Ukrainians from Our Area React to Plane Tragedy

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BERWICK -- It was a plane crash heard around the world, a Malaysian flight carrying nearly 300 people shot down in Ukraine. It was a crash that grabbed the attention of many, but had particular meaning for people of Ukrainian descent.

"Since I am very pro-Ukrainian, my initial reaction was it was the Russian separatists that are fighting the Ukrainian government," said Fr. John Seniw.

Fr. John Seniw is the pastor at the SS Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church in Berwick.

While it's still unclear who shot the Malaysian flight over Ukraine Thursday, Fr. Seniw said this shows how serious the fighting between Ukrainians and Russians has become.

"It's spiraling out of control in a sense that they've given these sophisticated weapons to people who are probably not that well trained," said Fr. Seniw.

Joseph Roll is also Ukrainian, a parishioner at Fr. Seniw's church.

"It's an international problem now. It's something which is going to maybe open up some eyes and make people a little bit more aware of the broadness of the conflict," said Joseph Roll of Scott Township.

Both men have family and friends in Ukraine, who they say do not live near the ongoing fighting.

Fr. Seniw has a trip planned for September but says he's not too worried. He does, however, feel for the innocent victims of this conflict, like the nearly 300 who were killed in the crash.

"We are praying very much for the innocent victims. We are praying for peace in Ukraine, that people would realize why all these innocent victims? Is this necessary?" said Fr. Seniw.

Fr. Seniw said anyone who wants to make donations to help the people in Ukraine can send them to the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy in Philadelphia.


  • Joe Schmoe

    The puppet Ukrainian government are cowards! That’s where the slang “Chicken Kiev” originated.


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  • Save The Squirrels

    What’s also frustrating is our ignorance, which is caused by false Western media narratives. Many Americans are passing judgment, based on what they learned during the Cold War. Neither Ukrainians, nor Russians, are evil Soviet monsters. They are people just like us, who have similar hopes and dreams for their families futures. We should not be talking about going to war with Russia. We should be encouraging both parties to solve this conflict peacefully…amongst themselves. There are certain political players who are encouraging war, and they are lying to us, because they have something to gain from war. Anyone looking for real truth on the matter should research “The Grand Chessboard”, the Kagans, PNAC, and planned pipelines for starters. This conflict has been instigated, by many outside players, for years. The regular people, like you and I, are the ones suffering the most, while the instigators profit from the mess.

  • Disagreement is now called Hate

    I really hope that Ukraine can find peace. Our media is presenting so much dis-info, especially surrounding Donetsk. What is happening in Donetsk is very similar to what it might be like if Texas wanted to secede from the Union, and was receiving support from Mexico. It is never shown that way in the news. It is painted as if Russia invaded, and is trying to take over the region, when in reality, it appears that the people of Donetsk want nothing more than to secede from the country, gain their independence, and form their own republic. The majority in the region have Russian roots and would prefer closer ties with their Russian neighbors, rather than getting involved with the NWO-style of the EU. That war really is awful, and should not have escalated to where it is now. At this point, both sides are doing terrible things to their own neighbors and countrymen. I feel terrible for the people over there. I hope that we can eventually get more truth on the subject, which would probably help bring peace. Somehow, I don’t think that will happen.

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