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Shelling goes on in eastern Ukraine despite pleas for peace in Kiev

Monday, January 19, 2015 - 01:52

Shelling echoes across eastern Ukraine while thousands rally for peace in Kiev. Nathan Frandino reports.

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The situation in eastern Ukraine grows dire. As shelling echoes through Donetsk, buildings already hit await more destruction. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) DONETSK RESIDENT, OLGA, SAYING: "The shelling. It's already been more than 24 hours. A shell hit a house. A man, who was passing by, was caught with it. He got just torn apart, legs, arms. My father tried to help, we called the ambulance five times. Before it arrived, he had died. He is still lying there." Like more than 4,800 others in this crisis, another victim -- now lifeless in the street. This is the violence that's become the norm in the region. It's also the reason that's brought thousands into the streets of Kiev on Sunday, all marching for peace. Following a prayer service by the country's Orthodox Church and a moment of silence to honor the dead, President Petro Poroshenko promises victory. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT, PETRO POROSHENKO, SAYING: "We will win. Peace will be in Ukraine. The invader will be thrown from Ukrainian territory. We will defend and restore our country. Glory to Ukraine! (PEOPLE RESPONDING (Ukrainian) 'GLORY TO HEROES!')." Gathered in Independence Square, Poroshenko then prays for victims of a civilian bus shelling that killed 12. Signs litter the crowds, reading "I am Volnovakha" - which is where the incident occurred last week. Back in the east, the fighting goes on. Despite the pleas for peace, shelling shows no signs of stopping -- another grim reminder of a deadly conflict without an end.

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Shelling goes on in eastern Ukraine despite pleas for peace in Kiev

Monday, January 19, 2015 - 01:52