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McDonald’s is reopening in Kyiv while 'Ukraine edges closer to victory'

Metro logo Metro 9/20/2022 Brooke Davies
Three branches opened today for delivery only, with many more in the capital expected to reopen next week (Picture: Getty Images) © Provided by Metro Three branches opened today for delivery only, with many more in the capital expected to reopen next week (Picture: Getty Images)

McDonald’s has reopened in Kyiv today in the latest sign Ukraine is returning to ‘normal life’.

Three branches opened for delivery only, with many more in the capital and some further west due to re-start food sales over the coming weeks.

This is just the latest symbol of Ukrainian success in their fight against the invading forces, with more than 300 settlements in the northeast Kharviv region have been liberated this month.

McDonald’s also announced they will resume typical operations in October, with their return signaling big business is confident Ukraine is edging closer to victory.

Alesya Mudzhyri, head of corporate communications in Ukraine, revealed that evacuation plans are in place in the event of air raid to allow staff and customers to reach their nearest shelter, but not before the McDonald’s team ‘quickly issue any orders already paid for’.

She said in a social media post: ‘The newly opened restaurants will operate according to the same high standards of food quality, cleanliness and speed of service as before.’

Deliveries will be handled by Glovo, the local equivalent of Deliveroo.

It comes as Ukrainian forces have made major gains in their fight against Putin’s army, which has now abandoned key strategic cities including Melitopol, and are retreating towards the Russian border.

McDonald’s suspended their business in Russia following the invasion (Picture: EPA) © Provided by Metro McDonald’s suspended their business in Russia following the invasion (Picture: EPA) Delivery Employees gather at a McDonald restaurant to pick up the orders in Kyiv today (Picture: Sergei Supinsky/AFP via Getty Images) © Provided by Metro Delivery Employees gather at a McDonald restaurant to pick up the orders in Kyiv today (Picture: Sergei Supinsky/AFP via Getty Images)

In a televised address, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky said: ‘The occupiers are clearly in a panic.

‘The speed at which our troops are moving. The speed in restoring normal life.’

In Russia, there have been disappointed reactions to the new chain Vkusno i tochka, which opened after McDonald’s suspended their business in June following Putin’s invasion.

The name of the new chain roughly translates to ‘Tasty, and that’s it’ or ‘Delicious, full stop’.

But there have been reports of a shortage of French fries, along with complaints over mouldy burger buns.

Ukrainian soldiers have made major gains, liberating 300 settlements in Kharviv (Picture: AP) © Provided by Metro Ukrainian soldiers have made major gains, liberating 300 settlements in Kharviv (Picture: AP)

Executives of the rebranded chain told Russian news agency Tass that a poor potato harvest in 2021 has meant not all restaurants have been able to serve fries.

The Russian agriculture ministry hit back at this claim and responded with a statement simply titled: ‘There are potatoes – and that’s it.’

Photos have emerged of mouldy burger buns being served to customers, according to Ksenia Sobchak, a popular TV celebrity and the Russian opposition’s most prominent female politician.

McDonald’s operations in Russia were worth around 9% of its annual revenue, which is equivalent to £1.48 billion.

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