Supporting Ukraine and the Status of the Valentina Team

There’s a much longer winded version of this on the Paradigma Software website if you would like a bit more background.

If you have been using Paradigma Software products for a while, you likely know it is an international company. Our co-founder and original creator of the Valentina database is from Ukraine and leads our development team in Kherson, Ukraine.

So what of the Paradigma Software development team?
Kherson is at present under the control of Russian forces, though while attacked, it is not devastated to date to the extent of other cities, such as Kharkiv. Locals are not taking it lying down, but actively protesting against the presence of the Russian military. To date, none of the team has expressed a desire to flee, but rather remain and protect their homes and the lives they have built. This includes everyone, even our interns from the highly regarded, local university.

Services and support of Paradigma Software continue and our IP is safe. Many of our long time customers, colleagues and friends have been asking, especially since they noticed some of our developers are regularly posting to our forums. While the direction of this war may change conditions in the future, they are not interested in running. You can expect this to continue.

We do ask that you continue supporting us. As a company, we are ‘granting amnesty’ on renewals so long as the original order was placed after we did our new site relaunch in 2016. You can find out if your license is listed on your account.

Friends of Valentina in Ukraine GofundMe
While there are now dozens of venues to donate in support of Ukraine, we set up a GoFundMe to support not only our extended team and their families but, for the purpose of providing some additional support to colleagues and their families associated with the local university and the city of Kherson. You can find out more information about the Friends of Valentina in Ukraine Gofundme on the Gofundme website.

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:ukraine: CCCP Go Home.
Arrest Palpatine (Putin) for crimes against humanity!

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Give us updates about Ruslan and family as soon as it’s possible and safe.

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Thanks all! So far, nobody has had their homes attacked, and internet and phone service seem uninterrupted (after a few ‘shakes.’). We’ll be posting some updates to the Paradigma forum and also over on the GoFundMe as well. One of our team members did have a very harrowing escape from Kiev but managed to get back to Kherson right before Kherson came under Russian control.

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It knew Ruslan was in that approximate part of the world but didn’t consider that he might be in Ukraine. I hope he and his family are safe.

What is happening in Ukraine right now is an insult to our very species. Putin is a deranged lunatic who puts our very existence in jeopardy as he could easily start a nuclear war. I don’t expect Putin to be successful in his adventure into Ukraine but a lot more Ukrainians and Russians will die before this ends.

If this ends Putin’s reign and Russia as a result becomes a truly free and fair democracy, that would at least be something good that comes from this but Ukraine and to a lesser extent Russia will have paid a heavy price for it.

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In some areas, including Kherson, Russian troops are looking for existing commissioners and publicly elected officials so they can try to force them to become part of a new region that will be Russia friendly. Of course, this seems much like what the Nazis did to France with the Vichy government. Russia is looking for the easiest path to legitimizing what they are doing.

Radio Europe interviewed one of those commissioners that are doing their best to avoid being found by Russian forces.

So far, the entire team is okay, and their immediate families.

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You have a dream . . . I hope this will come true, but unfortunately I guess the price will be quite high.

He’s done. But what does a rabid dog that has control over a nuclear arsenal do when pushed into the corner?

That one person has enough power to destroy two countries and threaten the entire world with a nuclear apocalypse in a matter of a few weeks is mind-boggling.

Scary times.

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