How Is The Company Coping With The War?
DB: When the war broke out, both of us had already been living abroad for four years. First, it was the USA and then Portugal. We were here, in Lisbon, on the 24th of February too. I woke up in the morning and saw a bunch of messages on my phone. I read them and woke up my wife Ira, saying, “Wake up. It’s war.”
DK: The 24th of February was kind of a blur for me. I remember how I remotely guided the first evacuation convoy with some members of my family out of Kyiv; how I planned the route so that it was a long way from potentially dangerous places; how I followed the news, etc. At that moment, our colleagues – those who were in relatively safe places – were already helping those who were in war-stricken areas in every way they could.
DB: The following two weeks rushed by like one day. Every day, we took care of the most essential things, from finding and renting evacuation buses to guiding cars with our colleagues and their relatives along the safest routes toward Western Ukraine.
More and more of our colleagues got involved in the evacuation efforts. Those who could work picked up the work tasks that their colleagues couldn’t handle. Looking back, I can say that I am proud of the way the whole company acted during that trying period.
DK: Certainly. I saw the crisis bring out the best in all of us. For example, some people picked up their colleagues from the suburbs in their own cars and brought them to the evacuation buses despite the shelling and gunfire all around. All that made a strong impression on me.
By the first week of March, a great number of our colleagues and their families had to leave Kharkiv where the largest office for P2H used to be located as well as other towns and cities that were being shelled by the aggressor.
Most of the people settled down in a hotel in Lviv rented by the company, which is still a temporary home for many of our colleagues. With time, some people moved to the EU countries while a small group returned to their homes.
At the moment, around five of our colleagues are still staying in really dangerous areas not counting those who are fighting for Ukraine in the Armed Forces and Territory Defense Units.
DB: As for our clients, they started to write to us from the very first days of the war offering their help from providing financial aid to accommodating our colleagues in their homes. We received and are still receiving words of support and solidarity from them.