Liner giants Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Co. (MSC) have suspended services to Ukraine following a full-scale invasion of the country by Russian forces.

The firms have begun implementing contingency measures, including diverting vessels away from the conflict zone.

Geneva-based MSC said it has also stopped accepting new booking for cargo to and from Ukraine.

The company added that the Jessenia R had been required to deviate during its voyage and would refrain from calling on Odessa, Ukraine.