Kiev notifies Moscow of severing twinned relations

Ukraine has twinned relations with Moscow, Volgograd, St. Petersburg

The Ukrainian capital has unilaterally severed all previous agreements on twinned relations, partnership and cooperation with the city of Moscow, Kiev Council secretary Volodymyr Prokopiv said.

"Following the Kiev City Council resolution of February 11, 2016... we hereby inform that, in view of the Russian military aggression against Ukraine, the annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the occupation of a part of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, the city of Kiev unilaterally severs all previously signed agreements on twinned relations, partnership and cooperation with the city of Moscow," Prokopiv said in a letter to the government of Moscow, a copy of which was posted on his Facebook page on May 12.

"I never thought that one day I would have to sign such letters," Prokopiv wrote.

On February 11, 2016, the Kiev City Council approved a resolution terminating the city's twinned relations with Moscow, Volgograd, St. Petersburg, Ulan-Ude, the Komi Republic and Makhachkala. The council instructed the Kiev city administration to take organizational steps to discontinue the bilateral agreements, memoranda, protocols, and other documents that were signed with the Russian cities and regions.

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