St. Louis woman evacuated from Ukraine

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(KTVI) The Peace Corps confirmed that the agency evacuated more than 200 people out of Ukraine Monday amid unrest and violent protests in that country in recent weeks. The country’s President, Viktor Yanukovych has been ousted and there is a warrant out for his arrest, according to CNN. Protests in the capital of Kiev have focused on the Yanukovych regime’s desire for closer relations with the neighboring Russian government.

A St. Louis woman was among those evacuated Monday. Jeannette Sanchez, 41, arrived in the country in December, and had been working in Mykoliav, several hours away from Kiev. She gave little indication last week that concerns in the capital had been an issue in the southern port city.

Peace Corps officials would not make Sanchez available for comment last week and she could not be reached Monday. “We will continue to assess the safety and security climate in Ukraine, and while we hope volunteers will be able to return, safety and security come first,” an agency spokeswoman wrote in a statement released to FOX2 Monday.