Giants - McDonald's, Coca-Cola and Starbucks have also boycotted Russia

Consumer giants including McDonald's, Coca-Cola and Starbucks have joined the list of firms halting business in Russia due to the invasion in Ukraine.

McDonald's said it was temporarily closing its roughly 850 restaurants in Russia, while Starbucks also said its 100 coffee shops would shut.

McDonald's said the move was a response to the "needless human suffering unfolding in Ukraine".

McDonald's said it would continue to pay its roughly 62,000 staff in Russia. The firm has also been experiencing supply chain issues there.

BoycottMcDonalds and #BoycottCocaCola were trending on Twitter on Monday and over the weekend respectively.

Coca-Cola on Tuesday said it was suspending operations in Russia. It also has a roughly 20% ownership stake in a bottling and distribution business in Russia.

Starbucks also announced it would stop all business activity in the country, including shipments of Starbucks products.

The coffee chain's licensee in the country will temporarily shut more than 100 stores it operates there. The licensee, Kuwait-based Alshaya Group, will continue pay its roughly 2,000 employees, Starbucks said.