Created: 02/23/2014 11:04 PM KAALtv.com
By: Sean Boswell
(ABC 6 News) -- Tetyana Nielsen's family lives south of Kiev, the Ukrainian capital where violent protests have been taking place the past three months.
"From what my parents say, from what I see on TV from here, it's terrible," said Nielsen.
The crisis has put protesters and the European Union on one side and the Yanukovych government and Russia in the other. Nielsen’s family tells her scenes they've seen are devastating.
"It doesn't matter if we're Russian or we're with Europe, what matters is to stop all that corruption," said Nielsen.
Nielsen has lived in the United States since 2004, coming here to attend Riverland College. However, she left her family behind. She says joining the EU was a challenge when she left the country.
"The European Union was talking, yes you guys will join us, but you have to wait, you have to improve, you have to make financial changes in your taxes and in your economical system to be on our level," said Nielsen.
She says that the country she knows as home has never been violent in nature.
"Since I left, since my parents left, this is the most non-violent country, we don't go into war, we don't invade any other countries, and when something strikes like you know Ukrainians killing Ukrainians, that's devastating," said Nielsen.