Ukraine has lashed out at Apple for calling Crimea part of Russia
Ukraine has lashed out at Apple for showing the annexed Crimea peninsula as part of Russia, saying the US tech giant did not “give a damn” about the pain of the Ukrainian people. Russian lawmakers said on Wednesday that Apple had complied with a demand from Moscow for Crimea to appear as Russian territory on its maps and weather apps.
“Let me explain in your terms, @Apple,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko wrote on Twitter in response to the news.
“Imagine you’re crying out that your design & ideas, years of work & piece of your heart are stolen by your worst enemy but then smb ignorant doesn’t give a damn about your pain. That’s how it feels when you call #Crimea a (Russian) land,” he said.
“@Apple, please, please, stick to high-tech and entertainment. Global politics is not your strong side.” The Ukrainian Embassy in the United States tweeted: “We guess Ukrainians (are) not giving any thanks to @Apple this #Thanksgiving!”. Some Ukrainians responded by calling for a boycott of Apple devices. “Let’s take our gadgets onto the square, pile them up and burn them,” wrote Igor Kravchuk from Kharkiv on Facebook. Another, Yevgen Petrov from Zhytomyr, said: “Let’s boycott Apple and support Android, a creator of gadgets that don’t cave into the Kremlin!” Google does not identify Crimea as belonging to either Russia or Ukraine on its maps. However, when used in Russia, it writes Crimean placenames in Russian and shows a line along the de facto border with Ukraine.