‘Sexist’ photos of feminine troopers in Ukraine rehearsing for a navy parade carrying heels have sparked outrage.
Ukraine’s defence ministry got here beneath fireplace after releasing official images of personnel carrying navy fatigues apparently accessorised with black court docket sneakers as a substitute of fight boots.
Officers have been accused of creating a ‘mockery’ of ladies with the pictures, branded ‘dangerous’ and ‘misogynistic’.
The photographs, revealed on the ministry’s Fb web page, present feminine navy faculty college students making ready to participate in a parade to mark 30 years of independence in August, following the break-up of the Soviet Union.
Now defence minister, Andriy Taran, 66, is dealing with calls to put on heels to the occasion.
Round 31,000 girls at the moment serve in Ukraine’s armed forces.
Cadet Ivanna Medvid reportedly mentioned: ‘Right now, for the primary time, coaching takes place in heeled sneakers.
‘It’s barely more durable than in military boots however we are attempting,’ she was quoted as saying by defence ministry web site, ArmiaInform.
The apply session came about in Ukrainian capital, Kiev, on Friday.
Inna Sovsun, a member of the Golos occasion, mentioned Ukraine’s girls troopers had been risking their lives and ‘don’t need to be mocked’.
‘It’s onerous to think about a extra idiotic, dangerous thought,’ she mentioned.
In the meantime deputy speaker of the Ukrainian parliament, Olena Kondratyuk slammed the photographs as ‘humiliating’ and is now demanding an investigation.
One other critic mentioned excessive heels had been ‘a mockery of ladies imposed by the wonder trade’.
Greater than 13,000 girls have fought within the Ukranian battle with Russian-backed separatists within the east of the nation, she mentioned.
The bloodshed, which started seven years in the past, has claimed 1000’s of lives.
The photographs prompted some Ukrainian officers to convey pairs of sneakers into parliament in protest – as they backed requires Mr Taran to put on heels to the parade.
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