Ukraine’s defense ministry has been heavily criticized more than plans for woman cadets to march in superior heels at a parade celebrating the country’s independence upcoming month.

Images published by the ministry on Fb Thursday confirmed the gals from the Navy Institute at the Taras Shevchenko Nationwide College in the country’s cash, Kyiv, marching in the footwear, together with camouflage pants, shirts and hats.

The cadets have been practicing 2 times everyday, for an normal of 4 hours a day, the ministry explained in a publish alongside the pictures. The Aug. 24 parade in Kyiv will mark the 30th anniversary of the country’s independence.

Ukrainian authorities found themselves less than hearth more than creating feminine cadets follow marching in heels instead of fight boots through a navy parade scheduled for August. – / AFP – Getty Illustrations or photos

The photographs ended up met with outrage on the internet, with some commenters questioning the decision of footwear and contacting it “torture.”

Politicians also criticized the strategies.

Elena Kondratyuk, the vice speaker of the Ukrainian parliament, identified as the Verkhovna Rada, called the pictures “ferocious trash” in a Fb submit.

Citing the country’s constitution which guarantees equality in between men and women, she also identified as for Defense Minister Andriy Taran to carry out an investigation.

Previous defense minister Andriy Zagorodnyuk known as it “a phase in direction of North Korea,” in a Facebook write-up.

Opposition lawmaker Iryna Gerashchenko also called it “humiliation” for women in the Ukrainian military, in a assertion posted on Facebook. She extra that she initially thought the concept was a hoax.

“The contribution of Ukrainian women to the country’s protection capabilities is a must have,” she claimed, including that she was preparing an inquiry on the issue for President Volodymyr Zelensky, who also serves as Commander-in-Main of the country’s armed service, with other woman parliamentarians.

The protection ministry said earlier this 12 months that 31,757 gals have been serving in the country’s armed forces — more than 15 per cent of the total selection.

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The region has been embroiled in a 6-calendar year conflict with Russian-backed separatists in the east, which has claimed at minimum 13,000 life, with ladies involved in lively responsibility.

In a further Fb submit adhering to the outrage on Friday, the defense ministry stated the heels have been section of the formal parade uniform. It also shared pics of woman soldiers in other nations marching in parades even though donning heels.

Taran visited the woman cadets highlighted in the photos to have a dialogue about parade uniforms on Saturday, the ministry mentioned in a press launch on its web-site.

It said he had purchased an inquiry into whether or not an “experimental shoe design,” that is far more ergonomic and improved, can be designed for next month’s parade. Must the new shoe style be profitable, it could be applied for all female troops, he reported.

Photos accompanying the release confirmed Taran conference female cadets sporting boots, not heels.