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Local Ukrainians Respond to Political Turmoil in Homeland

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The political upheaval in Ukraine is trickling into our area too and hitting home for local Ukrainians. The political upheaval in Ukraine is trickling into our area too and hitting home for local Ukrainians.

NBCRightNow.com - The political upheaval in Ukraine is trickling into our area too and hitting home for local Ukrainians. 

Although it has been years and even decades since they have set foot in their homeland, they tell say it is still painful to see the images of what their people are going through. 

"It is a sad story, it's a story of oppression and people have had enough of it," said Zenen Antoniak, who was born in Ukraine. 

Antoniack came to the U.S. from Ukraine as a young boy, he has never gone back, but now appreciates his parent's struggle to bring him to America.

"My parents like many other immigrants had a difficult journey to escape it, I don't know what they would have done [if they stayed]," he said.

In the midst of the political turmoil in his country he said he feels for the people and more than ever appreciates his freedom.

Anya Penick is from northwestern Ukraine, she moved to the U.S. 14 years ago, her sisters and stepfather still live there as well as other relatives. She is hoping Ukrainians can stick together in this difficult time.

"It is sad because even though I have been here for so long, I consider myself Ukrainian and it still pains me when there's something like this happening in Ukraine," she said, adding "I would ask local Ukrainian people that they would support their Ukrainian family and support each other and pray for Ukraine that it will be all peaceful," she concluded.
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