Native Ukranian: 'Ukraine Is Not Divided, It's Diverse'

Published 03/18 2014 05:46PM

Updated 03/19 2014 10:51AM

ROGERS, AR. --- Igor Oshen has lived in Northwest Arkansas for almost a decade. His family moved from Kiev - he capital of Ukraine.

'We are a very peaceful nation. I never saw this coming," said Oshen.

Oshen grew up about ten hours from Crimea. On Tuesday, Crimea officially became part of Russia after its residents voted in favor of the transition.

"It really hurts and I feel like it's unfair. We've heard the opinions of world leaders. It's illegitimate," said Oshen.

According to Oshen, this vote is a controversial topic back home due to legitimacy concerns surrounding the vote.

"I'm not a politician, I just speak from my personal experience."

He's saddened to see what's happened to his country in recent months, with riots and leadership instability.

"It really hurts. I have been following the news very closely over the last several months," said Oshen. "
That's not the Ukraine we want to build.  Ukraine is not divided, it's diverse."

Oshen says the controversy has rocked his family. He has several relatives in Crimea.

"It divided us. We never talk politics before, but now,  just because of the propoganda that's happening over there. its divided families. It's divided the nation," said Oshen.

Despite the uncertainty, Oshen remains hopeful and so do his loved ones.

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