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Children saw bodies fall from sky in eastern Ukraine

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A teacher at an orphanage points to where bodies from the Malaysian airliner fell to the earth in front of children. (Source: CNN) A teacher at an orphanage points to where bodies from the Malaysian airliner fell to the earth in front of children. (Source: CNN)

NEAR HRABOVE, EASTERN UKRAINE (CNN) - It has only been five days since Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was downed, but for many in the very rural area of Ukraine who actually witnessed that plane falling out of the sky it is a day they will never forget.

The debris of MH17 is scattered over a wide area and so is the trauma inflicted on local residents.

In the nearby village of Rozsypne the playground of an orphanage is empty and silent.

The children who call this home have been sent away because on July 17 they saw too much.

Valentina teaches at the facility.

She says last Thursday the children were all outside when there was an explosion.

She says children started screaming "these are dead bodies!"

Valentina shows where the body of a woman fell on the edge of the field where children were playing.

Another woman came down nearby.

And in another spot, she says, the children saw the body of a boy hit the earth.

She says they were terrified. Some screamed. Some just sat and cried.

MH17's cockpit now lies down the street.

Valentina and other women who work at the orphanage have been coming to the site with pictures of children killed in the aircraft.

They leave them toys and flowers for their parents.

In the village, showered in debris, where people fell through ceilings and in yards residents say they will never forget July 17.

For Nadezhda, the explosions, fear and bodies were like her memories of the Second World War.

As well as trauma, people here feel relief, even gratitude, because no one on the ground was hurt by the bodies or huge pieces of debris which fell so close to their homes.

Near the main crash site at Hrabove, residents prayed for MH17's victims.

These people are living through a civil war but even they never expected to witness death on such an extraordinary scale.

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