Syracuse's Ukrainian community reacts to tragedy

Lida Buniak remembers her family's history in Ukraine and reacts to the tragedy of the Malaysian Airlines crash

Lida Buniak of Fayetteville looks at her family photos, remembering her family's history in Ukraine.

After a Malaysian Airlines plane was shot down Thursday, Buniak, along with the Ukrainian community in Central New York, is reacting to this tragedy.

"My first concern was why did it happen? How did it happen? And, who is responsible? And, how are they going to be held accountable?" says Lida Buniak.

Questions like this are on the minds of many.

"It's truly the most horrendous thing that could happen to a person, to a family. And, as a pastor and as a father, I can't even begin to imagine the pain and the suffering these people are being subjected to right now," says Borislav Kroner, Priest at St. Luke's Ukrainian Church.

For Lida Buniak, it's hard to believe that this was an accident.

"We believe this is not a coincidence that we've had a Ukrainian downed in that area. The Donetsk region. And, in that same time frame, a couple of days later, now a commercial flight was shot down," says Buniak.

Buniak has family in Ukraine. With the recent events, it has become harder and harder to keep in touch.

"Contacting family members in Ukraine can sometimes be not always a safe situation depending on what part of Ukraine their from," says Buniak.

But thanks to social media, Buniak is able to keep in contact with close friends and family while under the radar.

While this tragic event has hit home to a lot people, several Ukrainians are hoping this is a wake up call to a much larger international problem.