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Voices: Ukrainian Americans tense as Crimea vote nears

12 Mar 2014 6:49 PM | Anonymous

As I watch the drama unfolding in Ukraine, the voice I hear is that of Maria Dyhdalevych, my maternal grandmother, who came to this country in 1949 and died on the eve of Ukraine's independence in 1991. "I'm not Russian," I recall her telling New York friends as I grew up in the 1970s. "I'm Ukrainian. There's a difference." Back then, she might as well have said she was from Mars. There was only one Slavic entity, the Soviet Union. Today, everyone knows Ukraine, and I wondered what the diaspora was feeling as Russian President Vladimir Putin muscled into the affairs and territory of his southern neighbor.   USA Today.  Read More

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