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Shopify joins wave of companies suspending operations in Russia, Belarus

Shopify has announced it's temporarily suspending operations in Russia and Belarus amid the war in Ukraine.

Company has also stopped collecting fees from Ukrainian clients

The e-commerce company Shopify, founded in Ottawa, is used by vendors in 175 countries around the world. It has suspended operations in Russia and Belarus. (Michel Aspirot/Radio-Canada)

Shopify has announced it's temporarily suspending operations in Russia and Belarus amid the war in Ukraine, and has also stopped charging fees for its Ukrainian clients.

The e-commerce company founded in Ottawa joins a growing list of companies who have ceased work in the two countries, citing Russia's increasingly violent invasion. Many large companies have faced social media pressure to cut off Russian operations.

"Like so many, we have been deeply unsettled by the unprovoked attacks and ongoing war in Ukraine," the company said in a news release Tuesday afternoon.

Shopify's platform is used by vendors in 175 countries around the world. 

The company also announced it will match employee donations to the shipping company Flexport, which Shopify invests in. Flexport is organizing flights bringing humanitarian aid to Ukraine, the news release said.

Shopify said it will continue to monitor events on the ground and follow sanctions as they are announced. 

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