U.S. companies Apple, Google, Ford, Harley-Davidson, Boeing and Exxon Mobil rebuked and rejected Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, under constant pressure from investors and consumers condemning the violence.
Apple Inc late on Tuesday stated it had discontinued the sales of iPhones and other products in Russia, adding that it was making changes to its Maps app to protect civilians in Ukraine.
Tech firms including Alphabet Inc’s Google dropped Russian state publishers from their news, and Ford Motor – with three joint venture factories in Russia – told its Russian manufacturing partner it was stopping operations in the country.
Motor cycle maker Harley-Davidson Inc stops imports of its bikes.
Exxon Mobil Corp noted that it would stop every operations in Russia and was taking steps to exit the Sakhalin-1 venture, following in the steps of British energy giants Shell Plc and BP , Russia’s biggest foreign investor.
Many corporations have been uncommonly clear in their condemnation of Russia.
“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,” Apple stated in a statement.
The steady drum beat of companies taking a stance expanded later in the day as rockets hit important cities in Ukraine.
“Ford is deeply concerned about the invasion of Ukraine and the resultant threats to peace and stability. The situation has compelled us to reassess our operations in Russia,” Ford said, adding to several days of announcements by global car companies.
“We deplore Russia’s military action that violates the territorial integrity of Ukraine and endangers its people,” said Exxon, adding it will not invest in new developments in Russia.
Boeing (BA.N) stopped parts, maintenance and technical support services for Russian airlines, a Politico reporter disclosed.
The U.S. plane maker stopped major operations in Moscow and will also close office in Kyiv for the time being, the tweet stated.
Boeing did not instantly react to a request for comment.
Restrictions from the West have rock the Russian economy hard, with the rouble currency falling as much as a third to a record low.
Financial isolation is increasing as shipping companies noted that they will not serve Russian ports.
The U.S. government is likely to ban Russian flights from American airspace as soon as Wednesday, Reuters disclosed, quoting government and industry officials.