News from Ukraine
Milwaukee Independent has reported on the tragic situation in Ukraine since Russia began its full-scale invasion on February 24, 2022. Coverage originally began with reactions and rallies from the local Ukrainian American community, and relationships with Milwaukee’s sister city of Irpin. Through partnerships and good journalism, a pipeline of sources was built that enabled Milwaukee Independent to publish developments about the unprovoked war in realtime. Teams from Milwaukee Independent have since spent nearly two months on the ground in Ukraine for two assignments. The first was in May 2022 after Irpin was liberated, followed a year later in June/July 2023. The award-winning daily news magazine was the first and only media organization from Wisconsin to send staff into the country during the first two years of the war.
Complete news coverage of Putin’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine
Vladimir Putin began a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, in an escalation of the Russo-Ukrainian War that he started in 2014. The invasion received widespread international condemnation, including massive economic sanctions. Milwaukee’s Ukrainian American community began with immigrants in the early twentieth century, and continued to grow in the years after World War II and the fall of the Soviet Union.
Reports from Ukraine: Series of news reports from May 2022 in Ukraine
REPORTS FROM UKRAINE: This editorial collection recorded news from cities across Ukraine, including Milwaukee’s sister city of Irpin, in May 2022. 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.
Return to Ukraine: Series of news reports from June-July 2023 in Ukraine
RETURN TO UKRAINE: This editorial collection recorded news from locations across Ukraine, including Milwaukee’s sister city of Irpin, from June to July of 2023. The purpose of this journalism project was to document a humanitarian aid mission from Milwaukee and compare conditions after a year of Russia’s brutal full-scale invasion.
Features that focus on news from Milwaukee’s Sister City of Irpin
Milwaukee and Irpin, Ukraine signed a formal Sister City agreement to foster friendship and collaboration between the two municipalities on March 15, 2018. The ceremony followed the December 19, 2017 Common Council resolution that established the Sister City relationship.