eBay blocking transactions to Russian addresses

Online auction site eBay has said that it is blocking all transactions involving Russian addresses.

The decision comes as a result of service interruptions by payment vendors and shipping carriers.

“We stand with Ukraine and are taking a number of steps to support the Ukrainian people and our sellers in the region,” a spokesperson for the California based company told the Report Focus News on Saturday.

“As a result of service interruptions by payment vendors and major shipping carriers, we have temporarily suspended all transactions involving Russian addresses and transactions involving Ukraine addresses may experience delays”.

Previously, eBay had waived seller fees for vendors in Ukraine, and is “protecting” them from late shipment penalties and negative reviews.

Customers in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia, also have the option of donating to Ukraine when purchasing items at checkout.

In addition, eBay confirmed they’ve removed all Putin-related products “that are not clearly ant-Putin.”

“We have a strict policy against items that promote or glorify hatred or violence to ensure our platform remains a safe, trusted and inclusive environment for our global community of sellers and buyers,” a spokesperson said. “Consequently, merchandise that may indicate support of Vladimir Putin is prohibited on eBay. We will continue to allow historical or education related books and materials.”