ISU Prof: Ukraine situation is troubling

Anti-government protesters protect themselves with shields during clashes with riot police  in Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.  The deadly clashes in Ukraine’s capital have drawn sharp reactions from Washington, generated talk of possible European Union sanctions and led to a Kremlin statement blaming Europe and the West.  (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Anti-government protesters protect themselves with shields during clashes with riot police in Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. The deadly clashes in Ukraine’s capital have drawn sharp reactions from Washington, generated talk of possible European Union sanctions and led to a Kremlin statement blaming Europe and the West. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – It’s a story that’s dominated global headlines for weeks. Ukraine is undergoing a political revolution of sorts.

Much of the latest issue started in November, when the Ukrainian people essentially kicked out the pro-Russian president. That act led to what many viewed as chaos.

“People I knew in Kiev said they just never imagined it would be like this. It reminded them of WWII. They were in terror,” Dr. Barbara Skinner, associated professor at Indiana State University said.

Skinner has spent plenty of time in Ukraine and Russia. In fact, she was in Ukraine, just a few years ago.

“There were no signs of this. So, I was rather shocked when all of this began to unravel,” Skinner said.

It’s a delicate situation, that’s getting even more touchy. Just Sunday, Crimea, globally considered part of Ukraine, voted to join Russia. That move has brought criticism and talks of sanctions against Russia from the U.S.

Skinner hopes the U.S. involvement stays at financial level.

“As long as the U.S. stays strong with the E.U., and we are one block against Russia, in helping the Ukrainians, I think that will be good,” Skinner said.

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