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Peterson's 'home away from home' in turmoil

Leann Peterson

Since Leann Peterson of Ellsworth came home for a visit, her “home away from home” has erupted into turmoil due to a dispute between its government and opposition forces.

The missionary to the Ukraine has served there with the mission organization FIRE International of Concord, N.C., since the summer of 2003.

Over the weekend, President Viktor Yanukovych was impeached by parliament in a vote of 328-0, Peterson said Monday.

“That was epic!” she said. “He went into hiding and fled Kiev.”

An interim president, Ashkov, is now acting president until early elections May 25, she said.

Many riot police who were killing people have now joined the protesters or have been dispersed, she said. And the army still refuses to be involved.

“It’s not over yet,” she said. “We have yet to see how Eastern, pro-Russia Ukraine will react. And what Putin’s response will be. I don’t think he will let this happen without having some sort of say.”

But the fighting has stopped; now, it’s just waiting to see if there will be a backlash from the East and from Russia, she said. Meantime, the mood of the nation, the West is overjoyed.

“My friends are all happy and saying victory is at hand,” she said. “But the East is not overjoyed, we don’t know their reaction yet. And where I live in Ukraine is right on the line between West and East. It is interesting times in Ukraine!”

For more please read the Feb. 26 print version of the Herald. 

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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