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Microsoft suspends new sales in Russia

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.

I want to use this blog to provide an update on Microsoft’s actions, building on the blog we shared earlier this week.

We are announcing today that we will suspend all new sales of Microsoft products and services in Russia.

In addition, we are coordinating closely and working in lockstep with the governments of the United States, the European Union and the United Kingdom, and we are stopping many aspects of our business in Russia in compliance with governmental sanctions decisions.

We consider we are most efficient in aiding Ukraine when we take concrete steps in coordination with the decisions being made by these governments and we will take additional steps as this situation continues to evolve.

Our single most impactful area of work almost certainly is the protection of Ukraine’s cybersecurity. We proceed to work proactively to help cybersecurity officials in Ukraine defend against Russian assaults, including most recently a cyberattack against a major Ukrainian broadcaster.

Since the war began, we have acted against Russian positioning, destructive or disruptive measures against more than 20 Ukrainian government, IT and financial sector organizations. We have also acted against cyberattacks targeting several additional civilian websites. We have publicly raised our concerns that these assaults against civilians violate the Geneva Convention.

We are also continuing to mobilize our sources to help the people in Ukraine. Our Microsoft Philanthropies and UN Affairs teams are working closely with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and multiple UN businesses to help refugees by providing technology and financial support for key NGOs and, where desired, we are defending these groups from ongoing cyberattacks.

As a company, we are dedicated to the safety of our representatives in Ukraine and we are in constant contact with them to offer support in many forms, including those who have desired to flee for their lives or safety.

Like so many others, we stand with Ukraine in calling for the restoration of peace, respect for Ukraine’s sovereignty and the protection of its people.

Tags: cyberattacks, cybersecurity, malware, Microsoft Philanthropies, Ukraine, UN Affairs team

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