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Ukraine Suspends Transgender Spokesperson After Fight With Republican

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Junior Sergeant Sarah Ashton-Cirillo, who is transgender, came to Ukraine in March 2022 as a journalist, but she was inspired to enlist in the Armed Forces of Ukraine after witnessing the invasion launched by Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 24, 2022.

She first served as a combat medic before being named the official spokesperson of the Territorial Defense Forces (TDF) of the Ukrainian Armed Forces (AFU) this summer.A message from the TDF announcing Ashton-Cirillo's suspension was posted on X, formerly Twitter.

It said statements she made "in recent days were not approved by the command of the TDF or the command of the AFU.""When conducting military operations against the aggressor, the defense forces of Ukraine strictly observe the norms of international humanitarian law," the TDF message continued."The command of the TDF will conduct an official investigation into the circumstances of these statements.

Appropriate decisions would be taken. Sergeant Sarah Ashton-Cirillo will be suspended immediately pending the investigation."Newsweek reached out to Ashton-Cirillo via email for comment.1/3 Statement of the Command of the Territorial Defense Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine regarding some statements of the spokesperson of the TDF, Junior Sergeant Sarah Ashton-CirilloThe TDF did not provide any additional information about the statements that led to the investigation, but Ashton-Cirillo recently drew the attention of Senator J.D.

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