Intel has become the latest Western tech company to suspend all business operations in Russia, in response to the ongoing invasion of Ukraine. CPU (and gaming GPU) makers announced in a statement that they immediately ceased operations in Russia entirely, having previously only suspended product shipments to Russia and its political ally, Belarus.
“Intel continues to join the global community in condemning Russia’s war on Ukraine and calling for a speedy return to peace. With immediate effect, we have suspended all business operations in Russia,” the statement read.
“Our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected by this war, especially the people of Ukraine and surrounding countries and everyone around the world with their families, friends and loved ones in the region.”
“We are working to support all of our employees in this difficult situation, including our 1,200 employees in Russia. We have also implemented business continuity measures to minimize disruption to our global operations. »
Various tech and gaming companies, including Microsoft, EA, Activision Blizzard, Epic and CD Projekt Red, have also pledged to stop selling their products and services in Russia. World of Tanks developers Wargaming have also confirmed the closure of their operations, including in Belarus, where the company was founded. However, Intel’s decision to suspend all business operations is a far more drastic measure than simply halting sales; this is therefore a considerable escalation in response, even more notable given the relative size of the company.
Other members of the gaming industry have also made efforts to provide more direct support to those injured or displaced by the invasion, such as organizing the recent Bundle for Ukraine and Ukraine Humble Bundle and donating proceeds to various charities.