Ukrainian opens up about turmoil in his country; fears Russian control could lead to bigger problems

TULSA - A Tulsa student from Ukraine is opening up about the turmoil in his country. 

Vladimir Garbuz and his family moved to the United States when he was 7-years-old. Garbuz grew up in Boston before coming to Tulsa to study business at Oral Robert University. Since then he has returned to Ukraine only once in 2007. 

While he now lives in America, he says he's still connected with his birth place and concerned about the political unrest in his home country. 

"It's tough on the people that live there because you don't know what's going to happen," Garbuz said. 

Two weeks after Russian-led forces seized control of Crimea, the country voted in a referendum Sunday to decide whether to secede from Ukraine or join Russia. 

"A lot of people are concerned because Crimea is a part of Ukraine, believe or not. A lot of people want to argue with that, but it was a gift given by the Russians when we became independent," Garbuz said. 

Grabuz says he wants Crimea to stay a part of his country. He fears Crimea becoming a part of Russia is only the beginning. 

"It's an island. It's a base and if Russia does take over it from my understanding of it is that they have better grasp on taking over other parts of Ukraine," Grabuz said. 

Garbuz says hopes the political unrest will end in his hometown and that his country will become independent from Russian influence. 

 

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