The Russian Burger King confirmed to continue operation in Russia. It has refused to shut down its 800 stores amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Burger King is owned by Restaurant Brands International (RBI) and it is operating in Russia for about a decade under joint ventures.
RBI president David Shear said Burger King was contacted to halt operations in Russia, but it has refused to shut the outlets and preferred continuing as usual.
He added that the agreements are complicated with overseas partners and it is not easy to stop operations in Russia and any changes would require the support of local authorities.
He added that the company is committed to redirecting the profits to the refugee agency of the United Nations and initially a donation of $1 million would be made. The franchisees of over 25 countries will be reached to make an additional donation of $2 million in the form of free meal coupons to such NGOs which are supporting the refugees of Ukraine.
Meanwhile, it is learned about 300 people may have been killed in the bombing of the Drama Theatre in Mariupol city of Ukraine lately. The report is based on eyewitnesses and scattered information. The Western allies have pledged to impose new sanctions on Russia considering the massive assault on Ukraine.
The earlier sanctions include a ban on imports of oil and gas from Russia as well as removing the Russian banks from the international SWIFT payment systems.
It is one month into the conflict and no sign of peace talks seems to be on the card soon. Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24. Tens of thousands of lives have been lost. About 10 million people have been displaced. Russian ex-president Dmitry Medvedev said the sanctions are foolish as these cannot affect the Russian businesses.
Thanking the EUR for support, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the leaders should accept its membership quickly as Russia may have thought about these steps earlier before invading Ukraine.
Amid all these, the Russian cruise missiles have destroyed the oil reserve of Ukraine outside the capital city Kyiv.
Since the wake of the invasion, it is estimated by NATO that somewhere between 7,000 and 15,000 Russian soldiers have lost their lives and the US is making a formal determination that a war crime is being committed by Russia.
Zelenskyy has called its citizens to show support for the nation while The Associated Press quoted a woman saying people in Ukraine are being killed every day.