"Sorry Ukraine – you are out" is the name of article which was published in icWales on August 24. Unfortunately, Wales has not given any concrete reason for such actions towards Lugansk. We remind that Lugansk and Cardiff have been twins since 1953.  Here it is published in full version.  

New plans have been unveiled to end links between Cardiff and cities across Europe as the Welsh capital looks to forge new international partnerships, icWales reported.

Out goes the twin city of Lugansk in Ukraine and Zurich in Sweden. In come Seville, Bologna and Porto.

Chief executive Byron Davies has proposed a re-shaping of current twinning arrangements and the development of new partnerships aimed at creating investment and trade opportunities for Cardiff and making best use of European funding.

His report, which goes to the council's executive next month, sees the retention of existing twinning arrangements with Stuttgart (Germany), Nantes (France) and Hordaland (Norway) and developing co-operation with a range of cities including Dublin, Seville, Bologna and Porto over the next three years.

But the authority is ending twinning links with Lugansk and scrapping its membership of the World Cities Alliance, which includes Arlington in Washington and Zurich in Sweden.

The cities chosen for partnerships were selected from a list of 140 with criteria including the presence of a university, a port or waterfront, airport and current links.


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