There’s something about Ukraine that produces heroes.

Before Chris Kyle, American Sniper, there was Ukraine’s very own Lyudmila Pavlichenko, arguably the most accomplished sniper of the 2oth Century, if not today, credited with killing over 309 Nazi Germans. Lyudmila silenced the gender debate around male vs. female snipers when she sent hundreds of Nazis straight to hell at the business end of her sniper rifle.

The modern-day sniper is one of the most effective tools on the 21st Century battlefield. Nowhere will you find a better return on investment when it comes to affecting enemy psychology and driving up KIA (Killed in Action) numbers than when it’s through the shooting glass of the sniper. There’s also very little collateral damage in direct comparison to Obama’s drone wars.

Fast forward from Pavlichenko’s WWII to modern warfare and battlefield 21, and there’s a group of female fighters who are picking up where Lyudmila left off. I’ll save the Kurdish female sniper story for SOFREP Editor Jack Murphy, who’s working it up right now, freshly back from Syria.

Ukraine’s Own “Joan of Ark”

Meet Nadiya Viktorivna Savchenko, a Ukrainian officer, member of parliament and not afraid to fight for a free and sovereign Ukraine.

At 16, Savchenko was already determined to become a pilot. She joined the Ukrainian Army, working as a radio operator with the country’s railway forces before training as a paratrooper. She was then the only Ukrainian female soldier in the (2004–2008) Ukrainian peacekeeping troops in Iraq. Upon returning, she successfully petitioned the Defense Ministry for the right to attend the prestigious Air Force University in Kharkiv, which until then had been open only to men; she graduated in 2009. 

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In 2010, she was posted to the 3rd Army Aviation Regiment in Brody, Lviv Oblast. In 2011, the Ukraine Defense Forces published a 20 minute documentary about Savchenko and her military career. She also featured in a United Nations Development Program as part of a drive to promote equality in the Ukrainian military. In 2014, she enrolled as a volunteer to fight in the Aidar Battalion. -Sourced from Wikipedia