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Accountant for Palo Alto tech firm killed in Ukraine with her two children

Original post made on Mar 9, 2022

The chief accountant for a Palo Alto technology company and her two children were killed in Ukraine while trying to escape from the city of Irpin, according to an online statement by her company, SE Ranking.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Stanford
on Mar 9, 2022 at 11:10 am

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This is so very sad. I went to a rally at Stanford last week that included speeches by Consul General of Ukraine in San Francisco (Dmytro Kushneruk) and Michael McFaul (former U.S. ambassador to Russia and the director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford). The speeches were inspiring, but there were less than 200 people to hear them. The event was not well-advertised. I hope that the President and Provost of Stanford University and the Director of Hoover Institution will promote these events in the future. As McFaul said - this cannot be about politics or about strategy - it is about right and wrong, good and evil.

Posted by dontliveinCA
a resident of another community
on Mar 9, 2022 at 11:25 am

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I see Michael McFaul frequently on cable news shows.....very smart guy. Stanford is lucky to have him.

Posted by Anneke
a resident of Professorville
on Mar 9, 2022 at 12:39 pm

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I recognize that government is complex; however, if we do not act faster and more decisively in truly helping the Ukraine, we will see many more of these young people being killed by devastating tools Putin will use. Yes, this is all about humanity for us but not for him. For Putin it is all about power.

Now is the time to act, not two weeks from now when many more innocent people have died.

I would like to see the Ukraine and the Western world capture many young Russian soldiers who have witnessed these horrors. Treat them decently, and then send them home to so they can tell their families of what really happened. Putin will fail if all or most of Russia will make him fail.

Rest in Peace, dear Tatiana, Alise and Nikita. The world owed you more!

Posted by Virginia Smedberg
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 9, 2022 at 6:37 pm

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YES!! Anneke - that is the right way to do it - "I would like to see the Ukraine and the Western world capture many young Russian soldiers who have witnessed these horrors. Treat them decently, and then send them home to so they can tell their families of what really happened."
The people, including the soldiers, do not want killing. It is only the power-hungry and -blinded "leaders" who consider the rest of us nothing more than tin soldiers that can be tromped on at their whim. How do we make your idea happen?

Posted by Citizen
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 12, 2022 at 7:54 pm

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Give what you can to aid organizations. Then please, please, please, work on getting turnout for the November midterm Congressional elections nationwide. If the Republicans get a majority, as they will unless Democrats get their act together over turnout, we'll be back in crazy land with the Republicans dismantling our federal government and doing nothing about corruption. Tmp will once again be the de facto head of the party and his disinformation-and deference to Putin--will once again be elevated in regular media. Democrats who are already working so hard to clean up after 4 years of that and restore our alliances and international reputation, which is working, will be undone again. Democracy and the rule of law will suffer as we all have witnessed how Republicans do nothing about corruption and will undo the work of trying to hold people accountable for Jan 6. I'm sure Putin knows the Republicans are more likely to win and is probably counting on this.

If the Republicans get the majority in November, it will hurt the international response, not only to this crisis, but to the climate crisis--the chance to act during this extremely narrow window the next few years will be lost.
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Most people do not understand the implications of a majority in Congress.
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People who care about the effectiveness and competence of our government, need to step up and work on the specific task of effectively turning out Democratic voters in the midterms. This is probably the most important election of our lives, and people don't even realize it. Give money to support Ukraine, but please use your energy for both, or for the November election, because if it looks like Republicans will win, Putin knows he just has to hold out against the international alliances til then.

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