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Ukrainian in North Texas worries about unrest in Kiev

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A deadly and bloody standoff in Ukraine may be coming to an end after the country's president and opposition leaders agreed to a truce.

Protestors have not left Kiev's main square after violently clashing with riot police.

At least 25 people are dead, and hundreds are injured.

A statement on the website of the country's president, Viktor Yanukovych, did not give details of the truce, or how a stop will be put to the violence.

Anti-government protestors say they're upset about Yanukovych's growing alliance with Russia after he rejected a deal with the European Union.

They're calling for his resignation, and President Obama says the protestors should be able to express interests without fear of repression.

"I do think there's still the possibility of a peaceful transition within Ukraine, but it's going to require the government in particular to actively seek that peaceful transition and it requires the opposition and those on the streets to recognize that violence is not going to be the path by which this issue will be resolved," said Obama.

President Obama says the U.S. and its European partners are monitoring the situation carefully, warning there will be consequences if people step over the line.

Ukraininans in North Texas are monitoring events in Kiev, watching and listening to hear what the United States and Europe will do, including talk of sanctions.

The Ukrainian violence is tugging on the heartstrings of Chrystya Geremesz, who is working to keep other Ukrainians in North Texas informed about what's happening.

"Foremost, I'm an American citizen, but my heart is also in Ukraine," said Geremesz.

Geremesz is President of the Ukrainian American Society of Texas, and has been keeping other Ukrainian Americans aware of what's happening. She also has relatives in Ukraine and worries about her cousin flying into Kiev for another cousin's funeral.

"You know, we're very concerned because we don't know if he'll be stopped, you know, if the government's gonna think everybody flying into Ukraine right now is an activist," she said.

Trouble has been brewing in Kiev since November, when Ukraine's government began distancing the country away from promised trade deals with Europe and closer to Russia, with whom the east European country has had a long and difficult history.

Geremesz has been watching social media to keep up with the violence, while keeping up with Ukrainian music to keep up with her beautiful country.

"It's a matter of life," Geremesz said. "It's a matter of struggling. It's a matter of wanting better for your family, and they deserve that just like anyone does."

Geremesz is also emailing and contacting local U.S. senators, celebrities and anyone she can find to drum up support and ease the bloodshed.

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