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A Ukrainian protestor who became famous for tweeting "I am dying" after a sniper's bullet tore into her neck speaks about her ordeal, and her hopes that the fight for a new government wasn't done in vain. (May 15)

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Kiev, Ukraine - February 19, 2014

1. Various wides of fire, violence in Independence Square

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Kremenets, Ukraine - May 11, 2014

2. Wide of protest victim Olesya Zhukovska looking at pictures

3. Tight of pictures

4. SOUNDBITE (Ukranian) Olesya Zhukovska, Injured in Ukrainian Protests (transcript below)

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Kiev, Ukraine - February 19, 2014

5. Wide of medics loading victim into ambulance in Independence Square

6. Wide of fire, rubble in Independece Square

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Washington - May 14, 2014

7. Graphic from Zhukovska's twitter page, Ukrainian tweet reading "I am dying"

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Kiev, Ukraine - February 20, 2014

8. Still image of Olesya Zhukovska holding her neck wound moments after she was shot

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Kremenets, Ukraine - May 11, 2014

9. SOUNDBITE (Ukranian) Olesya Zhukovska, Injured in Ukrainian Protests (transcript below)

10. Wide of Zhukovska walking though her hometown village with a friend

11. Wide shot of village

12. Medium shot of Zhukovska sitting in cafe

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Kiev, Ukraine - May 12, 2014

13. Medium shot of Zhukovska exiting bus

14. Wide shot of Independence square encampment

15. Wide shot of old woman crying in Independence Square

16. Medium shot of Zhukovska walking in square with flowers

17. Tight shot of Zhukovska touching flowers

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Kremenets, Ukraine - May 11, 2014

18. SOUNDBITE (Ukranian) Olesya Zhukovska, Injured in Ukrainian Protests (transcript below)

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Kiev, Ukraine - May 12, 2014

19. Wide shot of crowded sidewalk in Kiev

20. Medium shot of Zhukovska walking

21. SOUNDBITE (Ukranian) Olesya Zhukovska, Injured in Ukrainian Protests (transcript below)

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Andriivka, Ukraine - May 2, 2014

22. Various shots of fighting in Ukraine

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Kiev, Ukraine - February 19, 2014

23. Wide of Independence Suare, smoldering rubble

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Kremenets, Ukraine - May 11, 2014

24. SOUNDBITE (Ukranian) Olesya Zhukovska, Injured in Ukrainian Protests (transcript below)

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Kiev, Ukraine - May 12, 2014

25. Medium shot of Zhukovska showing scars on neck

26. Medium shot of Zhukovska buying flowers

27. Wide of Zhukovska walking down street with flowers

28. Medium of Zhukovska placing flowers on memorial in Independence Square

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT

IT WAS BACK IN FEBRUARY IN KIEV'S INDEPENDENCE SQUARE WHEN 21-YEAR-OLD OLESIA ZHUKOVSKA THOUGHT SHE HAD BEEN FATALLY SHOT.

SOUNDBITE (Ukranian) Olesya Zhukovska, Injured in Ukrainian Protests

"The bullet pierced my neck. It felt as if a stun grenade exploded near me. I was stunned."

WORKING AS A MEDIC IN THE HEART OF THE CHAOS.. SHE WAS HIT BY A SNIPER.

ON THE WAY TO THE HOSPITAL.. SHE TWEETED A MESSAGE.

IT READ: "I AM DYING.

THE MESSAGE AND THIS PICTURE WENT VIRAL -- ZHUKOVSKA BECAME A SYMBOL OF THE BLOODY PROTESTS.

SOUNDBITE (Ukranian) Olesya Zhukovska, Injured in Ukrainian Protests

"I thought that was it. I thought it was the end."

TODAY.. ZHUKOVSKA IS BACK IN HER HOME TOWN IN WESTERN UKRAINE LIVING WITH HER PARENTS… STILL ON MEDICAL LEAVE FROM HER JOB.

(NATS)

SHE TRAVELS FREQUENTLY TO KIEV --

TO INDEPENDENCE SQUARE WHERE EMOTIONS STILL RUN HIGH TODAY.

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AMONG THE REMINDERS OF PAST BATTLES - SHE REFLECTS ON THE STATE OF HER COUNTRY.

SOUNDBITE (Ukranian) Olesya Zhukovska, Injured in Ukrainian Protests

"I wish there was no more spilled blood. Not to forget the event that took place. We need time. We need steps. We made only a few steps. We need much more in order to make significant changes"

ONE OF THOSE CHANGES IS FIXING THE ECONOMY.

SOUNDBITE (Ukranian) Olesya Zhukovska, Injured in Ukrainian Protests

"Because of this economic crisis, all the good jobs are already taken, and salaries are ridiculously low. You just survive, and that's it."

BUT DESPITE THE STAGNANT ECONOMY -- DESPITE THE CONTINUED CONFRONTATIONS BETWEEN UKRAINIANS AND RUSSIAN SEPARATISTS --

ZHUKOVKA FEELS WHAT HAPPENED IN KIEV CHANGED HER COUNTRY FOR THE BETTER.

SOUNDBITE (Ukranian) Olesya Zhukovska, Injured in Ukrainian Protests

"Ukrainians, became more united, became more idealistic. You can feel their spirit of cooperation. Now people are more emotional, more willing to help each other. It's really something that changed in peoples heads."

FOR ZHUKOVSKA.. THE SCARS FROM THE SNIPERS' BULLET ARE STILL THERE..

AND STILL CAUSE SOME PAIN. WHEN SHE RETURNS TO THE SQUARE WHERE IT ALL HAPPENED HER HOPE IS IT WON'T TURN OUT TO HAVE BEEN ALL

IN VAIN.

ROBERT BUMSTED.. ASSOCIATED PRESS.

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