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Tesco has been sending relief supplies to Ukrainian refugees fleeing the country to escape the Russian invasion.

The supermarket said it had donated truckloads of food and water, as well as hygiene products and clothing, including nappies for children caught in the conflict.

Tesco has used distribution centres in Budapest, Bratislava, and Prague to co-ordinate its support and has also been working with food banks in Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic to co-ordinate food aid for Ukrainian families.

The supermarket also announced it was making a £1m donation to the Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal to support volunteers providing first aid, warm clothes, and support in shelters and underground stations.

Meanwhile, Tesco Mobile has announced it has scrapped all charges for UK customers wanting to contact loved ones in Ukraine. Tesco Bank has removed all send fees, so customers can send money to relatives.

“Clearly more will be required but great to see the Tesco teams, with our long-term partner food banks in each country, kicking into action so quickly,” said Tesco Central Europe CEO Matt Simister.

“Steered by the Red Cross, our initial donations have been food, water, hygiene products and clothing, but our humanitarian aid will evolve with the needs of those impacted/displaced.

“Unfortunately, there is lots more to do.”

Iceland also donated to the British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal this week, giving £150,000 through its charitable arm, the Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation.

“People are losing their homes and their lives,” said Iceland MD Richard Walker. “It is important to me, the business and our customers that we help those in Ukraine.”