Irpin Deepens Cooperation with it's Sister City of Milwaukee

Irpin, Ukraine, June 29, 2023

Sister City Project

The mayor of Irpin, Oleksandr Markushyn, met online with the mayor of Milwaukee's sister city, Cavalier Johnson. They discussed the plan for further development of cooperation between the two cities.

“Today, Milwaukee, the United States and people from all over the world have redefined the meaning of patriotism as they see Ukrainians defending their home from the Russian aggressor. We will try to support your initiatives, especially those related to youth development in Irpin.” – Cavalier Johnson, Mayor of Milwaukee.

Milwaukee will look for opportunities to help build a modern art centre in Irpin for talented young people. The process will be co-ordinated by Anya Verkhovskaya, founder of the charity “Friends of Be an Angel”.

“Now we are finalizing the project documentation and it will help to move the meeting forward together with the Mayor of Milwaukee. And we will definitelyprepare a presentation and tell you how much it costs, how many children will study, and how long it will take to build. I am sure we will raise the funds for this.” – Oleksandr Markushyn, Irpin Mayor.

In July, Milwaukee will provide Irpin with Internet equipment for educational institutions. In addition, a charity bike ride will be held in the twin city to raise funds for the reconstruction of Irpin. In addition, a corner in honour of Irpin will appear at Milwaukee Airport, where a mosaic mural dedicated to St. Petersburg has been located for decades.

“When the war broke out, the city of Milwaukee completely closed this wall. And now there is just a white wall at the Milwaukee airport. Mayor Markushyn suggested to Mayor Johnson that this wall be made in honour of the hero city of Irpin. So that all those people who live in Milwaukee, which is about 2.5 million people, as well as all those people who come and go, know about the hero city of Irpin.” – Anya Verkhovskaya, founder of the charity organization Friends of be an Angel.

As a reminder, Irpin’s cooperation with Milwaukee began in 2018. The cooperation agreement was signed by the then mayors of the cities, Volodymyr Karpliuk and Tom Barrett. At that time, Milwaukee became the first American city to support Irpin.

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