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A group of employees in Ukraine who work for a San Francisco-based tech company has voluntarily joined the Ukrainian military to defend the country’s sovereignty.
“Our people want to fight for their freedom. And, they’re willing to die for their country,” JustAnswer CEO Andy Kurtzig told FOX Business.
Four of the over 200 employees of the online question and answer service have already volunteered to take up arms and a fifth employee has already jumped in to donate his time and experience as a paramedic.
Kurtzig noted that the employees stood up to fight well before it was announced on Facebook that Ukraine would not release male citizens aged 16 to 60 outside of the country.
“An urgent message!! To the attention of citizens!!” the Head of Lviv regional customs Daniil Menshikov wrote. “Due to the military state, men – citizens of Ukraine, aged 18 to 60 will not be released outside our state. Please do not create panic and do not try to cross the border on your own! Victory is upon us! Glory to Ukraine!”
The CEO anticipates many more employees to join the fight in the imminent future and pledges to pay 50% of any draftee’s regular salary in addition to any money they would receive from the military.
The tech company’s employees from all over the world are supporting their Ukraine-based counterparts’ efforts through donations and the company will offer a match for any employee donation. Kurtzig will dip into his own piggy bank to match the employee donated funds as well.
“Our number one priority is to support our Ukraine employees,” the CEO added. “They want to defend their freedom, and we felt this was the best way to support their efforts. We’re grateful to be able to help them fight for their country.”
Many people on social media praised the employees and their boss and offered up prayers for those standing up to fight off the Russian invasion.
@justanswer You should be proud of these employees fighting for Ukraine against a brutal dictator. Hopefully you will give them any support they need.
— Jeffrey Yeganeh (@JeffreyYeganeh) February 26, 2022
Please pray onto the Lord for 🇺🇦Ukraine🇺🇦, their soldiers and their people.🙏🙏🙏
God, have mercy on us.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
— Sinner➡️Salvation (@SinnerSalvation) February 26, 2022
It’s more than answering the call. It’s standing against evil.
— Tuck Frump & ебать Росію 🏳️🌈🇺🇸 🌎❄️ ✡️🗽 🌊 (@Unabashed_Lib) February 26, 2022
Good intent but a gun is no match to missiles and bombs. God help them for their bravery
— Proud Indep (@Tech2200) February 26, 2022
Others blamed the “propaganda machine” for creating this narrative on Ukraine, and some held that Russia was liberating the eastern European country, and not destroying it.
Propaganda machine in full swing.
— strangerthing (@jazdad1985) February 26, 2022
Ukraine problem is not Russia, wake up people Russia is libarateing you from you most corrupt politicians, all the money America gives you average people see zero it’s all shared among your politicians & elites.
— Tony (@fierritousa) February 26, 2022
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