Marching in high heels is another illustration of the contempt of women and disregard for the real war in eastern Ukraine, according to experts and women servicemen of the southeastern European country.
The Minister of Defense had allowed high-heeled shoes and changes in the uniform for the participants of the parade for the 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s Independence.
Pictures of military women rehearsing for the parade in high heels have gone viral on internet.
Member of the Parliament of Ukraine Olena Kondratiuk demanded from the defence minister to “publicly apologise to his army and veterans”.
“Today more than 31,000 women serve in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, of which more than 4,100 are officers. More than 13,500 women have received the status of combatants. Compared to 2014, the number of women in the army has increased many times over.
“You know how many women were inspired after these changes to go and serve in the military. And how can you slander this simple idea of inspiration,” she asked.
After dozens of critical comments on Facebook, the Ministry of Defense turned off the ability to respond to the publication, and written comments are no longer available.
Another member of the parliament said that “women are being turned into some kind of carnival dolls to entertain the crowd.”