McDonald's closed its Ukrainian restaurants after Russia’s invasion nearly six months ago. The fast-food chain has continued to pay more than 10,000 McDonald's employees in the country. It will begin gradually reopening some restaurants in the capital, Kyiv, and western Ukraine.

Western businesses like Nike, KFC and Spanish clothing retailer Mango are open in Kyiv. “We’ve spoken extensively to our employees who have expressed a strong desire to return to work and see our restaurants in Ukraine reopen,” says Paul Pomroy, corporate senior vice president of international operated markets.

McDonald’s has 109 restaurants in Ukraine. The company didn’t say how many would reopen, when that would happen or which locations would be the first to welcome back customers. The International Monetary Fund expects Ukraine's economy to shrink by 35% this year. While it will start to reopen in Ukraine, McDonald's has sold its 850 restaurants in Russia.

McDonald’s shuttered hundreds of Russian locations in March. Selling its Russian restaurants was the first time the company has “de-arched,” or exited a major market. Alexander Govor, who held a license for 25 McDonalds outposts in Siberia, has begun reopening former McDonalds locations under the name Tasty-period.
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