YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Tense moments in Ukraine, as citizens of the country’s Crimea region vote to split from Ukraine. First News Reporter Miriam Hobbs talked to some local Ukranian’s who are concerned for family living there and who feel the vote was illegal.
“Its bad. It’s bad. It’s very bad,” said Ben Mischey, St. Peter and Paul Ukranian Orthodox Church.
“They’re killing the protesters over there, which is supposed to be peaceful,” said Mischey.
Mischey is concerned about the situation in Ukraine right now.
Following months of unrest and violent protests, the Ukrainian president fled the country recently and a provisional government was installed.
“We’re hoping that things can be resolved — that the United States and the other countries will be able to help and resolve this situation peacefully. Because we certainly don’t want to have a war,” said Mischey.
On Sunday, the unrest continued, as citizens in Ukraine’s Crimea region voted on a referendum to separate from Ukraine and become a part of Russia or form their own nation.
Result showed 95 percent of the voters voted to join Russia.
According to reports, most Ukrainians believe the referendum was orchestrated by Russian and violates Ukraine’s constitution.
“People do not know what is going on. But things are real bad. Putin is trying to divide the country in two, and take half of it,” said Zenia Goodge, a church member.
“They’re gonna do what they want to do. They’re going to make sure that the referendum is in their favor,” said Gheorghiy Kolosovsky, a church member.
In the meantime, area Ukranian churches have taken money collections to send over to the country.
And they wait hoping things will calm down in the country soon.
” I just want to say to all the Russians who hear me now, please, please pick up the phone, call your family, call your friends, call all Russian mothers, and tell them stop your sons from going over the border and killing innocent people,” said Zenia Goodge.