August 12, 2022 Russia-Ukraine news

By Heather Chen, Jack Bantock, Hafsa Khalil, Aditi Sangal and Adrienne Vogt, CNN

Updated 3:44 a.m. ET, August 15, 2022
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11:50 p.m. ET, August 11, 2022

McDonald's is starting to reopen in Ukraine

From CNN's Danielle Wiener-Bronner

A man walks past a closed McDonald's restaurant in central Kyiv, Ukraine on February 25.
A man walks past a closed McDonald's restaurant in central Kyiv, Ukraine on February 25. (Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters)

After closing its restaurants in Ukraine six months ago because of the Russian invasion, McDonald's is starting to reopen in parts of the country.

"We have decided to institute a phased plan to reopen some restaurants in Kyiv and western Ukraine," Paul Pomroy, corporate senior vice president of international operated markets, wrote in a letter posted to the company's website Thursday.

McDonald's has nearly 110 restaurants in Ukraine. The chain has continued to pay its employees in the country despite the closures.

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9:05 p.m. ET, August 11, 2022

Ukraine is expecting arrival of ship that will take much-needed grain to Ethiopia

From CNN’s Vasco Cotovio

Ukraine is expecting the arrival of a ship that will be taking 23,000 metric tons of grain to Ethiopia, Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov tweeted on Thursday. 

“Ukraine is ready for the BRAVE COMMANDER arrival, which is expected tomorrow [Friday],” Kuvrakov said. “Thanks to the Black Sea Initiative we are ready to load more than 23,000 tons of grain & export it to Ethiopia.” 

Conflict in the north and a drought in the south have pushed about 20 million people to a vulnerable and precarious humanitarian situation in Ethiopia, which, according to the United Nations, has been made worse by the war in Ukraine. 

“At the same time, the ripple effect of the war in Ukraine is set to exacerbate Ethiopia’s food security crisis,” the UN said in a report published in June. “With over three-quarters of [World Food Programme] and government wheat – a country staple – coming from Ukraine or Russia, the precarious situation there is threatening to push its cost, as well as that of fertilizer, beyond the means of millions of Ethiopian farmers.