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hello, everyone. i'm michael holmes coming to you live from ukraine. the leader of this country telling cnn the time to act against russia is now, as moscow builds up its forces around ukraine's border. we'll have part of president zelensky's interview with our chief international anchor, christiane amanpour. i'm kim brunhuber live from cnn headquarters in atlanta. we're hours away from the olympic closing ceremony where a history-making athletes will bear the u.s. flag .
welcome, everyone. we begin here in ukraine where the threat of a russian attack seems to grow by the day. as the u.s. warns moscow could strike at any time, president biden will be meeting with his national security council in the hours ahead. still, western leaders are making an 11th hour push for diplomacy. french president emmanuel macron spoke with ukraine's president on saturday ahead of a telephone call with russia's president, vladimir putin. >> go, go, go! >> on the front lines, though, no sign tensions are cooling. a cnn team on tour with ukraine's interior minister coming under mortar fire on saturday. the latest example of escalating
cease-fire violations in the east of this condiuntry. some in the west warn, the worst could soon come. >> there were many people who would want to think hopefully about the situation. but i think we need to prepare for the worst-case scenario, and that worst-case scenario could happen as early as next week. world leaders gathered for the munich security conference this weekend. the ukrainian president zelensky among those taking the stage saturday as u.s. vice president, kamala harris, had this warning for russia. >> let me be clear. i can say with absolute certainty, if russia further invades ukraine, the united states, together with our allies and partners, will impose significant and unprecedented economic costs.
>> as we just mentioned, the ukrainian president, volodymyr zelensky, attended that munich security conference on saturday and he sat down with cnn's christiane amanpour for a lengthy interview. mr. zelensky had some criticism for the sanctions strategy the west is using to try to deter a russian invasion, and he said ukraine cannot remain passive as threats loom. >> translator: we are being told, you have several days and the war will start. i say, okay, then apply the sanctions today. yes, they say, we apply sanctions when the war will happen. i'm saying, fine, but you are telling me that it's 100% that the war will start in a couple of days, then what are you waiting for? we don't need your sanctions after the bombardment will happen and after our country will be fired at or after we
will have no borders and after we will have no economy and parts of our country would be occupied. why would we need those sanctions then? the intelligence i trust is my intelligence. i trust ukrainian intelligence, in our territory, who understand what's going on along our bor borders, who have different intelligence sources and understand different risk bases and intercepted data. we're talking about this, and this information should be used. i repeat this many times. we are not really living in delusion, we understand what can happen tomorrow. but maybe the comparison i will make is not good, but just putting ourselves in coffins and waiting for foreign soldiers to come in is not something we are prepared to do. >> ukrainian president volodymyr zelensky there. let's bring in ostia luc savich
in london, manager of the ukraine forum in the russia and eurasia program at chatham house. great to have your expertise on this. we've seen this uptick in violence along the line of contact, the artillery and fire that's going on today, right now, in fact. is donbas at the top of your list of where russian troops could step over the border, if they do? >> let's be clear that the russian troops are already inside donbas. they have been there at a limited capacity, directing these militant formations from 2014, when they captured the regions. they were integratie ing these military formations as part of russian military district. we see right now they're ramping up fire. there were more than 60 violations. they're ramping up disinformation, saying that civilians of those territories may be attacked by ukrainian armed forces.
