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A Day of Remembrance: The darkness of “Never Again” could not last a century before it repeated in Ukraine

Can spring be black and white? Is there eternal February? Are golden words devalued? Unfortunately, Ukraine knows the answers to all these questions. Unfortunately, the answers are “yes.” Every year on May 8, together with the entire civilized world, we honor everyone who defended the planet from Nazism during World War II. Millions of lost lives, crippled destinies, tortured souls and millions of reasons to say to evil: never again! We knew the price our ancestors paid for this wisdom. We knew how important it is to preserve it and pass it on to posterity. But we had no...

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How Milwaukee’s Sister City was liberated: A chronicle of the heroic counterattack in Irpin that saved Kyiv

Irpin, Bucha, and Hostomel became the frontlines of the unprovoked Russian invasion for a month as Putin’s forces attempted to capture the capital city Kyiv. Irpin was the first of the trio of cities to become free from Russian occupation on March 28. The liberation of Bucha and Hostomel followed on April 1. Also on the same day, Ukrainian Armed Forces regained control over Demidov, Dymer, and Ivankov, towns that had suffered from brutal occupation since the first days of the war. Reports were gathered from numerous sources in Irpin and participants in the counterattack, to create a chronicle...

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Enemy at the Door: Irpin couple hides for days from Russian armored column just outside their apartment

Kyiv-based volunteer Antonina Dembytska has interviewed Ukrainians who have found their lives engulfed in war. Her mission has been to preserve the voices of witnesses for the history, and the future war crime tribunal against Russia. She recently had a conversation with Anastasia Pochernyaeva, a resident of Irpin. Antonina Dembytska: Please, introduce yourself and say if you give consent for the processing of personal data, and tell briefly about yourself, about your life before the war. Anastasia Pochernyayeva: Very well. Hello, my name is Anastasia Pochernyayeva, I was born in 1987. Before the war I used to live in...

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Five days of violence: Local Irpin reporter details Russia’s devastating attack on Milwaukee’s sister city

Irpin, a commuter town on the northwest edge of Kyiv, was once famous for its peace and quiet in comparison with the buzz of the Ukrainian capital. But since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, the town has become synonymous with shelling and indiscriminate violence. As Russian troops made a brutal attempt to take Kyiv, they were stopped on the outskirts of the capital. Places like Irpin, Bucha and Hostomel were quickly transformed into a battleground, where civilians were caught in Russian shelling, air raids and direct violence by Russian troops. Many who chose to evacuate had to do...

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Zoreslav Zamoisky: Body of Ukrainian journalist from Irpin identified at Russian massacre site in Bucha

The Irpin City Council reported on April 12 that the body of a local resident was found on the street in nearby bucha, one of the hundreds of victims massacred by Russian forces. Zoreslav Zamoisky was a 44-year-old freelance journalist from Irpin. His last social media post about the invasion was recorded on March 4. It is believed he fell victim to the invaders around that time. The National Union of Journalists cited Serhiy Melanchenko, who reported that a forensic examination of Zamoisky’s body left no doubt about the violent nature of his death. Zamoisky was a freelance journalist,...

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Saving lives in Irpin: Three volunteers share their stories of rescuing people and pets while under attack

Three volunteers in Ukraine talk about putting their lives at risk to rescue abandoned dogs, cats, and pet birds in the early days of the Russian invasion when Milwaukee’s sister city Irpin was under attack. “What matters is that you’re alive,” my relatives and friends tell me since I evacuated from Irpin, on the outskirts of Kyiv. But it was not enough. Every time I look at photos of the city I used to live in, my heart sinks. When Russian troops launched a brutal assault on the city, hundreds of people faced the choice of staying in their...

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