The southern Ukrainian city of Odessa was hit by a series of Russian missiles on Monday evening, destroying buildings, setting fire to a shopping center and killing one person, its city council said. The attack also left five injured.
The mall targeted did not house any military structure, Ukrainian authorities say. On the other hand, it hosted an Auchan supermarket which was completely destroyed. ” A missile destroyed the Auchan supermarket in Odessa. Russia still has money for the war, partly thanks to Auchan continuing its business in Russia. Thus (Auchan) continues to finance the killers “Wrote the Twitter account of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, photo in support.
On videos, we also discover that the supermarket was completely destroyed. In the rubble, you can see the emblematic red carts of the northern brand.
The bombing also seems to have indirectly hit a Leroy Merlin store and a Decathlon. On images broadcast on the networks, we can see damage to these two stores. The walls in particular seem to have been blown away and several debris are strewn on the ground.
“Sponsors of Russia’s War Machine”
At the end of March, the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had scolded before the French Parliament these signs remained in Russia. ” Renault, Auchan, Leroy Merlin and others, they must stop sponsoring Russia’s war machine in Ukrainehe had asked. Everyone will remember that values are worth more than profits. »
The Auchan group, which has nearly 400 stores in Russia, for 90,000 employees, had refused in mid-March to leave the country. The only Auchan sign makes 10% of its turnover there. In Ukraine, Auchan has 43 stores and 6,000 employees.
Activities suspended in Ukraine
Leroy Merlin has six stores in Ukraine, five in kyiv and one in Odessa. Activities there are suspended but the 800 employees are still paid. In Russia, where Leroy Merlin has been present for 18 years, the world’s third-largest DIY player makes nearly 20% of its sales there, employing 45,000 people in 113 stores for more than 5 billion euros in turnover. .
At the end of March, Decathlon announced that it was suspending its activities in Russia due to supply problems. Decathlon has been present in Russia since 2006 with 60 stores and an e-commerce site in 25 Russian cities. The sports brand has four stores and an online sales site in Ukraine. Like Leroy Merlin, the activities are also “ jellies to protect employees.
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