Toyota to end vehicle production in Russia

Toyota Motor has become the first Japanese automaker to end production in Russia since the start of the crisis in Ukraine. Officials made the announcement on Friday.

Operations at the firm's plant in St. Petersburg have been suspended since March due to supply chain disruptions. The officials say they had fully retained the workforce in case they were able to restart.

The firm will now provide assistance to about 2,000 employees. The officials also say they will not sell new car products in the country, but will continue providing after-sales service to existing customers.

The factory manufactured about 80,000 units a year.

Operations at the Russian plants of Nissan, Mazda and Mitsubishi are currently suspended.