Conflict in Ukraine Hits Home For Local Woman (NBC33 VIDEO)

By Eric DeFreeuw - NBC33

February 28, 2014 Updated Feb 28, 2014 at 7:08 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich spoke for the first time Friday since fleeing the country. At a news conference in Russia, he expressed concern that Russia's military may be poised to take over part of the country.

NBC33 spoke with a woman locally who is a native Ukrainian and she says the events unfolding 5,000 miles away are having an impact here locally.

"Knowing that my family is over there I'm just under a lot of constant stress at work thinking 'what's going on today? Am I going to hear from them?" And the only way I contact them is Facebook, Skype, everything," says Tatyana Hutcherson, a native Ukranian. "Try to call them a couple of days ago, the phones were down. Everything. All the companies were down and its just hard. It was very very stressful on my family."

With the Ukrainian president fleeing just days ago she says she feels he should step down and allow new leaders to step in.

Hutcherson is part of a strong Ukrainian community here many with family or ties to the country. She says she watches news from Russia when she can and follows daily story-lines online.

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