Political tensions in Ukraine affect one West Texas A&M University student studying abroad.
Daniela Fierro was supposed to study in Ukraine for a year starting in August 2013, but she evacuated in late January.
Dr. Elizabeth Morrow Clark, associate professor of history at WT, said Ukraineâ??s political uncertainty is dividing the country in half.
â??The big question for Ukraine is whether Ukraine will be part of Western Europe or part of the East, part of the Russianâ??s sphere,â?? Dr. Clark said. â??And thatâ??s a classic question for Ukraine. Ukraine is a border state between Western Europe, and with Poland being a member of the European Union already that makes Ukraine the next natural candidate for expansion.â??
Fierro said Russians had already entered Crimea when she arrived at Karazin Kharkiv National University in August. Five months later, she felt it was the appropriate time to leave Eastern Ukraine due to rising political tensions.
â??Iâ??m upset that I had to come back early,â?? Fierro said, â??because itâ??s an opportunity for me to continue learning a new language and meeting new people from all over the world.â??
When asked whether she wants to return to Ukraine, Fierro hesitated.
â??I love the Russian culture and I love the Russians, but Iâ??m not too fond of Russian politics at this moment,â?? Fierro said. â??So if that were to happen, I donâ??t know if Iâ??d be going back any time soon.â??