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Situation in Crimea hits home for one Louisville woman

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Imagine moving away from home and watching it become a different country. That's what's happening to Natasha Reimer, who came to the United States in 1997 from Ukraine.

"It is really hard for me to see my country go through this," she said in an interview from her Louisville office. She brought photos taken in the Crimean region of Ukraine. She grew up in the capital city, Simferopol.

Now, the images we're seeing from her home country are much different. Russia has asserted its power and taken over the region. Tuesday, two people were killed during a military clash in Simferopol.

"I really am hurting for the situation because my family is split, my friends split and they're all in different camps of the situation where some people support the annexation to Russia and some people are against," Reimer said.

She's ethnically Russian and it's the language she speaks. Crimea was under Soviet rule until she was a senior in high school, when Ukraine became an independent country.

"I remember we were very hopeful, and I was excited I was able to travel," Reimer said about the collapse of the Soviet Union.

School brought her to the United States in 1997, but many of her loved ones remain back home. She now fears for their future. "I hurt for the possibility, what could happen to free Ukraine, that used to be a democratic country, what could happen to it now."

She's been using social media and Skype to stay informed about what's happening. She expects each day to bring something new. She hopes to share her thoughts on the situation even if she is thousands of miles away.

"These kind of things should not be done this fast and without proper thought and preparation. If the will of the people is to be with another country, they still need to abide by international laws," she said.

Reimer's parents are scheduled to visit Louisville next week. She's unsure if those plans will stand given the current situation.

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