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Ukrainian leaders ask Tim Cook to block Russians in App Store

On day 2 of Russia invasion of Ukraine Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine Mykhailo Fedorov requested Apple CEO Tim Cook to stop providing its services and products to the Russian Federation, in response to the invasionAlso read – Apple iPhone SE 3 5G may cost $300: report

In an open letter, he asked Cook to “stop providing Apple services and products to the Russian Federation, including blocking access to the App Store!” In his tweetFedorov also added: “We are sure that such actions will motivate the youth and the active population of Russia to proactively stop the shameful military aggression.” He also calls on the youth and active population of Russia to resist the invasion. Also read – Russia-Ukraine conflict: Russia partially restricts access to Facebook

David Kaye, UC Irvine Law Professor and former UN Special Rapporteur also retweeted this tweet, but he believes that blocking Russian access to the App Store doesn’t stop them from communicating.

For the inexperienced, Tim Cook had recently tweeted about the current situation in Ukraine, promising that Apple will “continue to support local humanitarian efforts”. However, he did not respond to the appeal of the Ukrainian technology minister.

Not only Tim Cook, but other leaders in the technology sector, including Richard Branson, have responded to the crisis in Ukraine. According to Virgin Group founder Richard Branson’s blog post“To be clear, this war is Putin’s war, and only his choice. It is a one-sided, unprovoked act of aggression that must not only be condemned in the strongest terms, but also met with the strongest reactions. †

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