INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Ukraine may seem like a world away to many of us, but for some here in Central Indiana, Ukraine is home. For some, having to watch a very volatile situation unfold, from thousands of miles away, is unnerving.
“I was so inspired two weeks ago because we just got rid of the president. He fled the country. Everything seemed so hopeful,” said Natasha Mazur.
But hope quickly turned to fear for Mazur, a Ukrainian citizen living in Central Indiana.
Just as stability in her country was looking possible, she says Russian President Vladimir Putin started interfering.
“Putin started increasing the numbers of those troops there and two days ago, he actually – his parliament actually, approved his request to start military actions,” said Mazur.
Sunday, Putin declared he had the right to invade his neighbor in Moscow’s biggest confrontation with the West since the Cold War.
Mazur says she’s scared.
“It’s hard to make plans. Some people are thinking maybe they should start leaving the country,” said Mazur. “We’re talking about a threat of World War III. Do we want this?”
The United States has condemned Russia for an “incredible act of aggression” and hinted at economic sanctions.
“We don’t want war. If Russia starts shooting, I’m assuming we do need help from the West because there is no way Ukrainian troops will be able to overcome. The Ukrainian army will not be able to overcome Russia,” said Mazur.
For now, it’s a waiting game. The stakes couldn’t be higher.
“If Putin comes with Russian troops into my city, Kiev, this is going to be a disaster.”