Local Russians and Ukrainians share concerns on attack

Gorbunov is a waiter at Sunny Isles Family Fresh, a local restaurant, and has been having a hard time hearing the news on Russia’s attack on Ukraine.

SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Fla. – Yevgeniy Gorbunov, who was born in Kazakhstan, considers himself Russian and moved to the United States 10 months ago.

Gorbunov is a waiter at Sunny Isles Family Fresh, a local restaurant, and has been having a hard time hearing the news on Russia’s attack on Ukraine.

“It’s like brother on brother, fighting brothers,” he said.

Gorbunov says it’s hard to describe how much this is affecting those he loves back at home, while his friends from Ukraine continue to message him, describing their fears.

“They say we gonna stay in Ukraine. We gonna stay in Kiev because this is our country,” he said.

At a Russian deli, Andrey Chistyakov who is Russian was sitting with his is best friend Vlad, from Ukraine discussing their country’s state of affairs.

They say they are not surprised by the actions that Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken.

Vlad and Christyakov describe the invasion as a land grab like the 2014 Crimean crisis.

Christyakov says Putin has no business going into Ukraine and he believes that most Russians do not think that is right, going on to describe this as a civil war.


About the Author:

In January 2017, Hatzel Vela became the first local television journalist in the country to move to Cuba and cover the island from the inside. During his time living and working in Cuba, he covered some of the most significant stories in a post-Fidel Castro Cuba.