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Ukrainian community impacted by Russian troops

Webster, N.Y. -- Just a few months ago, Ivanna Vorobets, 17, of Webster was in her native country of Ukraine.

She has visited numerous times since moving to the United States, but the last visit was unlike any other.

Even day to day conversations are obviously different, she said. Before, it's catching up, but now it's more about Ukraine and the future.

Its a future she and her family here hold dear to their hearts.

Many who are part of the movement are family members, childhood friends and classmates.

Vorobets also worries about Russias military forces in Ukraine. Russias parliament approved the deployment of troops to any area of the country they deem a threat.

It kind of sounds like they are there almost imprisoning the people instead of helping them out, she said. I don't think the people are being helped. I think they are being held down.

Vorobets also said some of the information getting out about what is happening in Ukraine has not always been accurate, especially in Russia.

"A lot of propaganda comes from Russia, she said. They definitely don't get the real sense of what's going on in Ukraine, and I think that's where the confusion comes in. I really want everybody to understand that the people want whats best for the country, not just for themselves."

Vorobets hope and passion for Ukraine is shared with others in the United States. Protestors in New York City also weighed in on the situation.

Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Ukraine Tuesday to meet with government officials.

"I want people to appreciate my country and be able to stay in the country and make a living for themselves and not feel like they are imprisoned there, said Vorobets.

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