they are create ing -- this cou give a pretext for russia to come and defend russian citizens and russian speakers. absolutely, yes, this is the whole flashpoint we should all watch. >> the west, of course, as we all know, was caught napping when russia an necked crimea. i was there when that happened. do you think mr. putin has been caught a little off guard by the strength of the west's response and resolve this time? >> you are right to describe, that in 2014, everybody were disturbed, confused by putin's implausible denial that he's not involved. this is different. we have reports shared publicly, exposing the nature of russian plans to subjugate ukraine. this time the west is saying, with rather united voice, that ukraine matters for european security, that it's not some kind of squabble in russia's
backyard where it's up to russia to decide the future of this nation. we see quite resolution support for ukraine. of course, it differs from nation to nation to the degree it's ready to support. but there's a clear message, ukraine has to remain territ territorially integral sovereign state. >> as you point out, there is a lot of support for ukraine in the west. but is it enough? i mean, if russian troops suddenly pour across the borders, what more should or could the west do other than sanctions? >> well, i think there has to be two very important pillars of ukraine support. one is internal, to support ukraine's armed forces and ukrainian economy to persevere. because we are here for a long haul of this war of attrition. and regardless of what kind of military operation russia undertakes next week, ukraine will be under pressure from the
russian federation because of its desire to control ukraine. so ukraine needs more military assistance. ukraine needs more economic assistance to sustain an economy, to maintain stability. also some of the sanctions that are already being designed, especially to those of wealthy russian owe l oligarchs who areg their money in the city of london, in the united states, in offshore jurisdictions, they should be sanctioned and frozen. we don't need to wait for invasion for this to happen, these are illicit financial flows. >> i'm curious. including ukraine, but also looking further afield, how do you think vladimir putin views himself in terms of his role in the post-soviet russia world? do you think he sees independence for ukraine and others, for that matter, as mistakes that he feels he needs to correct?
>> i mean, we all know that history that empires do not fall overnight. they are collapsing slowly. and perhaps it was our mistake to believe that the dissolution of the soviet union was actually the end of that red empire. what we see right now is sort of the convulsion of that collapse. and president putin is trying to reverse history. he's trying to regain control of the territories from kazakhstan, to belarus, ukraine, georgia. in a way, he feels a certain sense of entitlement. because that sphere of influence and that control gives him more power over europe, makes russia, the way he sees in his mind, a superpower that has the right to sit at the global table jointly with united states and china. so he's thinking of his legacy project, and clearly that region is a crown jewel for him to re-establish russia's greatness.
>> we're nearly out of time. so real quick, if you can, but to that point, is it fair to say mr. putin has long thought he is not given due status as a global leader and this is giving him a platform, a spotlight he's been wanting to so long? how much is ego? >> look, i think he really feels personally humiliated by the collapse of the soviet union and what he believes was the end of cold war where u.s. saw a loss. it's a dangerous sent when i want you think about leaders having that sense of humiliation. they say crimea's annexation helped russia get off its knees. now russia wants to put the west on its knees by doing this military posturing and threatening europe. we are really in precarious times. >> lucia isavitch, appreciate your expertise.
fascinating insights. thank you for being with us. while the world watches and waits for russia and vladimir putin's next move, civilians in ukraine are bracing, in some cases training for possible war. cnn's erin burnett spoke with residents who say they are ready to fight. >> reporter: this weekend in ukraine, a few hundred civilians gathering to prepare a defense training session. people of all ages, but most of them young. the youngest, for us the most jarring to see. natalia was here with her two daughters. she tells me she talks to them all the time about possible war with russia. >> yes, we always talk about this, about war. and we have a plan. that's why we are here. >> reporter: the training organized by a far-right political party and overseen bit ukrainian government's territorial defense forces.
people today learning hand-to-hand knife fighting with sticks, using wooden guns to practice shooting around corners, shooting rifles in group tactical target practice, listening to how to handle bazookas, detonators, and mines. 4-year-old kalina paying close attention. her mother tells me she is most worried they won't leave in time if there is a full russian invasion. but natalia says she stays because she's a surgeon. you want to stay here, why? >> because i'm a doctor, and because i think i can help people when war will come to our home. >> reporter: natalia's patriotism, a powerful symbol to putin. up here on a windy lil above the city of leviv, she and other ukrainians taking this literally. don't panic, prepare. erin burnett, cnn, ukraine.
all right that will do it from here in lyviv in western ukraine. back to kim bruin huber in atlanta. >> all right, thanks so much, michael. the final whistle has blown on the beijing winter olympics. and we're just hours away from the closing ceremony. we'll find out who won the medal count and some of the historic moments coming up in a live report next. plus how hong kong is coping with the rise in covid cases that's pushing its health system to the brink.
