Ukrainian women who have medical education must register at military enlistment offices starting October 1, the country’s Armed Forces said in a Facebook post Thursday.
“All medical women, these are doctors, nurses, dentists, midwives, pharmacists, ages 18 to 60, will be required to register for military service starting October 1,” Ukraine's Armed Forces said, in accordance with a decree with Ukraine's defense ministry.
The statement added that eligibility will be determined “by the diploma and by the actual place of work.”
“Such women perform military duty on an equal footing with men. The legislation does not distinguish between women and men conscripted into the military,” the Armed Forces said.
This means that these women, like Ukrainian men aged between 18 and 60, will have to remain in Ukraine as they “may be called up for military service,” according to the Armed Forces.
"If they (women) are on the register, then they acquire the status of conscripts. And conscripts leave abroad according to the order established for them. That is, if there are separate documents that give the right for a temporary departure -- then yes, they will be able to leave. If not, then they, like men, will be limited in their right to leave," Fedir Venislavskyi, a member of Ukraine's parliament who is on the National Security Committee, said in an interview with Ukrainian news outlet RBC on Thursday.
Pregnant women, current students or women with certain medical conditions will be exempt from service.