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 cybersecurity and ensure the continuity of its digital services, from education to health. “This war has shown in part 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 businesses in Ukraine to continue their activity in the service of Ukrainian citizens”, he added, mentioning the importance of “the digital alliance of countries, companies and non-governmental organizations, united in support of Ukraine”.
Today with @FedorovMykhailo we’re announcing we will extend tech support free of charge for Ukraine through 2023. This ensures gov’t, critical infrastructure, and other sectors in Ukraine can continue to serve citizens through the Microsoft Cloud. https://t.co/yDcasxX9xT
—Brad Smith (@BradSmi) November 3, 2022
As a reminder, Ukraine has already requested the help of global digital giants and has obtained in particular a donation of Starlink satellite communication systems from Elon Musk.