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On International Women’s Day, Zelenskyy thanks women defending Ukraine

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President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Wednesday praised Ukrainian women on International Women’s Day for taking a central role in defending their country against Russia’s invasion.

“I think it is important to give thanks today. To thank all the women who work, teach, study, rescue, heal, fight -- fight for Ukraine,” Zelenskyy said in a short video on social media.


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It was also a day “to remember, think about and thank all women who gave their lives for our country,” he added.

“Together we are strong. Together we are invincible. Together we are free. And together we will definitely win. We will,” Zelenskyy said.

Rights groups say the war, now in its second year, has placed additional burdens on Ukrainian women, particularly caring responsibilities.

They have also warned of an increase in gender-based violence and human trafficking.

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