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    Posted March 2, 2014 by
    via Lviv, Ukraine -La Crosse, Wisconsin
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Ukraine unrest

    mediaman and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Ukraine crisis as it unfolds
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    Ukrainian Hopes for Democratic Country


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     mediaman chatted on Skype with a former student, Vlad, who does not want his full name used for safety reasons. Vlad is Ukrainian and currently in Lviv. "People are requesting that their political and social rights are respected," he said of the current situation in Ukraine. "They are demanding freedom for themselves."

    "I hope that this conflict gets solved peacefully," he added. "I am scared for the integrity of my country and its independence."

    - rachel8, CNN iReport producer

    As dramatic events unfold in Ukraine, this first-hand account from the city of Lviv, in the western portion of the country, helps to provide some context to the crisis. Vlad a former student from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse connected via Skype with this iReporter to provide a personal perspective on the unfolding events there. Lviv is located in the western portion of the country, and hopes for closer ties with the European Union.

    Vlad mentioned that his colleague in Crimea e-mailed him and said unidentified troops were landing in the southern region of Ukraine, an area jutting out into the Black Sea. Residents there immediately realized the troops, without identifying badges, were speaking Russian. Russia is showing military force in this southern region of the country, where there is pro-Russian citizen support and military bases. Scared for his country’s integrity and independence, Vlad hopes to “live in a democratic country.”

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