Ukraine violence affecting local basketball star

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Updated: 2/26/2014 3:46 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- Anti-government protests have caused violence and terror in the Ukraine, and one former Wolf Pack basketball player is living in the midst of it all.

She was a stand-out player on the Nevada women's basketball team. Tahnee Robinson's dreams of playing professional basketball became a reality when she left the United States to pursue her career overseas a few years ago. "Reno is my home, but this is 

Now, the 26-year-old is living in the Ukraine since September. She is living about four hours from Kiev, where pro-Russian demonstrators clashed with anti-government protesters last week, causing hundreds of deaths.

Her games have been postponed until further notice. "I guess I never really felt scared, because this is home," Robinson said. "You just have to respect people who are fighting for their rights."

At one point, the president of Robinson's basketball team asked the Americans on the team to stay home, as some Ukranians risked their lives to defy their government. The protesters succeeded in driving President Victor Yanukovich from power.

She has even had to stand by and witness, and at one point, even stop friends from going to join the protest. "The gear that they needed to get there; they needed tents, they needed headgear, they needed shields. The things that they needed just to be in that area was shocking, and scary for me, because I was scared for them."

Robinson says it breaks her heart to see the country she now calls home go through such turmoil. "You can only feel what you feel, and I feel so much sympathy for this country and what they are going through."

Now, Parliament is busy setting up an interim government and preparing for Presidential elections.

Robinson says she appreciates the fans and everyone who has reached out to her since the news broke of the violence in Ukraine. She wants everyone to know she is safe and doing well.
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