Putin TV puppets joke that ‘Ukraine has McDonald’s… but it’s blown up’ after fast food chain pulls out of Russia
- Presenters on Rossiya 1 joked about Ukrainian McDonald’s being destroyed
- They laughed as they said Ukrainian children will grow up without fathers
- McDonald’s announced last week it is pulling out of Russia due to the invasion
Kremlin TV propagandists have joked that Ukraine may still have McDonald’s but they’ve all been blown up, after the fast food chain pulled out of Russia.
Presenters on the state-run Rossiya 1 laughed as they ridiculed Ukrainian children who will grow up without fathers or homes, branding it a ‘burned-out country’.
Kremlin TV propagandists have joked that Ukraine may still have McDonald’s but they’ve all been blown up
Kremlin mouthpieces Evgeny Popov (pictured) and Andrei Sidorchik instead chose to take a swipe at Ukraine and the US
But Kremlin mouthpieces Evgeny Popov and Andrei Sidorchik instead chose to take a swipe at Ukraine and the US for sending weapons to Kyiv amid the cost of living crisis exacerbated by Russia’s aggression.
Popov said: ‘American children have nothing to eat.’
Sidorchik replied: ‘And Ukrainian children are getting shells and bombs which are supposed to somehow secure their future, which is most interesting.
‘They’ll have no fathers, no homes, a burned out country. They’ll have nothing that American children have.
‘That’s what Western countries bring to Ukrainian people.’
Popov then interjected, joking: ‘But they’ll have McDonald’s.’
But Sidorchik and the other presenters smirked as he then said: ‘Yes, but it will be burnt due to what’s going on.’
Presenters on the state-run Rossiya 1 laughed as they ridiculed Ukrainian children who will grow up without fathers or homes
The fellow presenters laughed as they joked about all the McDonald’s in Ukraine being destroyed
McDonald’s in March closed all of its 850 restaurants in Russia – where it says it employs 62,000 people – including its iconic Pushkin Square location. It continued to pay its staff in the country.
But last week it went a step further, saying in a statement: ‘After more than 30 years of operations in the country, McDonald’s Corporation announced it will exit the Russian market and has initiated a process to sell its Russian business.’
The company said it would seek to have a Russian buyer hire its employees and pay them until the sale closes. It didn’t identify a prospective buyer. McDonald’s said it plans to start removing golden arches and other symbols and signs with its name.
As part of the exit, McDonald’s expects to record a non-cash charge of about $1.2 billion to $1.4 billion.
McDonald’s Corp said on Monday it had initiated a process to sell its business in Russia after 30 years of operating its restaurants in the country, following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. Pictured: Customers stand in line on January 31, 1990 for the first McDonald’s to open in Russia
‘The humanitarian crisis caused by the war in Ukraine, and the precipitating unpredictable operating environment, have led McDonald’s to conclude that continued ownership of the business in Russia is no longer tenable,’ it said in a statement.
Chief executive Chris Kempczinski said the ‘dedication and loyalty to McDonald’s’ of employees and hundreds of Russian suppliers made it a difficult decision to leave.
‘However, we have a commitment to our global community and must remain steadfast in our values,’ Mr Kempczinski said in a statement, ‘and our commitment to our values means that we can no longer keep the arches shining there.’
As it tries to sell its restaurants, McDonald’s said it plans to start removing golden arches and other symbols and signs with the company’s name.
It said it will keep its trademarks in Russia.