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Mar 1, 2014 12:34 AM by Maddie Garrett

Conflict in Ukraine Hits Home for Foreign Exchange Student

The conflict in Ukraine is hitting close to home for a Colorado Springs student, as she watches the revolution in her home country from afar. Diana Chebulla moved to Colorado Springs two months ago and plans to study at UCCS next fall.

She gets a little taste of home from her job at the Euro Market and Deli off of Academy and Austin Bluffs. But as she watches what's happening in Ukraine, she wishes she could go home, even for just a moment.

"I am talking with my mom everyday," said Chebulla.

Being a world away is tough on her family, especially her mother.

"She really worries about me and right now I am really worried about her too because it is becoming dangerous," Chebulla said.

Chebulla has both an insider's and an outsider's view of the revolution. She watches and reads about it in the news, but then finds out what's really going on from friends and family back home.

"Information about it, is it true or not true? But when you hear about it from what your parents tell you, it's more true," she explained.

As for her own opinion of the ousted Ukraine government, Chebulla said she understands the unrest.

"It's becoming like worse and worse because of all of the corruption," she said.

And she wants to be a part of the changes, to go with her family to meetings in her hometown.

"Because it's time to say your opinion in this situation," she explained.

Chebulla doesn't know what will happen, but she hopes the best for her country

"I really hope that everything will be fine, because, I guess, Ukraine deserves to be a good country," said Chebulla.

For now, she said all she can do is show her support for her friends and family over the phone and through Skype.

 

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