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McDonald's to reopen its Golden Arches in Ukraine while Russian locations remain closed

The fast food chain will open locations in the capital city of Kyiv this week and three more the week of Sept. 20

More than 10,000 people work for McDonald’s in Ukraine
More than 10,000 people work for McDonald’s in Ukraine | Maxim Shipenkov/Shutterstock

September 19, 2022 6:24pm

Updated: September 19, 2022 8:28pm

McDonald's will reopen fast food locations Tuesday in the Ukrainian capital city of Kyiv, according to the corporate communications department there.

The company announced that its restaurants will open in western Ukraine and Kyiv “gradually over two months,” said Alesya Mudzhyri on Monday in a Facebook post.

McDonald's halted all business in the embattled country after Moscow sent in invading military forces in February. McDonald's said despite temporarily shutting down its operations, it continued paying its 10,000+ Ukrainian employees.

Each McDonald's outlet will start reopening its operations cautiously by offering delivery services while the drive-through and dine-in service will most likely open sometime in October, Mudzhyri said.

Three McDonald's restaurants are scheduled to be open on Sept. 20 in Kyiv for delivery only, with seven more on track to open a week after that.

The fast food chain said it will have restaurants open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. but will close during air raids to ensure employees and customers can seek shelter, the company's Ukrainian communications head said.

McDonald's terminated its Russian operations in May.