People line up to a McDonald’s store in central Kyiv, Ukraine, on May 29, 2020.
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The fast food company said in a statement posted on its website that it will work over the next several months to get product back into restaurants, bring back staff and prepare locations for locations. in Kyiv and western Ukraine to start serving customers again.
McDonald’s announced in February that it would suspend its operations in Ukraine following the Russian invasion of the country. Before that, McDonald’s had 109 restaurants in Ukraine. The chain declined to comment on how many restaurants it will open as part of its plans to continue operating in the country.
“We have spoken extensively with 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, the company’s senior vice president of international active markets, said in a message posted online. “In recent months, the belief that this will support a small but important sense of normalcy has become stronger.”
In addition to setting up an employee relief fund a few months ago, McDonald’s said it continues to pay the salaries of more than 10,000 Ukrainian employees.