BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Boston Mayor Michelle Wu shared an emotional call with a Ukrainian counterpart from hard-hit Kharkiv, Ukraine on Thursday morning. Mayor Ihor Terekov is the Mayor of Kharkiv, Ukraine's second largest city.
The city, in northeast Ukraine, is in a state of disaster. The city has been battered by Russian missile strikes and airstrikes, and thousands of people have fled. Terekov relayed the dire state of the city through a translator. He said blankets and winter clothes were in especially short supply.
"I cannot even put in words how much the residents of Boston stand with you," Wu told
Wu said she felt there were many similarities between Terekov and herself. For one, both are newly-elected. They're both also parents.
"It is still on your shoulders to keep the sewers running, to keep the heat going, to provide food for your families," she said.
The two promised to meet and stand in solidarity one day, when — not if — Ukraine survives the current Russian invasion.
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