"Everybody understands that Ukraine will win, and we'll need to rebuild after that – and transferring the scientific and education centre from its second biggest city to another city is, in my opinion, strategically wrong. We need to continue our research and our education in all Ukraine – in Kharkiv, too," he said.
Already, some of Dr Chumachenko's students have defended their theses, including one who did so from hospital after being injured in a Russian missile strike.
"Some students told me that it helps mentally to turn off from what's going on," he said.
Like Professor Spivakovskiy, he was emphatic that the quality of education at his institution was "still high", but acknowledged that it faced a steep challenge in attracting new students this autumn to a campus that remains under fire.
"To be honest, I'm not sure there will be anybody," Dr Chumachenko said. "If I were a parent of that boy or girl, I would think a thousand times if I would want my children to study in that territory."