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    Posted March 2, 2014 by
    Kiev, Ukraine
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Ukraine unrest

    Serpentz691 and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Ukraine crisis as it unfolds

    I Will Stand And Fight With Ukranians


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Serpentz691 is an American currently living in Kiev and says he is willing to stand by Ukrainians if Russian troops do come into capital. 'The situation here is tense and these are free people who only want peace and freedom. We are not terrorists. We are not Nazis,' he said. He says people are frightened by the idea of Russia crossing over the border at any moment. 'Kiev is a beautiful place full of amazing people with the likes I have never met anywhere else in the world -- and I have recently lived in Moscow, Russia for some time. Kiev has beautiful history and architecture. For war to come in here and destroy this beautiful country and plunge these honorable people into fear and chaos is a huge shame that Russia will have to live with for generations,' he said.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    I'm an American in Ukraine. I can tell you that what the Russian media is saying about terrorists and Pro-Fascist Government is all lies. Innocent protestors, mostly young people, and even Red Cross volunteers were cut down by sniper fire and the Ex-President Yanukovych let this happen and apparently documents found in his home prove he was going to use force. Now Russia is protecting Yanukovych. Russia is using every excuse in the book to invade the Ukraine from protecting its citizens. From what is Russia protecting its citizens from? No one in Ukraine is threatening Russian people or its citizens. In fact there are a lot of Russians here on our side. Ukrainian men are volunteering for the army, young and old, healthy or injured. As an American here, I have but two options and everyone is telling me I should leave and go home to be safe. I refuse to leave here now and even though I cannot volunteer legally to join Ukraine army, I can join those who are at Maidan. This is my second option and I am likely to take it. If my country will sit idly by and let this happen, there is one American who wont. We know we are facing a threat we cannot win. The Russians will slaughter us, but I believe in what Ukrainians believe. We will not go down without a fight. I will not abandon my Ukrainian brothers and sisters who only want the right to choose their own future and live in a free country. How can I not stand with them? As an American I would probably never face such a threat in my own country. I can't tell you how it feels to know that an invasion by Russia could happen at any moment, any day, or any hour.

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