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Author: Lee Matz

Stories from Ukraine: Tent camp offers shelter for displaced residents until Irpin can rebuild lost homes

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 Since Russian forces were defeated and pushed out of Irpin in late March, thanks to the...

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Reports from Ukraine: Traveling from Milwaukee to a country at war just to take a vacation from America

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 I have thought long and hard about what I would say when writing about my experience...

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Images from Ukraine: Irpin residents welcome reissue of Russian Warship Stamp as latest sign of victory

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 Ukrposhta, Ukraine’s Post Office, issued another two stamps commemorating the sinking of the Russian warship Moskva...

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Every day is a bonus: Local veterans take inspirational journey to DC on Honor Flight’s 61st mission

© PHOTO NOTE: All the editorial images published here have been posted to the Milwaukee Independent’s Facebook Page. The 61st mission of the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight embarked on April 23, taking 112 local veterans on a once-in-a-lifetime day trip to visit the nation’s capital. Two Allegiant Airlines A320 aircraft, referred to as Alpha and Bravo, left Milwaukee’s Mitchell International Airport with the veterans and their guardians. Of the 112 retired soldiers who made the journey, one had served in World War II, six in the Korean War, and 105 in the Vietnam War. The youngest veteran was...

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