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Dispatches from Ukraine

Ukrainians in west despondent over Russian moves in east

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Editor’s Note: This is one of an occasional series of dispatches on the crisis in Ukraine as reported by Tetiana Ostapenko, a Ukrainian journalist with ties to Franklin County. NEMYRIV, Ukraine — In the eastern cities of our country terrorists captured the administrative buildings, smashed Ukrainian flags and erected Russian ones. Storming the buildings, bandits hid behind the women and children in order to prevent Ukrainian soldiers from shooting. It’s … 0

Inside the Ukraine crisis

Monday, April 7, 2014

Editor’s Note: This is one of an occasional series of dispatches on the crisis in Ukraine as reported by Tetiana Ostapenko, a Ukrainian journalist with ties to Franklin County. Life is going its usual way. At the first sight, it seems like nothing has changed. But the fear of war with Russia is still there. Everyone believes that after Crimea’s annexation, Putin is … 0

Refugees from Crimea coming into Ukraine

Friday, March 28, 2014

Editor’s Note: This is one of an occasional series of dispatches on the crisis in Ukraine as reported by Tetiana Ostapenko, a Ukrainian journalist with ties to Franklin County. The first refugees from Crimea have appeared in our region. A Tatar family consisting of 13 people — five adults and eight small children … 0

Ukrainians sign up to fight Russian aggression

Friday, March 21, 2014

Editor’s Note: This is one of an occasional series of dispatches on the crisis in Ukraine as reported by Tetiana Ostapenko, a Ukrainian journalist with ties to Franklin County. It’s hard for anyone to stay positive and optimistic … 0

Inside the crisis in Ukraine

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Editor’s Note: This is one of an occasional series of dispatches on the crisis in Ukraine as reported by Tetiana Ostapenko, a Ukrainian journalist with ties to Franklin County. The Sunday referendum, in which residents of the peninsula … 0

Inside the crisis in Ukraine

Friday, March 14, 2014

Editor’s Note: This is one of an occasional series of dispatches on the crisis in Ukraine as reported by Tetiana Ostapenko, a Ukrainian journalist with ties to Franklin County. Nobody knows what the next day will bring. Almost everyone is upset and silent these days. Last weekend in … 0

Inside the crisis in Ukraine

Friday, March 7, 2014

Tetiana Ostapenko, 53, is journalist for a weekly newspaper called “Prybuzky novyny” in Nemyriv, a district in western Ukraine that is 3½1/2 hours from Kiev. Ostapenko, who met Leyden resident Betsey Yetter during Yetter’s Peace Corps days, supports … 0