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While pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian government troops exchange rocket fire in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, locals caught in the cross-fire huddle in underground shelters. Residents, fearing for their lives, share a night with AP. (Aug. 5)

SHOTLIST:

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Petrovsky district, Donetsk - 4 August 2014

1. Pan of woman walking down the stairs into one of the Donetsk's Petrovsky district bomb shelters

2. Women walking into the shelter

3. Man lighting up a room

4. Mid through the door shot of the shelter

5. Woman walking in main sleeping area

6. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Elena, no last name given, Local resident: (Transcript below)

7. Man helping a couple with a blanket

8. Mid silhouette of a man smoking

9. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Galina Dudkina, Local resident: (reading her own poem) (Transcript below)

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Petrovsky district, Donetsk - 27 July 2014

10. Various, damage after artillery shelling

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Petrovsky district, Donetsk - 4 August 2014

11. Woman in bed, putting on a hat

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Petrovsky district, Donetsk - August 5, 2014

12. Man leaving shelter in the morning

13. People walking away

14. Close-up of crater in shelled road

15. House with shelled roof

16. Man going up the stairs showing where the house was hit

17. Sergei Oleynik opening his shirt to showing his injuries

18. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Sergei Oleynik, local resident hit by shrapnel Sunday night: (Transcript below)

19. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Darya Sharapova, widow: (weeping) (Transcript below)

20. Sharapova leaving

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

(Nats - missiles being fired)

NIGHT-TIME IN DONETSK _ A RUSH TO SHELTER ...

(Nats - missiles being fired)

DRESSED TO COMBAT THE COLD, RESIDENTS FROM DONETSK'S PETROVSKY DISTRICT FLEE TO THIS LOCAL BOMB SHELTER.

AS FIGHTING RAGES AROUND THEM, THEY'RE HOPING THE DAMP BASEMENT THAT WILL BE THEIR HOME FOR THE NIGHT WILL SAVE THEIR LIVES.

(SOT: Elena, no last name given, Donetsk resident)

"We hear the bombs being launched, whistling past, and then dropping somewhere. The last one came down very close to us. As we were running, it fell just on our street."

BEDS MADE OF WOODEN PLANKS AND THIN MATTRESSES LINED THE MAIN SLEEPING AREA, AS A COUPLE WRAPS UP UNDER BLANKETS.

THERE'S TIME, IN THE NIGHT, TO THINK ...

(SOT: Galina Dudkina, Local resident reading her own poem)

"Restless days - basements, shelters and candles. Bombs and rockets - how much more can we take?"

THE REBELS ACCUSE UKRAINIAN FORCES OF CONDUCTING A BRUTAL BOMBING CAMPAIGN AGAINST DONETSK; THE GOVERNMENT DENIES USING ARTILLERY AGAINST RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOODS.

THE PEOPLE HIDING UNDERGROUND SAY THE ACCUSATIONS MATTERED LITTLE.

AS THE MORNING DRAWS NEAR, THEY START THE REVERSE TREK _ SLOWLY LEAVING THE SHELTER ...

IN THE SUNLIGHT, DAMAGED ROADS AND BUILDINGS VISIBLE.

SERGEI OLEYNIK WAS HIT BY SHRAPNEL SATURDAY NIGHT, BUT DESPITE SEVERAL INJURIES HE CONSIDERS HIMSELF LUCKY.

SOME OF HIS NEIGHBORS DIED THAT NIGHT.

(SOT: Sergei Oleynik, hit by shrapnel Sunday night)

"Sounds like there is more shelling outside and my neighbor from the second floor, his wife left in a black scarf. The man was killed by shrapnel."

HER HUSBAND'S DEATH LEAVING DARYA SHARAPOVA BEREFT ...

(SOT: Darya Sharapova, widow)

"A shrapnel punctured the heart of my husband. I don't know what to do, I just don't know how to live now."

FOR THE PEOPLE OF DONETSK, THE QUESTION OF WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE IS LESS IMPORTANT THAN THEIR MISERY.

TRACY BROWN/Associated Press

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