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March 11, 2022

Amazon suspends retail shipments to Russia and Belarus amid Ukraine crisis

Amazon and AWS have no data centres, infrastructure, or offices in Russia.

E-commerce giant Amazon has temporarily suspended retail products’ shipments, and cut off video streaming service in Russia, as the invasion of Ukraine continues.

In response to the conflict, the company halted shipments to customers in the country.

Amazon also stopped accepting new Russia-based AWS customers and Amazon third-party sellers.

In addition, the company prevented its customers in the country from accessing Prime Video, and stopped taking orders for New World, the only video game it sells directly in Russia.

In a statement, the company said: “Given the ongoing situation in Russia and Ukraine, we’ve taken additional actions in the region.

“As a reminder, unlike some other US technology providers, Amazon and AWS have no data centres, infrastructure, or offices in Russia, and we have a long-standing policy of not doing business with the Russian government.”

Besides Russia, Amazon is implementing the same measures in Belarus.

The announcement comes after the retailer announced its AWS has been working closely with Ukrainian customers and partners, to keep their applications secure.

Amazon joins the list of online retailers suspending operation in response to the invasion.

Canada’s e-commerce company Shopify recently halted Russian and Belarus operations and exempted Ukrainian merchants and partners from fees, the Ottawa Business Journal reported.

Earlier this month, eBay also suspended the delivery of orders to Russia and Ukraine, and reportedly plans to remove items off shelves.

A number of leading fashion retailers, including H&M, ASOS and sports apparel brands Nike and adidas, have already suspended operations in the country.