Some of Australia’s largest liquor retailers are stripping Russian vodka from their shelves in support of Ukraine.
BWS, Dan Murphy’s, Cellarmasters and alcohol delivery services Jimmy Brings and Shorty’s Liquor will no longer supply products of Russian origin, their parents company Endeavour Group said in a statement to Yahoo News Australia.
"As an organisation, Endeavour Group is deeply concerned with the situation in Ukraine and we join the calls for peace," an Endeavour Group spokesperson said.
"Following feedback from a variety of stakeholders, we have decided to remove products of Russian origin from our stores, hotels and online businesses in the coming days."
The Endeavour Group, which was spun out of Woolworths Group last year, also oversees ALH Hotels and Pinnacle Drinks.
The move comes after multiple US states ordered a cease on the purchase and sale of all Russian-sourced alcohol.
Some American bar owners have already replaced their Russian vodka with a Ukrainian brand to show support for the embattled country.
Canadian liquor stores have also joined the boycott.
Australia could impose more sanctions on Russia
Australia has already slapped sanctions on Russian elites, including President Vladimir Putin, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu.
All members of the Russian security council and 339 members of its parliament have also been sanctioned, as have key Belarusian individuals.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in statement on Monday that Australia will continue to impose further economic sanctions on Russia.
"The Australian Government strongly supports the announcements by the European Commission, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States on further restrictive economic measures against key Russian banks, institutions and individuals," it reads.
Australia's peak security committee is expected to finalise on Tuesday what lethal aid it will provide Ukraine, with the federal government already pledging $4 million in military assistance through NATO's trust fund for Ukraine.
Russian artillery bombards Kharkiv
Russian artillery bombarded residential districts of Ukraine's second largest city Kharkiv on Monday, killing at least 11 people, the city's mayor said, as Moscow's invading forces met stiff resistance on a fifth day of conflict.
Talks on a ceasefire ended without a breakthrough. A member of the Ukrainian delegation said the discussions were difficult and the Russian side was biased.
The United States expects Russian forces to try to encircle Kyiv in the coming days and believe they could become more aggressive out of frustration with their slow advance on the Ukrainian capital, a senior US defence official said.
with Reuters, AAP
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