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Danilov: Mere Russian retail chain can no longer operate in Ukraine

KYIV. Oct 16 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine at a meeting on Friday decided to ban the operation of the Russian chain of stores "Mere" in Ukraine, NSDC Secretary Oleksiy Danilov has said.

"The Mere company has no right to work. I would like to inform you that today the only city where their activities continued is Bila Tserka, but after today’s meeting of the NSDC they cannot work on the territory of our country," Danilov said at a briefing following the meeting.

The Mere chain is a chain of discount stores that acts as an international brand of the Russian Svetofor chain. The first store on the territory of Ukraine was opened in August 2020 in Mykolaiv, but closed soon after. In June 2021, the chain announced its return to Ukraine and plans to open 40 stores across the country. In response, Danilov said the NSDC would take steps to close the chain in Ukraine.