Microsoft withdraws from Russia

Microsoft image posted on Meziesblog by Irobiko Chimezie Kingsley

Microsoft Corp is substantially cutting its business in Russia in response to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

Earlier in March, Microsoft said it was suspending new sales of its products and services in Russia.

“More than 400 employees will be affected”, said a company spokesperson.

Several major companies, including Apple Inc, Nike and Dell Technologies, have severed connections with Russia. 

Facebook-owner Meta Platforms Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google have also taken measures to restrict Russian state media from making money off ads on their platforms.


Zelensky says millions of people could starve because of Russia’s blockade of ports.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that millions of people could starve because of Russia’s blockade of Ukraine’s Black Sea ports. While addressing the Time100 Gala event late on Wednesday (June 8) evening, Zelensky warned that the world was on the brink of a “terrible food crisis”. The Ukrainian president was featured in the category of TIME’s list of 100 most influential people. The list also included Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

Exports from Russia and Ukraine have been impacted severely due to the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war. Both countries are major wheat suppliers. Impact on the supply chain threatened a global food crisis. Sanctions imposed on Russia also impeded the export of grain and fertiliser.

Meanwhile, in a televised statement Zelensky said that Ukraine was unable to export wheat, corn, oil and other products and added: “Millions of people may starve if the Russian blockade of the Black Sea continues.” 

“The Russian fleet – not British or any other fleet – blocked Ukraine’s Black Sea ports in a way that the world is on the verge of a terrible food crisis. It is not just a price crisis,” he added. 

Further, Zelensky on Thursday called for Russia to be expelled from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization. It blamed Moscow for spurring the global grain crisis by invading his country. 

Zelensky said during an OECD meeting, “There can’t be any discussion on prolonging Russia’s membership in the FAO. What is there for Russia to do if they are causing hunger for at least 400 million, or potentially more than a billion people?”