A professor fighting on the front lines in Ukraine wants to teach both his Russian adversaries and his students a lesson.
Fedir Shandor, a professor at Uzhhorod National University, located in the western Ukrainian city of Uzhhorod, steps away from the fighting in the country's eastern region twice a week to give lectures to his students.
"We are fighting for an educated nation. If I don’t give lectures, it will be a pity," Shandor said in a statement from the university obtained by NBC. "Then why did I go to war in the first place?”
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A photo of Shandor shows him clad in his full army gear with an assault rifle on his lap as he gives his students a video lecture about tourism on his cellphone from a dirt dugout.
"This is what the pride of European civilization looks like," Ukraine's Ministry of Defense tweeted on Friday, along with a photo of Shandor.
This is Prof. Fedir Shandor, giving a lecture to students. An ethnic Hungarian from the westernmost part of 🇺🇦. A serviceman of the #UaArmy who has volunteered to defend 🇺🇦 and is currently serving 1,000 km from his home. This is what the pride of European civilization looks like pic.twitter.com/bA8Bsd31pY— Defence of Ukraine (@DefenceU) May 6, 2022
Shandor has been rotating on combat duty overnight so he can make his 8 a.m. lectures every Monday and Tuesday. So far, he has yet to miss one.
"If there are sounds of shelling somewhere in the background, they do not affect the lecture," Shandor said. "The sound is like a tractor driving nearby. I always give lectures near the dugout. Just now there was a shelling, I went to the dugout and continued the lecture."
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Shandor is one of many Ukrainians who have enlisted since the outset of the war. Following Russia's invasion, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky declared martial law on Feb. 24, prohibiting men aged 18 to 60 from leaving the country amid a mass military mobilization.