Ukraine asks Apple to stop selling product and services in Russia

Ukraine has written a letter to Apple, asking it to stop selling its products and services in Russia, in an effort to motivate Russian youth to proactively stop military aggression from their country.

Mykhailo Fedorov, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, wrote a letter addressed to Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, explaining the on-ground situation in Ukraine due to the military attack by Russia.

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Ukraine Deputy PM writes letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook

The letter talks about how residential areas full of civilians are under attack, and how Ukraine’s forces and citizens are protecting their country. The world is supporting Ukraine by implementing significant economic sanctions on Russia, and Fedorov highlights that modern technology is the best answer to weapons.

Fedorov specifically asks Tim Cook to protect “Ukraine, Europe, and, finally, the entire democratic world” and stop supplying Apple services and products to Russia.

“I appeal to you and I am sure that you will not only hear, but also do everything possible to protect Ukraine, Europe, and, finally, the entire democratic world from bloody authoritarian aggression — to stop supplying Apple services and products to the Russian Federation, including blocking access to App Store!”

As per Fedorov, this would push the Russian citizens to “proactively stop” the military aggression by their country.

The entire letter was posted on Twitter by Fedorov and Tim Cook was also tagged in the tweet. The responses to the tweet show users asking other companies like Samsung and Google to also stop selling their products and services in Russia.

There has been no response from Apple to the letter. However, on the same issue, Tim Cook had tweeted a couple of days ago that he is deeply concerned with the situation in Ukraine and that Apple is doing all it can to support its teams there, as well as local humanitarian efforts.

I am deeply concerned with the situation in Ukraine. We’re doing all we can for our teams there and will be supporting local humanitarian efforts. I am thinking of the people who are right now in harm’s way and joining all those calling for peace.

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