BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A journalist visiting from Ukraine spoke to a packed house at Buffalo State College Monday night as the crisis in that country deepens.
Though it may be happening a world away, around a hundred people packed the Student Union Hall to get a closer perspective of Ukraine’s revolution. Slavka Kutsay, a Ukrainian journalist, took the audience through videos of the deadly protests that led up to the resignation of Viktor Yanukovich.
But with Russian troops now pressing down, Kutsay is urging U.S. citizens to watch it closely and talk about it because she believes if U.S. citizens pressure U.S. lawmakers to get involved, it can have effect.
“It would be a good contribution if even just a tweet, or a post on Facebook, which will be shared or re-tweeted, because it all makes the information wave and it will help our country and it will be highly appreciated because we need this attention,” she said.
Buffalo State Assistant Professor Amy Wilson said, “It doesn’t look promising with what’s happening, so I feel for people who just want to be able to live in a democracy and have a voice in how government is run over there, so I really hope for the best.”
The audience was not solely comprised of college students. A real cross section of Western New York came out to hear Kutsay speak and everybody learned something.”
Katie said, “I think it impacts us all eventually.”
Lauren Imhof added, “I wasn’t aware of any of this. I think it’s important for people to know what’s going on around the world, and not just here, but everywhere because we’re all connected in some way.”
Kutsay specifically is hoping the United States can impose economic sanctions on Russia, and influence the European Union to do the same.