McDonald’s announced on Tuesday that it was temporarily closing all of its 850 restaurants in Russia in response to the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
The Chicago-based burger giant said it would continue to pay its 62,000 employees in Russia. But in an open letter to employees, McDonald’s President and CEO Chris Kempckinski said closing those stores was the right thing to do because McDonald’s cannot ignore “unnecessary human suffering in Ukraine.”
McDonald’s owns 84% of its Russian restaurants.
In a recent financial filing, the company said Russia and Ukraine contributed 9% of the company’s revenue last year.