McDonald's Closes in Crimea

    People gather outside a McDonald's restaurant, which was earlier closed for clients, in the Crimean city of Simferopol April 4, 2014. McDonald's has suspended work at its restaurants in Crimea for "manufacturing reasons", the U.S. fast food chain said on Friday, the second international company to cease operations this week on the peninsula annexed by Russia. REUTERS/Stringer (UKRAINE  - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS) - RTR3JX23


    Becoming the second major company to cease operations in the recently annexed Crimea, McDonald's announced it will close its three branches in the region. The outlets in Simferopol, Sevastopol, and Yalta will be shuttered for "operational reasons beyond our control." The company also offered to move staff from those outlets to its locations within Ukraine, saying it will "transfer to any other McDonald's restaurants in Ukraine preserving their positions, salaries and fees, and paying to relocate employees and their families." The first company to do was Deutsche Post, the world's largest courier company, which owns DHL.

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