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Kiev sniper victim's fame _ and her hopes for Ukraine _ fade amid violence, continued unrest

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    In this Monday, May 12, 2014, photo, Olesya Zhukovska, who was hit by a sniper's bullet on Feb. 20, 2014, walks to the place where she was wounded in Kiev's Independence Square. The young woman who became a symbol of Ukraine’s protests when she tweeted “I am dying” after the bullet tore into her on a cold February morning, and was suddenly the focus of international attention, sometimes wonders just what it all achieved. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov) (The Associated Press)

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    FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2014 file photo, Olesya Zhukovska lies on her hospital bed in Kiev, Ukraine, after being hit by a sniper's bullet. The scars are fading now. The exit wound, a narrow, pink line that curves down the left side of her neck, is often hidden by her tangle of dark hair. And Zhukovska, who became a symbol of Ukraine’s protests when she tweeted “I am dying” after the bullet tore into her on that cold February morning, sometimes wonders just what it all achieved. (AP Photo/Maria Danilova, File) (The Associated Press)

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    In this Monday, May 12, 2014, photo, Olesya Zhukovska, who became a symbol of Ukraine's protests when she was hit by a sniper's bullet in February, puts flowers at the place where she was wounded in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine. Spring has finally arrived in Kiev and the stink of burning rubber, which hung over the protesters all winter, is largely gone. Zhukovska, a 21-year-old hospital orderly from small-town Ukraine who moved to Kiev when the protests broke out in late 2013, sometimes wonders just what it all achieved. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov) (The Associated Press)

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    In this Monday, May 12, 2014, photo, Olesya Zhukovska, who became a symbol of Ukraine's protests when she was hit by a sniper's bullet in February, stands at the place where she was wounded in Kiev's Independence Square. Spring has finally arrived in Kiev and the stink of burning rubber, which hung over the protesters all winter, is largely gone. The Maidan, as Independence Square is known, has become a destination. And Zhukovska sometimes wonders just what it all achieved. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov) (The Associated Press)

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    In this Monday, May 12, 2014, photo, Olesya Zhukovska, who became a symbol of Ukraine's protests when she was hit by a sniper's bullet in February, walks to the place where she was wounded in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine. Zhukovska tweeted “I am dying” after the bullet tore into her on that cold February morning, and was suddenly the focus of international attention. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov) (The Associated Press)

The young Ukrainian woman who tweeted "I am dying" when a sniper's bullet wounded her is having a hard time being optimistic these days.

The movement for which she became a symbol has triumphed, but so many other problems have befallen her country.

Olesya Zhukovska laments how little has been accomplished, saying she doesn't want the blood that was spilled to be wasted.

The 21-year-old Zhukovska joined the Kiev protests as a volunteer medic, and on Feb. 20 was shot in the neck.

She smiles at the drama of the message she tweeted as she was led to an ambulance. While painful, the shooting left no lasting injuries.

Even as she worries about Ukraine's future, Zhukovska insists her efforts haven't been wasted.

"Everything," she says, "will be good."