Ukraine calls for corporate support as Oracle suspends Russian operations

Ukraine’s government has called on Oracle and SAP to end business relationships with entities tied to Russia immediately. 

Ukraine Crisis

On March 2, Ukraine’s Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Transformation, Mykhailo Fedorov, tweeted a copy of letters addressed to Oracle co-founder and CTO Larry Ellison, Oracle CEO Safra Catz, and SAP’s chief executive officer Christian Klein. 

The letters are similar in their appeals, and both request an end to business relationships in Russia in response to the current invasion of Ukraine by the country. 

In the letter sent to Oracle’s leadership, Fedorov said, “Ukraine is now on the frontline of the defense of the principles of democracy and freedom in the face of the war waged by [the] Russian Federation.”

“The IT industry always supports values of responsibility and democracy. I believe your country shares them.”

The Ukrainian leader went on to say that Ukraine “calls on your company to end any relationships and stop doing business in/with [the] Russian Federation, in particular, to stop providing support, maintenance, and software updates for Oracle products until the conflict is resolved and fair order is restored.” 

In communication with SAP, Fedorov said that “modern technology in 2022 is

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