Inside the World of Ukraine’s Women Warriors

Inside the world of the female vigilantes fighting in eastern Ukraine

Hundreds of Ukrainian women have joined volunteer groups on the front lines.

Lera Burlakova first traveled to eastern Ukraine’s Donbass region in 2014 as a journalist to report on the violence between the Ukrainian military and pro-Russian separatist forces. After a week of covering the war in the town of Pisky, Burlakova decided writing about it was not enough: She wanted to fight for her country. “I couldn’t stand aside,” says Burlakova, 30. “I came back to Kiev for three days, quit my job and returned to Pisky as a soldier.”


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