Ukraine Native Watches From Minn. as her Country Falls into Disarray

Updated: 02/19/2014 7:41 PM
Created: 02/19/2014 4:03 PM
By: Todd Wilson

Natalia Krasnobaieva is a woman having to look on from afar as her country erupts into disarray. She's more than 5,000 miles from Kiev, Ukraine. Her stress level is off the charts worrying about her parents, her sisters, her friends and the end result of all the disorder.

Natalia arrived in the Twin Cities on a Fullbright Scholarship to study at the University of Minnesota. She not only has to deal with missing everyone back home but now the possibility of her country falling into civil war.

She says she has been glued to her TV watching portions of Kiev go up in flames and scenes of protestors fighting government forces. She says, a close friend wrote her a painful message.

"He Facebooked me saying, Natalia, you have no idea a person died in my hands today. And he said I never thought that I would have to fight for the freedom just like my grandpa did during World War II. I was speechless," she said.

Nearly 3 months of anti-government protests and 25 people have lost their lives. Natalia says she believes the government must show some compassion to its people.

"People are dying and the blood is shed in the center in the capital of Ukraine. Because of the government that is basically going against all of the laws, go against the constitution and just kill their own citizens because they want to preserve their own power," she said.

Natalia says, there is no question, if she was home right now she would be in Independence Square protesting.

She says she does plan to go home.

Natalia says there are roughly 30,000 people of Ukrainian decent in Minnesota.

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