Local man with family in Ukraine frightened for their safety

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Updated: 2/19 9:46 pm

CAPITAL REGION, N.Y. - Officials in Ukraine are making it clear that the country's army is ready to act against anti-government protesters.

For a second straight night, fires are burning at the barricades in central Kiev. Ukraine's embattled president, Viktor Yanukovych replaced the army chief on Wednesday.

The military said it would take part in what was described as a national anti-terrorist operation to restore order. The violence is the worst in nearly three months of anti-government protests that have paralyzed the capital.

The two sides are locked in a stalemate over the identity of Ukraine, where loyalties are divided between Russia and the west.

The protests began after Yanukovych turned away from a deal with the European Union in exchange for a bailout from Russia.

The move to replace the army chief came a day after 25 people were killed and over 425 were injured in clashes between police and protesters at a protest camp in the Ukrainian capital.

Dr. Andrij Baran, President of the Capital District Branch of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America has family in Ukraine and is frightened for their safety.

Baran, like many others, feels the best possible solution for Ukraine is to join the European Union and not for the country to align itself with Russia.

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