The images, showing female soldiers rehearsing for a military parade, have been branded misogynistic (Picture: Getty)
Sexist pictures of female soldiers in Ukraine rehearsing for a military parade wearing heels have sparked outrage.
Ukraines defence ministry came under fire after releasing official photographs of personnel wearing military fatigues apparently accessorised with black court shoes instead of combat boots.
Officials have been accused of making a mockery of women with the images, branded harmful and misogynistic.
The pictures, published on the ministrys Facebook page, show female military college students preparing to take part in a parade to mark 30 years of independence in August, following the break-up of the Soviet Union.
Now defence minister, Andriy Taran, 66, is facing calls to wear heels to the event.
Around 31,000 women currently serve in Ukraines armed forces.
Cadet Ivanna Medvid reportedly said: Today, for the first time, training takes place in heeled shoes.
It is slightly harder than in army boots but we are trying, she was quoted as saying by defence ministry site, ArmiaInform.
Pictures of the rehearsal, in Ukrainian capital, Kiev, have sparked fury (Picture: Ukrainian Defence ministry press/AFP via Getty Images)
The practice session took place in Ukrainian capital, Kiev, on Friday.
Inna Sovsun, a member of the Golos party, said Ukraines women soldiers were risking their lives and do not deserve to be mocked.
It is hard to imagine a more idiotic, harmful idea, she said.
Meanwhile deputy speaker of the Ukrainian parliament, Olena Kondratyuk slammed the pictures as humiliating and is now demanding an investigation.  
The women are risking their lives and do not deserve to be mocked, said Ukranian MP Inna Sovsun (Picture: Ukrainian Defence ministry press/AFP via Getty Images)
The photos have prompted calls for defence minister, Andriy Taran, to wear heels to the event. (Picture: Ukrainian Defence ministry press/AFP via Getty Images)
Another critic said high heels were a mockery of women imposed by the beauty industry.
More than 13,000 women have fought in the Ukranian conflict with Russian-backed separatists in the east of the country, she said.  
The bloodshed, which began seven years ago, has claimed thousands of lives.
The pictures prompted some Ukrainian officials to bring pairs of shoes into parliament in protest as they backed calls for Mr Taran to wear heels to the parade.
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