Microsoft will provide Ukraine with additional technology support of up to $100 million in 2023 to help protect the country, Microsoft Vice President Brad Smith said Thursday at a news conference in Lisbon.
Ukraine will be able to use Microsoft’s cloud and artificial intelligence services as well as its data centers across Europe, he explained at the Web Summit, a high-tech gathering in Europe, where he was invited to speak with Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Mykhaïlo Fedorov.
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,” said Brad Smith.
This additional help “will allow the government and companies 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 to support Ukraine “.
Mykhaïlo Fedorov, for his part, returned to Ukraine’s project to become “the most digital country in the world”, with the development of a “digital passport”, a business registration service or the use by millions of Ukrainians of the government application Diia.
Ukraine has sought the help of global digital giants for this, notably receiving a donation of Starlink satellite communications systems from American billionaire Elon Musk.
Asked about Elon Musk’s recent suggestion that he might stop this aid, Mykhaïlo Fedorov suggested that there was “no problem with this system” but that he was also present at the Web Summit to tie up “new partners.”