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How now we have been residing for the final 5 months through the conflict


On February 24, a full-scale conflict started in Ukraine in reference to russia’s invasion of our nation. At the present time, which modified the secure lifetime of the European nation, started a brand new stage within the consciousness of every of us. 

It’s now greater than 150 days, greater than 3 600 hours, and greater than 216 000 minutes that Ukraine stands in opposition to illegal russia’s invasion. 

For greater than 5 months now, Ukrainians have been demonstrating their incredibleness to the world. For greater than 5 months, now we have been proving to the entire world that we’re able to the not possible. For greater than 5 months, now we have been current in conflict situations whereas persevering with to stay absolutely, creating our future, working for the good thing about the current, and never forgetting the worth we pay for another peaceable day.

What does the inside lifetime of the IT business and our firm appear to be now? What adjustments have taken place, and the way have we been residing within the final 5 months? Let’s discover all of the solutions on this article.

Elitex team in Ukraine

Ukrainian IT department by way of conflict

Earlier than the russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the Ukrainian software program business department was quickly rising. Residents had been swarming to the IT assiduity in droves, universities had been pumping out new expertise, and a surge of huge world expertise firms was seeking to the nation for customized software program options and devoted improvement groups

Main Ukrainian cities, akin to Lviv, Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odesa, Dnipro, and others, emerged as notable sources of tech expertise. The ability supply fuelling that expertise is a mix of Ukraine’s instructional capabilities, financial forces, and distinctive tradition.

Ukrainian software program business brags an excellent show of rankings on league tables that tech leaders observe: first in outsourcing capabilities in Japanese Europe, first within the variety of technical highschool graduates in all of Europe, fifth by way of greatest software program builders worldwide, and second in JavaScript, Scala, and Magento builders across the globe. One in 5 Fortune 500 firms, together with Microsoft, Google, Samsung, Oracle, Snap, and Ring, make use of the capability of Ukrainian software program options. The explanations listed here are the nation’s minimal bureaucratic hurdles, favorable tax insurance policies, and the certified expertise pool in its tech sector.

The conflict affected all spheres of life and exercise of Ukrainian society, together with IT. Regardless of this reality, Ukraine’s software program business promptly responded to the necessity for speedy enterprise method adjustments. It supplied a document $2 billion in export earnings within the first quarter of 2022, in keeping with the Nationwide Financial institution of Ukraine. The Ukrainian tech sector grew to become a substantive contributor to the nation’s financial system because the third largest exporter of Ukrainian providers.

Ukrainian IT remains to be skyrocketing regardless of the conflict. Efficient anti-crisis administration, plans for alternatives to develop by means of the disaster, in addition to danger prediction expertise performed a crucial function within the accelerated normalization of processes and quickly bringing them nearly to the pre-war degree very quickly.

How Elitex workforce’s lives have modified since February twenty fourth

From the primary day of the conflict, the corporate’s administration understood the need to proceed working on the territory of our nation, and to do it within the most secure doable situations for the workforce and with the least danger for our companions and prospects.

Though the corporate is positioned in Lviv within the West of Ukraine, our workforce has a ample variety of folks from different areas of Ukraine (Kyiv, Kharkiv, and so forth.). Worker security is among the key elements of the job, so anybody who wished or wanted it was supplied assist with relocation overseas or to safer areas of the nation. 

26% of our workforce relocated from their place of everlasting residence firstly of the conflict. A big a part of folks quickly went overseas, however as of now, nearly all of them have returned residence. 

Bearing in mind the opportunity of a secure life within the West of Ukraine, in addition to the adjustment of all inside processes, our workforce, together with its quickly displaced members, is at the moment absolutely offering 100% of pre-war indicators. Furthermore, we proceed to extend the workforce and actively recruit numerous positions.

Volunteering and assist

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Because the starting of the full-scale invasion, the corporate has determined to switch a part of the overall income to the wants of the Armed Forces and different models of the Ukrainian defenders.

Along with month-to-month transfers of a part of the revenue to the wants of the Armed Forces, in July 2022, Elitex has additionally supplied a automotive to one of many battalions on the primary line of protection.

