A Ukrainian missionary couple staying in Chattanooga is keeping tabs on the turmoil unfolding overseas as uncertainty surrounds the country.
While the country becomes more divided, the Sokol family must watch and wait to return to Ukraine to continue their work in the church.
They told NewsChannel9's Briona Arradondo they never thought politics would spark the deadliest violence since the country's independence.
"My family, my relatives right now in Ukraine, they don't feel safe," said Vitaliy Sokol, who is a pastor in Kiev.
They said they depend on social media to stay informed.
"My American heart that loves justice and freedom, really rises up for them," said Anne Sokol. "Although I will say that in their history, they don't get justice. In their history they don't get what's fair and right."
Protestors rallied against President Viktor Yanukovych this month in the capital city of Kiev. Parliament forced him out over the weekend, and he is a wanted man accused of mass murder and corruption.
Sokol said his mother told him it is war on the streets.
"She says, 'Vitaliy, they killed people, and they keep killing people. I can't believe this is happening,'" said Sokol.
The Sokol said others outside of Chattanooga's Ukrainian community should be aware of the events and care about the situation.
"I think that we care because we're humans. I think that we have in our hearts the desire for right treatment," said Sokol.
Also fueling the attention is Ukraine's position with Russia and Europe. The country's leader saw Russia as an ally and scrapped a trade deal with the European Union late last year.
Sokol said it is hard for her to watch how many lives were lost in the protests.
"I would like to say to that I really wish that the European Union would much more active, not in maybe force, but in placing sanctions on the politicians of Ukraine," said Sokol.
The Sokol family returns to Kiev April 1. As missionaries, they said they believe in the power of prayer and are asking people to keep Ukraine on their minds.
Ukrainians citizens are watching to see what Russia does and whether people in east Ukraine will threaten to break away.By Briona Arradondo