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Caught in the crossfire in Slaviansk

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 01:41

May 20 - Locals in the eastern rebel held city of Slaviansk survey damage after gunfire destroys homes overnight. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Caught in the crossfire in Slaviansk. Residents are shaken and a neighborhood is battered after overnight fighting between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian forces. Now homes stand in ruins as local residents are picking up the pieces. This is what happened to one woman's home. Floors covered in debris -- a gaping hole in the roof. She wishes the warring sides just took aim at each other. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) SVETA, LOCAL RESIDENT, SAYING: "They came here, and they shot twice. Then the other side shot back. But why are they aiming at civilians? Couldn't they go to some place else and shoot at each other there? Why do they come here?" She is not alone. Others in the neighborhood survey the damage. Bullet holes in buildings. A man walking a bicycle along a dirt street, past a home with a skeletal roof. Locals gather near an exposed patch of dirt where remnants of an explosive lay on the ground. They share stories. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) VASILY, LOCAL RESIDENT, SAYING: "At 4 a.m. my neighbor and I stepped out of our houses because we heard gunfire. There were about 10 shots, after the 10th they started shooting across the whole street." Kiev hopes the May 25th presidential election will help usher in stability in the country. For those in the crossfire of separatist-held Slaviansk, hopes for unity may look like a shattered dream.

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Caught in the crossfire in Slaviansk

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 01:41