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As Ukraine unrest continues, those locally with family in the area grow more concerned

Updated: Thursday, February 20 2014, 06:03 PM CST
Reported by Chris Papst:

HARRISBURG -- Fierce fighting broke out again Thursday in Kiev as a truce that was declared hours earlier crumbled.  

At least 50 people have been reported to have died Thursday and the local Ukrainian community can only watch as their native country burns. 

Central Pennsylvania is home to a significant Ukrainian population, many go to the St. Ann Byzantine Catholic Church.  They are watching in horror at the violence that has recently erupted in Kiev.  

The terrifying situation is playing out on our television screens.  Violence has erupted in Ukraine as forces who want to ally with the European Union fight against those who wish to stay loyal to Russia. 

"They are very scared right now and they don't know who to believe. They don't know who to believe,” stated Tatiana Elseaidy. "It worries me a lot. I don't know what it's going to be. I don't see a good future there for them. It's not stable."

Tatiana, owner of Tatiana’s Restaurant in Palmyra, moved to America from Ukraine 15 years ago.  It’s very hard for her to watch her native Capital burn. 

"I'm worried if this is going to be better for the country or worse for the country. I don't know if this will affect my family or not,” said Elseaidy.

The fighting is centered in Kiev,  Elseaidy grew up a seven-hour drive from there.  Most of her family still lives in the countryside. 

But they fear the fighting will take over the whole nation and they’re already feeling the effects.  Her aunt has cancer, but the pharmacies have been shut down. 

Elseaidy’s niece and nephew are students who recently moved to Kiev and she can’t get a hold of them.

"I worry because I cannot reach them,” she said.  “For three, four days, nobody answers. They aren't on Skype. They don't respond to my emails. Or phone, also. I lose connection. And I don't know what to think."

Elseaidy’s parents and sister live in Harrisburg.  Much of her family left in the Ukraine did try to come to America, but could not get Visas. 
As Ukraine unrest continues, those locally with family in the area grow more concerned


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