Our message in support of the people of Ukraine and an update on the Valentina Team there.
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.
It wasn’t that long ago that Russia launched its massive and heavily televised invasion of Ukraine: February 24, 2022. However, while the most devastating in the 21st century, it is not a first unjust and unprovoked attack against Ukraine by the government of Mr. Putin. After the people of Ukraine looked westward in 2014 with the Revolution of Dignity, Mr. Putin began a war against Ukraine with the invasion and annexation of Crimea and instigation of unrest in Donbas, which has turned much of the eastern portion of that region into a war zone ever since, and to date. Parallel to this, Mr. Putin’s government has waged sophisticated social disorder campaigns against Ukraine and perceived enemies of Russia that would make his old colleagues in the East German Stasi and the KGB proud.
It is notable that this happened after the Russian government directly confirmed and agreed to as a signatory to the integrity and protection of sovereign rights of Ukraine through the Budapest Memorandum in 1994.
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.
Please also support all the brave people of Ukraine fighting for their homes and their right to decide their own future.
Friends of Valentina in Ukraine GofundMe
While there are now dozens of venues to donate in support of Ukraine, we set up this GoFundMe to support our extended team and their families and, 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 more information about it on the GoFundMe page.
You can also find this message and more over on the thread on the main Paradigma Software website.