Ukraine Deputy Prime Minister Puts Out Call For Xbox to Cease Support in Russia and Belarus

Ukraine Deputy Prime Minister Puts Out Call For Xbox to Cease Support in Russia and Belarus

Richard Walker

Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minisiter, Mykhailo Fedorov , has called upon Xbox and PlayStation to temporarily cease support for its platforms in Russia and Belarus, as the invasion of the country continues.

“I appeal to temporarily block all Russian and Belorussian accounts, temporarily stop the participation of Russian and Belorussian teams and gamers in all international esports events,” Fedorov writes in an open letter posted to Twitter (via VGC).

“To all game development companies and esports platforms, the Russian Federation has carried out a deceptive and outrageous military attack on my country! Just imagine, in 2022, cruise missiles attack residential neighbourhoods, kindergartens and hospitals in the heart of Europe,” the letter addressed to Xbox and PlayStation goes on.

“But we need your support – in 2022, modern technology is perhaps the best answer to the tanks, multiple rocket launchers (hrad) and missiles,” he added. “I am sure that you will not only hear, but also do everything possible to protect Ukraine, Europe and finally, the entire democratic world from bloody authoritarian aggression…”

In a separate letter, Fedorov also asked that Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Wargaming, and Riot Games close the doors of their Russian offices, adding: “Right now Russian troops are bombing Ukrainian cities and killing Ukrainians. Please help us stop this. Close your offices in Russia! There’s no place for aggressor on the global technological map!”

While neither Xbox or PlayStation have responded as yet, Sony has made a sizeable donation to the UN refugee agency, while Microsoft has outlined plans to help prevent cyberattacks launched against Ukraine. THQ Nordic parent company Embracer Group has also donated $1 million for humanitarian aid, while 11 Bit Studios will be donating all profits from sales of This War of Mine during the last week to the Ukrainian Red Cross. Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt RED and Ubisoft have stepped forward with donations, too.

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