December 4, 2022

Airbnb is the most recent corporate to sever ties with Russia as the rustic continues its fatal invasion into Ukraine. The corporate’s CEO, Brian Chesky, introduced past due Thursday night time that Airbnb is postponing “all operations in Russia,” in addition to the rustic’s shut best friend Belarus. 

The announcement got here as Russian forces attacked the Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant in Energodar, sparking a hearth. The fireplace and shelling on the website caused fears of a Chernobyl-like emergency, as Ukrainian officers stated that Russian troops have been combating firefighters from extinguishing the flames. After a couple of hours, Russian forces seized the plant and the fireplace used to be extinguished. 

Previous this week, Airbnb introduced that its group, Airbnb.org, is making plans to lend a hand refuge as much as 100,000 other people who’ve fled Ukraine on account of the invasion. The corporate stated it is going to be offering housing for as much as two weeks without spending a dime. Airbnb presented identical help to Afghans who have been pressured to evacuate their properties all the way through the Taliban takeover final fall. 

Many of us have additionally tweeted that they’re reserving Airbnbs in Ukraine, without a aim of staying in them. The ones doing so say it’s to supply direct monetary help to other people enduring the invasion. 

“Feeling helpless, I guide an Airbnb in Kiev for a keep this week understanding the cash would cross direct to any person there,” one individual tweeted. “There have been no air bnb charges hooked up.”

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The reaction to that individual’s reserving, in step with screenshots from the Airbnb app she tweeted, used to be “the arena isn’t with out excellent other people.” 

“I’ve tears in my eyes and I cry with happiness within the first of those horrible days,” the host of the house seems to mention. “…I can be at liberty to hug you after we meet in peacetime.”