In an open letter published Friday afternoon, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov called on Apple to stop providing products and services to Russian users in response to the ongoing invasion of the country.
“I appeal to you,” Fedorov wrote in the published letter through his Twitter account“to stop providing Apple services and products to the Russian Federation, including blocking access to the App Store!”
I’ve contacted @Tim is cooking, CEO of Apple, to block the Apple Store from citizens of the Russian Federation and to support the package of sanctions from the US government! If you agree with the president-killer, then you’ll have to settle for the only available site, Russia 24. pic.twitter.com/b5dm78g2vS— Mykhailo Fedorov (@FedorovMykhailo) February 25, 2022
“We are sure that such actions will motivate the youth and active population of Russia to proactively stop the shameful military aggression,” Fedorov continued.
More than 50,000 Russian troops have entered Ukraine, according to Pentagon estimates, and satellite images suggest an attack on the capital Kiev is imminent. The site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster was taken by Russian forces on Thursday, raising concerns over the continued management of radioactive material there. The fighting has already led to tens of thousands of Ukrainians fleeing their homes as refugees, according to United Nations estimates.
The White House on Thursday issued a broad package of sanctions in response to the invasion, including measures that would prevent Apple and other US companies from providing services to the Russian military or defense ministry. But Fedorov’s request goes further and calls on the company to stop providing services to the country in general.
Apple did not respond to a request for comment on the letter.