Ukrainians in N.L. react to bloody conflict at home

Ukrainians living in Newfoundland and Labrador have been on edge after deadly protests flared up again this week, this time in the Crimea region where pro-Ukraine and pro-Russian groups clashed.
Ukranian Iryna Borshchova is hopeful her country will forge closer ties with the European Union. (CBC)

Ukrainians living in Newfoundland and Labrador have been on edge after deadly protests between pro-Ukraine and pro-Russian groups clashed this week in the Crimea region.  

Last week the scenes from Maidan Square in Kyiv were horrific, with protesters armed with bricks, Molotov cocktails — even homemade slingshots. 

Memorial University PhD student IrynaBorshchova has been following the news from her homeland with much trepidation.

"I'm very nervous inside and I was very nervous last week, and I was really depressed, but I have hope that everything is going to change in the next couple of days and that we will have [a] better life there," she said. 

Borshchova, 25, said she supports the protesters and wants her country to forge closer ties with the European Union and free itself from Russian control.

"The colour of clothes I'm wearing now is black ... and it's the colour of sorrow and pain."

About a hundred people have been killed in the ongoing crisis.

Pavlo Ponikarovskyi is a business student at Memorial University. (CBC)

MUN student PavloPonikarovskyi is from Kyiv and remembers a very different Maidan Square.

"I used to go there almost every New Year's and Christmas when I was small. They would usually put up, like, the main Christmas tree of the country ... so I visited a lot," he said.

Ponkarovskyi wants to see those peaceful scenes return to the square.

"The only thing I can do right now is hope for a brighter future."