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Sioux Falls Ukrainian community concerned over violence

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The crisis in the fractured nation of Ukraine has taken an ominous turn.

The UN Security Council met Saturday afternoon on the escalating tensions. Russia's Parliament voted unanimously to approve sending troops into Crimea.

It follows a warning from President Obama late Friday that 'There will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine.'

President Obama's national security team also met to discuss 'potential policy options' on Ukraine. 

Nina Demchuk has lived in Sioux Falls for ten years now. She still has family back in her home country of Ukraine. And all of this unrest has her concerned.

"And for people who live in that place in Crimea, it is scary because now people live there without any problems. Nice place and everything but now the army's staying there. Who's going to feel safe because you don't know what's going to happen tomorrow," said Demchuk.

Demchuk says Ukraine is a beautiful country with beaches and crystal clear water. She says now, armed men wearing unmarked uniforms have turned the country upside down.

"I cannot explain what you feel inside when you see those pictures. How people can be like that even. They beat women, they beat kids. They don't care.  It looks like it's getting worse and worse all the time," said Demchuk.

She says what's going to happen next is anyone's guess.

"I hope Ukraine not going to let Russia get Ukraine. That's the more important thing for me," said Demchuk.

For now, Demchuk hopes and prays for her family's safety and for a peaceful resolution.

"I don't have to worry about my kids. I'm just happy I'm here," said Demchuk.

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