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>> reporter: yeah, you know, china had its best winter olympics in history, kim. they had a total of nine gold medals, one more than the united states, putting them above the u.s. on the leaderboard. that is certainly noteworthy for the winter games. an olympics that china invested in very heavily, both in training its winter olympians, also some pure costs of hosting this event. almost $9 billion, making it really hugely expensive winter games, even though they promised it would be cost-effective. they refurbished old venues. while they were trying to showcase china's power, and from the chinese perspective they certainly did that. it was a resounding success. not just the medals, but also there were no major embarrassing moments even though press conferences were peppered with questions about china's human rights record, whether in shen jang or its treatment of activists in hong kong or the
treatment of the island of taiwan or questions about these work camps, exploitation, abuse. all of that was brought up, chinese spokespeople deflected. they deflected questions about pang shuai, the tennis star. in the end they got the world to see they've put together a pretty impressive athletic program. their 15 medals is their best ever delivery in winter olympics history. that was driven in part by the pair figure skating competition where they won gold by a razor thin margin. those figure skaters went -- they beat the united states by such a small amount, it was actually four years ago, they lost by the same margin. you had freestyle skiing from california. eileen gu, a darling in china, called the snow princess by chinese media, criticized in the united states for leaving california to compete for china, which is something athletes do all the time, but given the
tensions between the two countries it was certainly polarizing for eileen gu. she leaves a real winner with a real brand. and of course the love and adrace of the highly lucrative market. the russian figure skater, the 15-year-old, kamila valiyeva, who found herself perhaps unwittingly at the center of yet another doping scandal. she had a very sad finish. she really stumbled her way at the very end. didn't even place. didn't have to worry about having a medal ceremony because she didn't win one. other big milestones for mikaela shiffrin, the second woman in win testify games history. american bobsledder, elaina meyers taylor, who will be the flag bearer at the ceremony tonight, the most decorated black athlete in olympics history. she won bronze in the two-woman bobsleigh. you can see her carrying the u.s. flag at 7:00 a.m. eastern,
8:00 p.m. local. sparse crowds, covid still casting a shadow over all this. >> absolutely. at the bird's nest where it started. will ripley, thank you so much. u.s. health experts say a second booster dose of the covid vaccine might be in the cards. an fda official tells cnn guidance might be needed as we get closer to the last three months of the year. it would have to be authorized by the food and drug administration and renewed by the centers for disease control. in england, prime minister boris johnson is set to lay out the new plan for living with covid. downing street says all regulations that restrict public freedoms will be repealed. they're calling it a move away from government intervention to personal responsibility. after nearly two years of strict pandemic rules, australia will allow fully vaccinated international travelers into the country beginning monday. prime minister scott morrison says pack your bags, come and
have one of the greatest experiences you could ever imagine. the latest covid wave is overwhelming hospitals in hong kong. mainland china has sent a second medical team to help with the surge in patients. now some of the strictest quarantine and tracing measures in the world don't seem to be working. for more let's bring in cnn's beta ka sue live from new delhi. take us through how hong kong is trying to get a handle on this surge, leaving some patients outside in the cold. >> reporter: according to officials early this week, public hospitals were over overwhelmed because of this fifth wave, the most intense wave hong kong is experiencing, with 90% capacity full at these public hospitals. that is indeed a reason to be concerned. we've just heard from two representatives from the hong kong administration, the first is the chief secretary who said that hong kong has entered a state of full-scale combat.
strong words coming from the leadership there. he's the number two in the leadership as far as hong kong's authority is concerned. and he's come out and said this is full-scale combat. there are a lot of medical teams that have come into hong kong to help not only curb the escalating numbers when it comes to covid-19, but also to treat and test people in hong kong. testing will be intensified. remember, hong kong has 7 million people plus, and it's going to be a huge task as they've promised to go ahead and ramp up testing. also the health secretary has come out and said today that there is no way they can relax the social distancing norms. like you pointed out, kim, hong kong has seen very stringent measures since the begin of the pandemic. in fact, officials in hong kong earlier this week had gone on to say in this fifth wave, rather, ever since the beginning of this
year, hong kong has seen more covid-19 cases than it has in the last two years. what we do know is that another 20,000 beds have been identified as quarantine places for people in this business hub. also there has been a groundbreaking ceremony that has taken place in hong kong for community isolation and for treatment units. we believe that would be about 10,000 of them which will be construct ed soon and will be delivered with the help of mainland again. the question is how long can hong kong, which has been adamant and stubborn on their zero covid policy, how long can they continue with it? the last two years you've had hospitals full of patients because of this policy this strategy, where they believe that anyone who tests positive for covid-19, even if their symptoms are mild or they don't have symptoms, has to be isolated or hospitalized. and because of that, today we are seeing hospitals overwhelmed and overburdened here.
