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Situation in Ukraine close to Pike Co. Man's Heart

Detroit (WYMT)-- A Pike County native has a very personal reason to watch the unfolding situation in Ukraine closely.

Matt Anderson, who talked to WYMT via Google Hangouts from Detroit, is engaged to a member of the Ukrainian military, Ann Sitnikova.

"After my four-hour work shift, I could not, I was not allowed to leave work," said Sitnikova.

Because she works for the coast guard in Ukraine, she only wears her uniform to work, she said.

"I don't go anywhere other than just my house and work," she said. "I do not go to the center because they said to not go there, and avoid, like, a lot of people, crowds, and not to wear my uniform in public because I might get stabbed."

The situation keeps Anderson concerned, but it was a concern about Sitnikova's desire to learn English that sparked their relationship.

"I was curious and wanted to make friends," Sitnikova said.

She logged into a chat room and began talking to Anderson, eventually communicating with him for hours at a time.

"We started talking, like all day long, all day and all night long, and he would not sleep on his school days and just talk to me all night," she said.

The couple has tried before to secure visas for them to live together long term, but have been unsuccessful, they said.

"If you fill one form out wrong, or just, like, miss something, it's done," said Anderson.

The uncertainty in the county also concerns Anderson when looking at the situation from an immigration perspective.

Despite the possible roadblocks, they still want to build a life together.

"My goal is to be with the person that I love," she said.


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