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Monday, May 02, 2005
 
Sign-language interpreter had hand in Ukraine's election
South Florida Sun-Sentinel: "Dmytruk, 48, made sign language her vocation and today interprets for Ukraine's state-run television.

Her face and hands appear in a little box at the bottom of the screen as she sends out the news on the mid-morning and early afternoon telecasts to the hearing-impaired.

During the tense days of Ukraine's presidential elections last year, Dmytruk staged a silent but bold protest, informing deaf Ukrainians that official results from the Nov. 21 runoff were fraudulent.

Her act of courage further emboldened protests that grew until a new election was held and the opposition candidate, Viktor Yushchenko, was declared the winner."

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