Kristina Skitsak is visiting family in Ukraine right now. The Fresno woman says the entire country is mourning the loss of nearly 300 people in the Malaysian Jet Disaster.
"Many people are troubled and in grief," Skitsak says, " Many people are carrying and bringing flowers to the Embassies and all over Ukraine."
Ukraine is blaming President Vladimir Putin for the disaster. It's suspected that Russian separatists shot down the Boeing 777 using a missile given to them by the Russian government.
Skitsak hopes the disaster wakes the world up to helping Ukraine.
"This is not in Ukraine anymore, this is an International War because all over the World people have died on this plane," Skitsak says.
Frustration with Putin is felt in the Valley too.
"This has got to stop, but it only is gonna stop when President Putin realizes it's no longer in his interest to continue to provide arms and support these separatists in Eastern Ukraine," says Representative Jim Costa, (D) California.
Ukranians hope Countries step in with more than just sanctions to stop Russia. Skitsak says sanctions hurt the economy, but not enough to make Putin stop.
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