Apple halts product sales in Russia in response to Ukraine invasion

Tech giant Apple has halted sales of its products in Russia in response to the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

The move comes after the Cupertino-based company had already put restrictions on Apple Pay and stopped all exports into its sales channel in the country.

"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," the company said in a statement.

"We are supporting humanitarian efforts, providing aid for the unfolding refugee crisis, and doing all we can to support our teams in the region."

RT News and Sputnik News, Russian state-owned media, have also been removed from the App Store outside Russia

"And we have disabled both traffic and live incidents in Apple Maps in Ukraine as a safety and precautionary measure for Ukrainian citizens," the company continued.

"We will continue to evaluate the situation and are in communication with relevant governments on the actions we are taking. We join all those around the world who are calling for peace."

The move comes a few days after Ukraine Vice Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov wrote an open letter to CEO Tim Cook to block the Apple Store for citizens of Russia and to support sanctions.

"We need your support. In 2022, modern technology is perhaps the best answer to the tanks, multiple rocket launchers and missiles," Fedorov wrote.

"I appeal to you and 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.

"We are sure that such actions will motivate youth and the active population of Russia to proactively stop the disgraceful military aggression."

Apple's Russian store is still online but products like the iPhone are listed as "currently unavailable".