Last week, Microsoft provided an update on how it is protecting Ukraine from cyberattacks, state-sponsored disinformation campaigns and more. Today, Microsoft announced that it will suspend all new sales of Microsoft products and services in Russia. Microsoft is also working with governments of the United States, the European Union and the United Kingdom to stop many aspects of its business in Russia in compliance with governmental sanctions decisions.
Microsoft also revealed that it has acted against Russia’s disruptive measures against more than 20 Ukrainian government, IT and financial sector organizations.
Microsoft Philanthropies and UN Affairs teams are also working with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and multiple UN agencies to help refugees by providing technology and financial support for NGOs.
Like the rest of the world, we are horrified, angered and saddened by the images and news coming from the war in Ukraine and condemn this unjustified, unprovoked and unlawful invasion by Russia – Brad Smith, President & Vice Chair, MIcrosoft.
Microsoft’s efforts follow a concerted effort by Western companies to isolate and economically cripple Russia following its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. For Apple this has meant the suspension of Apple Pay in the country and the halting of sales of new smartphones in the country and companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter have suspended accounts and ad revenue for Russian news outlets in the country.