The people of Ukraine ousted their President Viktor Yanukovych earlier this year. Since then, Russia took over Ukraine's southern peninsula, Crimea. While officials are trying to turn the country around, a group of delegates from the country made a visit to Washington and Springfield to observe democratic government in action.
The Springfield Commission on International Visitors six Ukrainians to observe national, state and local government.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is condemning Russia for sending military troops into the Crimean region of Ukraine. The Illinois Democrat introduced a resolution Wednesday calling for the troops' withdrawal and a negotiated settlement of any issues involving Crimea.
Durbin also spoke on the Senate floor about a meeting he held last weekend in Chicago's Ukrainian Village neighborhood. He says he asked community members to gather after church for a conference call with the American ambassador in Kiev.