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Apple’s App Store is not available for Crimea’s residents anymore. There is an access to App Store but download of apps both paid and free is not available.

"Purchase is not supported. Purchase is not available in your region according to the European Council’s Regulation (EU) No. 1351/2014 and the U.S. President’s Executive Order No. 13685": reads the message, when you try to download an application.

This comes as Apple has banned sales of its products in Crimea following sanctions imposed on Russia by the U.S. government to be implemented by Feb. 1.

"In accordance with new sanctions against the autonomous republic of Crimea, adopted by the U.S. government on Dec. 19, you are not to sell Apple products and/or provide services related to Apple products in the autonomous republic of Crimea," read a letter sent out by Apple's Russian office to its authorized dealers in Crimea.

On December 18, the European Union approved a new package of economic sanctions against Crimea.

On December 19, 2014, President Barack Obama signed a decree, which prohibits U.S. citizens and American companies to work in Crimea.

QHA