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Protests In Ukraine Hit Close To Home For One Joplin Businesswoman

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Conflict in Ukraine continues today as its Parliament delays the formation of a new Government from today until at least Thursday. And though the crisis might seem a world away from most of us -- one Joplin couple has close ties to the Ukrainian unrest.  
"So worried what is going on, again, because honestly, people are dying, people fighting, and other people support. I mean, it's completely a mess," said Ukraine Native Liliya Moos.

Liliya was born and raised in Odessa, Ukraine, but now lives here and owns Adornable Incorporated in Joplin. She says it's tough watching the historic streets and buildings of her homeland be ruined by protests and retaliation.

"If you don't like something, you don't like something. But why destroy?," Liliya said.

Liliya's husband Chris Moos is a professor of International Business at Missouri Southern State University. Having traveled there often with his wife, he says it's odd to watch coverage of the protests in squares he's been to many times.

"We were standing there just a few year's ago, that was so beautiful and now what is it going to look like?," Moos said.
 
In fact, Moos is making a trip to Ukraine in two weeks for a partnership between MSSU and a University in Odessa. But he says he's not worried about the trip, especially after seeing what he calls a peaceful reaction from protesters there.  

"Trying to calm things down, and even controlling some of the radical parts in their own protest movement is a very good sign, that we can have a peaceful transition, that Ukraine will perhaps get the opportunity to define what the direction is going to be," Moos said.

And Liliya says whatever the outcome in Ukraine, she hopes the conflict is soon resolved for the people of her country. So they can get back to their daily lives.

"Go to restaurant, meet your friends, enjoy Holiday, just regular normal, life, without this kind of explosion," Liliya said.

Liliya says she plans to return to Ukraine sometime this summer for a visit.  


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