Vermont businessman’s IT sales chief eyes barrel of war in Ukraine | News

BRATTLEBORO – What does Eugene Sidoronok want Americans to know about Ukraine?

“We are strong, we believe in ourselves and we need your support,” Sidoronok said. “It is now very important to bring as much attention to the world community as possible to the fact that our nation is being destroyed and [to] stop that. …Help in any way possible, informationally, financially, physically.

Sidoronok, 41, is an IT manager at Boston Unisoft Technologies, a sister company of Vermont News & Media, owned by Paul Belogour of Guilford. He lives in the city of Dnipro, Ukraine, with his wife and 4-year-old son.

“This is my city, the city of my relatives, the city of my ancestors,” Sidoronok said.

At this time, the Sidoronoks are hosted by his colleague and close friend, Eugene Shcherbak, and his family. There they prepare to defend their homeland. On Tuesday, fighting took place within 200 km of its location, with rocket attacks in all directions.

Boston Unisoft sales chief hasn’t fired a gun since trip to the US

“I fired 10 shots in my life,” Sidoronok said.

Although there have been reports of Ukrainian citizens being armed with military-grade weapons, Sidoronok reports that he is not one of them.

“I don’t have a weapon. But I have an axe, a shovel and [pitch]fork. My family and I will defend our land with whatever is at hand, and I’m not worried,” Sidoronok said. “Everyone is on defense.

Sidoronok said “the first days were scary” during the invasion and when fighting broke out. Since then, the nights have been calm, with the two families keeping each other supported and “in good shape”.

Reports from the front lines are grim, however, as the IT sales manager relayed.

“Today in Kiev a family was destroyed in the street with a rocket,” Sidoronok said. “And it happens all the time during hostilities.”

Russian aggression has only unified the country, which is marked by multiple regional and ethnic groups, Sidoronok reported. The two dominant groups in the country are Ukrainians, at 78%, and Russians, at 17%. The rest are Belarusians, Moldovans, Crimeans, Bulgarians, Hungarians, Romanians, Poles, Jews and others, according to the CIA Factbook.

“Ukraine before the war was different. Someone wanted to speak Russian, someone Ukrainian. Someone went to the Catholic Church, someone to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, someone to the Russian Orthodox Church, someone to the synagogue, someone to the mosque,” ​​Sidoronok said.

Politics was the same way, with the people divided into favorites and factions.

“Now all Ukrainians are united. There is only one objective: to protect their land. There is only one job: the defense of the state. Nobody thinks about their own profits and income. It’s all for the front. It’s all for the win. People donate cars, money, things, food for defenders: military and volunteers,” Sidoronok said. “Everyone has one goal: to save Ukraine, a free and democratic state.”

He said the country was uniquely united under “the most important Ukrainian…our president, Volodymyr Zelensky.” Newsweek reports an approval rating for Zelensky of over 90%.

If given the chance to speak directly to Russian troops, Sidoronok said he would tell them to come to their senses and realize there will be no forgiveness for the deaths of innocent Ukrainians.

“We saw the Russian world when you destroyed our cities and killed our civilians. Look… how your government is using you. Stop being cattle to be slaughtered,” Sidoronok said. “Remember that for a person the main thing is freedom.”

To the Russians who remained in the country, Sidoronok urges them to “take to the streets and stop the death of your loved ones”.

To Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, Sidoronok cites a Ukrainian border guard killed early in the war, one of 13 sentries on Snake Island, or Zmiinyi Island, who faced imminent death at cause of Russian warships offshore.

“'[Expletive] you.’ It means in Russian, “Go home with your army while [you can],’” he said. “Ukraine will stand, or there will be scorched earth.”

Stay tuned for more reports from Vermont News & Media contacts in Ukraine and other sources at reformer.com/ukraine.

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