RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina State student plans to journey to Ukraine this week to document the crisis there.
WTVD reports that Ukrainian-born Andriy Shymonyak, who has lived in Raleigh since he was five years old, plans to fly out of Raleigh/Durham International Airport Wednesday night and will land in Kiev Thursday evening.
Shymonyak, along with another political science major, will be filming a documentary on the Ukraine crisis. They plan to meet with protesters involved in the violent and deadly clashes.
The pair had initially planned to go to the Crimea, but that has been thrown into question due to the current power struggle in the peninsula.
“Because of the situation in the last few days, we really don’t know what is going to happen next and where one thing might break out,” Shymonyak told WTVD. “Russia’s mind changes entirely. Ukraine’s mind changes entirely. So we’re not sure really what is going to happen next. Fortunately, we think that where we’re going to be gives us an opportunity to have enough time to get to a safer location if needed.”
Shymonyak plans to be back in the Triangle and back in class by March 16.
He plans to eventually show the documentary and lecture on the experience.