Tech Companies that Stopped Operations in Russia due Russo-Ukrainian War

Russia Ukraine War

The technology companies play a crucial role in our lives in this new hyper connected world. Amidst the Russo-Ukrainian war the big tech companies have stopped their operation in Russia as Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022. The world has not yet recovered from the Global pandemic of Coronavirus, and this war is definitely the last thing this world had expected and it is very unfortunate because lots of innocent souls have lost their lives and many are suffering due to this war which is still going on.

Russia, is one of the most important and largest market for international companies. But due to this ongoing Russia and Ukraine war lots of sanction from the US and Europe has been imposed on the Russia and several companies have stopped their operations.

Here are the list of Tech Companies which stopped operations in Russia due to Russia and Ukraine war this is what they have to say:

Google

In light of the extraordinary circumstances, we’re pausing Google ads in Russia. The situation is evolving quickly, and we will continue to share updates when appropriate.

Apple

We have taken a number of actions in response to the invasion. We have paused all product sales in Russia. Last week, we stopped all exports into our sales channel in the country. Apple Pay and other services have been limited. RT News and Sputnik News are no longer available for download from the App Store outside Russia.

And we have disabled both traffic and live incidents in Apple Maps in Ukraine as a safety and precautionary measure for Ukrainian citizens. We will continue to evaluate the situation and are in communication with the relevant governments on the actions we are taking. We join all those around the world who are calling for peace.

Microsoft

We are announcing today that we will suspend all new sales of Microsoft products and services in Russia.

In addition, we are coordinating closely and working in lockstep with the governments of the United States, the European Union and the United Kingdom, and we are stopping many aspects of our business in Russia in compliance with governmental sanctions decisions.

As a company, we are committed to the safety of our employees in Ukraine and we are in constant contact with them to offer support in many forms, including those who have needed to flee for their lives or safety.

Samsung

Due to the current geopolitical developments, shipments to Russia have been suspended. We continue to actively monitor this complex situation to determine our next steps.

Our thoughts are with everyone who has been impacted, and our priority is to ensure the safety of all our employees and their families. We plan to actively support humanitarian efforts around the region, including aid for refugees. To this end, we are donating $6 million, including $1 million in consumer electronics products, as well as voluntary donations from our employees.

Intel

Intel condemns the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, and we have suspended all shipments to customers in both Russia and Belarus. Our thoughts are with everyone who has been impacted by this war, including the people of Ukraine and the surrounding countries and all those around the world with family, friends and loved ones in the region.

We are working to support all of our employees through this difficult situation, especially those with close ties to this region. We have launched an employee donation and matching campaign through the Intel Foundation that has already raised over $1.2 million for relief efforts, and we are proud of the work our teams in surrounding areas including Poland, Germany and Romania are doing to aid refugees. We will continue to stand with the people of Ukraine and the global community in calling for an immediate end to this war and a swift return to peace.

Amazon

Amazon has deactivated some Ukraine-based sellers to protect them from accruing unnecessary penalty fees or unfair suspensions for certain policy violations due to delayed shipments. This is a part of standard precautionary measure the company takes in times of unforeseen events, such as a natural disaster.

Adobe

Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen said in a company blog post “Effective immediately, Adobe will halt all new sales of Adobe products and services in Russia.

Facebook/Meta/Instagram

Meta has paused ads targeting people in Russia, and said that advertisers within Russia will no longer be able to create or run ads anywhere in the world, including within Russia. This comes after the Russian government’s announcement that they will be blocking Facebook. Meta said that it is working to keep its services available to the greatest extent possible.

Nokia

Pekka Lundmark, President and CEO, Nokia, said that Nokia will donate €1 million to UNICEF to help support its humanitarian work in Ukraine. In addition, the company will work with UNICEF to provide a platform for employee fundraising.

Twitter

Twitter has paused advertisements in Ukraine and Russia. The company said that this move is to ensure that critical public safety information is elevated and ads don’t detract from it. The company has also paused some Tweet recommendations from people you don’t follow on Home Timeline to reduce the spread of abusive content.

TikTok

In light of Russia’s new ‘fake news’ law, we have no choice but to suspend livestreaming and new content to our video service while we review the safety implications of this law.

Netflix

Given the circumstances on the ground, we have decided to suspend our service in Russia.

Spotify

Spotify has announced that it has closed its office in Russia indefinitely, and said that it is providing individual support to its people in the region as well as our global community of Ukrainian employees.

Snap

Snap has temporarily disabled the Snapchat’s Snap Map “heatmap” of public Snaps in Ukraine as a safety precaution. The company said that it will continue to offer curated Stories comprised of Snaps submitted in Ukraine.

PayPal

PayPal also suspended its service in Russia on Saturday, according to a letter to the Ukrainian government from CEO Dan Schulman.

While the big tech companies and several other companies have stopped their operation in Russia due to Russo-Ukrainian war. This shows the new age we live is advanced where battles are not only fought with swords and guns. But, a country can also be affected by blocking the access to technology and services.

We hope and pray that this war will end soon!

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