Friday, August 22 2014 5:29 AM EDT2014-08-22 09:29:14 GMT
The streets of Ferguson have been peaceful for another night, as protests and tensions have been subsiding in the St. Louis suburb where unrest had erupted for several nights after a white police officer fatally...More >>
The streets of Ferguson were peaceful for another night, as protests and tensions were subsiding in the St. Louis suburb where unrest had erupted after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.More >>
Friday, August 22 2014 4:45 AM EDT2014-08-22 08:45:09 GMT
Ukraine's armed forces say they have caused heavy casualties among pro-Russian separatist forces, although their overall advance quelling the rebel resistance remains haphazard and faltering.More >>
The first trucks in a Russian aid convoy crossed into eastern Ukraine on Friday, seemingly without Kiev's approval, after more than a week's delay amid suspicions the mission was being used as a cover for an...More >>
US officials sent a warning to Russiaregarding Ukraine – don't conduct a military intervention.
This comes after Russia's president orderedsurprise military drills near the Ukranian border. Secretary of State JohnKerry called the move a "gravemistake." Kerry said the US is planning to provide Ukraine with $1 billionin loan guarantees and consider additional direct assistance. Wednesday,Ukranian protest leaders have named a former banker to head a new government.
Residents with ties to Ukraine are keeping aclose eye on the situation, including two people in the Tennessee Valley whostill have relatives in the country.
"Ukraine is at a crossroads," said NicholasPawluk. He looks at the upheaval in his native Ukraine with anxiety, but alsohope that the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovich will be a new start.
As Tennessee Valley Ukranians prepare tocelebrate their Maslenitsa Festival in Madison this weekend, some like SergiyBraylyan, who lived in Kiev himself, wonder about friends and relatives backhome.
"We knew that there were some friends andclose people to us in the midst of it," said Braylyan. "It was really violent.The last count was more than 80 people dead."
Pawluk and Braylyan said this could be thecountry's chance to finally shake off decades of corruption and onetimeCommunist oppression, although the specter of the old Soviet Union looms yetagain as Russia flexes its military muscles just to the east.
"Especially after 22 years of stagnationregarding the political reforms, the patriotic forces of Ukraine, very hopefulthat this will be the new beginning for the country," said Braylyan.
"Russia took a chunk, two chunks, off ofGeorgia and that's what scares me," said Pawluk, "that they could try to dothat to the Crimean Peninsula or to Eastern Ukraine. I hope the West isvigilant enough to put pressure on them to stay out of it."
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