Ukrainians who live in Atlanta are keeping a close watch on the turmoil overseas. That includes one of CBS46's very own photojournalist, Dimitri Lotovski.
Lotovski made his way from his home country of Ukraine to the United States in the mid-90s. But he's been keeping tabs on what's happening in his homeland now.
Before coming to the U.S. in 1995, he and his wife were quite outspoken in Ukraine against what he calls a corrupt government.
"I'm very upset," he told colleague Donna Rapado.
"Because the former president who was a thief was Putin's puppet," he said. "They had an awful president who was stealing and ruining the country's economy and they overthrew his rule."
Lotovski said he loved America long before he ever moved here. He had an American flag hanging in his bedroom in Kiev.
Several months of turmoil led protesters to riot as the government attacked them, killing and injuring many. Amid the recent bloody protests, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych escaped to Russia two weeks ago.
With Russian troops now taking over parts of Ukraine, Lotovski says Russian President Vladimir Putin is violating Russia's agreement made when the countries separated after the Soviet Union collapsed.
"Years after the end of the Soviet Union, Russia remains the evil empire," Lotovski said. "And that's exactly what's happening. Putin just can't let it go. He dreams of new empire."
He says it's an injustice everyone should be aware of. "Well, Americans should always know about people who are fighting a corrupt government because that's how America became America," he pointed out. "The people weren't happy with the government and that's the most American thing you can do. You can rise up against the corrupt government and overthrow them."
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