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Disney Pausing Theatrical Releases in Russia

Disney has become the first major studio to pause its theatrical releases at the Russian box office in response to the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

Disney has released the following statement:

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. We will make future business decisions based on the evolving situation. In the meantime, 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.

Turning Red had been slated to open March 10 in Russia.

WarnerMedia has also pulled The Batman from Russia and it’s likely other studios will follow.

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