Searching for all the possible sanctions to push the Russian government to withdraw its troops, Ukraine comes up with some unusual ideas. This Tuesday, March 2, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Mykhailo Fedorov called on video game developers and esports event organizers around the world to cut off their exchanges with Russia and to temporarily block Russian players and Belarusians – Belarus being an ally of Russia.
“You are fully aware of what is happening in Ukraine at the moment. Russia declares war not on Ukraine but on the whole civilized world. If you support human values, you should leave the Russian market!” he said in a Twitter post, mentioning the Xbox and PlayStation accounts.
You are definitely aware of what is happening in Ukraine right now. Russia declares war not for Ukraine but for all civilized world. If you support human values, you should live the Russian market! pic.twitter.com/tnQr13BsSv
— Mykhailo Fedorov (@FedorovMykhailo) March 2, 2022
He attaches to his interpellation an open letter, which begins with these words: “The Russian Federation carried out a deceitful and outrageous military attack on my country. Imagine, in 2022, cruise missiles could attack residential areas, nurseries and hospitals in the heart of Europe.”
By bragging responses from States and companies supporting Ukraine, Mykhailo Fedorov this time implore video game developers and e-sport platforms. “We need your support – in 2022, modern technology may be the best answer to tanks, multiple rocket launchers…and missiles”he assures.
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The politician is convinced that the professionals of the game will not only listen, but will act together to condemn this “authoritarian bloody aggression”. He calls them to “temporarily block all Russian and Belarusian accounts, to block the participation of Russian and Belarusian teams and players in all international esports events and to cancel all international events taking place on the territory of Russia and Belarus.”
This open letter echoes a similar letter sent by Mykhailo Fedorov to Apple on February 25. A few days later, the Californian multinational had cut some Russian banks from its Apple Pay system and announced the end of sales of their Apple products from 1er March in Russia. For the moment, Sony and Microsoft have not yet responded to the request of the Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister.