Nestle, the Swiss food giant, is withdrawing its popular brands from Russia, but will continue to offer critical commodities.
The company halted investing in the country earlier this month but has now halted sales of KitKat and Nesquik brands.
It comes after the corporation was heavily chastised by Ukrainian politicians.
In response to the war, a rising number of Western businesses have discontinued operations in Russia, but a handful has remained.
“As the war in Ukraine rages on, our actions in Russia will be focused on supplying critical food, not profit,” Nestle said.
In a live-streamed speech to demonstrators on Saturday, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky chastised Nestle for continuing to do business in Russia.
Denys Shmyhal, Ukraine’s Prime Minister, wrote: “Paying taxes to a terrorist country’s budget entails the murder of defenseless children and mothers. I’m hoping Nestle will reconsider its position shortly.”
As a result, the hashtag #BoycottNestle became popular on Twitter.
Since the start of the Ukraine war, the corporation has been steadily limiting its activities in Russia, but it has been under pressure to completely withdraw.
It halted shipments of non-essential products including Nespresso coffee capsules and San Pellegrino water earlier this month after canceling advertising and financial initiatives.
“While we do not intend to generate a profit or pay any relevant taxes in Russia for the foreseeable future,” the company added, “any profit will be donated to humanitarian relief organizations.”
“We support Ukraine’s people and our 5,800 employees there.”
International brands such as McDonald’s, L’Oreal, H&M, and Apple have all discontinued or reduced their operations in Russia so far.
A small number of others continue to manufacture non-essential goods in Russia, while M&S and Burger King claim that intricate franchise arrangements prevent them from closing their stores there.