Nike has halted delivery of products from its website to Russia, the sportswear giant said in a notice posted on its Russian website.
As the notice explains, “merchandise purchases on Nike.com and the Nike app are temporarily unavailable” for customers in Russia. It was not clear from the notice whether the shipping limit was the result of logistical issues in the region or a political stance by Nike. A company spokesperson did not return a request for comment.
According to the brand’s website, various Nike stores across Russia were open as of Wednesday.
Ukrainian MP Lesia Vasylenko welcomed the decision of Nike and other companies like Apple on Twitter, saying they are great ways “to impose sanctions on Russia”. Apple also reportedly halted product sales in Russia.
As the conflict between Russia and Ukraine escalates, various companies are taking steps to show their stance against Russia’s aggressive actions towards Ukraine. Earlier this week, Adidas announced it was suspending its long-term partnership with the Russian Football Union (RFU), the governing body that oversees football in Russia. The world football body, FIFA, and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) on Monday banned all Russian teams from participating in sports competitions organized by the bodies “until further notice”. The move effectively bars Russia from taking part in the 2022 Men’s World Cup qualifiers in March.
Some companies are also pledging to support people in Ukraine who have been displaced from their homes during the conflict. Outdoor footwear company Keen announced on Tuesday that it has pledged 50,000 euros, which converts to $55,669.75 at the current exchange rate, in cash and products, to support Ukrainian refugees at the borders of Poland, Slovakia and Hungary.
President Biden has imposed tough sanctions on Russia – including export blockages of certain technologies – which he says will help end the conflict as soon as possible.