We have now additionally joined the Serhiy Prytula Charitable Basis, financially supported the Azov Battalion, partially coated the wants of two models of the Armed Forces and the Territorial Protection of Lviv, and supported the undertaking to enhance air protection of the Lviv area. Elitex additionally financially helps charitable organizations coping with quickly displaced from the occupied territories youngsters and their households and gives monetary assist to the psychological help middle in Lviv.

We care in regards to the security of our staff and do our greatest to allow folks to be prepared for any crucial conditions and to know the order of essential actions. With regard to the assist of our staff, for everybody who’s in Lviv or needs to affix the actions, now we have supplied first help programs, self-defense coaching, and so forth.

Folks highlights after 5 months of the conflict

As an organization of greater than 50 folks, we respect everybody’s individuality and consider that the non-public feelings and experiences of every of us make us who we’re. Not too long ago now we have caught up with just a few of our colleagues at Elitex to see how life has modified for them over the past 5 months.

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Inna P. QA Engineer

Within the first days, I felt like Kevin from “Dwelling Alone” when everybody round you is busy, and also you have no idea the place to place your self. There was a transparent understanding that conflict has began, however I used to be confused about what I ought to do in a such scenario. 

My emergency backpack was not packed. Since I do climbing, I used to be certain that it might be straightforward for me to rapidly acquire the required issues in case of urgency.

However really, it didn’t occur so. At that second I used to be too emotional and unfocused. My boyfriend performed a crucial function in making certain my psychological stability. From the very starting, he handled the scenario with a chilly thoughts and was capable of calm my worries. 

In a while, my pal and I made an motion plan for our relocation in case the scenario worsened right here. Nonetheless, realizing that Lviv was comparatively calm and secure, I rejected this concept and determined to do what I do greatest – volunteering.

My volunteering journey started over 10 years in the past. I led and arranged many volunteer actions, and labored with weak populations. For me, the second of group and the social facet of interacting with folks is essential. Whereas not actively engaged on any undertaking, I’ve a helpful useful resource known as time. That’s the reason I joined the UAID volunteer group, the place there was already my acquaintance from the time of former volunteering. 

We had already closed quite a lot of fundraising campaigns and had been capable of present lots of the defenders with important objects and gear. We additionally held charitable auctions, yoga courses, lectures about finance, and so forth. to gather funds wanted to defend our nation from invaders.

I’m impressed by the suggestions we get from our heroes on the entrance line. Understanding that you would be able to assist somebody together with your actions might be the most effective feeling for me for the time being. My place: so long as I’m in a comparatively secure place, so long as I could be helpful and supply assist – I’ll do it. I attempt to focus solely on what I can management. 

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Petro B. Senior Entrance-еnd Dеvеlopеr

The conflict caught me overseas. I clearly understood that I’d return residence, this choice was made immediately. The leisure journey, earlier than it even began, ended with an extended drive residence.

A vivid reminiscence from the primary days – kilometer-long queues of automobiles with folks fleeing from hazard and an empty street to enter Ukraine.

Having a transparent pro-Ukrainian place, I knew I’d be extra helpful right here in Ukraine. I instantly understood that being a non-military individual, I’d nonetheless enroll in territorial protection and volunteer. At the moment, I used to be pleasantly stunned by the variety of energetic, caring folks prepared to assist.

I spent numerous time volunteering on the Lviv railway station, which grew to become a hub for internally displaced folks. At that second, I  understood that folks want folks – to speak to somebody, to get emotional assist. The best pleasure for me was to really feel helpful. I used to be impressed by folks, by my capacity to assist them.

The corporate launched emergency days off. It helped, at first, to collect my ideas and perceive how you can stay on. On the fifth day of the conflict, I felt that I had the power and need to work. At evening I volunteered on the station, and through the day I centered on work – this helped to some extent to flee from actuality and keep psychological stability.

Work-life stability has modified to work-war-life stability. It’s surprisingly straightforward for me to focus on work. I can say that my productiveness, quite the opposite, has elevated throughout this time. I attempt to focus my consideration on small duties and do every part progressively. All this provides an understanding that life goes on. I really feel motivated, I really feel that I’m doing one thing helpful each for myself and for the state by which I stay.

