Man hurt in Ukraine protest back home in Chicago

Tribune reporter

A Chicago native who said he was injured while protesting at the Maidan in Kiev in mid-February has returned to Chicago and will be speaking about the conflict at 6 p.m. Saturday night at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art.

George Sajewych, 68, said he was badly beaten by police near the parliament building in Kiev on Feb. 18 and suffered a concussion and broken arm. The Tribune in March chronicled his experience, as well as the stories of other Ukrainian-Americans from Chicago who returned to Kiev to help their ancestral homeland in revolution.

Sajewych arrived in Chicago today and said he is healing, though his arm has been causing him pain.

Despite the danger, Sajewych -- who grew up in Ukrainian Village on the Near West Side -- said he is only here temporarily and intends to go back to Kiev later this month and return to his self-defense unit.

"When I started I decided I would be there until the end," he said.

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