Over the last few years, Ukraine has become an essential part of the global tech economy. Last year, it exported $6.8 billion worth of technology services, up 36% from the year before.
International companies have turned to Ukraine for its educated engineering and computer science workforce — and its low wages compared to other parts of Europe. So when Russia invaded Ukraine, it wasn’t just countries that went on high alert; companies did too.
“For the Ukrainian economy and for us as a country, it is of course very important also to keep the economy going,” said Nataly Veremeeva, the director of TechUkraine, a group devoted to growing the industry there.
Since Veremeeva, a Kyiv resident, can’t really do her regular job, she’s working to make sure the rest of the world understands what’s going on in Ukraine.
“The distinguished feature of Ukrainians is self-organization. So, you see that there is some area that needs to be covered, you gather your like-minders, and you start doing,” she said.
Veremeeva believes this can-do mindset will help Ukrainians get through the present — and hopefully protect the country’s future.
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- Come Back Alive is one of the largest charitable foundations that supports Ukrainian soldiers, founded by the IT specialist Vitaliy Deynega. The organization collected more than 210 million UAH (more than $7M) in 2014. According to Na chasi, the Patreon page Come Back Alive is in the top ten projects by the number of financial donations.
- Army SOS, which develops drones;
- Everybody Can, an organization that supports internally displaced people;
- Help on the Ministry of Defense website.