- Sputnik International, 1920, 25.02.2022
Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
On February 24, Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine, aiming to liberate the Donbass region where the people's republics of Donetsk and Lugansk had been living under regular attacks from Kiev's forces.

Major Clothing Retailer to Remain in Russia as Some Foreign Companies Pull Out

© REUTERS / Toru HanaiShoppers walk inside Fast Retailing's Uniqlo casual clothing store in Tokyo, Japan July 10, 2014.
Shoppers walk inside Fast Retailing's Uniqlo casual clothing store in Tokyo, Japan July 10, 2014. - Sputnik International, 1920, 07.03.2022
Fast Retailing Co.'s CEO reportedly questions “the trend that pressures companies to make political choices.”
Fast Retailing Co., prominent Japanese multinational retailer and owner of Uniqlo, has announced that it will keep its stores in Russia, even as a number of foreign companies moved to suspend their operations in the country open amid the current situation in Ukraine.
"Clothing is a necessity of life. The people of Russia have the same right to live as we do," Fast Retailing CEO Tadashi Yanai said, with his remarks first being reported by Nikkei.
He did mention, however, that every country should oppose war.
A spokesperson for the company, which has 49 stores in Russia, also told Reuters that they had seen no noticeable impact on its supply chain or logistics in the country.
Fortune magazine also notes that Yanai questions "a trend that pressures companies to make political choices."
The United States and several European countries imposed economic sanctions against Russia after it launched a military operation in Ukraine last month, with the goal of said operation being described by the Russian government as the neutralization of Ukraine’s military capacity.
Visa and Mastercard logos are seen in front of Russian flag in this illustration taken March 1, 2022.  - Sputnik International, 1920, 05.03.2022
Visa, Mastercard Suspend All Operations in Russia Effective Immediately Over Ukraine Crisis
Along with sanctions imposed by governments, a number of prominent companies, such as Nike and Ikea, moved to halt their operations in Russia.
Said operation, initiated after Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics asked Moscow for assistance against attacks by Ukrainian troops, is aimed at neutralizing Ukraine's military capacity, according to the Russian government.
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