The Walt Disney Company pauses theatrical release of films in Russia amid Ukrainian crisis

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Moscow/IBNS:  The Walt Disney Company on Tuesday announced it has decided to pause the release of theatrical films in Russia amid the Ukrainian crisis.

In a statement, the company said: “Given the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and the tragic humanitarian crisis, we are pausing the release of theatrical films in Russia, including the upcoming Turning Red from Pixar.”

“We will make future business decisions based on the evolving situation. In the meantime, given the scale of the emerging refugee crisis, we are working with our NGO partners to provide urgent aid and other humanitarian assistance to refugees,” read the statement.

Western nations have increased sanctions pressure on Russia after it launched a military operation in Ukraine following requests for help from the people’s republics in Donbas.

The Russian Defense Ministry has said that the operation is targeting the military infrastructure of Ukraine only and that the civilian population is not in danger.

Moscow says it has no plans to occupy Ukraine and that the purpose of its operation is to save the civilian population from genocide and liberate the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR), including through the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine.