Local Immigrants React To Turmoil in Ukraine

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Immigrant families in the Valley are keeping a close eye on the fighting in Ukraine as the future of their homeland is decided.

As Russian troops stay in Ukraine, tensions are run high and people from Ukraine now living in the United States are worried for family still overseas.

Andrey Marusich has lived in Harrisonburg for 15 years and said it is up to Ukrainians to decide the next step for their government.

"Give freedom for Ukrainian people to make a decision about a government, we didn't like President Yanukovych," said Marusich.

Volodymyr Dorosh, who spent his childhood in Ukraine, is against President Vladimir Putin's decision to invade Crimea as he worries his dad, who still lives there, could be drafted from the military reserves.

"In Putin's best interest to keep Ukraine in its sort of unstable state. And in the last three years, this meant Yanukovych in power, a corrupt political system," said Dorosh.

After Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to Kiev Tuesday, the U.S. is offering a $1 billion dollar aid package and other assistance to help Ukraine's new government.

"There is a strong belief that Russia's actions is violating international law," said President Barack Obama.

"If Ukraine succeeds in finally becoming independent, and running independent politics with the rule of law as the primary base for all of that then they'll undermine his own dictatorship," said Dorosh.

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