A brave Cambridge student who returned home to Ukraine to help defend his country is continuing to keep up with his university work from the warzone.
Nikolai Nizalov moved to the UK nearly 10 years ago but felt compelled to return to his native country to help fight back against Vladimir Putin’s brutal invasion.
The 19-year-old, who is studying natural sciences at Cambridge, headed to Ukraine just days after playing a varsity water polo match against Oxford University.
He has joined a nine-man volunteer platoon and has vowed to stay in the country until Ukraine defeats Russia, reports Lad Bible.
Nikolai is working as a medic but plans to continue studying, watching lectures and taking exams remotely, as he bids to keep up with his studies after the Easter break.
“I've brought my lectures with me that I need to watch,” he said.
“I'll try to keep up with them with the little spare time I have. I might sit my exam in May remotely.
“Ideally I'll come back for my second year in October but I'm not going to leave until we win.”
Nikolai is living at a friend's house in Lviv as he prepares to move out with his platoon towards Kyiv next week.
Only some of the volunteers in the platoon have any military experience, but he’ll be given a rifle for his own protection despite never having fought before.
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He is also set to operate a drone which will drop humanitarian supplies to Ukrainians in areas cut off by the Russians.
He said: “When I was in Cambridge it was weird because my country was at war and people were going on with their normal lives.
“I have friends on the frontlines and I wouldn't be able to look them in the eye if I didn't help out.
“In Ukraine we are all together and I feel much more at peace. My parents obviously didn't want me to go but they understood why I wanted to – and I didn't give them much choice.”
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