You're invited to the Ukrainian Movie Night sponsored by
USA with Ukraine and the Presbyterian Church of Wyoming.

Marathoners from Kharkiv will Run in the Flying Pig

Wounded Warrior Maksym Pasichnyk and Ironman Vadym Kovalenko from Kharkiv, Cincinnati’s Sister City, will arrive May 3 to participate in this year's Flying Pig Marathon. 

In addition to completing the 26.2. mile course, their goal is to raise awareness and funds for a clinic to be built in Kharkiv to treat post traumatic stress disorder among soldiers, veterans and civilians who have suffered greatly due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

They will hold a Press Conference on Thursday, May 4 at 11:00 a.m. in Room 115 in City Hall.

Maksym Pasichnyk has served in the Ukrainian armed forces for 10 years. He took part in recapturing the Hostomel Airport near Kyiv.  As a paratrooper he participated in the battle for Mariuol and Shyrokine in 2022.  Maksym was wounded when he walked for 12 days over 120 km to escape the occupied area.  

He is in rehab and was given permission from the Ukrainian military to travel to Cincinnati to run in the Pig and raise awareness of the impact of the war.     Instagram Maksm Pasichnyk 

Vadym Kovalenko serves as the General Manager of the Aurora Hotel in Kharkiv and is the co-founder of the Chameleon Athletic Club.  He is participating in the Pig to raise awareness of the impact of the Russian invasion on the Ukraine military and raise funds to help underwrite the PTSD clinic.

This is his second Flying Pig Marathon.  Vadym was here pre-pandemic to run the hills of Cincinnati.  Instagram Vadym Kovalenko

All are invited to a Community Meet & Greet at the Streetside Brewery on Friday, May 5 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Maksym will share information about his experience followed by a Q&A at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m..  The Streetside Brewery is located at 4003 Eastern Avenue in Cincinnati’s East End.

Channel 5

Two runners from Cincinnati's sister city in Ukraine to race in Flying Pig Marathon

Witness: Poems of the War on Ukraine

A reading and discussion of poems that describe the impact of the Russian Invasion on the people  of Ukraine.

Tuesday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Theater

1195 Elm Street    Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Donations will benefit the Ukraine Trust Chain.

Candlelight Vigil Marks Anniversary of Russian Invasion

Friends and supporters of Ukraine gathered at the Presbyterian Church of Wyoming for a Candlelight Vigil to mark the anniversary of the Russian invasion.   All were invited to share the name of someone they want to remember and honor as the war enters its second year.

Hope 4 Ukraine, Cincy 4 Ukraine and the National Ukrainian Women's League joined CKSCP in evening of reflection on the impact this war has had on family and friends in Kharkiv and throughout Ukraine.

The Candlelight Service

Greater Cincinnati Marks One Year Since Russia Invade Ukraine
Fox 19

Thoughts on the Anniversary of the Russian Invasion
Bob Herring, President of CKSCP

Press Conference Signals Strong Support for Ukraine 

Mayor Pureval, Joyce Powdrill, Congressman Landsman
Photo by Channel 12

On the anniversary of the start of the war, Mayor Pureval, Vice-Mayor Kearney, Congressman Greg Landsman, and Joyce Powdrill from Senator Sherrod Brown's office offered strong words of support for Ukraine and for Kharkiv, Cincinnati's Sister City.

It was also an opportunity for Hope 4 Ukraine, Cincy 4 Ukraine, the Ukrainian National Women's League and CKSCP to share the work they've done over the last 12 months to provide all types of aid to the embattled people of Ukraine.   

Local TV Stations covered the press conference.

Cincinnati leaders mark one year since Russia invasion of Ukraine
WLW-T - Channel 5

Cincinnati Leaders, Local Ukrainians Reinforce Commitment to Support Ukraine
WKRC - Channel 12     

It's hard to imagine what life is like in Kharkiv. 
Yryna Baryshevska has written how two individuals have been impacted by the war.

Aiuna Morozova survived under the rubble of the Kharkiv regional administration after a rocket attack.  Click here to read her story.

Viktor Khrystoiev is a resident of Kharkiv who not only did not leave the city during the bombings, but also began to help the residents of the region, often risking his own life.  Click here to read his story.

Winter is Coming! 

There will be hardship and uncertainty for Kharkiv.

The recent success of the Ukrainian army in pushing the Russians back toward the border is good news, but the war is far from over. Russian artillery can still strike Kharkiv as witnessed by the attack on the power plant that caused a blackout and disruption of the water supply in our Sister City.  The Red Cross is working 24/7 in Kharkiv and in the newly liberated areas to provide all manner of relief to those whose homes were destroyed by artillery attacks or during the Russian occupation.

When Kostia Bashkirov and Tatiana Zima, the Kharkiv Red Cross Leadership Team, visited Cincinnati in August, they identified four things that would be crucial for survival over the next six months. 

We did not anticipate that there would be a need to ask again, but conditions on the ground in Kharkiv have changed dramatically.  The Cincinnati-Kharkiv Sister City Partnership comes to you again to ask you to contribute what you can do to help our colleagues and friends survive the coming winter.  Our goal is to raise $100,000.  Every dollar donated to CKSCP will be transferred to the Kharkiv Red Cross to help meet the needs outlined above.

Checks made payable to CKSCP 

can be sent to:

Bob Derge, Jr.                                   Online Donations

CKSCP  Treasurer                             Link to PayPal and Credit Card 

7090 Michael Drive

Cincinnati, Ohio 45243

One more favor to ask: Please share this appeal with anyone who may be in a position to help the people in our Sister City.

Your thoughtful consideration of this request to contribute and to spread the word will help the people of Kharkiv make it through the winter.  We can't thank you enough. 

The Cincinnati-Kharkiv Sister City Partnership Board

Gail Bason            Mike Burns        Frank Clark              Bob Derge, Jr.

Bob Derge, Sr.      Jay DeWitt        Sasha Etlin               Bob Herring

Steve Hirshberg    Ann Lampe       Guennadi Maslov     Susan Neaman     TJ White

Learn more about the Red Cross Leadership Team's visit to Cincinnati in August here.

The Kharkiv Red Cross