Denys, Back End QA Engineer (B2C)
I decided to join the Territorial Defence Unit because it is our land, our people. Also, we’ve studied history, so we know what will start if the Russians rule here. For this reason, there’s no going back now, and I need to support the frontline in any way possible.
I studied at the military department in peacetime, so I have already have a basic knowledge of such affairs. I can shoot, handle weapons and provide first aid. Everything I learned there is really helpful in all spheres of military life.
Currently, I am the coordinator of one of the battalions. I’ve established lines of communication with volunteers in various areas and organised a warehouse for humanitarian aid. We provide ourselves with medicines, food, warm clothes, etc. We assist civilians, especially the elderly and children. Honestly, the last thing you want to see is how grateful people are for a package of food, baby food, or warm things. A group of evacuees arrived from Irpin today. We dressed them, so we took the rest of the items to the Red Cross. Food, diapers, medicine, everything you needed. All this is tough to see.
Today was the first day I went to rest at 21.00; thanks to all my team who helped me to relieve the load – everyone is already working as a coordinated mechanism. Although we are all very exhausted, we are in the mood to do everything possible so that if the Russians come here, they will feel all 1000% of Ukrainian sincerity.
In addition, I deal with communications and engineering support, so everyone from our battalion was supplied with walkie-talkies and always could be in touch with each other. Now, I’m trying to get DMR walkie-talkies to establish radio communications over a secure channel for long distances. It’s hard, but we, the QA, learn quickly. Ukrainians remain motivated every day to fight for out land and freedom.
The basic principles of SMART and agile are beneficial for being effective, but sometimes, we have to explain that there are discipline and orders.
After our victory, I want to rest and see my parents in Odesa; we worry about being so far away. That is how we live, helping each other and preparing to defend our home because we are all brothers of the Cossack family.
Dmytro, System Administrator
I joined the Territorial Defence Unit because I adore my country. Before the war, I served in the Internal Troops (now the National Guard). And in 2005, I swore allegiance to the country and the people.
I am currently in the Communications department. Our team is involved with strengthening positions. We are welding metal hedgehogs to blockade the road, and have been to the warehouses for fabric to deliver it to the studio to sew bulletproof vests. Our biggest task is to equip the headquarters with communication and the Internet. I personally oversee the CCTV server, LAN, Wi-Fi, etc. 🙂 Since everything is complicated here, the only thing that saves the situation at this moment is 4G.
Of course, the skills I gained in peacetime are in great demand. In Wirex, I had the opportunity to work with many modern technologies that I never dreamed of. There are no difficulties as such, except for the concern I feel for my family.
Discipline is essential here; it’s a war. Therefore, it is a sin to complain about something. Everyone is friendly.
After the war, I plan to return to my family, my job and to a peaceful life. I will catch up with the gaps in my professional development. I hope the victory will come soon and I’ll keep up with our team.
Honestly, I missed everyone even more than during quarantine and have started to appreciate even more what I had before 🤗
Vlas, Domain Coordinator
I have joined the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine because I want a peaceful sky to reign over our country. I hope that if people go abroad, it is because they want to, not out of fear for their lives.
Before now, I had not undergone military training. In fact, the Armed Forces need many specialists in various fields, including IT. Being a pacifist myself, I feel that military training is justified in this case. You can really see how our Armed Forces are prepared and how they work. So, I have decided to become like another drop in the ocean or one of those straws that will break a camel’s back.
In the Armed Forces, I work within communications as a signalman who ensures stable and secure communication. It hasn’t taken me long to receive my first task. The hardest thing is the inability to be close to loved ones; everything else I can overcome.
In general, I have a very diverse range of knowledge: English, German, Polish, construction, engineering, network administration, management. Each of these is a skill I can apply here.
As for teamwork in wartime and peacetime, the hierarchical military sphere looks very different than one might imagine. However, cooperation with comrades works on the same principles, plus a strong desire to drive the adversary out of our territory as soon as possible, and to minimise casualties, especially among civilians.
After our victory, I will return to completing projects and starting new ones. Of course, I will do this while I am with my family. And maybe I will continue my blog in Telegram. I recently launched it to give people as much information as possible about what and how I am going through. There is a lot of conflicting information on the Internet, and many aspects are in the shadows, so I try to be objective.