Local residents react to border crisis in Ukraine

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Tensions are rising on the Ukraine border and this potential crisis is not only affecting those living abroad but is also worrying locals here in Panama City Beach.

“I have friends and family in Ukraine. I also have friends and family in Russia. Because we are all from post-Soviet countries and nobody wants war, nobody wants invasion,” said Ukrainian Nataliya Shanina.

Shanina was born in Ukraine and has made Bay County her home for six years. She hopes that the issue will not turn into a military conflict.

“We just want to live our lives and hope that this conflict in the office will be resolved. It won’t go anywhere else. It will be solved there and no people will be hurt,” said Shanina.

Meanwhile, Natalya’s family is trying to stay positive.

“We try not to think about it, we try to live our lives and be busy with our daily duties and chores just hoping for a better solution to it,” Shanina said.

A solution that will hopefully leave Natalya’s friends and family unharmed.

“I don’t want conflicts between Russia and Ukraine because I will lose my family members,” Shanina said.

White House officials said Friday that an additional 3,000 troops will be sent to Poland in the event of a possible invasion of Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and United States President Joe Biden will speak on Saturday.

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