McDonald's and KFC give out free food to hero Ukrainians as they launch fierce resistance to Putin's invasion

WORKERS at McDonald’s and KFC have been dishing out free food to heroic Ukrainians taking on the might of the Russian military forces.

The fast-food chains have closed their doors since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his troops to invade on February 24.

But both companies have been showing their support to Ukraine on social media and stepped up their efforts as the fierce fighting continues – as well as keeping their staff safe.

McDonald’s announced on February 27 it will donate food to local councils so it can then be distributed to those in need.

The donation will include items that don’t need to be cooked, such as water, vegetables, fruit, rolls and salads.

KFC has also made a similar move, though the Kentucky-based company will focus more on helping soldiers.

The franchise operation opened its kitchens on February 26 to prepare food for those in need but in particular for the military, territorial defence and hospitals.

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A post by the company on social media said: “There are many people who are hungry outside the cities, and they need our help.”

KFC also called on other restaurants across the country to also open up their kitchens and join to help prepare food for those in need.

 “We are now one big family, helping each other without hesitation!” KFC wrote.

The news comes as Russia stepped up its attempt to take over the country and unleashed a devastating missile and rocket bombardment, causing a civilian slaughter.

Ukraine’s second city Kharkiv has been targeted with a barrage of Grad rockets and Smerch missiles, which are thought to have killed dozens of innocent people.

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It came as Ukraine and Russia are meeting for peace talks on the border with Belarus amid Putin's stalled invasion.

The increase in Russia’s military might came after the initial wave of troops was met with fierce resistance by Ukrainian forces who managed to give the invaders a bloody nose.

Russian fighter bombers were also seen roaring over the city – which has seen some the bloodiest fighting since the start of the war last Thursday.

Harrowing footage showed crumpled bodies and streets smeared with blood.

It is understood one group of people were queuing to fill up water bottles before the being caught in the attack.

At least one woman appeared to have lost a foot – with blood smears covering the streets.

Ukraine claims it has killed, captured or incapacitated 5,300 soldiers, destroyed 151 tanks, blown up 816 armoured vehicles, and shot down 58 warplanes and helicopters.

Russia has made no official announcement of its war dead amid the ongoing invasion.

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