Local Ukranians use social media to stay updated

7:33 PM, Feb 20, 2014   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Local Ukranians are worried about their friends and family who remain overseas and in the middle of the outcry.

Tatyana Dratenko was born in Russia and moved to Georgia when she was 15. She speaks Russian, Ukrainian and the English she learned here as a teenager. She's been in touch with other young people like herself in Kiev, like Ilona, a legal secretary, who lives close to Independence Square, via Skype. 

Tatyana says people with regular jobs are volunteering their time to go to the square to offer everything from prayer tents to food and water for protestors.

"What I hear from them is, they're just tired of corruption," said Dratenko. "They're tired of things that are taken away from them. They want better education. They want their kids to grow up in a country that has equal opportunity for everyone."

Tatyana encourages people in the U.S. to follow what's happening in the Ukraine on social media. She recommended three hashtags on twitter: #euromaidan #digitalmaidan and #ukraine.

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