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Ukranian Native Reacts To Violence In Kiev

February 20, 2014, 9:59 PM by Hailey Higgins

Ukranian Native Reacts To Violence In Kiev

A standoff in Ukraine between police and anti-government protestors is spiraling out of control. A reported 100 people have died Thursday and more than a thousand injured in fighting in Kiev.

Just hours after a truce agreement, neither side is backing down as fires burn in Kiev's Independence Square.

It's the worst violence Ukraine has seen since it left the Soviet Union more than 20 years ago.

Clashes between demonstrators and police erupted this week, leaving several dozen dead and hundreds hurt.

"I walked on those streets, I've been in that place, I walked on the cobblestones," Zamulko said. "When I see Kiev, the heart of it, in ruins with flames, with gunfire, and what's the most shocking is now people die."

Thousands of miles away, Sioux Falls Dr. Alla Zamulko says it's hard to watch the violence develop back home.

The Sanford physician left the Ukraine years ago, after learning members of her family were executed by the government in 1937.

"It's been a shock, a very painful reaction," Alla Zamulko said.

Peaceful protests began late last year, after Ukranian President Viktor Yanukovych turned down a trade deal with the European Union and instead, accepted a bailout from Russia.

Protestors want the president to resign; the government is calling the protests a coup attempt.

Zamulko just wants the violence to end.

"I really hope that they will find a way for dialogue, for compromise, so I cannot see how Ukraine will turn into a violent place," Zamulko said.

The United States, which has called for sanctions, already has canceled the visas of several Ukrainian officials connected with the police violence.

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