Yum! Brands suspends the activities of 70 restaurants owned by KFC in Russia, the company said in a statement. At the same time, the statement does not apply to restaurants operating under a franchise.

“Yum! Brands is suspending the activities of KFC-owned restaurants in Russia and finalizing an agreement to suspend all operations of Pizza Hut restaurants in Russia in partnership with its main franchisee. This action is based on our decision to suspend all investments and development of restaurants in Russia and redirect all profits from operations in Russia to humanitarian purposes,” the company said.

There are more than 1,1 thousand restaurants in the entire KFC network in Russia, while there are 70 of their own.

The company noted that humanitarian goals include a donation of $1 million to the Red Cross. Also Yum! Disaster Relief Fund will support Ukrainian employees of the franchise, send donations to charitable organizations providing assistance in Ukraine: UNICEF, the World Food Program and the International Rescue Committee.

“In addition, our franchisees in the surrounding regions provide food for refugees. As always, we remain focused on the safety of our people in the region and will continue to support our teams in Ukraine,” the company said.