#StandWithUkraine: How Tech world supports Ukraine

For five days a full-scale war launched by Russia against Ukraine continues at the very heart of Europe. 

The Russian troops have crossed Ukraine’s borders from the territory of Russia, Belarus and the temporarily occupied parts of Ukraine’s Donetsk, Luhansk regions and Crimea. At the same time, Russia keeps attacking Ukraine from the East, South, North (including the territory of Belarus) by air.

Ukrainian Air Force shot down a cruise missile launched at the capital of Ukraine, Kyiv, by a TU-22 bomber from the territory of Belarus. Other military actions against Ukraine are being perpetrated from the territory of Belarus including missile launches to the infrastructure objects in Ukraine. That are war crimes committed against Ukraine and its people. Those providing assistance to Russia’s invasion in Ukraine will bear responsibility with Russia in accordance with the international law and will be similarly internationally isolated as Russia.

Russia uses all its military potential to attack Ukraine and has begun redeploying reserve units on the border with Ukraine. It fires cruise and ballistic missiles at cities, attacks with aviation, tanks and artillery, sends subversion and reconnaissance groups, which mark residential buildings in preparation for the air attacks.

How Tech world supports Ukraine:

  • Rakuten Viber CEO Hiroshi Mikitani donated 8.7 million dollars frm his own pocket to support Ukraine – read
  • A shipment of SpaceX’s Starlink satellite-internet dishes arrived in Ukraine on Monday, less than 48 hours after CEO Elon Musk announced the company would send support, according to a top official in the nation’s government – read
  • Cross-border payments company Wise and remittance processor Remitly have suspended their money transfer services in Russia, following new sanctions over the weekend against the country in response to its invasion of Ukraine. Last week, Wise limited daily transfers to Russia to 200 British pounds ($268.34). A company spokesperson had said that the limits were put in place at the time “to make sure we can offer our service to as many people as possible.” – read
  • Uber said in a statement Monday it was “actively looking for opportunities to accelerate the sale” of its 29% stake in the Yandex.Taxi ride-hailing joint venture in Russia “in light of recent events.” – read
  • The ETH Zürich Board as well as the six institutions of the ETH Domain – the two Federal Institutes of Technology ETH Zurich and EPFL (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) and the four research institutes Empa, PSI, WSL and Eawag – reaffirm their full solidarity with the universities in Ukraine and join the Federal Council in its statement strongly condemning Russia’s military invasion – read
  • Visa and Mastercard had blocked multiple financial institutions from its payment network as a result of sanctions imposed on Russia over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. Mastercard will continue to work with regulators in coming days, the company said in a statement. It also promised to contribute a $2 million for humanitarian relief – read
  • The world’s largest semiconductor manufacturer TSMC, who’s components are used by most major electronics companies, will stop sales to Russia in line with U.S sanctions. Russia will also be banned from purchasing some chips made by American technology giants Intel and AMD – read
  • Airbnb will host up to 100 000 Ukrainian refugees – read
  • Blockchain community, Rev Miller: “We couldn’t stand still and watch this chaos,” he wrote in a post. “Web3 folks have the power to make the difference.” – read
  • Russia’s sudden attack on Ukraine has spurred startup founders to reexamine their ties to Russian investors out of concern their funds could be linked to the Russian government. – read



Ukrainian entrepreneurs donate to the military-1
Support Ukraine!
  • Come Back Alive is one of the largest charitable foundations that supports Ukrainian soldiers, founded by the IT specialist Vitaliy Deynega. The organization collected more than 210 million UAH (more than $7M) in 2014. According to Na chasi, the Patreon page Come Back Alive is in the top ten projects by the number of financial donations.
  • Army SOS, which develops drones;
  • Everybody Can, an organization that supports internally displaced people;
  • Help on the Ministry of Defense website.