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Ukraine crisis: Samsung suspends shipments to Russia, to donate $6 mn in support of Ukraine

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: Amid major firms including Apple are cutting ties with the Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, Samsung Electronics said on Saturday, March 5, shipments to Russia have been suspended “due to current geopolitical developments.”

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Samsung Electronics has suspended shipments to Russia “due to current geopolitical developments, shipments to Russia have been suspended,” Samsung said in a statement. “We continue to actively monitor this complex situation to determine our next steps,” it further said.

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The South Korean tech giant further announced that it is donating $6 million, including $1 million in consumer electronics, to actively support humanitarian efforts around the Ukraine region, as per news agency ANI report. The South Korean tech giant is the world’s biggest memory chip maker and the leading smartphone seller in Russia.

The decision comes as Western governments, sporting organizations and big companies cut Russia off and deal it punishing sanctions over the internationally condemned attack on its neighbor.

Samsung Electronics is No. 1 in handsets in Russia with 30% market share as of the fourth quarter of 2021, ahead of Xiaomi`s 23% and Apple`s 13% respectively, according to data provider Counterpoint.

Sales of semiconductors in Russia, in turn, accounted for less than 0.1 percent of Samsung Electronics’ profits, according to a report by Hana Financial Investment.

South Korea, a key US security ally, also this week announced it would block financial transactions with major Russian banks and their subsidiaries subject to US sanctions.

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Samsung is also donating $6 million, including $1 million in consumer electronics as well as voluntary donations from employees, to “actively support humanitarian efforts” and refugees in the region, the firm said.

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