a talent acquisition consultant shares her story

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As the world watches the shocking scenes of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, talent acquisition consultant Nataliia Mytch shares her experience escaping kyiv, what her organization is doing to support her colleagues and the effort defense in the broad sense.

On February 24, 2022, I was sleeping. My sister called me at 6 am and said, “Get ready, Ukraine is under fire”.

Residents of different cities in Ukraine – including kyiv, Kharkiv, Zhytomyr, Mariupol and Dnipro – heard sounds of explosions at 5 a.m. I was ready in 10 minutes and we left Kyiv.

My hometown is 300 km from kyiv. On our way, we saw a lot of military equipment on the roads. There were traffic jams and long queues at gas stations. Everyone was panicking. We saw lots of dead cats and dogs on the roads. It was obvious that people were in a hurry to leave.

Today is the 26th day of the war. Many villages and towns are experiencing a humanitarian catastrophe – some of them are occupied by the Russians. We cannot provide our people with food, water and electricity in some areas because Russia is breaking its promises of a “green corridor”. In Demydiv, Kyiv region, they shelled people during their evacuation. According to the attorney general’s office, 115 children were killed and more than 148 injured.

Ukraine’s largest dog shelter, Sirius, which has more than 3,000 dogs, has no food, electricity or gasoline.

I am still in Ukraine, but in a relatively safe place. I hear sounds I have never heard in peacetime, including planes and rockets. I’m afraid my town will be the next target, but it’s my home and I don’t want to leave.

My family is close to me and I communicate regularly with my friends. Most of them are in safe places. Luckily we have a good connection and can use messaging services to keep in touch and find out what’s going on.

A few of my colleagues were in the “hot spots”, Kharkiv and Irpin. They saw BM-21 Grad rocket launchers, houses destroyed and people killed in the street.

I stay in contact with my colleagues and we continue to work to support the Ukrainian economy. Valtech, the company I work for, covers the cost of apartments for our colleagues and their families in safer regions in Ukraine. Three transfers for women and children were organized from Bukovel to the Polish border, and they were picked up by paying hotels upon arrival.

Our company and our colleagues support each other and do their best to cheer each other up. We participated in self-defense and first aid training courses, organized by Valtech, and our children had a lecture on what to do during an anti-aircraft siren.

We also support our army, with many of us volunteers and our general manager purchasing equipment, including night vision goggles, thermal vision sets, a jeep, a van, two minibuses, over 1,000 liters of diesel and other items that were needed for the defense effort.

My colleagues have created many fundraising initiatives that employees actively support. These include fundraising for military equipment, food and clothing, underwear for the wounded, as well as working at the volunteer headquarters. The company also participated in the supply of military equipment for employees who decided to join the territorial defense group. Valtech Global has also established a fund for war victims.

Recently, we purchased SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet service for commercial operations and to help volunteers. Valtech Global supported us in this initiative. We transferred them to Kharkiv, Chernihiv, kyiv, Lviv, Chernivtsi and other cities.

Today we really need the support of other countries and that the sky closes on Ukraine. Russia continues to use rockets and planes to attack us. These weapons destroy everything and everyone.

Invasion of Ukraine – ways to help

Nataliia suggests four ways to help:

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