Vladimir Putin continues to make the people of Russia suffer because of his unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. The Russian military has begun shelling cities in the neighboring nation. Rumors of war crimes and atrocities have run rampant in western circles as the world’s democracies do what they can to cripple Putin’s regime.
There have been severe sanctions placed on Russian leaders and oligarchs, up to and including Putin himself. Russia’s national sports teams have effectively been banned from international competition. That includes the prestigious FIFA World Cup, set to take place in Qatar.
Governing bodies are not the only ones making moves to stop Putin’s madness. Major international corporations like Ford, Dell, and Nike have all placed stops on sales in Russia. The latest to join them is a very heavy hitter in the tech sector.
Apple has announced that it will no longer sell products in Russia during the invasion of Ukraine. CNBC also reported that in addition to the sales embargo, Apple will remove Russian state-owned media Russia Today and Sputnik from the App Store from all territories outside of Russia. The move is expected to slow down the flow of propaganda that has so frequently gone viral in conservative American circles.
Most western democracies are standing united against Putin’s act of aggression. Late-night talk show hosts have been more than willing to drag the dictator and those who support him. Putin seems to be running out of options to keep his country afloat as the economy collapses further with each embargo, boycott, and sanction.
We live in a world where corporations often place profit over people. Every company that has issued an embargo on Russia should be applauded for doing so. In the face of a major crisis, it will take every bit of effort to bring a merciful end to Vladimir Putin’s reign of terror.