"What we are trying to achieve… is to shape-up the eco-system for the start-ups,” says Yevheniy Shipka, Kharkiv IT hub facility co-founder, according to Ukraine Today.

The report says success stories of the Ukrainian IT start-ups should push the Ukrainian government to promote and supporte the local IT industry in any way possible. But instead last year the IT companies in Ukraine were raided by the law enforcement agencies.

Kharkiv IT cluster is a local association of IT companies in this eastern Ukrainian city, which, following the raids, is fighting to bring the perpetrators to justice.

If the government of Ukraine indeed wants the country to be seen as a global IT player, it should not just talk about the IT industry in its promo videos, but make sure that none of the government agencies hinder this sector, or any other for that matter.

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