Leroy Merlin blocks Ukraine office from corporate communications, paralyzing aid

17 March 2022, 02:15 PM

The parent company of the French home improvement and gardening retailer Leroy Merlin has disconnected its Ukrainian office from corporate communications, according to HR Director of Leroy Merlin Ukraine Lyudmyla Dziuba, who broke the news on LinkedIn, Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported on March 16. The retailer also stated that it would continue to work in the Russian Federation and increase supplies.

According to Dziuba, the company promised to restore access on March 15, but as of March 16, Ukrainian accounts remained blocked. 800 employees at the Ukrainian office have been cut off from corporate communications.

“At one point, we did not have the tools to provide humanitarian, medical assistance to employees who needed it,” Dziuba said.

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“We are not in a position to address numerous appeals from volunteers and defenders of Ukraine, since access to the files turned out to be closed.”

Earlier, Leroy Merlin stated that they would continue to work on the Russian market and were preparing to increase supplies and product mix, despite the ongoing sanctions regime against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, and the increasing amount of international companies pulling out fo the country.

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