Chattanooga residents weigh in on Crisis in Ukraine

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Updated: 3/04 7:30 pm
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) - Even though Russian President Vladimir Putin has call back his troops from the Ukrainian border, people in the Chattanooga with Ukrainian roots are still worried.

Chattanooga resident Marina Peshterianu has been constantly monitoring the situation in her home town of Kiev Ukraine; the capitol city where the Ukrainian president was overthrown by protestors.

"I think Ukraine deserves its independence I think that everything should be resolved in a peaceful way," Peshterianu said.

Victor Czerkasij has also been monitoring the situation.

"We have family there we have people we care about. We're a small nation that's in the worst possible place," Czerkasji said.

That's because prior to pulling back Russian forces, Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened to go after protestors. But many Ukrainians fear it's really an attempt to take over the country.

Czerkasji says that threat of violence is making it hard to contact family members.

"It's very difficult to be in contact with people right now because there are some lines down and I think some are afraid that maybe government might be watching," he said.

But not all communication is cut off. WDEF was able to face time with Yuri Markov who is in the city of Donetsk which is close to the Ukrainian-Russian border.

"When you hear Russian tanks and troop are being pulled into border it's scary. People are panicking. They're going to the bank to take out their money and food supplies from the stores. It's been difficult, especially for the last week it's been difficult for all of us," Markov said.

For Czerkasji, the situation feels like history repeating itself.

"My mother who is 78 years old just wrote a book that came out last week which document her surviving under the thumb of the Soviet Union and of course when the Germans came and liberated them, she went to a concentration camp soon afterward," he said.

The next question is how much should the U.S. get involved considering a peace treaty that was written during the Clinton area.

"We should pay attention to what's happening there under the basis of (1),you wrote a treaty, (2) you took the nuclear weapons and (3) this happens over and over in history where you placate a dictator and it just gets worse later," Czerkasji said.

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bolgai - 4/28/2014 1:33 PM
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While I am grateful for the story and the fact that WDEF is covering the situation in Ukraine, which is also my home country, I am concerned about the quality of writing in this piece. It seems that it has not been proof-read at all. Issues with grammar, punctuation, and errors such as "during the Clinton area" are all evidence of this. I have come to regard WDEF as a trusted news source during my years in Chattanooga, but it is difficult for me to remain confident in the information itself when the presentation of it leaves so much to be desired.
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