Apple Maps now show Crimea part of Ukraine amid Russia’s invasion

Apple Maps now shows Crimea as part of Ukraine when viewed outside of Russia, in what appears to be a new and quiet update.

Mashable first reported the change, which comes amid Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

Now, when you search or click on Crimea, it is displayed as Ukrainian territory.

Russia invaded and annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine in 2014, prompting international condemnation. In response to the invasion, Russia was suspended from the G8 and subjected to sanctions.

In the past, Apple attempted to strike a middle ground by refusing to mark Crimea as part of any country when being viewed in most regions.

However, in 2019, Apple updated its Maps app to mark Crimea as Russian territory to viewers in Russia. At the time, Russian authorities had said that Apple “fulfilled its obligations” by bringing its app in compliance with the requirements of the Russian legislation.

The decision was largely criticized by Ukrainian officials.

Apple is now taking a different stance by displaying Crimea to be part of Ukraine when the map is viewed from other countries, including the United States.

The company’s new map change comes days after it confirmed that it halted product sales in Russia. The hardware giant also pulled some Russian apps from the App Store and disabled some Apple Pay services in the country.