// Uniqlo has backtracked and temporarily suspended its operations in Russia following its invasion of Ukraine
// “We condemn all forms of aggression that violate human rights and threaten the peaceful existence of individuals”
Uniqlo has now backtracked on its decision to keep its Russian stores open and temporarily suspended its operations in the country following its invasion of Ukraine.
Tadashi Yanai, president of Uniqlo operator Fast Retailing previously said the conflict should not deprive people in Russia of clothing, a basic human need.
At the start of the week, Yanai said: “Clothing is a necessity of life. The people of Russia have the same right to live as we do.”
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However today, Fast Retailing released a statement that said it would suspend operations, although it cited “operational challenges and the worsening of the conflict situation” as the reason behind the decision.
It said: “Our company mission is centered around offering the general public basic, affordable clothes that are made for everyone. We believe it is our responsibility to provide such essential items to all, including those affected by conflict, natural disasters and other devastations.”
“However, we have recently faced a number of difficulties, including operational challenges and the worsening of the conflict situation. For this reason, we will temporarily suspend our operations.”
The fashion firm did reinforce that saying it ” is strongly against any acts of hostility”.
“We condemn all forms of aggression that violate human rights and threaten the peaceful existence of individuals,” it said.
The group said its thoughts are with the people who are suffering today, and that it will do whatever it can to support them during these tragic times.
“We wish for the return of peace and stability as quickly as possible.”
Last week the business announced a donation of US$10 million and clothing through our longstanding global partnership with UNHCR. In addition to this, its employees in Europe have been helping deliver clothing to affected people fleeing from Ukraine.