Ukrainian Victim's 'final' Tweet Goes Viral

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A volunteer medic's tweet goes viral after she posts what she thought would be her last message to the social network after being shot in the neck by government snipers Thursday. (Feb. 22)

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Kiev, Ukraine - February 21, 2014

1. Wide of sniper victim Olesya Zhukovska in wheelchair in Kiev hospital

2. Medium of Zhukovska in hospital bed

3. Tight of bandage covering Zhukovska's wound on her neck

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Kiev, Ukraine - February 19, 2014

4. Wide of ambulance in independence square during fighting

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Kiev, Ukraine - February 20, 2014

5. Still of Zhukovska being helped shortly after she was shot in the neck

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Kiev, Ukraine - February 21, 2014

6. SOUNDBITE (Ukrainian) Olesya Zhukovska, sent viral tweet (transcript below)

7. Medium shot of computer screen displaying Zhukovska's tweet

8. Tight shot of Zhukovska's tweet

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Kiev, Ukraine - February 19, 2014

9. Wide of police using water cannon in independence square

10. Wide of riot police and protestors in fiery independence square

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Kiev, Ukraine - February 21, 2014

11. Medium shot of nurses helping Zhukovska sit down in hospital room

12. Wide of independence square

13. Wide of Zhukovska in hospital bed

14. Wide exterior of Kiev hospital where Zhukovska is recovering

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

RECOVERING IN A UKRAINIAN HOSPITAL.. OLESYA ZHUKOVSKA BEARS THE SCARS OF HER COUNTRY'S BRUTAL UPRISING.

WHILE WORKING AS A VOLUNTEER MEDIC DURING THE VIOLENCE ON THURSDAY.. SHE WAS SHOT IN THE NECK BY GOVERNMENT SNIPERS IN INDEPENDENCE SQUARE.

SOUNDBITE (Ukrainian) Olesya Zhukovska, volunteer medic shot by a sniper at Independence Square on Thursday:

"I looked at my hands and they were covered in blood, and I said, that's it, I am dying. Afterwards, they took me to the ambulance and when I got inside I was losing blood, I took my phone and tweeted 'I am dying'. After that I don't remember what I wrote."

SEEN HERE IN HER NATIVE UKRAINIAN -- THAT TWEET.. QUICKLY WENT VIRAL --

GARNERING THOUSANDS OF RE-TWEETS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE.

OVER THE COURSE OF THE PROTESTS.. WITNESSES SAY POLICE HAVE DELIBERATELY TARGETED JOURNALISTS AND MEDICS... PROMPTING AN INTERNATIONAL OUTCRY.

WITH A SIMPLE MESSAGE.. ZHUKOVSKA BECAME A SYMBOL OF THE CONFLICT.

IN THE DAYS SINCE.. LEADERS HAVE SIGNED AN AGREEMENT TO LIMIT THE PRESIDENT'S POWER.. WITH THE HOPES OF SETTLING THE CONFLICT.

SOMETHIGN ZHUKOVSKA.. NEVER IMAGINED SHE'D SEE.

ROBERT BUMSTED.. ASSOCIATED PRESS.

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