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GMB, the union for Asda workers, has praised moves by the supermarket giant to show support to the people of Ukraine.

Asda today (7 March) announced a £1 million package to support displaced Ukrainian families in Europe and the UK.

The supermarket giant also said it would stop selling products which originate in Russia 'for the foreseeable future'.

Nadine Houghton, GMB national officer, said: ‘’Asda’s efforts to support people in Ukraine is to be applauded. We don’t always see eye to eye with the Asda top brass, but credit where it is due, they are doing the right thing. GMB’s Asda workers stand in solidarity with Ukrainian retail and distribution workers during this appalling invasion.”

Asda today said it would provide immediate support for families forced to leave their homes in the aftermath of the Russian invasion and long-term support for Ukrainian refugees that arrive in the UK.

In addition, the supermarket will allow customer cash donations in-store and with online grocery orders to international charities working in Ukraine and neighbouring countries.

“We stand with our customers and colleagues who are shocked by the Russian invasion of Ukraine – and our thoughts are with those people whose lives are affected by this crisis,” Asda co-owner Moshin Issa said.

“The community spirit that is at the heart of Asda extends beyond our own borders and we’re proud to have worked with a range of partners in the UK to provide practical and meaningful support for Ukrainians at home and for those who continue to seek safety in neighbouring countries.”

Asda Foundation deputy chairman John Cookman added: “ As we look ahead to the coming months we see an ongoing need to support refugees arriving in the UK and are pleased to be able to play our part in helping groups to provide essential support services on the ground.”