The Role of City Partnerships in the Reconstruction of Ukraine


  • Oliver Schruoffeneger




In 2015, there were around 80 city partnerships between Germany and Ukraine. In addition to the major partnerships between Berlin, Munich, and Leipzig with Kyiv or Berlin and Nuremberg with Kharkiv1, these were mostly partnerships between smaller municipalities with fewer than 50,000 inhabitants. Many of these partnerships were very old and had their basis in the old structures between the Soviet Union and the former Germand Democratic Republic (GDR). Only a few new partnerships were formed after the fall of the Berlin Wall and Ukraine’s independence in 1991. Others resulted from the old peace movement in the West, which organized active support after the Chornobyl accident with vacation stays for Ukrainian children in Germany in conjunction with direct humanitarian and medical support.

How to Cite

Schruoffeneger, O. (2024). The Role of City Partnerships in the Reconstruction of Ukraine. Docomomo Journal, (70), 102–103.




Author Biography

Oliver Schruoffeneger

is a German political scientist and politician of the party Bündnis 90/Die Grünen Berlin. He served as a district councilor and a member of the Berlin state parliament. He was leading the district department for urban development, building, and the environment in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf from 2016 and since 2021 he is district councilor for the environment and public space, among others.