H&M to reopen its Ukraine stores in November — Foreign Ministry

H&M is one of the most popular clothing retailers in Ukraine
H&M is one of the most popular clothing retailers in Ukraine

Swedish apparel multinational H&M will reopen its stores in Ukraine in November, having shuttered them at the very onset of Russia’s full-scale invasion, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry announced via Telegram on Nov. 1.

“This week, our diplomats in Stockholm received the final confirmation that affected H&M branches in Ukraine, which were closed due to the full-scale Russian invasion, will begin to re-open in November of this year,” the message reads.

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The ministry stressed that the return of major international companies, including H&M, IKEA, and others, constitutes one of Ukraine's diplomatic goals and is one of the most awaited decisions by Ukrainians.

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"It is also a signal of confidence in Ukraine's victory and reliability of partnership with our country," the message added.

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Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba commented that "the return of IKEA is actively underway, and I hope that there will be good news in this regard soon."

Following H&M's lead, Spanish group Inditex, which operates Zara, Bershka, Stradivarius, P&B, and Massimo Dutti brand stores, may also reopen its Ukrainian branches.

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