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MSU History Professor Reflects On Life In Ukraine

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(WLNS) - Lewis Siegelbaum recalls living among many Russian speakers in Ukraine about 20 years ago.

"This is the city of Donetsk, and that's where I was in three times," said Lewis Siegelbaum, MSU History Professor.

Siegelbaum felt the tension back then between pro-Russians and pro-Ukranian nationalists.

"I expressed concerns at the time that there was a potential for Ukraine to divide. I feared that," said Siegelbaum.

It seems the professor's fears came true.

As clashes in ukraine have led to violent government crackdown more than 80 deaths and recent expansion into the highly contested region of Crimea, Siegelbaum says there are two predictions for what will come.

A pessimistic, "Crimea or Ukraine will draw in one or the other side, which will in turn provoke the other side" and an optimistic, "it's likely Ukraine will be more integrated into Europe, Russia too."

But for now, Siegelbaum can only pray for the people he knew back in Ukraine.

By Sari Soffer, 6 News Intern

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