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Ukraine unable to deliver Crimea mail: UPU

Ukraine's post office has asked its foreign counterparts to stop sending it mail destined for breakaway Crimea because it can no longer deliver it, the Swiss-based Universal Postal Union said on Friday.

Ukraine unable to deliver Crimea mail: UPU
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The UPU, headquarterd in Bern, said postal service Ukrposhta had told it the ongoing crisis in the region had created "difficulties delivering postal items" to Crimea, which was taken over by Russia last month.

"Ukrposhta therefore asks the designated operators of UPU member countries to suspend the dispatching to Ukraine of any international postal items addressed to the Crimea," it said in a statement.

The Black Sea peninsula has been the subject of a geopolitical tug-of-war since massive protests by pro-European Ukrainians ousted pro-Moscow president Viktor Yanukovych in February.

Crimea then voted to split from Ukraine and was taken over by Russia, which argued it needed to protect the rights of the peninsula's majority Russian-speaking population.

Ukraine says the separatist referendum and annexation violated international law, and the moves have been widely condemned by the international community.

Germany's Deutsche Post on Thursday said it was no longer accepting letters bound for Crimea after the Ukrainian post office told the UPU that delivery in that region could no longer be guaranteed.

The UPU said its director general, Bishar Hussein, hoped that all those involved would find an operational solution soon in order to smooth mail deliveries.

The postal union, one of the world's oldest international organizations, was founded in 1874 to facilitate the global flow of mail, for example through the mutual recognition of countries' stamps.

It now has 192 member nations.
 

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Shareholder group urges Switzerland’s Nestle to halt all Russia business

Nestle must halt all its activities in Russia, the Actares shareholder organisation said Monday, ramping up the pressure after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky singled out the Swiss food giant.

Shareholder group urges Switzerland's Nestle to halt all Russia business

Nestle has suspended all its imports and exports to Russia, including Nespresso coffee pods and S.Pellegrino bottled water, but has maintained deliveries of vital products such as baby food.

In a speech live-streamed to a rally outside the Swiss federal parliament in Bern on Saturday, Zelensky urged Swiss companies to cease doing business in Russia, picking out Nestle, and condemned firms that carried on regardless despite the siege of Mariupol.

“Actares — shareholding for a more responsible economy — urges Nestle to consider President Zelensky’s call in the Federal Square to stop doing business with Russia!”, the group, one of Switzerland’s top shareholders’ associations, said in a statement.

Nestle insisted Sunday that it was not making any profits in Russia, winding down many of the firm’s activities in the country following the Kremlin-ordered invasion of neighbouring Ukraine on February 24.

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“We have stopped all our investments there and have ceased all our advertising activities,” a spokeswoman told AFP. “We do not make any profit from our remaining operations in Russia.

“We are doing everything possible in Ukraine and neighbouring countries to help alleviate this humanitarian catastrophe.”

Several US multinationals have withdrawn from Russia, like the fast food chain McDonald’s and the beverage giants Coca-Cola and Pepsi.

Nestle has been the subject of a call for a boycott circulating on social media networks.

On Monday, Zelensky called on European leaders to cease all trade with Russia in an effort to pressure Moscow to halt its nearly month-long military assault on Ukraine.

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