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Ukrainian Women: Fighting the War Is Only Half the Battle

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A display in front of St. Sophia’s Cathedral commemorates the loss of 40 troops and 9 crew members on June 14, 2014, when a transport plane was shot down in Luhansk. Image by Taylor Damann. Ukraine, 2019.
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Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014 precipitated the War in Donbass, which still rages on in the...

A volunteer medic, Yuliia Paevska, shares stories of the horrors she has seen in the last five years of the crisis. Image by Taylor Damann. Ukraine, 2019.
A volunteer medic, Yuliia Paevska, shares stories of the horrors she has seen in the last five years of the crisis. Image by Taylor Damann. Ukraine, 2019.

This video introduces the stories of four women who served in different capacities in the war in Ukraine. Some women, like Yana Kholodna, climbed the ranks of the Ministry of Defense and served by leading groups of soldiers. There are also women, like Svitlana Tahai, a sniper, who served in combat positions. Other women such as Yuliia Shavchuk raced to the frontlines without ever joining the military.

Many women, though, serve by creating organizations in their own communities that seek to repair the damages done by war. One example of this is Tetiana Bondar, a clothes vendor who created an organization for displaced families after recognizing the need for relief in her community.

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