Ukraine-Russia War: Women Volunteers at the Frontline

  • By Harriet Orrell
  • BBC World Service

Image Credit, Yaryna Arieva


“Everything I love is here, so I can not leave Kiev and I will fight if necessary,” says Yaryna Arieva.

“Our current opposition has a female face,” Ukraine’s first lady wrote on her Instagram account.

Olena Zelenska, wife of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, shared striking images highlighting women’s efforts following the Russian invasion.

And it’s not just Zelenska who is posting pictures flooding social media of women holding weapons and wearing military uniforms ready to fight in the war that has ravaged Ukraine since the end of February.

Families have been divided as millions, mostly women and children, flee to the west in safety, while husbands and fathers remain to defend cities attacked by the Russians.

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