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Union College grad in Ukraine talks about crisis in the capital

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By: Jenn Schanz
jschanz@klkntv.com

Another day of gunfire in Ukraine's capital city of Kiev.

Despite the release of an opposition leader, and a signed agreement that limits the influence of President Viktor Yankunovych, protesting near parliament continues.

The debate comes down to a struggle between the west, and the country's ties to Russia.

Last year, Yankunovych walked away from a free trade deal with the EU, to avoid straining relations with RRussia.

"I hope the desire of justice and the desire of true democracy is not destroyed by the greed of power because we are not fighting for politicians, we are fighting for the idea," says Serhiy Horokhosvskyy.

He graduated from Union College in LLincoln back in 2008. A Ukrainian native, he returned there after school and is now volunteering in Kiev.

I spoke to him over the phone; he says the situation there is volatile.

"I realized that people actually died next to me, it was horrible. and I... I just started crying."

He's spends most of his time helping wounded protesters near the barricades.

Supplies are so scarce he says, that doctors have been converting restaurants into operating rooms.

The death toll? Now up to 100, with hundreds more injured.

Serhiy believes this is the start of a new Ukraine. Despite the violence, he says he's witnessed a powerful demonstration of community amongst Ukrainian people.

"I'm very happy that Ukrainian people started caring about each other much more than before."

Still, he says the bloodshed, which doesn't show a sign of slowing, can be hard to bear.

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