EAST LANCING, MICHIGAN (WLNS) – Ukrainian students at Michigan State University are watching the invasion on TV and social media. They are thousands of miles from home and worry about abandoned relatives and friends.
One student said he could not even express how unpleasant and horrible the situation was.
“On the one hand, I am happy that my family, my wife, my son, we are safe. On the other hand, I am very worried about my country, I am very worried about the city where I lived for years, I am worried about my family and what is happening, ”says MSU graduate student Viktar Charnetski.
Chernetsky has been in the United States for five years. His family is safe next to him. He is studying for a Ph.D. in marketing in Michigan.
Chernetsky said he wants to study at a good school, even if it is thousands of miles away.
Now he spends every free minute trying to get information from Ukraine.
“What I hear is very horrible,” he said, explaining that two of his friends were visiting the region.
“They came to Ukraine to celebrate the anniversary, the first anniversary of their daughter … They are hiding in the basement of their house with a small child, a small child, and it’s scary.”
Tonight the fighting in Ukraine is intensifying. Chernetsky is worried that it will only get worse. President of the Ukrainian Student Organization MSU Yuri Tomkev said that the sanctions have not done enough.
“Some sanctions depend on different laws in different countries, which may take weeks or even months to take effect,” he said. “One of the toughest sanctions discussed, for example, is to take away Russia’s ability to use the SWIFT banking system. They haven’t removed it, they can still use the SWIFT banking system, ”Tomkeu said.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian compatriots on campus hope to raise awareness about the war at home.
“We walk, hanging leaflets, for three hours, and the usual conversation took place, when the mood is to keep each other under control and make sure we are all balanced,” – said Tomkev.
Tomkev said the student organization on March 3 is organizing a visit and presentation with former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor and another event on campus next week.