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Hiawatha Woman: Family Supports Russian Troops
HIAWATHA, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - The unrest in Ukraine is being closely monitored by one Corridor business owner. Tatyana Kieler owns Tatyana's Coffee Shop and Caf in Hiawatha. She was born in Russia, but lived in Ukraine for years before coming to the United States.
She said what's going on right now between Ukraine and Russia has everything to do with politics.
Tatyana said that while the United Nations and the US have warned Russia that there will be consequences for placing military in Ukraine, her family there is glad to have them in Crimea.
Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has sent troops to either surround or take over military bases in Crimea. About 60 percent of the people living in the area are ethnic Russian and Tatyana said Putin's troops are there to protect them. She went on to explain that's exactly what her relatives tell her is happening. She adds they actually feel more secure now.
"So nothing is happening there. It is quiet. Everybody has their job like they used to. The school still is open. The hospital still is open. So everything is like always, the military is just there," Kieler said.
Tatyana did add that the situation is different for her niece who lives in the capital city, Kiev.
That's where protests took place for weeks leading to Ukranian President, Viktor Yanukovich, fleeing to Russia. Tatyana explained that without Russian protection in the capital city her niece is afraid to go outside.