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Ukraine opposition activist to speak to Skidmore College students


WATERVLIET, N.Y. - In the ongoing unrest in Ukraine, the Parliament passed a measure offering amnesty to arrested protesters, if demonstrators vacate most of the buildings they occupy.

Oleh Medunytsya is an opposition activist and leading protest organizer who visited the Capital Region on Wednesday.

He's seen what started as hundreds of thousands of people peacefully gathering in the capital city's independence square last November, turn deadly last week.

The local Ukrainian American Community has been fundraising to support the protestors camped out for weeks in Kyiv. The protest started after Ukraine's President spurned a trade agreement with the European Union in favor of one with Russia. It then turned into a larger issue of ridding themselves of a corrupt government.

Both the EU and the US have talked about possible sanctions after protestors were killed last week, Medunytsya says they're needed.  

"For our side the time for warning has passed and it's time to implement these measures," he said.

Medunytsya will speak at Skidmore College Thursday at 5 p.m. He will be sharing his first hand experiences in a number of cities before meeting with US lawmakers in Washington DC.
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