Ukraine Army sees first woman brigadier general

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky by Decree No. 427/2021 of August 24, 2021, promoted Commander of the Medical Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Tetiana Ostashchenko, to a senior military rank of Brigadier General.

That’s according to the press service of the Ministry of Defense, Ukrinform reports.

"To confer the military rank of brigadier general of the medical service on Colonel Tetiana Mykolayivna Ostashchenko with the Medical Service, Commander of the Medical Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine," the Decree reads.

On July 30, Defense Minister Andriy Taran signed an order appointing the first woman senior commander in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Colonel Tetiana Ostashchenko with the Medical Service took the position of Commander of the Medical Forces.

Read also: NSDC approves draft strategic defense bulletin - Taran

Commenting on the landmark appointment, the Minister recalled that this was the first woman brigadier general to appear in the Armed Forces soon. On August 24, 2021, the President of Ukraine signed a relevant decree.

Taran also recalled that almost a quarter of the total number of military in Ukraine’s Army ranks are women, and their role in the army development is ever-growing. Equal access to positions and military ranks implies the same level of responsibility in military service, the defense chief noted.

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