Clarification request for Storage Node Operators located in Ukraine.
Foremost, I want to express my sincere gratitude for all the support provided by the Storj team for Storage Node Operators located in Ukraine after the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine. Unfortunately, this terrible war continues and has even reached a new level of escalation. The Russian Federation began targeted missile strikes on Ukraine’s civilian energy infrastructure on winter’s eve. These strikes led to widespread power outages across the country and even one full-scale, albeit short, blackout. This large-scale destruction of the energy infrastructure forced the authorities to impose restrictions on electricity consumption. As a result, various restrictions on electricity supply power rationing have become the norm. Power outages occur every day and can last from several hours to several days. This situation with the electricity supply creates enormous difficulties for work and life for all Ukrainians, including the Storage Node Operators in Ukraine. Constant outages make it impossible to keep nodes online by more than 50 percent of the time. As a result, many of our nodes have already received the suspended status on some satellites due to frequent offline. Unfortunately, the situation with the energy supply may deteriorate even further during this winter. Therefore, the majority of node holders from Ukraine may lose their nodes for reasons beyond their control. In this regard, I would really like to get an explanation of the Storj team’s position on this problem and clarify whether we should hope for some solution. For example, a temporary exemption from suspension for nodes with Ukrainian IP could help Storage Node Operators located in Ukraine to adapt to these conditions. Also, I would like to clarify the possibility of restoring disqualified nodes. The situation in Ukraine may get much worse before it gets better. Therefore, I ask you to consider the possibility of creating a procedure for restoring disqualified nodes for Storage Node Operators located in Ukraine.