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Sioux Falls Ukrainian community concerned over violence

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Months of anti-government protests leads to a truce in Ukraine.

This comes after a violent week in Kiev's central square which culminated in a fiery clash that left at least 25 people dead.

Ukrainian Americans living in Sioux Falls joined the rest of -- watching in horror -- and hoping their families were okay. 

Sisters Lyuemila and Nina Demchuk moved to the U.S. around ten years ago. Lyuemila actually traveled to Ukraine last month and returned to the states right before the latest outbreaks.

They say they are not surprised by all the recent bloodshed. 

The sisters say they are thankful that they are able to sit in their living room without being afraid to venture outside. In their home country of Ukraine, it's a very different story.

With family still living there and one aunt living in the middle of all the action -- Kiev -- the worrying never stops.

"It's just scary. Seriously, when my mom's sister -- she called me yesterday --  and she say how many people was dead and was crying. Just really bad because -- you don't know what's going to happen," said Nina.

Nina talks about how Kiev was once a beautiful place with parks and cute little shops.

"But nobody now goes in the area because it's too scary. You don't know what's going to happen, shoot you, or hit you or something," said Nina.

Nina says her country has no rules and no laws. She compares the government to the Mafia.

"They need to work for people, not just for pocket how they do in my country. That's even before when we lived there. They don't care about people -- government just work for themselves, for pocket. Even my kids go there last summer. They see a white car was driving on the sidewalk because they don't have rules. Nobody cares about anybody, just do whatever you want," said Nina.

Nina doesn't think going under E.U. or Russian rule will help Ukraine. 

"Ukraine's a big country. They can live alone with nobody, without support. But they don't know how to do it," said Nina.

For now, the Demchuk's are thinking about their family back at home.

"We hope, we pray everything's going to be better," said Nina.

Both of the sisters say they talk to their family back in the Ukraine daily so they know they are alright.

Nina had plans to visit this summer, but she says now she is canceling them.
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