(AP) — Ukraine
's defense minister is under fire
from government members over her
decision to have female military
cadets wear pumps with heels in a major parade.
“The purpose of any military parade is to demonstrate the army’s military ability; there should be no room for stereotypes
,” said a joint statement from three Cabinet members, including Minister of Veterans
Affairs Yulia Laputina.
The announcement came after last week's announcement about the footwear in the parade planned for August 24, the 30th anniversary
of Ukraine's independence from the Soviet Union
It was noted that approximately 57,000 women
serve in the country's armed forces and have "proven their worth not in heels, but with machine guns
On Saturday, Defense Minister Andriy Taran announced that he had directed officials to investigate whether “experimental” shoes — ankle
boots, according to news
reports — could be worn by female cadets instead of pumps with heels.
The military provided no explanation for why female cadets wore different shoes than male cadets.