McDonald’s is temporarily closing its locations in Russia.
“McDonald’s has decided to temporarily close all our restaurants in Russia and pause all operations in the market,” CEO Chris Kempczinski said in a statement Tuesday.
There were 847 locations of McDonald’s in Russia at the close of last year, according to an investor document.
Globally, most McDonald’s locations are operated by franchise operators. But that’s not the case in Russia, where 84% of locations are operated by the company, according to the document.
Russia’s restaurants, along with another 108 in Ukraine, all operated by McDonald’s, accounted for 9% of the company’s revenue in 2021, according to the document.
“In Russia, we employ 62,000 people who have poured their heart and soul into our McDonald’s brand to serve their communities. We work with hundreds of local, Russian suppliers and partners who produce the food for our menu and support our brand,” Kempczinski said. “And we serve millions of Russian customers each day who count on McDonald’s. In the thirty-plus years that McDonald’s has operated in Russia, we’ve become an essential part of the 850 communities in which we operate.”
But, he added, “at the same time, our values mean we cannot ignore the needless human suffering unfolding in Ukraine.”
Several Western companies across multiple industries have halted operations in Russia after the country’s attack on Ukraine.
CNN’s Carolyn Sung contributed reporting to this post.
US cannot confirm the death of Russian general, senior US defense official says
The United States cannot confirm Ukrainian claims to have killed Russian Maj. Gen. Vitaly Gerasimov, a senior US defense official said Tuesday.
The official also said the United States had no knowledge of a family relationship between Vitaly Gerasimov and Valery Gerasimov, who is the chief of staff of the Russian Armed Forces – the top ranking Russian military officer.
Earlier today, Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense said Gerasimov was killed in battle near Kharkiv.
The short statement on Monday offered no proof of the death of Gerasimov, and gave no details of when he was killed.