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Became a Sister City: 1989
Land Area: 120 miles2
Distance from Fountain Square: 5315 mi
From 1919 -1934, Kharkiv served as the capital of Soviet Ukraine, and is now Ukraine’s second largest city with 1.6 million inhabitants. A major cultural, educational and industrial center, Kharkiv features 23 institutions of higher education and numerous theaters, museums, churches, cathedrals, parks and gardens. A well-known example of Ukrainian folk art is the Pysanky – finely detailed decorated Easter eggs in bright contrasting colors using the wax and dye method.
Kharkiv is home to Gorky Park, Kharkiv Historical Museum, Shevchenko Park, Kharkiv Art Museum, the Uspensky Cathedral.
Kharkiv Sister City History
The Cincinnati-Kharkiv Sister City Partnership has a long history with their colleagues in Ukraine. The partnership was initiated during the Cold War and has provided dozens of opportunities over the last 30 years for people of all ages from both cities to collaborate on projects and form relationships that last a lifetime – just as the Sister City movement intended. The CKSCP History Committee has been conducting interviews with the key players in a number of initiatives that took place. A digital archive of the oral history will be established and a DVD will be made to capture the stories and spirit of CKSCP.
Sports in Kharkiv. Baseball
There is growing interest in baseball in Kharkiv among people of all ages. The Kharkiv Baseball Federation was created in 2006 and joined the Ukraine Baseball Federation in 2016. Knowing that Cincinnati is home to the Reds, Kosta Kalugin reached out to CKSCP to see if there were an opportunity to share our cities’ love of the game. CKSCP Board Member Jay DeWitt contacted the Reds to see what was possible. The Cincinnati Reds have lent a hand with the donation of some used baseball equipment to help get the teams on the field. Jay DeWitt worked with Charley Frank, Executive Director of the Reds Community Fund to obtain the equipment that was shipped to Kharkiv in April.
Pitch in for Baseball in Philadelphia expressed interest. PIFB reduces barriers to play and promotes youth development by providing equipment directly to leagues, schools, and organizations around the world to start, continue, and/or expand their programs. We look forward to attending Opening Day in Kharkiv at some point in the future.