>> creating a huge challenge for themselves. vika suh in new delhi, thank you so much. police in canada's capital seem eager to end the protests around parliament that have locked the area in a stranglehold for weeks. this is the scene in ottawa on saturday when protesters let off fireworks. waves of police have arrested 170 people, including protest leaders. they've fired pepper spray and had dozens of trucks towed away, but many die-hard demonstrators vow to stay. meanwhile, the government says it will give up to $20 million to businesses that have lost revenue because of the blockades. closing arguments monday in the federal hate crimes trial of killing a black jogger in georgia. 20 witnesses testified over four
days. they've pleaded not guilty to charges of interference with rights, a hate crime, and attempted kidnapping. they were convicted in november of felony murder and other charges in the death of ahmaud arbery two years ago. next, from military to monetary. how the situation in ukraine is impacting the economy, not just there but on a global scale. cnn heads to a vulnerable town in eastern ukraine where residents fear a russian invasion is imminent.
i'm michael holmes reporting live from ukraine. you're watching "cnn newsroom." fears over ukraine are having an impact on the global economy. the dow ended last week in the red following a severe sell-off on thursday, its worst day so far of the year. and then there's the impact on ukraine itself. ukraine international airlines has had to reduce its fleets after insurance companies ended coverage, forcing the government to allocate nearly $600 million to continue flying. a massive cyber attack on ukraine, that targeted banks and government agencies. the ukrainian president spoke to cnn's christiane amanpour about how the uncertainty is affecting the country on a daily basis. >> translator: you cannot say on a daily basis that war will happen tomorrow. what kind of state is it going to be, what kind of economy is it going to be, how can you live in the state when on a daily basis you're being told,
tomorrow the war will happen, tomorrow the advance will happen. it means crushing national currency, money being taken out, businesses flying out. can you live in that kind of country, can you have stability in that kind of country? no. and those who want to disband the country from within are multiple. everyone wants ukraine to be weak. weak economy, weak army. if there is weak army, you can just go ahead and invade and we won't be able to protect neither our people, neither our children, neither our economy. this is why our response is very calm to one suggestion or another are we have to assess it. we have to think not to react to what i've just grngs but i have to digest this information, i have to understand what will happen after my words, my reaction to this, what will happen to my people? what will happen after these people go around to the banks to take money from their deposit
accounts, after they start fearing and the panic will start. we have the information war, the hybrid war going on. this is why ukrainians are not giving up. a different sense of this word, we want to live. day after day and protect our country. >> i spoke with the mayor of liviv about the looming military threat from russia who says his residents are ready to defend the city if moscow escalates the conflict. what are you having to do to the city, what sort of changes have you had to make in case there is an invasion? >> translator: six months ago, we started to prepare the city for an emergency situation. for example, how to provide water without electricity. and we are capable of doing that today.
we tripled our reserves of medical supplies. we increased the blood reserves. we rearranged the work of all of our strategic enterprises. we are ready today to live life under extreme conditions. >> what would the people of laviv do if the russians invade? how would they react? >> translator: firstly, people are ready to defend. the territorial defense is being actively developed. not only in la veev but in all cities of ukraine. in total there are approximately 2 million people. they are learning how to use weapons and provide medical aid. this is our country, and we must protect ourselves. >> how has this tension, this threat, impacted your city and the mood of the city? >> translator: if you see the life in laviv or in other cities, you will see no tension.
only a person who watches the news would be worried. everyone here lives a normal life, yet everyone is getting ready. this energy for preparation gives strength and certainty. laviv is a safe city. >> did you ever think as mayor you would be running a city under the threat of russian invasion? >> translator: it's been happening for eight years already. today we have understood that the threat coming from russia is stronger than ever. it can happen tomorrow, it can happen in a month, it can happen in a year. because russia wants to destroy ukraine and wants to destroy the whole democratic world. that's why we have to be like a lion, to push the bear back to its den. >> if russian officials were listening to this interview right now what would you say to them? >> translator: if they attack us, then they will suffer from big losses in both military personnel and equipment.
