A woman holds her newborn baby as she stands inside a bomb shelter in a maternity hospital during shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, on August 10, 2014. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF
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Just a pink cap was visible as Larisa held her daughter Yeva swathed in a blanket Sunday, sitting in the cellar of Donetsk's largest maternity hospital, where she gave birth days ago amid heavy shelling.As mortar fire continued to rain down on the center of the rebel-held city, dozens of women huddled in this cellar, sitting on benches along the walls of the corridor, many pregnant or holding newly born babies. The conflict has been drawing closer to the heart of the city for days, and Sunday residents were woken by regular bouts of heavy shelling close to the center, which continued into the daylight hours.Upstairs, shelling in the early hours of Sunday shattered windows and lodged shrapnel in the walls in several wards.
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