Ukraine crisis, Apple stops selling products and restricts some of its services in Russia

Apple has decided to take a series of actions in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Among these, the Cupertino-based company has suspended the sale of products and limited Apple Pay and its other services in Russia. In Apple Maps, the real-time traffic functionality for Ukraine has been temporarily disabled. Meanwhile, Russian media applications RT News and Sputnik News are no longer available for download from the App Store outside of Russia.

“We are deeply concerned about the Russian invasion of Ukraine and stand by all the people who are suffering from the violence. We are supporting humanitarian efforts, providing aid for the ongoing refugee crisis and doing everything possible to support our teams in the region “ this is what we read in an official note from Apple taken by various international sites such as Reuters, The Verge And Techcrunch.

In the same note, Apple confirmed the actions taken already in recent days: “We have taken a series of actions in response to the invasion. We have suspended all sales of products in Russia. Last week we stopped all exports in our sales channel in the country. Apple Pay and other services were limited. RT News and Sputnik News are no longer available for download from the App Store outside of Russia. And we have disabled both traffic and incident reporting in real time in Apple Maps in Ukraine as a safety and precautionary measure for Ukrainian citizens. ” .

Unsurprisingly, Apple has suspended the sale of its products in Russia. Indeed, The Verge reported that last week the Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov wrote an open letter to Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, asking precisely to stop the supply of Apple services and products to the Russian Federation as concrete help to protect not only the Ukraine but all of Europe and, finally, the entire democratic world: “I appeal to you and I am sure that you will not only listen, but also do everything possible to protect Ukraine, Europe and, ultimately, the entire democratic world from bloody authoritarian aggression – to stop the supply of services and products. Apple to the Russian Federation, including blocking access to the App Store “, Fedorov wrote in the letter. Currently, as reported by Reuters And The Vergeit seems it is possible to access the Russian online Apple Store, but products such as iPhones and Macs cannot be ordered because they are listed as “currently unavailable”.

As also in Google Maps, Apple Maps also no longer offers real-time traffic and incident reporting for Ukraine. This is a safety and precautionary measure for Ukrainian citizens, as information of this type could be used to visualize large concentrations of people.

Of course it is not known how long these actions will last, and if in addition to these listed above, others will be added: everything will depend on how the situation will evolve.

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