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Ukrainian Social Media Star YouTubes About Home Country

Yulia Marushevska felt strongly about the violent protests in her home country of Ukraine, so she did what so many young people do: She took to the social media. Marushevska’s two-minute YouTube video I am a Ukrainian, explaining how her people “want to be free of a dictatorship” has since gone viral, garnering nearly 8 million views.

After seeing Marushevska’s passion, the Hollywood Director Ben Moses decided to give her a platform by shooting this viral video in collaboration with her. I am a Ukrainian certainly caught the right people’s attention, including professional billionaire Richard Branson, who is funding Marushevska’s North American speaking tour.

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