Ukrainian Ministry of Economy calls on global IT companies to block cooperation with Russia

Ukraine’s Economy Ministry has called on major global IT companies to freeze all transactions and agreements with Russia and stop providing services to the aggressor country.

As the press service of the Ministry of Economy reports, Ukraine needs such support to stop computer and technological attacks from the Russian Federation.

“Russia needs these high-quality products and services, equipment and software produced by these companies to continue the war.

In particular, numerous channels on Telegram and YouTube, Facebook groups and Instagram profiles have been created to spread disinformation among Ukrainians, Russians and the world. The Russians use these channels to find important information about the positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and share it to indicate the objectives of future airstrikes,” the statement read.

Several international technology companies have already expressed their support for Ukraine. In particular, the founder of SpaceX and PayPal Elon Musk announced that he would send Starlink satellite terminals and activate access to the service in Ukraine.

The Ministry of Economy of Ukraine has already sent official letters to Telegram Messenger Inc., Alphabet Inc. (Google, YouTube), Meta Platforms Inc (Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp), Microsoft Corporation, Intel Corporation, Cisco Systems Inc, SAP Inc., Honeywell International Inc, NVIDIA Corporation, Robert Bosch GmbH, Apple Inc., SAS Institute Inc., Ingram Micro Distribution GmbH, Teradata Corp, HP Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Dell Technologies Inc., VMware Inc. , Siemens AG (Siemens Digital Industries Software), Autodesk Inc., Adobe Systems Incorporated, Diebold Nixdorf Inc., Citrix Systems Inc., Check Point Software Technologies Ltd., Bentley Systems Inc.

Russian President Vladimir Putin declared war on Ukraine on February 24 and launched a full-scale invasion. Already since the fourth day, Russian troops have been bombing and destroying key infrastructure. Missiles hit residential buildings.

Martial law was imposed in Ukraine and a general mobilization was announced.

According to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, Russia lost 4,300 servicemen during the three days of the war.

Ukraine has officially filed a complaint against the Russian Federation before the United Nations International Court of Justice in The Hague.

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Christi C. Elwood