Former history teacher, lieutenant Liubov Plaksiuk, became the first woman to lead an artillery unit of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
The morning of February 24, 2022, Lieutenant Liubov Plaksiuk met in the area of the Joint Forces Operation as the commander of the battery of the self-propelled artillery division. Every day, she applies her skills to react instantly to changes in the situation, make optimal decisions, quickly calculate the firing range and calculate corrections for fire and makes Russian troops suffer terrible losses in equipment and manpower under the fire of her artillery brigade.
Plaksiuk has been in the Armed Forces of Ukraine since 2016. Before February 24, 2022, she managed to take part in hostilities in the east of the country and gain the rank of junior lieutenant. Later she moved further and became the first woman to lead an artillery unit of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
She says her life has radically changed when she saw the “work” of heavy 152-mm self-propelled artillery: “When I saw “Hyacinth-C” [Soviet 152-mm self-propelled gun — ed.] and for the first time drove a car, the roar of which took my breath away, I realized — this is what I love!” Since then, all her free time she spent reading books on artillery, learning how they operate. Liubov Plaksiuk made her debut shot from a cannon at the polygon in 2019.