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Apple Halts sales in Russia puts restrictions on new sites

Apple took a stand and halted all sales of its products in Russia following the country’s invasion of Ukraine, the …

Apple took a stand and halted all sales of its products in Russia following the country’s invasion of Ukraine, the company announced on Tuesday.

Apple (ticker: AAPL) said it stopped exporting its products to the country last week. The company also went one step further and limited Apple Pay and other services and removed RT News and Sputnik, two of Russia’s state-run news outlets, from its App store outside of Russia.

The company went announced that it disabled traffic and live incidents in Apple Maps in Ukraine as a precautionary measure for people in that country.

“We are deeply concerned about the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine and stand with all those people who are going through the worst aspects of the invasion. We are supporting humanitarian efforts plus providing much needed aid for the unfolding refugee crisis, and doing all we can to support our different teams in the region,” Apple said in a statement.

“We will continue to evaluate the situation and are in communication with relevant governments on the actions we are taking. We join all those around the globe who are calling for peace,” the statement said.

Aside from Apple, there’s a host of other companies that have withdrawn business, services and investments in Russia in the wake of the aggression in Ukraine. Oil giants BP (ticker: BP) and Shell (ticker: SHEL) are exiting stakes in Russian energy companies, while UPS (ticker: UPS) and FedEx (ticker: FDX) cancelled deliveries into the country.

Movies studios like Disney (ticker: DIS) cancelled their movie releases in Russia, including the upcoming Pixar film “Turning Red”, which was set to debut on March 11.

Nike (ticker: NKE) also reported its decision to halt sales in Russia. The company released a translated version of a note that appeared on the athletic apparel maker’s Russian website said it can’t guarantee delivery of goods in Russia, so purchases on the website and app were temporarily down.