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 President Poroshenko advised student to spend year in combat activities in Donbas

Answering a question on educating military historians, the head of state gave an unexpected response.

President Petro Poroshenko has advised a student to spend one post-school year in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) in the Donbas, Censor.NET reports. The head of state did so at a meeting with history students aired by 112 Ukraine TV channel.

The student said that it might be a good idea to train not only military psychologists, but also military historians. The latter, the student said, help influencing both the military and the people. The historian-to-be asked the president of his opinion on the matter.

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"I suggest you go to a military draft office after you graduate and spend a year in ATO. I was in the Soviet army for two years and participated in combat activities. I was drafted after my second year in college. After two years [in the army - ed.] I returned to my third year [in college - ed.]. ... I can state that the view of life changes drastically after the service in the army. It's just getting different and forms a person," the president said.

Poroshenko noted the Armed Forces of Ukraine had a need in military psychologists.

 
 
 
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