Our assessment of the events in Ukraine and our work during the war
What is happening in Ukraine
At 4 AM on February 24, 2022, the Russian armed forces began bombing and invading Ukraine. Every day Ukrainian civilians are being killed and Ukrainian cities are being destroyed.
Russian rulers and propaganda motivate their actions as a response to the oppression of Russian-speaking residents in Ukraine. Being Russian-speaking residents of Ukraine, we refute the claims of Russian rulers and propaganda. The Russian language has never been so oppressed in Ukraine as to cause any significant inconvenience to us. Virtually all Ukrainians understand Russian and Ukrainian well and often communicate in a mixture of these languages. This is normal and is not a violation of anyone’s rights.
Also, the Russian ruling regime is unhappy about the establishment of NATO bases in Eastern Europe and the militarisation of Ukraine. Obviously, Russia’s actions are at the very least illogical and counterproductive, since more and more weapons and other aid have been coming to Ukraine from the West since the war began.
Refraining from emotional or subjective assessments, we consider the actions of the Russian rulers to be primarily an ideological and strategic mistake, for which the Ukrainian and Russian peoples have paid, are paying, and will continue to pay a high price: civilian deaths, destruction of human lives, falling living standards, destruction of cities, economy and the environment.
In addition, the Russian leadership overestimated the strength of its own army and underestimated the strength of the Ukrainian resistance and the unity of the Ukrainian army with its people. This mistake also has a significant impact on prolonging the war, the number of casualties on both sides, economic sanctions against Russia, and other damage in both warring countries.
We believe that both warring sides should immediately stop the bloodshed and start negotiations.
How we work in war conditions
Earlier, we shared with you our recommendations on business continuity. Since our plan provided for a war in Ukraine, it proved effective. The plan helped us at the outbreak of war.
Most of our employees evacuated from war zones to Europe and Western Ukraine in time. Some employees remained in the war zones, including Odesa, Zaporizhzhia, and Kyiv which is often hit by rocket attacks. We provide a variety of assistance to our employees to keep them alive and safe.
We continue to take measures to ensure business continuity and uninterrupted services to our customers, including pre-sale activities, projects and deliveries.
When the war started, we had no customers from Russia, but there were requests for service from there. For obvious reasons, we stopped handling such requests until after the war and the signing of a peace treaty between Russia and Ukraine.