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    Posted March 15, 2014 by
    Kiev, Ukraine
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Ukraine unrest

    MaiaKiev and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Ukraine crisis as it unfolds
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    Letter to Friends of Ukraine


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     MaiaKiev says the situation in Ukraine seems normal on the surface, but everyone is talking about the upcoming referendum in Crimea on March 16. 'Everybody believes the results are already rigged. People are concerned what is going to happen after referendum,' she said. 'Our biggest concern is what happens after results are announced. People are concerned that Russian army will use force, guns to push Ukrainian army from Crimea. We are concerned that people will be killed. People in other regions are terrified that Putin will have an idea to come and "protect" them.'
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    Dear rational-thinking, articles-reading, well-informed friends who have buried us on Maidan in January and in February when you were sure we had no chance against powerful machine of Yanukovich regime. You saw us as idealist who were doomed by our own lack of rational thinking and our passionate drive for freedom. We had no chance, but we did win!

    Don’t rush to bury us now! Don’t assume that we are finished just because powerful crazy president of an aggressive neighboring country wants a part of Ukraine or dreams of destroying Ukrainians.

    If you already see Ukraine divided and enslaved, you simply don’t know Ukrainians. You don’t know and don’t understand the strength of our spirit. You don’t know that every morning on main squares of big cities, like Kiev, Cherkassy, Donetsk, Kharkov hundreds are kneeling down in prayer for Ukraine. You don’t know that the whole nation is turning to God now! When God is with us, who can be against us!

    So don’t bury us yet! Just sit back, relax and watch Putin choke when he tries to take a bite of Ukraine!

    And if you are a believer, pray for us!

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