Aggression In Kiev Raises Concern For Local Ukrainians

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People attend a rally against Russia on Kiev's Independence square on March 2, 2014. Ukraine said Sunday it would call up all military reservists after President Vladimir Putin's threat to invade Russia's neighbour drew a blunt response from US President Barack Obama. The stark escalation in what threatens to become the worst crisis in relations since the Cold War came as pro-Russian forces seized control of key government buildings and airports in the strategic Crimean peninsula. (AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

People attend a rally against Russia on Kiev’s Independence square on March 2, 2014. Ukraine said Sunday it would call up all military reservists after President Vladimir Putin’s threat to invade Russia’s neighbour drew a blunt response from US President Barack Obama. The stark escalation in what threatens to become the worst crisis in relations since the Cold War came as pro-Russian forces seized control of key government buildings and airports in the strategic Crimean peninsula. (AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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DETROIT (WWJ) – Secretary of State John Kerry has called Russia’s military incursion into Ukraine “an incredible act of aggression”. WWJ’s Beth Fisher has more on reaction from metro Detroit’s Ukrainian community.

Boris Potapenko is with the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America-Michigan Chapter and he’s asking for America’s help.

“President Obama needs to recognize this and step up, and I truly believe that NATO has to become involved,” said Potapenko. “This is a violence against an independent country, the United States guaranteed Ukraine’s security when Ukraine gave up its nuclear weapons and it’s really important that our country help the Ukrainian people.”

Potapenko is worried about family he still has living in Ukraine.

“Even though the threat of Russian troops is in eastern Ukraine, Kiev isn’t that far away and Putin is so unpredictable. He’s capable of anything. He was, he, he engaged in carpet bombing of the Chechen people. He invaded Georgia.”

There are about 40,000 Ukrainians in the Detroit area.

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