Reed College graduate in Ukraine

, Written by Kassi Nelson, Posted: Fri, February 21 2014 at 6:30 PM, Updated: Tue, March 4 2014 at 11:18 AM

Kiev, Ukraine -- There is good news tonight in Ukraine. The violence and killing has ended in the main square in the capital of Kiev.  

Protests began in November when President Viktor Yanukovych rejected a trade agreement with the European Union and turned to Russia for financial aid instead. The crisis dramatically escalated this week leaving up to 100 people dead.

But pressure from protesters in Kiev is paying off. Yanukovych signed an agreement this morning that would reduce his presidential power and move elections to December.

Jennifer Carroll, a former Portland resident and Reed College graduate is working in the city. She has seen the crisis unfold.

She says things are far from calm today.

"It's packed. There's certain areas in the square where it's all elbows and shoulders trying to get through," Carroll said. 

She said what should have been seen as a major accomplishment for the opposition is overshadowed by the bloodshed that came before the agreement was signed.

"People are unwilling to tolerate the continued presidency of this person who has made so many orders to kill this many people," Carroll said.

Carroll said any bit of patience that people might have had to tolerate Yanukovych in office even if it were just until elections in December is gone.

"People desperately desperately want him out of office," Carroll said.

But Carroll said although Ukrainians are fed up, they are hopeful and dedicated.

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About the Author

Kassi Nelson

NBC5 News reporter Kassi Nelson was born and raised in Nebraska. She graduated from the journalism school at University of Nebraska Lincoln where she studied broadcasting.

She also studied philosophy in the Czech Republic. Kassi has visited nine other countries including Sochi, Russia, where she reported on the preparations for the 2014 Olympic Games.

She loves skiing and live concerts!

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