Ukraine unrest affects some natives along the Grand Strand

Ukraine may be thousands of miles away from South Carolina, but for some, the unrest hits close to home.

Veronika, who wishes not to reveal her last name, moved from Ukraine to Myrtle Beach to go to college back in 2010. Her entire family is still there.

For the past few weeks, she's spent a lot of time on Skype with her family overseas.

The biggest thing she says she's learned is that there's more going on over there than we're seeing here in America.

First of all, we asked how her family is doing right now.

"Well, in the very beginning when everything started, they were really afraid. But since they got the Russian army there, they actually feel more safe," Veronika said.

Veronika's mother relies on her for information when they Skype, since she says the Ukranian government has shut down many news websites and television channels.

She said what we see on TV here in America isn't the entire story.

"Nobody knows what Crimean's think. Everybody's saying that we are being attacked by Russians. No we're not. We asked them for help. Come help us. Come protect us so we can be free people and that we can have the government we choose and not the one you are sending from Kiev," Veronika said.

She says all her friends back home in Ukraine would like to see Crimea become part of Russia.

She added there was always a little bit of unrest, even when she lived in Ukraine, but never as bad as it is right now.