Women are not conscripted but do serve in the Russian military – and paraded dressed in make-up for a ‘Make-up under Camouflage’ tournament marking International Women’s Day.
Fifty female soldiers threw grenades, fired Kalashnikov rifles and crawled under barbed wire while also under orders to highlight their ‘beauty’ in a pageant in Yaroslavl, with the Ministry of Defence releasing pictures.
Colonel Yury Khromov, right. The colonel, from Leningrad region military commissariat, told young women on the video: ‘May you always be surrounded by true defenders, not only of the motherland, but of you as well’
‘The ladies applied all manner of camouflage paint to their faces – stars, flags and bright colours among them,’ stated one report.
They traversed a fire assault strip, where the soldiers threw grenades, crawled under barbed wire and carried out emergency medical assistance procedures, reported rbth.com.
‘There was a big puddle there, with ice underneath. I got a nice bath,’ said servicewoman Oksana Sukhorukova.
The women faced an intellectual test and were required to cook in field conditions.
The annual event has taken place since 2016.
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