Day parade. What is this, anyway? Are we building a NATO army or a sexist Soviet reserve? Doesn't the Ministry of Defense know that girls wear combat boots during the war? Parades are held to show the people's love and respect to the army, and not the cavernous ideas of the country's leadership about the modern army, "Klympush-Tsintsadze wrote.
Such a decision was criticized by the Ukrainian Women Veteran Movement NGO:
"… The women cadets will be dressed in skirts and shoes with heels. What an embarrassing disgrace. Girls serve in the same military uniform as boys, girls wear the same military shoes (talents) as boys. So why are they forced to endure many hours of training on heels, which, a priori, a service woman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine does not wear during service?
As it was reported, the military parade devoted to the 30th anniversary of Independence of Ukraine will take place on Khreshchatyk on August 24. Along with other units, a women's "box" of servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine will march along the main street of the capital.