As a native New Yorker I must admit I am not on top of my world affairs. But through the friendship of someone who lived in the Ukraine I recently found out about the crisis that is currently taking place. After several discussions with my friend, who wants to remain anonymous because of personal reasons, she decided to do something about the situation that was taking place in her former home, thousands of miles away. She created a moving video capturing her feelings on camera for others to see hoping they would understand the situation, and wanted the world to know how important it is for all Ukrainians to have freedom.
Here is what she said:
I was born and raised in Ukraine and my family is still there. Just five days ago Ukraine moved towards martial law. That gave the military the right to search, detain and even fire on civilians! But on Friday February 21st, Ukrainian parliament resumed the performance of the constitution of 2004. I want you to know, I want the world to know how important it is for us Ukrainians to have freedom: freedom to live, freedom from dictatorship, freedom of being citizens of the wonderful country. A thousand years ago our country was the center of the first Slavic civilization. We were invaded by Mongols, Polish, Russians, Austrians and Nazis. During our entire history we were fighting for our freedom and for the last three months we were facing terror from our government and our politicians.
Today I want to take a step and support all Ukrainians who were in Independent Square of Kiev - Maidan! I want to show my respect to the people who were fighting for our national identity! We are one nation and we have enough strength to face our bloody past and fight for our future. It doesn't matter where we are in the world: in Ukraine, USA, China or Australia. We are Ukrainians and we always keep our spirit by being strong. Five days ago we were invaded by our government. But we spread the message to the world, we brought awareness to the situation in Ukraine and we saved innocent people who were in danger of being killed! Today I want to speak on behalf of my nation and thank all people who help us change history in our fight for democracy and freedom!