Associated Press
Sunday, March 2, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A foundation in Louisville is working to help orphans in Ukraine, where violence erupted following months of pro-democracy protests.

WHAS-TV reports ( ) that Bob Drane is one of several Louisville parents who helped start the Hopeful Heart Foundation after they adopted children from rundown, antiquated orphanages in Ukraine.

The foundation provides food, clothing and medication to hundreds of orphans in Simferopol, the capital of Crimea. The group, which has a five person staff in Ukraine, also operates transitional living homes for orphans who otherwise would be homeless.

A new Ukrainian government came to power last week following protests against pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych, who fled to Russia after more than 80 people died.

U.S. officials have criticized Russia for its military incursion into the Ukraine and its Crimea region.


Information from: WHAS-TV,

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