(WBIR-Farragut, Knox County) It's been four years since 10News last met the Eimers boys -- then they could not speak any English since coming from Ukraine orphanages. Now, they have the language down like it's the mother tongue.

"We're both in middle school," 12-year-old Misha Eimers said, next to his brother, Max, 14. "He's 7th and I'm 6th."

"And I'm in 3rd," younger brother Vitali, 9, added.

All three live in the large, blended family -- with an East Tennessee mom and dad. While they're American as apple pie, they're also taking an interest in their first country's political and regional turmoil.

"(Troops) are guarding airports, actually," Misha said.

"They have Army helicopters, a dozen of them, flying to Ukraine," Max added.

A touchy subject as the Eastern European nation prepares for a possible civil war -- the western Ukrainian nationalists versus the pro-Russian east.

"I was telling the boys how there are some things in Ukraine that are really kind of scary right now," said father Stephen Eimers, "And there are people getting hurt and also there are some people who are dying."

The dad has been to Ukraine a number of times, keeping up with the politics there stateside. He showed 10News his blog that shows the disconnect with the then president and the people who currently live there. He said this trouble has not been an overnight development.

"The communication I keep getting back is 'pray for us' because only God can prevent a civil war here now," father Eimers said.

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