Keeping calm and carrying on Kyiv style

With Russian tanks circling the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, a LocLunch live from the city attracted huge support from localization industry professionals. The inspiring event became the Ukrainian embodiment of the eve-of-World War II moral-boosting campaign from the British Government - Keep Calm and Carry On.

Organised by Ukrainian LocLunch ambassador and Technolex Translation Studio localization production manager Maria Malykhina, the gathering prompted inspiring stories from localization professionals in Ukraine and around the world, all of whom expressed solidarity with the people of the beleaguered country.

For Olga Hergül, a Russian who has lived in Turkey for many years, emotions overcame her as she expressed solidarity with Ukrainian colleagues forcing her to switch off her camera feed.

“The food was great! Unfortunately, Putin spoiled our appetites by invading Ukraine”

She also made the point that Russians are being deliberately fed misinformation by their government. One idea shared to work around the spread of misinformation is via posting restaurant reviews, as this article explains.

Stefan Huyghe, Localization VP, Globalization Consultant, language industry writer and LocLunch Ambassador, who joined the LocLunch from Texas gave permission to share his moving interview with Maria Malykhina published in Multilingual magazine in which she describes what it is like for an LSP manager to be working in a war zone.