Disney `Pausing' Film Distribution in Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

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BURBANK (CNS) - The Burbank-based Walt Disney Co. announced today it will pause releasing its films in Russia in light of Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine.

``Given the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and the tragic humanitarian crisis, we are pausing the release of theatrical films in Russia, including the upcoming `Turning Red' from Pixar,'' a Disney representative said in a statement.

``We will make future business decisions based on the evolving situation.''

The company also said it's working to aid refugees looking to flee the country as Russia continues its bombings.

``Given the scale of the emerging refugee crisis, we are working with our NGO partners to provide urgent aid and other humanitarian assistance to refugees,'' the company statement said.

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