“I never held a rifle in my hands and never even saw one up close,” Ms. Bondarenko said. As explosions shook Kyiv, Ms. Bondarenko took the subway to report for duty, uncertain the recruiting office would take her without finished paperwork or a fitness exam. In a recent interview, Ms. Bondarenko recalled the intense stress of those early days. Ms. Bondarenko was offered a chance to resign or take a position in a desk job or as a cook. The post Trading Books for a Rifle: The Teacher Who Volunteered in Ukraine appeared first on New York Times.