By Oleksandr Lutskevych, Founder and CEO of CEX.IO
Just a few days in the past, I used to be closing the 2021 efficiency evaluations and finalizing the plans for 2022. Tens of calls with colleagues around the globe, board conferences within the UK. The standard issues for enterprise.
Nothing is similar immediately.
Right this moment, my eyes are peeled to some chats the place individuals quickly change messages beginning with “Is everyone alive?”
It’s no secret that CEX.IO operates one in every of its places of work in Kyiv, the place we employed a few of the most good and hard-working minds to construct and develop our merchandise. These individuals have all the time been an vital a part of our international workforce. They’re good, deep, and humble.
Just a few days in the past, these individuals needed to make the hardest selections of their lives.
A few of them left residence and all their belongings with out understanding once they would come again or the place they had been going to sleep. They drove throughout the nation with their households, kids and oldsters, cats and canine, in hopes for security. They needed to await hours in visitors with individuals like them making an attempt to maintain calm. They needed to hear and see the rockets exploding close by.
A few of my teammates stayed, searching for shelter in Kyiv and areas and defending their properties and their streets. For the previous couple of days, they hear sirens, watch airstrikes out of their home windows, and really feel the bottom shaking from the explosions. A mat on the ground and web is now their livelihood.
Households had been cut up aside. When will they hug one another once more? When all of this ends. When will all of this finish? We have no idea.
These are the individuals I respect, love, and take care of. I take care of Ukraine, as a result of it gave me my childhood, my schooling, my reminiscences, and my workforce. So, I stand with Ukraine immediately.
Whereas the remainder of the CEX.IO international workforce within the US, UK, Cyprus, Latvia, and Gibraltar rose as much as the event and labored late nights and the weekend, collectively we’re taking steps to assist individuals affected by the warfare.
What are we doing now:
To these workforce members who at the moment are in numerous components of Ukraine, we are going to give our utmost focus and sources that can assist you get to and keep in security.
For many who had been in a position to depart Ukraine, we are going to fund a protected settlement for you and your households.
For Ukraine at massive, we’ve began plenty of initiatives to drive humanitarian aid. These initiatives shall be in numerous varieties. A few of them already efficient or in progress:
- Efficient: Free withdrawals for all fiat strategies for the Ukraine residents;
- Efficient: Driving donations to Pink Cross (shall be including different respected charity organizations going ahead);
- Efficient: We’ll donate our validator commissions we earn from the decentralized staking nodes: KAVA and ZIL – efficient. Polkadot, Kusama – in progress. The donations will go to the individuals affected by warfare.
- Efficient: We’ll allow interest-free (0%) loans to the Ukrainian residents in our Loans product.
We shall be including extra to the record as each little bit of an effort counts.
A part of my job, as a CEO, is to construct and keep the workforce and provides it what it must succeed. Proper now, for a few of my colleagues, this implies fundamental security and a hope that issues shall be again to regular, sooner or later.
There’s a meme circulating across the chats with Ukrainian individuals managing the warfare actuality. It says “Invaders must get out by Monday, as a result of on Monday, we have to go to work.” This speaks to the spirit of the individuals in Ukraine – unbreakable. And when these heroes discover in themselves levity and kindness even within the worst conditions, I do know that we are going to get by this collectively.