McDonald’s Will Return to Ukraine After 6-Month Hiatus

McDonald’s will begin reopening its restaurants in Kyiv and western Ukraine, the company said Thursday, in response to what it called the “strong desire” of many employees to return to their jobs despite the ongoing war with Russia.

After Russia invaded Ukraine in February, McDonald’s closed its 109 restaurants there. Many workers fled while others joined the armed forces. In the six months since, the fighting has shifted largely to the country’s east and south and thousands of Ukrainians have returned to their homes in the capital, Kyiv, and in western regions of the country.

“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,” Paul Pomroy, a vice president for international operations at McDonald’s, said in a statement.

“In recent months, the belief that this would support a small but important sense of normalcy has grown stronger,”…

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This article was written by Melissa Eddy and originally published on www.nytimes.com