McDonald’s will start reopening some of its restaurants in Ukraine in the coming
months, in a show of support after the American fast-food chain pulled out of Russia.
The burger giant closed its Ukrainian restaurants after Russia’s invasion of nearly six
months ago but has continued to pay more than 10,000 McDonald’s employees in the
“We’ve spoken extensively to our employees who have expressed a strong desire to
return to work and see our restaurants in Ukraine reopen, where it is safe and
responsible to do so,” senior vice president Paul Pomroy said in a message posted on
the firm’s website.
“In recent months, the belief that this would support a small but important sense of
normalcy has grown stronger. And Ukrainian officials have advised that businesses
resuming operations will support the local economy and the Ukrainian people.”
Analysts expect the war to trigger a 35% or more economic decline in Ukraine this
year, disrupting exports, devastating key infrastructure, and forcing shut thousands
In June, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke at a meeting of western
business leaders hosted by Yale University and urged firms to invest in the country.
He has also celebrated the reopening of dozens of embassies in Kyiv, including the
UK’s in April.
McDonald’s said it was working with suppliers and contractors to ensure the
restaurants were ready for reopening.
KFC, Nike, and Zara are among the other western brands whose stores are reported
to be open in the country.
NSL LEANRT : McDonald’s also sold most of its Russian restaurants to a local