Disney and
Sony Pictures, two of Hollywood’s biggest film production houses, have
suspended film releases in Russia following Moscow’s attack on Ukraine. “Given
the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and the tragic humanitarian crisis, we are
pausing the release of theatrical films in Russia, including the upcoming Turning
from Pixar,” Disney said in a statement.

Disney has decided to support its NGO partners to provide aid and humanitarian
assistance to refugees.

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Sony Pictures
too said that it would pause planned theatrical releases in Russia, including
the upcoming title Morbius due to “the ongoing military action in
Ukraine and the resulting uncertainty and humanitarian crisis evolving in that
region.” “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been impacted
and hope this crisis will be resolved quickly.

Warner Bros
has also halted the Russian debut of The Batman.

Disney and
Sony are among several private organisations who have sought to distance
themselves from Russia amid the raging conflict.

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British oil
companies BP and Shell announced that they are dumping their shares in joint
projects with Russian oil groups, reports AFP.

Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft have taken action to curb “misinformation”
about Ukraine on social media platforms. Two “anti-Ukrainian” misinformation
campaigns, one based out of Belarus and another Russia, were ousted from several
social media platforms recently.

Disney’s Turning
is an animated film directed by Domee Shi. It is the first Pixar film
to be solely directed by a woman.

Morbius, starring Jared Leto and Adria Arjona, is directed
by Daniel Espinosa.

The United
Nations has said that at least 102 civilians, including seven children, have
been killed in Ukraine since Russia attacked the country due to concerns over
rising NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) influence in eastern Europe.
Russian missile attacks have been reported from several regions, including Kharkiv
– the second-largest city in Ukraine.