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Effects of Ukraine Protests Could be Felt in U.S.

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DOVER, Del. -  At least 25 people are dead and hundreds more injured as protests turned downtown Kiev into a battle zone earlier this week.

Ukraine's president Viktor Yanukovich said Wednesday he has called for a truce.

Eric Andrews of Dover said protesters in Ukraine have every right to fight for their future.

"It's a chance for them to be heard a lot louder and to be heard around the world," said Andrews.
     
Those in the U.S. are hearing them loud and clear. So much so, that Delaware State University political science professor Sam Hoff said the U.S. could begin to feel the impacts of their fight.

"We signed a defense agreement with Ukraine in 1994 that says we would come to their defense if they were attacked from the outside as opposed to a civil war, but Russia has threatened to intervene, which Hoff says could threaten the U.S. role.

According to reports, Ukraine was controlled by Moscow for centuries. It finally split in 1991 and many Russians see Ukraine as vital to Russian interests.
     
Andrews says the want to protest should not be denied.

"If they don't like something that the government is doing, speak up and protest," said Andrews.

Hoff says the U.S. has deep roots in Ukraine.

"We have an economic stake because we also trade with Ukraine. We have a military stake because of the peace agreement and we have a political stake in terms of supporting a friend in the region to make sure the people can advocate for what they want.

What they want is a closer relationship with European countries.

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