Crisis in Ukraine: Local impact

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The crisis in Ukraine may be thousands of miles away, but 22News spoke with very concerned family members of those living in Russia and Ukraine at Victory Market in West Springfield.

Guri Muradova worries constantly about the well-being of her family living in Ukraine. She’s nervous when they call that they will have bad news. When they don’t call, she’s nervous they were killed by pro-Russians, meaning Ukrainians who would rather their town belong to Russia.

While we were talking to Guri, her sister called from Ukraine to video-chat and update Guri on what’s going on outside their home.

“She said, ‘I’m scared to be home by myself.’ She said because anything could happen there.”

Many people who work at Victory Market can’t speak English, but they told us through a translator they’re all very concerned about family in Russia and Ukraine.

They all had a direct connection to the crisis.

A security guard just came back from Ukraine two months ago when Crimea voted to break away from Ukraine and be adopted by Russia.

A customer, Yelena, said it’s brothers fighting brothers. Her grandmother is Ukrainian, but she was born in Russia.

Yelena said, “I’m feeling… I’m not feeling good. I’m just crying with them, because I have family everywhere. I have (family) in Russia, too. Three brothers.”

Yelena said her Ukrainian friends living in the United States stopped calling her.

Western leaders are trying to find a peaceful end to the violence so no more families like Guri’s and Yelena’s are killed in the crossfire.

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