Troy University Student From Ukraine Reacts To Violent Protests

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By Sarah Cantey

 Deadly protests in Ukraine drew international tension and the violence is hitting close to home for some international Troy University students. 

 
Yuliya Grabko is an international business student in Troy from western Ukraine. She says she's been keeping up with the protests and has been checking social media and skyping with family and friends. She says she saw the protests begin while home for Christmas break. Yuliya says they are fighting for freedom from corruption and democracy. 
 
She said, "I just don't want people to think that since I'm here, I forgot about Ukraine. Because a lot of people told me well you left, so you don't like Ukraine so you don't love us. But that's not true. I am here not for that. I'm here to get some knowledge and maybe one day I can help my country too."
 
Protest leaders and President Viktor Yanukovych agreed on the formation of a new government and an early election. But a Russian mediator is refusing to sign it.


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