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People in NE Wisconsin Reach Out to Family in Ukraine

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People here in Northeast Wisconsin with ties to Ukraine are closely watching the dangerous situation there as protestors and police continue to clash with deadly results.

Jonathan Donnan of Kimberly has been in the U.S. since he was adopted from his birthplace in Ukraine at the age of nine.  He didn't know much about his family until a few months ago when a friend helped him get touch with his brother, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Now as he talks with them on Skype and Facebook, he says the conversation centers on the clash between police and protestors in his home country.

"It is difficult knowing that our family and friends and the land I was born in that this is happening. So, it hurts me greatly knowing that they're going through this pain and this uncertainty," Donnan said.

He says it has been anything but normal for some of his family members and friends in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine.

"They changed some of their normal routines, activities..you know, maybe limiting their exposure at night or where they go," Donnan added.

Olga Halaburda's parents were Ukranian. While, living in De Pere, she works to educate others about her family's homeland.

"It was about the fact that this government is so corrupt and so lawless and so brutal and taking away so many freedoms from these people that the people couldn't stand for it anymore," Halaburda, said.

Donnan is excited to visit his family this year when he travels to Ukraine.

But, he knows he'll have to be on alert.

"When I go, we would be very cautious as to where we'd go. And, spend time with the family and just keep a low profile," he said.

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