Glasgow councillors have agreed to twin with war-torn city Mykolaiv in Ukraine.
The move comes after the city suspended its relationship with Rostov-On-Don in Russia, and was agreed at a meeting of the full council on Thursday morning.
Council leader Susan Aitken met with the consul general for Ukraine in the UK, Andrii Kuslii, and the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain to get their view on which city would be “the best fit for Glasgow”.
Mykolaiv, which has suffered Russian missile strikes, was chosen as it shares a shipbuilding history with Glasgow. Representatives of Mykolaiv will be invited to a signing ceremony.
Councillor Aitken and Lord Provost Jacqueline McLaren previously sent a letter to the mayor of Mykolaiv, Oleksandr Syenkevych, to express “friendship and solidarity” with the people of the city.
It added: “Glasgow and Mykolaiv have much in common, in particular our history as great shipbuilding cities. We believe that the people of Glasgow would be very willing to provide practical support and aid as well as moral support to the people of Mykolaiv, as you work to provide for their needs and reconstruct your city amid the ongoing threat of attack and following the loss and injury of so many of your citizens to Russian aggression.
“And once Ukraine has secured its victory in this war, Glasgow would continue as an international friend and supporter of Mykolaiv. We deeply respect the bravery and resilience of Mykolaiv’s people in the face of all they have endured, and your own personal courage and leadership you have shown as their mayor.”
The mayor of Mykolaiv provided a draft memorandum of understanding which outlines “potential areas of cooperation”. These include citizenship and humanity, economic development, trade, environment and sustainability, science, technology, education, culture, health and sports.
In a letter, Mr Syenkevych said: “It is a great honour for me and our city to expand our international ties at such a difficult time for Ukraine to share international experience in order to rebuild Mykolaiv and bring the war to a speedy end.
“The Mykolaiv City Council, even in such extremely complicated times, is clearly aware of the importance of international relations for the city development and reconstruction and is interested in establishment of new fruitful twinning relations.”
Councillor Aitken met with the mayor of Mykolaiv at the COP28 local climate action summit earlier this week.
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