Russians queue for final McDonald’s as they close amid backlash over Ukraine war

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McDonald's lovers in Russia have rushed to form long queues for one final meal from the fast-food chain before they close due to the international outrage of the Russia-Ukraine war.

Lines are stretching for nearly half a mile outside outlets as many are desperate for one last Big Mac.

Video footage posted online by Ukraine Live News shows cars lining up in a Moscow drive-thru, whereas, photos across Twitter show some desperate customers lining the streets on foot in the snow.

Other pictures show desperate Russians lining up around the block on foot, waiting it out in blisteringly cold temperatures for a cheeky Quarter Pounder.

The news comes after McDonald's announced the closure of 850 of its restaurants in the country in its own form of protest against the war in Ukraine.

The massive move which will see civilians unable to order a Big Mac and fries any time soon is one of the latest international sanctions on Russia.

Restaurants will remain closed as a temporary measure but it is as yet unknown as to when they will be back in business as the world reacts in fury to Vladimir Putin's invasion.

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In a statement, the American fast-food giant's CEO Chris Kempczinski said: "The conflict in Ukraine and the humanitarian crisis in Europe has caused unspeakable suffering to innocent people. As a System, we join the world in condemning aggression and violence and praying for peace."

McDonald's added that it has continued to pay its Ukrainian employees their full salaries since the invasion left the nation in crisis and the firm has donated £3.8million to its Employee Assistance Fund.

They add that its support from Ronald McDonald House Charities for relief efforts led by the International Red Cross in the region is ongoing.

In a lengthy message first sent to McDonald's employees explaining its drastic actions, the restaurant said it employs 62,000 people in Russia "who have poured their heart and soul" into the golden arches brand.

In addition to those who will be out of work as a consequence of its government's actions, millions of Russian customers each day "who count on McDonald’s" will be without the famous US cuisine.

But the brand claims it is impossible to give a reopening date as the bloodshed continues in Ukraine.

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Mr Kempczinski added: "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.

"At the same time, our values mean we cannot ignore the needless human suffering unfolding in Ukraine.

"Years ago, when confronted with his own difficult decision, Fred Turner explained his approach quite simply: “Do the right thing.”

"That philosophy is enshrined as one of our five guiding values, and there are countless examples over the years of McDonald’s Corporation living up to Fred’s simple ideal. Today, is also one of those days."

While restaurants remain closed McDonald’s will support "all three legs of the stool in Ukraine and Russia" by continuing to pay its Russian workers' salaries in full.

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