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Vira Ok. Human Assets Supervisor

I had suspicions in regards to the starting of the conflict. There was no panic. I clearly knew that my husband, daughter and I’d keep in Lviv.

I see the largest adjustments now in my youngster. As an alternative of studying the names of animals, she discovered the phrases “siren” and “alarm”. I understood that my emotional state immediately impacts her, so I attempted to at all times be calm and clarify to her all of the issues that curiosity her within the type of a recreation.

Through the conflict, there have been additionally adjustments in my work. Earlier than that, I labored part-time, and now I’m again full-time. It helps me to distract myself and offers me a chance to donate extra usually.

I discovered good buddies through the conflict. Even earlier than the conflict, our firm cooperated with one confectionary. After a while, we stopped working collectively, however I nonetheless had her contacts.

Because it turned out, through the conflict, her husband joined the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. I first contacted her by means of volunteering to ship objects that folks from our workforce had been accumulating for her husband. From this started our shut communication, which grew into a powerful friendship.

Conflict takes away the bloom of our nation, however life goes on. Now all of us need to stay not just for ourselves but additionally for all those that gave their lives for our secure nights. Though the russian invasion slowed down our plans, my household stays in Ukraine and can proceed its life and improvement right here.

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Mykhailo R. Software program Engineer

I’m from Kharkiv, and as of February 24, I lived within the central a part of the town. The conflict started for me with a name from my pal who reported a full-scale invasion.

They lived in that space for the primary two weeks. After we realized that enemy plane began flying over us, my accomplice and I made a decision to alter our place of residence. At that second, we understood that, after leaving the home, we’d not return there.

By my nature, I’m a practical individual, so I didn’t really feel confused. At first, there was solely an inside worry of the unknown. On the finish of the primary month of the conflict, I already had a transparent understanding of the scenario and knew what to do and how you can stay on.

Work helped me to pay attention. It grew to become the island of normality that remained from the time earlier than the conflict. The work course of helps me recharge and give attention to one thing else. I additionally perceive that because of the chance to work, I can do one thing good, donate to the military’s wants, and assist the nation’s financial system.

There was no explicit change in my priorities, as my household at all times got here first. Now I’m impressed by folks near me. They offer an understanding that there’s somebody to stay for and to maintain collectively.

I perceive that life goes on, I make plans for the longer term, and I undoubtedly join them with Ukraine.

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Oksana M. Challenge Supervisor

“The conflict caught me at residence. I didn’t panic, and on February 24 I even managed to promenade by means of the sunny middle of Lviv.

Within the first week, my buddies and I actively volunteered, in search of the required garments, gear, and medicines wanted on the entrance line.

Additionally, because of my information of two international languages, I helped to translate and distribute information about occasions in Ukraine on data assets for Western European international locations.

I wished to attempt residing overseas for a very long time. The conflict, though I can’t name this phenomenon probably the most helpful for self-development, helped me to implement this plan. This was not an try at short-term relocation attributable to russia’s army invasion however relatively an excellent alternative to check my mettle in a unique atmosphere. I spent two and a half months in Germany. There, I additionally contributed to the interpretation of the town’s web site for quickly displaced folks.

To vary the world for the higher, it is best to begin with your self. This phrase now has a particular which means for me. Being overseas, I had an ideal alternative to speak with completely different folks and convey essential issues in regards to the scenario in Ukraine, our roots, and our historical past. 

At one level, I spotted that I wished to return residence. Returning to Lviv was a breath of recent air. I joined a charitable basis and began engaged on a undertaking concerning on-line training for quickly displaced youngsters and ones from occupied cities. This undertaking is supported by a Swiss college and includes 5 main Ukrainian lecturers from Kherson and Kharkiv areas.

Having a versatile schedule is now the most effective alternative for me to mix volunteering with work and do it with most profit. Involvement in volunteering is what evokes me now. It permits me to maneuver ahead and really feel a sure objective in my actions.”

We proceed to work and are proud to be a Ukrainian outsourcing agency

On behalf of the corporate, we’d additionally like to specific our gratitude to all our teammates, who regularly show unimaginable ends in their work, and to every of our purchasers for fruitful cooperation. It will be important for Elitex not solely to supply high quality providers and options for the shopper’s product but additionally to keep up a long-term partnership.

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