McDonald’s announced Tuesday it is closing 850 of its fast-food restaurants in Russia in response to the war against Ukraine.
McDonald’s president and CEO, Chris Kempckinski, explained that the burger giant will continue paying its 62,000 employees in Russia “who have poured their heart and soul into our McDonald’s brand.”
In an open letter to employees, he announced that the stores are being closed temporarily.
“Our values mean we cannot ignore the needless human suffering unfolding in Ukraine,” Kempczinski wrote.
McDonald’s also closed 100 restaurants in Ukraine and is continuing to pay those employees.
Kempczinski said he is not sure when they will reopen the stores.