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10 Tech Giants That Have Cut Ties With Russia After Ukraine Invasion
As the world braces for economic impact from the conflict and historic sanctions against Russia, a number of technology firms show solidarity with Ukraine globally
“We are deeply concerned about the Russian invasion of Ukraine and stand with all of the people who are suffering as a result of the violence,” read Apple’s statement to media. “We are supporting humanitarian efforts, providing aid for the unfolding refugee crisis and doing all we can to support our teams in the region.”
The Cupertino, Calif.-based company also suspended Russian state news service RT News and Sputnik News from its App Store. Both traffic and live incidents in Apple Maps in Ukraine were disabled as a safety precaution.
For Michael Oh, president and founder of Cambridge, Mass.-based Apple partner TSP IT Services, the move was not a surprise. “It’s hard to imagine a U.S. company would continue to do business with Russia at this point, given the reaction worldwide.”
Oh said he expects further supply chain disruptions because of the conflict, but the pandemic has been a valuable training ground on that front. “There are tons of things that are going to happen; transportation costs are going to go up and it’s just going to be a ripple effect. We’re kind of getting used to supply chain issues. We just have to see what happens and roll with the punches.” Oh said.