Ukrainian leader calls on Apple to ban Russian users from the App Store

In an open letter published Friday afternoon, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister, Mikhailo Fedorov, called on Apple to stop providing products and services to Russian users in response to the ongoing invasion of the country.

Fedorov wrote in the published letter: “I appeal to you” Through his Twitter account“To stop providing the Russian Federation with Apple services and products, including blocking access to the App Store!”

“We are sure that such measures will motivate the young and active population of Russia to preemptively stop the disgraceful military aggression,” Fedorov added.

According to him, more than 50,000 Russian soldiers have entered Ukraine Pentagon EstimatesSatellite images indicate that an attack on the capital, Kiev, may be imminent. It was the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster It was captured by Russian forces on Thursday, which raises concerns about the ongoing management of radioactive materials there. The fighting has already caused tens of thousands of Ukrainians to flee their homes as refugees. According to United Nations estimates.

The White House released Thursday Wide range of penalties In response to the invasion, including measures that prevent Apple and other US companies from providing services to the Russian military or defense ministry. But Fedorov’s request goes further, calling on the company to stop serving for the country as a whole.

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Apple did not respond to a request for comment on the letter.

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