Microsoft has been one of the most proactive tech companies in helping Ukraine during the country’s struggle against Russia’s invasion. As well as blocking its services in Russia, Microsoft has been at hand within Ukraine to thwart a Russian-backed cyberattack. To thank Microsoft for its efforts, Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelenskyy has given the company a Peace Prize.
Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine and Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine Mykhailo Fedorov announced the award, saying:
“Big tech support Ukraine. Microsoft delegation has been awarded today with a “Peace Prize” from the President of Ukraine [Zelenskyy]. We are grateful to have you on the light side of digital. Microsoft stands for truth and for peace.”
Microsoft’s president Brand Smith replied to the tweet confirming the award with the following message:
“We appreciate this recognition. You can count on us for continued support.”
Over the months since the invasion, Microsoft has taken several significant steps to show support to Ukraine. For example, the company has given tens of millions of dollars towards humanitarian efforts in the country. Employees who pledge money to support organizations also have their donations matched by Microsoft.
“We are also continuing to mobilize our resources to help the people in Ukraine. Our Microsoft Philanthropies and UN Affairs teams are working closely with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and multiple UN agencies to help refugees by providing technology and financial support for key NGOs and, where needed, we are defending these groups from ongoing cyberattacks,” Smith said of Microsoft’s efforts back in March.
“As a company, we are committed to the safety of our employees in Ukraine and we are in constant contact with them to offer support in many forms, including those who have needed to flee for their lives or safety. Like so many others, we stand with Ukraine in calling for the restoration of peace, respect for Ukraine’s sovereignty, and the protection of its people.”
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