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THE RIGHT TO FIGHT

LERA BURLAKOVA FIRST TRAVELED TO EASTERN UKRAINE’S DONBASS REGION IN 2014 AS A JOURNALIST TO REPORT ON THE VIOLENCE BETWEEN THE UKRAINIAN MILITARY AND PRO-RUSSIAN SEPARATIST FORCES.

Ukraine has finally allowed WOMEN to serve on the front lines in the war against pro-Russia separatists. But many didn't wait for permission.

PHOTOGRAPHS BY SARAH BLESENER

After a week of covering the war in the town of Pisky, Burlakova decided writing about it was not enough: She wanted to fight for her country. “I couldn’t stand aside,” says Burlakova, 30. “I came back to Kiev for three days, quit my job and returned to Pisky as a soldier.”

Almost three years later, Burlakova is an experienced veteran in a war that has led to the deaths of more than 9,000 people, including civilians, Ukrainian troops, separatists, Russian servicemen and members of pro-Kiev militias. Pounded by daily shelling, many towns near the front lines—including government-controlled Pisky— are now practically empty.

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