The head of confectionery giant Mars has confirmed millions of pounds in support for families hit by the devastating Russian invasion of Ukraine.

In a post on LinkedIn, Grant F. Reid confirmed the Virginia-based company will donate money to charities working in the country.

Save the Children International and the Humane Society International are the two charities the company, which is based in McLean in the US and Slough in the south-east of the UK, has decided to support.


He said: “We are appalled by what is happening in Ukraine and are striving to provide our courageous Ukrainian Associates with the support they need.

“Their safety is our absolute priority and teams of Mars Associates have been working diligently to provide shelter, financial security and aid.

“In addition to donations of food that have been provided by Mars business units, we’re making an initial cash donation of $2 million in support of this humanitarian crisis.

“Working with Save the Children International, we’re committing $1.5 million to help provide for the basic needs of children and their families in Ukraine and seeking refuge in border countries, as well as $500 thousand to Humane Society International to give assistance to pets and pet owners.

“We join the world in supporting the innocent victims of this war and calling for a peaceful resolution immediately.”

The company is the latest to support people in Ukraine after the invasion by Vladimir Putin’s troops.

The Ukraine-based recruitment company Jooble was looking to raise money to buy weapons to help the fight and Adzuna has suspended its operations in Russia.

Other western companies like BP, Shell and HSBC are also removing their operations from Russia.

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