Ukrainian professor teaches classes armed and uniformed from the war front to “build an educated nation”

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The university did not provide its exact deployment, but said Shandor is fighting in eastern Ukraine.

Photo: ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images

The Ukrainian professor Fedir Shandor went viral this weekafter a photo on social networks showed it teaching his students remotely, while dressed in combat fatigues and with a rifle slung over his shoulder.

“We are fighting for an educated nation. If I didn’t teach my classes, it would be a sin.”Shandor said in a statement released by Uzhhorod National University, where teaches the subjects of tourism and hospitality.

The photo, taken by fellow soldier Viktor Shchaedi, shows Professor instructing students via video chat from inside a sandbagged trench.

With his helmet on and an AK-103 rifle at his side, he holds his phone in one bandaged hand, an open notebook in the other.

“I have been in the army for 70 days,” Shandor said, adding that he enlisted shortly after the Russian invasion began in February.

In that time he has taught classes at 8 in the morning every Monday and Tuesday.

“I didn’t miss a single one,” he added. “I always prefer morning classes: I read and then I have time for other work.”

The university did not provide its exact deployment, but said Shandor is fighting in eastern Ukraine. The eastern industrial region, known as Donbas, has been the site of most of the fighting since Russia’s withdrawal from the outskirts of kyiv in March.

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