Ukrainian Embassy in the United States praised the recent step by McDonald's Ukrainian office to leave Ukrainian and English the only two languages available for electronic orders, which sparked criticism among some Russian speakers, while other Ukrainians who speak Russian in everyday life have welcomed the move.
We totally understand @McDonalds, names of food in Ukrainian sound much yummier 😋— UKR Embassy in USA (@UKRintheUSA) June 16, 2020
Many thanks to the company for their firm position regarding Ukrainian language in the menus of McDonald’s stores in Ukraine.
Now we can say: “Learn Ukrainian with McDonald’s”😁💪 pic.twitter.com/jOXUdLQ5kQ
"We totally understand @McDonalds, names of food in Ukrainian sound much yummier," Ukrainian Embassy tweeted.
"Many thanks to the company for their firm position regarding Ukrainian language in the menus of McDonald’s stores in Ukraine," diplomats wrote.
"Now we can say: 'Learn Ukrainian with McDonald's," the tweet concludes.
In a comment to BBC News Ukraine, the company's press service said: "According to the language legislation, McDonald's in Ukraine has Ukrainian as the main language of communication. All official paperwork, advertising, communication on social networks, information on the site and in the consumer's corner is in the state language."
The company stressed that the Ukrainian language is a priority in communication with customers.
"However, our staff are ready to switch to Russian if asked to do so," the company said.