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20th Sep 2022

Joyous Ukrainians queue for take-outs as McDonald’s reopens in Kyiv

Jack Peat

CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 16: A close-up of a Mcdonald's fast food restaurant sign on April 16, 2020 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)

We’re winnin’ it!

Hundreds of Ukrainians descended on McDonald’s in Kyiv as the fast food giant began a phased reopening of its restaurants.

Three restaurants in the Ukrainian capital will open for delivery only from September 20th, followed by several more venues in Kyiv and across the country further west one week later.

Restaurants will then resume their typical operations in October, according to head of communications Alesya Mudzhyri, with evacuation plans in place in the event that air raid sirens are triggered by an incoming threat.

Footage of the opening flooded in on social media as the first take-outs were collected.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s former spokesperson tweeted that “Ukraine is restoring life” after businesses returned to the country, banks reopened and the counteroffensive gets underway in the east.

According to local reports,Ukraine is using captured Russian tanks to solidify its gains in its north-east amid an ongoing counter-offensive.

It comes as Kyiv vowed to push further into territories occupied by Moscow.

With optimism in the air, locals queued up to receive their first McDonald’s orders since the outbreak of the war earlier this year.

Reporters were also on scene to capture the moment, with delivery drivers in short supply thanks to soaring demand!

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