The Female Fighters of Ukraine’s Forgotten War

A forgotten conflict has been tearing apart eastern Ukraine since 2014. Now women represent nearly a quarter of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, but their involvement in the conflict is not always accepted. Subscribe to Journeyman here: Ukrainian sniper Yulia left her children behind to join the war on the country’s icy fringes. “When our soldiers started dying, we couldn’t just stand by. If you don’t want to bury your own, then you need to bury others“, she says. However, not all of her male comrades agree with her presence on the frontline. “For us, it’s strange to see women involved in war. I understand feminism, equality and all that, but war isn’t women’s business“, says her male commander Vasily, speaking from a bunker near enemy lines. Her involvement has also taken a toll on her relationship with her daughter. “She understands, but at the same time it hurts her because for t
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