Russia's Mail.Ru closes office in Ukraine

12:22, 01 June 2017
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Director General of Russia's Mail.Ru Boris Dobrodeev has said that the Ukrainian branch of Mail.Ru will be closed and its employees will be offered employment at the company's Russian-based offices, according to Russia's business daily Kommersant.

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"It makes no sense to run the representative office on the market after the sanctions imposed by Ukraine against us. I will only say it was a small division," Dobrodeev said in an interview with Kommersant.

Dobrodeev added that the Ukrainian branch did not make a significant contribution to the company's revenue, therefore Mail.Ru does not expect a negative impact of the restrictive measures on its financial performance.

Read alsoVKontakte to close Kyiv's office – media"First of all, it will hit Ukrainian users who will be left without their favorite communication services. In Ukraine, Mail.Ru Group services were leading in their categories. This is an unprecedented step. Of course, we will do everything to somehow compensate for this loss and help the Ukrainian users stay in touch with their friends," Dobrodeev said.

He added that the Ukrainian team of the company's projects had already been offered work in the Russian offices.

Earlier, Mail.Ru Group called the Ukrainian authorities' decision to restrict its work in Ukraine "politically motivated" and said that all obligations would be fulfilled in full before the employees, partners and customers in Ukrainian territory.

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