Eugenia Bakay is the first female navigator of the Ukranian Armed Forces.  She graduated from Odesa Maritime Academy in March. At the academy, she mastered in the specialty “navigation”. And today Bakay, breaking all stereotypes, has become an indispensable part of the crew of a warship. 

“Now you just need to decide – are you ready to defend your country or not,” she said. 

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“Of course, you can’t call my profession easy. You have a huge responsibility, you have a lot to do and constantly learn something. It should be understood that the life of all crew members may depend on the negligence, laziness and irresponsibility of one sailor on board. 

Therefore, as a foreman, I have to constantly work with the staff, to be able to find a common language with everyone, so that this does not happen. And even when there are quality difficulties, I do not run to the commander, because I used to solve problems myself,” she added. 

Meanwhile,  the war against Russia will reach a turning point by mid-August and be over by the end of the year, Ukraine’s head of military intelligence told a TV channel. 

Major general Kyrylo Budanov said, “The breaking point will be in the second part of August. Most of the active combat actions will have finished by the end of this year. As a result, we will renew Ukrainian power in all our territories that we have lost including Donbas and the Crimea.

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He said Russia was suffering huge losses – although he would not be drawn on Ukrainian casualties – and said he was not surprised by their scale, given Russian power was a “myth”.

“Europe sees Russia as a big threat. They are afraid of its aggression. We have been fighting Russia for eight years and we can say that this highly publicised Russian power is a myth. It is not as powerful as this. It is a horde of people with weapons,” he added.