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