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Apple, Google join the war in a bid to further isolate Russia

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Russian state government owned RT News and Sputnik News will no longer be made available for mobile downloads from the Apple Inc’s App Store or Google Play Store outside Russia.

In a major move to further isolate Moscow after its attacks on Ukraine, iphone maker Apple Inc also announced halting sales of its products in Russia. In the wake of the Russian attack on Ukraine, the company said that it stands “with all of the people who are suffering as a result of the violence.”

That apart, the iphone maker has also disabled both traffic and live incidents from Apple Maps in Ukraine as a safety and precautionary measure.

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In a statement, Apple Inc said, “We are deeply concerned about the Russian invasion of Ukraine and stand with all of the people who are suffering as a result of the violence. We are supporting humanitarian efforts, providing aid for the unfolding refugee crisis, and doing all we can to support our teams in the region.”

Anna Belkina, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, RT said in a statement that the technology companies have cut off the news organisation’s distribution without being able to point to any evidence of false reportage.