Apple appears to have complied with demands by Moscow to show the annexed Crimean peninsula as part of Russian territory on its apps. Now, the Black Sea peninsula and its largest cities of Sevastopol and Simferopol are displayed as Russian territory on Apple’s maps and weather apps when used in Russia. When these apps are used in India, Crimea does not appear to be part of any country.
Parliament’s lower house, the State Duma, said that Crimea and Sevastopol now appear on Apple devices as Russian territory. Also, in the statement, Piskaryov praised the US company, saying it had complied with the Russian Constitution. He also said that Russia was open for “dialogue and constructive cooperation with foreign companies.
Ukraine’s foreign minister, Vadym Prystaiko, wrote on Twitter in English- “Let me explain in your terms, Apple, Imagine you’re crying out that your design and ideas, years of work and piece of your heart are stolen by your worst enemy, but then somebody ignorant doesn’t give a damn about your pain. That’s how it feels when you call Crimea a Russian land.”
Google does not show Crimea as belonging to either Russia or Ukraine on its maps. However, the global tech giant uses the Russian spelling of Crimean place names rather than the Ukrainian spelling on its maps in Russia.
After the peninsula was annexed in early 2014, a separate conflict broke out in the eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions when separatists moved against the Ukrainian state. In the conflict, more than 13,000 people were killed.