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Author: Lee Matz

Images from Ukraine: The cities of Kyiv and Lviv were divided by history but remain united in identity

Reports from Ukraine: This feature is part of an original Milwaukee Independent editorial series that recorded news from cities across Ukraine, including Milwaukee's sister city of Irpin, in May 2022. It was the first and, at that time, only news organization in Wisconsin that traveled to the country since it was invaded. The purpose of this journalism project was to document personal stories and events that detailed or showed the conditions of the war at that time, and their connections to Milwaukee. mkeind.com/reportsfromukraine It has been often said that the Ukrainian residents of the nation’s two major cities live...

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Images from Ukraine: Putin’s attack on Babyn Yar is a painful reminder of the broken vow of “Never Again”

Reports from Ukraine: This feature is part of an original Milwaukee Independent editorial series that recorded news from cities across Ukraine, including Milwaukee's sister city of Irpin, in May 2022. It was the first and, at that time, only news organization in Wisconsin that traveled to the country since it was invaded. The purpose of this journalism project was to document personal stories and events that detailed or showed the conditions of the war at that time, and their connections to Milwaukee. mkeind.com/reportsfromukraine At the beginning of Putin’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center was...

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Images from Ukraine: Listening to timeless voices of ethnic heritage etched in stone at Lychakiv Cemetery

Reports from Ukraine: This feature is part of an original Milwaukee Independent editorial series that recorded news from cities across Ukraine, including Milwaukee's sister city of Irpin, in May 2022. It was the first and, at that time, only news organization in Wisconsin that traveled to the country since it was invaded. The purpose of this journalism project was to document personal stories and events that detailed or showed the conditions of the war at that time, and their connections to Milwaukee. mkeind.com/reportsfromukraine Because I did not attend high school in Milwaukee, when I returned after college I was...

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Interview with Oleksandr Markushin: Mayor of Irpin and the hero of a Hero City

Reports from Ukraine: This feature is part of an original Milwaukee Independent editorial series that recorded news from cities across Ukraine, including Milwaukee's sister city of Irpin, in May 2022. It was the first and, at that time, only news organization in Wisconsin that traveled to the country since it was invaded. The purpose of this journalism project was to document personal stories and events that detailed or showed the conditions of the war at that time, and their connections to Milwaukee. mkeind.com/reportsfromukraine The Milwaukee Independent had an interview scheduled with the Mayor of Irpin, Oleksandr Markushin, during the...

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A Meeting of Sister Cities: Former and current Mayors of Irpin ask Milwauke’s business community for help

Reports from Ukraine: This feature is part of an original Milwaukee Independent editorial series that recorded news from cities across Ukraine, including Milwaukee's sister city of Irpin, in May 2022. It was the first and, at that time, only news organization in Wisconsin that traveled to the country since it was invaded. The purpose of this journalism project was to document personal stories and events that detailed or showed the conditions of the war at that time, and their connections to Milwaukee. mkeind.com/reportsfromukraine Leaders from Milwaukee’s Sister City of Irpin made a special visit on May 30, in an...

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