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Violence In Ukraine: Families In Fresno Worry About Loved Ones

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People with family in the Ukraine say they're worried about their loved ones safety after violent protests have left more than one hundred people dead.

At Vladimir Ostatnigrosh's fencing school in Fresno he's teaching a sport he learned growing up in Ukraine. He says passing on his knowledge is keeping him distracted from the violent protests.

"It's a big tragedy right now. It's a horrible situation," says Vladimir Ostatnigrosh.

Ostatnigrosh's family lives in Ukraine but they aren't anywhere near Kiev. He says that's a relief, but at the same time he can't stop watching the news.

"I feel sadness and at the same time I want to fight," adds Ostatnigrosh, "It's that feeling of trying to fight together."

The family of Fresno State student, Simon Dimitrashchuk also lives in Ukraine.

"I'm just kind of horrified, but at the same time proud of what people have accomplished. They have overcome their fears. They're standing there fighting for their freedoms and it's inspiring to see," says Simon Dimitrashchuk.

The Fresno State Student says people want the same freedom we have in the United States and they won't give up that fight.

"It's very hard to start your own business without bribing anyone and without having connections," says Dimitrashchuk, "Even things like remodeling your house and having a car are very tough with all the corruption that's there."

Both men are keeping in touch with their families through Skype and Facebook.

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