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Kansas liquor store removes Russian vodka from store shelves

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A Kansas liquor store is removing Russian vodka from its store shelves, referring to it as a “tiny sanction” against Russia following the country’s invasion of Ukraine. 

Jamie Stratton, partner of the Jacob Liquor Exchange, confirmed to The Hill reporting from KSNW, which reported the news earlier on Friday, that its store on 29th and Rock Road in Wichita, Kan., had removed more than 100 bottles of Russian vodka between its shelves and display. He explained that they decided they did not want any presence of the Russian product in its store and referred to it as a “tiny sanction.”

He said that the retail value of Russian vodka pulled from the store altogether was $4,300.

Stratton explained that they were not promoting or marketing the Russian vodka, and that they did plan on making the Ukrainian vodka in their store, one brand called Khor, more prominent. 

“Bye bye Russian Vodka you are not worthy of a space on our shelf!” the store said in a Facebook post on Friday.

The news comes as Russia launched an invasion into Ukraine early Thursday morning following an emotional appeal from Ukraine’s president for peace. More than 100 people have been confirmed dead, and several hundred others wounded, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Thursday.

The White House confirmed Friday it would be sanctioning Russian President Vladimir Putin, its most noteworthy move yet against Russia. It followed a move by the European Union, which also announced that it would be sanctioning both Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

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