Ukrainian turmoil hits close to home

April 15, 2014

Issaquah resident Yuriy Vasyleha watches news reports of Ukrainian unrest with a mix of heartache and worry.

For him, the conflict occurring a world away is immensely personal, because the eastern-European nation is his native country, and where most of his relatives still call home.

“I feel really bad, but I cannot do anything,” he said.

Ukraine native Yuriy Vasyleha and wife Helen, now Issaquah residents, sit among the country’s Carpathian Mountains wearing Ukrainian folk attire in 2002. Contributed

Ukraine native Yuriy Vasyleha and wife Helen, now Issaquah residents, sit among the country’s Carpathian Mountains wearing Ukrainian folk attire in 2002.
Contributed

Protests erupted in November, after then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s cabinet balked at signing a trade deal with the European Union, reportedly at the behest of Moscow.

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