Ukraine accuses SAP and Cloudflare of enabling Russia’s war effort

DAVOS, Switzerland — Technology giants SAP and Cloudflare are continuing to enable Moscow and should pull out of Russia, Ukraine Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov said Monday.

“SAP are … still continuing to work in Russia and to pay taxes to help finance the Russian army,” he told POLITICO at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “A lot of banks and banking activities are based on SAP.”

SAP, a German multinational, is one of the largest software companies in the world outside of the U.S. and specializes in products including cloud services and database technology. Last month, SAP announced it would take “further steps toward an orderly exit” from its Russian operation and also said it would increase its donations toward supporting Ukrainian refugees by €700,000.

Fedorov also targeted Cloudflare, arguing that it “continues to protect Russian websites” by staying in the country. “I don’t know who they are defending them from,” he added.

Cloudflare is a U.S.-based software company that helps make websites more secure and faster, and protects them against cyber attacks including distributed denial of service attacks.

Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince defended the company’s policy to stay in Russia last month, saying the “withdrawal by internet companies can have the unintended effect of advancing and entrenching the interests of the Russian government to control the internet in Russia.” He also argued Cloudflare was ramping up efforts to protect Ukrainian websites against cyber attacks.

Fedorov praised technology companies who were providing “solutions” to the conflict and assisting Ukraine, including PayPal, Revolut and Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

SAP and Cloudflare did not immediately respond to requests for comment by POLITICO.