Glasgow is planning to be twinned with a city in Ukraine as part of the council’s support for the country since the invasion by Russia.

Following the start of the war in February 2022, Glasgow suspended its twinning arrangement with Russian city Rostov-on-Don.

Glasgow had been twinned with Rostov-on-Don since 1986.

Since severing the tie with the Russian city, Glasgow it has been looking to set up a similar agreement with a city in Ukraine.

Officials, following talks between the council leader, Susan Aitken, officials for the Lord Provost and Andrii Kuslii, the Consul General for Ukraine and the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain in the UK, Mykolaiv has been identified as a suitable twin.

The City on the Black Sea has been chosen as both cities have a shared history of shipbuilding.

It is considered a strategic city and was shelled by the Russians, coming under attack in March last year, soon after the invasion started.

In a letter to the Mayor of Mykolaiv, Oleksandr Syenkevych, officials expressed friendship and solidary with the people of Mykolaiv.

The mayor responded and said Mykolaiv would be pleased to engage in discussions with Glasgow about a formal twinning arrangement.

The response also outlined a list of areas that both cities could cooperate on.

It listed “citizenship and humanity, economic development, trade, and industry including construction, green transition including urban management and public utilities, environment and sustainability, science, technology, and education, culture, health, and sports and youth policy.”