11:25 Apr. 30, 2016
Lawyers of the fast food chain launch probe into activities of separatist entrepreneurs
The McDonald's fast food chain said its lawyers were investigating after entrepreneurs in separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine started selling hamburgers and fries out of a restaurant that the company shut down two years ago, Reuters reports.
The company pulled out of Luhansk in May 2014 for security reasons after the city was seized by the Russian-backed militant forces.
But since then, the company said, the restaurant premises in Luhansk was unlawfully taken over. Photographs sent to Reuters by a witness showed the restaurant was now open and selling food that looks similar to that served in McDonald's restaurants worldwide.
On the outside of the building, the McDonald's sign had been doctored to leave only the letters "Mc", and the blue-red-and-light blue flag of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic was attached to the roof.
The letters "Mc" and the flag of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic are seen on the roof a building, which before housed a McDonald's restaurant in Luhansk, Ukraine, April 29, 2016. (Reuters Photo/Stringer)
The spokeswoman for McDonald's Ukrainian operation said no one had asked the company if they could re-open the branch in Luhansk.
Reuters journalist could not find out I who was operating the restaurant in Luhansk as people answering the phone at numbers listed for the restaurant said they had no connection to the business.