NH Stops Sales of Russian Spirits at State Outlets
A move to protest the Russian invasion of Ukraine will hit the country in the glass.
On Saturday, Gov. Chris Sununu said that he signed an executive order for the state's 79 liquor and wine outlets to remove Russian-made and Russian-branded spirits until further notice.
"New Hampshire stands with the people of Ukraine in their fight for freedom," Sununu said in a tweet announcing the move.
Comments about the order pointed out that while the existing stock is already paid for, it can't be sold, meaning there will be no re-ordering.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation and other liquor jurisdictions in Canada made a similar decision. The state of Ohio is also blocking sales of similar product.
The Memorial Bridge between Portsmouth and Kittery was lit in the Ukranian flag colors of blue and yellow Friday night and will continue through the weekend, according to Portsmouth Mayor Deaglan McEachern.
Ukraine continues to be pummeled by air strikes as troops tried to take over the capital city of Kyiv, forcing residents to relocate to subway tunnels for shelter.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a video message that the country will win, and denounced rumors he had left the country.
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