It may look like a regular women’s fitness class. But in fact, the women are members of a recently formed all-female self-defense unit of EuroMaidan. Two of those were formed separately among protesters in the past two weeks.
Both set distinct goals but differ in structure and ideology. They have hundreds of supporters who prefer khaki uniforms over stiletto heels.
“Our sotnya (unit) came about because women were not allowed to enter the scene of clashes at Hrushevskoho Street because they were women,” says EuroMaidan activist Ruslana Panukhnyk, organizer of one of the units. It has 30 core members, and up to 800 followers who would like to join.