EA, Oracle Among Companies Heeding Ukraine Plea to Stop Business in Russia

Ukraine plans to ask approximately 50 tech companies spanning gaming, esports and internet infrastructure to stop doing business with Russia because of the ongoing military action.

The country requested companies like software giant Oracle and game makers like EA to stop doing business in Russia as part of a strategy to isolate the country and get citizens to turn against the government, Deputy Minister Alexander Bornyakov told Reuters. In recent days, an increasing number of global companies have cut ties or stopped sales in Russia due to the ongoing military action in Ukraine.

Ukraine's minister of digital transformation, Mykhailo Fedorov, requested on Twitter that Oracle end business relationships with Russia, Russian-based clients and partners because "now more than ever, people's lives depend on your choice."

Oracle responded to Fedorov's request on Twitter just hours after he asked for the company's support. The company said, "On behalf of Oracle's 150,000 employees around the world and in support of both the elected government of Ukraine and for the people of Ukraine, Oracle Corporation has already suspended all operations in the Russian Federation."

The streaming service Spotify announced Wednesday it had closed its offices in Russia indefinitely due to Moscow's "unprovoked attack on Ukraine," Reuters reported.

EA Sports also issued a statement on Twitter Wednesday backing Ukraine's request, saying, "EA sports has initiated processes to remove the Russian national team and all Russian clubs from EA Sports FIFA and FIFA online." The company posted that it was taking these steps to "stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people."

Twitter announced it would put warning labels on tweets that contain information from Russian state media outlets. Meta, Microsoft, Google's Alphabet Inc. and YouTube have all announced that Russian state media cannot make money from ads run on their platforms, according to Reuters. Meta, TikTok and Microsoft have restricted access Russian-backed news outlets RT and Sputnik, NPR reported.

"We have received requests from a number of governments and the EU to take further steps in relation to Russian state-controlled media. Given the exceptional nature of the current situation, we will be restricting access to RT and Sputnik across the EU at this time," said Nick Clegg, vice president of global affairs at Meta, NPR added.

Meanwhile, aviation companies have also cut ties with Russia. General Electric Co. said Wednesday it has paused the support of airlines in Russia due to the sanctions imposed against the country by the United States and European Union, Reuters reported.

Delta announced Friday it was canceling its codeshare operations with Russian national airline Aeroflot while aerospace giant Boeing announced Tuesday it was suspending parts, technical support and maintenance for Russian airlines and had suspended operations in Moscow.

Update 3/2/22, 6:00 p.m. ET: This article was updated with additional information.

Ukraine Calls for Businesses Stop in Russia
Ukraine plans to ask approximately 50 tech companies spanning gaming, esports and internet infrastructure to stop doing business with Russia because of the ongoing military action. Above, a picture taken on March 1 shows the Ukraine flag and EU flag during a special plenary session of the European Parliament on the Russian invasion of Ukraine at the EU headquarters in Brussels. John Thys/ AFP/Getty Images