Local Ukranians React to Unrest in Home Nation

By Peter Quinn

Published 02/25 2014 04:54PM

Updated 02/25 2014 05:23PM

Members of our local Ukrainian community are paying close attention to the events unfolding in their homeland. The U.S. Undersecretary of State met some leaders of Ukraine's interim government today.

Yesterday, the Obama Administration signaled that it no longer recognizes Viktor Yanukovich as the country's president.
His whereabouts are currently unknown, although some speculate he will cross over into Russia.

The clash between the former government and protesters escalated when former President Yanukovich rejected an alliance with the European Union and instead favored one with Russia. Just last week the government ordered snipers, who some believe were from Russia, to fire on protesters, killing some. In the end protesters forced Yanukovich out of power.

"This is a true democracy at work here. It is the people rising up against a leader saying 'We want true leadership, we want correct leadership.' Most of the people who were there have been people who have been outside the country in Europe," said Father Teodor Czabala of Sacred Heart Ukrainian Church. "They saw the democracy, they saw the freedom, they saw the economic and political freedoms, the everyday freedom that everybody enjoys in the west, they don't have to worry about the police and being stopped for whatever reason. They went back to Ukraine and said why can't we have that here."

Father Czabala says he and many others are watching to see if Russia tries to invade under the guise of protecting its citizens.

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