Former Siena basketball player has front row seat to history in Ukraine

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Updated: 1/23 10:54 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. -  The U.S. addressed the unrest in Ukraine on Thursday as protests spread throughout the country.

Vice President Joe Biden called the Ukrainian president, urging him to put an end to bloodshed between protesters and the government.

The months long, mostly peaceful protest in the capital Kiev, spread across the country as people in other cities took over government buildings. One of those buildings was in Cherkasy, where Former Siena Star Ronald Moore lives.

“Tonight, about two blocks away from my house there were a lot of people gathering and police had to disperse the crowd using force from what I hear,” said Moore.

Moore is used to being in the middle of the action on the basketball court, but as he now plays in the Ukraine, he finds himself too close to the action of civil unrest.

“I just try to go to practice, come home, and stay out of harm's way,” he continued.

That was the advice he gets from coaches. While fellow players are not taking part in the protests, Ronald’s translator is.

“He's sent me some photos from down the street and when we were in Kiev a few months back he had down time to go protest,” Moore said.

Watching people in Ukraine fight for what we take for granted here is an eye-opener he says.

“Being an American, that comes free and natural that people over here don't get them fighting for the right to have to protest,” said Moore.

Moore is playing in Ukraine for a few more months, meaning a few more months with a front row seat to history.

“Hopefully it doesn't escalate but that may change. I’m playing it day by day to see what's going on,” explained Moore.

The White House said Vice President Biden urged the Ukrainian President to address the protesters' legitimate concerns and protect democratic freedoms. Adding more violence would have consequences for Ukraine’s relationship with the U.S., which is considering sanctions.

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