Microsoft extends technology assistance to Ukraine with $100 million

Microsoft will provide Ukraine with $100 million in additional technology support for 2023 to help protect the country, Microsoft vice president Brad Smith said.

Ukraine will be able to use Microsoft’s cloud and artificial intelligence services, as well as its data centers across Europe, he explained. The total aid provided by the American giant to Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion thus reaches 400 million dollars, he said.

Ukraine makes extensive use of technological tools to support its war effort, guarantee cyber security and ensure the continuity of its digital services, from education to health. “This war has in part demonstrated the need to move services to the cloud in times of war to ensure their resilience and security,” Brad Smith said. This extra help “will allow the government and businesses of Ukraine to continue their activity in the service of Ukrainian citizens”, he added, citing the importance of “the digital alliance of countries, companies and non-governmental organizations united in support of Ukraine”.

As a reminder, Ukraine has already requested help from global digital giants and notably received a donation of Starlink satellite communication systems from Elon Musk.

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