Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 22.11.2018
Amazon is selling products emblazoned with the symbol of a terrorist front for the Russian invaders of Ukraine which they call “DPR” . This is deeply offensive to Ukrainians and to all freedom-loving people who fight against Russian aggression and the Putin regime’s state-sponsored terrorism. By selling propaganda symbols of the “DPR” Amazon is supporting illegal armed formations in Ukraine and the Russian Federation’s war against Ukraine. A global campaign is being mounted to stop Amazon.
The so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” and “Luhansk People’s Republic” are terrorist organizations created by Russian intelligence services to front the Russian Federation’s occupation regime in eastern Ukraine. Since the Russian Federation invaded Donbas in April of 2014, the Kremlin has advanced a massive propaganda lie that there are “pro-Russian separatists” in eastern Ukraine and that the “DPR” and “LPR” are their representative bodies.
Amazon is selling mobile phone stickers, in six decal packs, with the “ДОНЕЦК” emblem of the terror group “DPR.” Ukraine’s acting Minister of Health, Ulyana Suprun, said that Amazon selling products with “DPR” symbols is like “paying to kill someone.” She appealed to Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos, to take the products off of Amazon’s site. “No one should profit from the victims of Putin’s war against Ukraine and consumers should not pay for Russia’s hybrid war against the civilized world,” wrote Minister Suprun on social media on November 19.
On November 20, the Embassy of Ukraine in the United States sent an official letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, strongly requesting that Amazon remove the offensive products. The Ukrainian embassy pointed out that the so-called “DPR” and “LPR” are sanctioned entities, and many of the persons involved in these Russian front organizations are sanctioned individuals. The Russian occupation regime, the so-called “DPR and “LPR,” and the people involved with the Russian Federation’s invasion of Ukraine in Donbas all constitute a grave threat to international peace and security. Amazon is breaking the spirit of sanctions and is arguably breaking the law of the United States, Canada, the European Union, Japan, and other countries by selling the symbols of a Russian state-sponsored terrorist organization.
Over 11,000 Ukrainian soldiers and civilians have been killed in the war waged by the Russian Federation since 2014. The Russian invaders of Donbas do their killing under the names “DPR” and “LPR.” Amazon is promoting war, war crimes, and crimes against humanity by promoting the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic.”
Ukrainian social media has turned against Amazon vehemently. It is astonishing that the second-largest corporation in the world by market value has revealed itself to be completely ignorant about the feelings and experiences of 45 million Europeans. If Amazon had sold an ISIS symbol sticker it could not be more insensitive than it has been by selling a “DPR” symbol sticker. Five years after the start of the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine is the worst possible time for Amazon to be insulting the dignity of the Ukrainian people. If Jeff Bezos doesn’t end Amazon’s support for Russian state-sponsored terrorism quickly, the damage done to the Amazon brand will be irrecoverable.