Airbnb stops operations in Russia, Belarus

As Russia continues its devastating invasion of Ukraine , Airbnb is the latest company that has cut ties with Russia. 

Airbnb stops operations in Russia, Belarus

Brian Chesky, the CEO of Airbnb, said late Thursday night that all operations in Russia and Belarus would be suspended.

This announcement was made as Russian forces attacked Energodar's Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, causing a fire. There were fears of a Chernobyl-like emergency after the fire and shelling caused by Russian forces attacked the aZaporizhzhia nuclear power plant/a> in Energodar. The fire was put out by Russian forces after a few hours.

Airbnb.org announced earlier this week that it will help to shelter up to 100,000 people who fled Ukraine due to the invasion. Airbnb.org said that it would provide housing for as long as two weeks free of charge. Airbnb provided similar assistance to Afghans forced to flee their homes by the Taliban overthrow.

People have also posted that they are looking for Airbnbs in Ukraine and said that they will not be staying there. People who do so claim it is to provide financial aid to those affected by the invasion.
One person tweeted, "Feeling helpless I booked an Airbnb in Kiev for my stay this week knowing that the money would be sent directly to someone there." "Air bnb was free."

According to screenshots taken from the Airbnb app, she tweeted that the response to her booking was "the world doesn't lack good people."

The host appears to have said that she had tears in her eyes and was happy to see her in the face of such terrible circumstances. "... I will hug you when we see each other in peace.


 

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