Offering taste of normality, McDonald's reopens in Kyiv 7 months into war

The branches only opened for delivery services but customers waited outside the restaurants anyway to collect their meals from the motorcycle couriers who were next to them

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A Glovo food delivery courier carries an order outside a McDonald's restaurant, after the chain reopened amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv (Photo: Reuters)

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Kyiv residents braved the cold to queue for hours on Tuesday as McDonald's opened three branches in the Ukrainian capital that had been shut since the Russian invasion began nearly seven months ago.
 
The branches only opened for delivery services but customers waited outside the restaurants anyway to collect their meals from the motorcycle couriers who were next to them.
 
For some, it offered a taste of what life was like before the invasion, and the reopening stood in marked contrast to Russia, where McDonald's has pulled out its business after a Western backlash against the war.
 
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First Published: Sep 20 2022 | 10:50 PM IST

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