CAPITAL REGION, N.Y. - Officials in Ukraine are making it clear that the country's army is ready to act against anti-government protesters.
For a second straight night, fires are burning at the barricades in central Kiev. Ukraine's embattled president, Viktor Yanukovych replaced the army chief on Wednesday.
The military said it would take part in what was described as a national anti-terrorist operation to restore order. The violence is the worst in nearly three months of anti-government protests that have paralyzed the capital.
The two sides are locked in a stalemate over the identity of Ukraine, where loyalties are divided between Russia and the west.
The protests began after Yanukovych turned away from a deal with the European Union in exchange for a bailout from Russia.
The move to replace the army chief came a day after 25 people were killed and over 425 were injured in clashes between police and protesters at a protest camp in the Ukrainian capital.
Dr. Andrij Baran, President of the Capital District Branch of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America has family in Ukraine and is frightened for their safety.
Baran, like many others, feels the best possible solution for Ukraine is to join the European Union and not for the country to align itself with Russia.
A few weeks ago, NEWS10 ABC spoke with Ronald Moore, a former Siena College basketball player who is living in Ukraine playing professional basketball. During that time the rioting had spread outside the city of Kiev to Cherkassy.
Moore is not alone in Ukraine. His translator, Anton Veryga, 26, is from Ukraine and has two brothers protesting peacefully in the capital, which Moore says puts him in a tough spot.
Veryga said he hasn't seen his girlfriend in a couple of days and she lives in the same town as him. He also said he doesn't feel like he can tell anyone anything because if something goes wrong, he can't trust the police or his government to help him.
While both Moore and Veryga are safe, Veryga is praying his deepest fear of civil war in the country will not happen.
Moore said because his basketball team is the one that brought him to Ukraine, the United States doesn't even know he's there. He said he has tried going to the embassy to inform them but the rioting made it impossible to do so.