this is our free land, and we will never give it to anyone. never give up. >> ukraine's donbas region is on the front lines, of course, along the country's eastern border with russia. cnn's sam kiley visited a town there that shares its name with a vastly different and much larger american metropolis. sam explains many residents in ukraine's new york fear a russian invasion is imminent. >> reporter: in a small town called new york in eastern ukraine, and a short flight for a mortar bomb from rebel territory, lies slavianska street. after eight years of war so close to the front line, homes here are almost worthless. these houses haven't been smashed by war, they've been destroyed by the poverty conflict brings. torn down and sold as recycled
bricks and tiles, locals tell us that these houses tell for about $70. this is the end of slavianska street. down there is the checkpoint. beyond that is rebel-held territory. in the last hour or so, we've heard at least eight explosions. lily is three. she's out amid the shelling with her mom, lending a hand. playing with the family pup through a gate riddled with shrapnel shells from before she was born. her parents tell her the latest barrage is thunder, but it is something to worry about. >> reporter: andre is a rescue worker. he's acutely aware of the surge in recent shelling. according to ukrainian
authorities, there were at least 70 strikes along the front line that saturday. what kind of life do you think your daughter's going to have? >> reporter: the increased russian-backed rebel shelling that killed two government soldiers on saturday is being seen as a possible prelude to a russian invasion. perhaps along this very street. across the road, maxim draws water from a well. this community is sliding back into the 19th century. and fear bears down on everyone. is there much shelling? you've had this for a long time, are you feeling frightened now? >> reporter: many living in ukraine's new york are trapped
by these wartime blues. sam kiley, cnn, new york, ukraine. >> that will do it from us here in laviv in western ukraine. for now, back to kim brunhuber. there are more developments from the munich security conference on iran. the country's foreign minister says tehran is ready for an immediate prisoner swap with the u.s. this as iran's foreign minister told cnn's christiane amanpour it's optimistic a nuclear deal with world powers can be salvaged. here he explained why. >> translator: we are very optimistic about the result of the vienna talks, but why are we
optimistic? it is because the administration of the new president of iran, dr. raisi, has this serious will to achieve a good deal with the other side as a result of the vienna talks. now we are at a very sensitive time, and the other side should be realistic. and if the talks fade, we believe that it is the americans and the other side that are responsible for it. and the summit has shown a seriousness and has shown that it really wants a deal to be done. and we have been trying to reach a deal. >> according to france, discussions between europe, the u.s., russia, and iran over the future of the nuclear deal will continue. from commercial satellites to social media, technology is giving the world a never before seen look at russia's military
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one of the remarkable aspects of this conflict is the array of images. satellite photos like these from private companies. they've brought us day-to-day changes on the ground, from jets positioning on an air field in russian-controlled crimea, to a bridge suddenly appearing across a river in belarus near the ukrainian border. then there's the huge quantity of video that the russian ministry of defense has provided itself, much of it described as training exercises taking place close to ukraine. we've even seen videos like this one going viral on social media platforms like tiktok. all this is giving military planners and civilians the chance to analyze military maneuvers in realtime.
crystal grosev is the lead russia investigator with bellingcat, a website that focuses on security threats, extra territorial clandestine operations, and weaponization of information. he joins us from vienna. thank you for being with us. normally when we think of satellite images of troops and equipment, most of us think spy satellites, military, high-altitude surveillance flights, things only a top military power could provide. but these satellite images that we're getting in this conflict of russian troops massing along the borders, where exactly are they coming from, and how are we as ordinary citizens able to see them? >> well, a lot has changed over the last six years, seven years, since the initial phase of the war in ukraine. at that time, we as open source investigators were able to get sort of a snippet or view into
how the operations on the ground are taking place because of people posting videos on their social media account. that still continues today, but now we are augmented by a lot of commercial satellite that providers who are completely happy with providing realtime data to investigators and researchers. maxsars, a satellite. israel, for example, providing much more data that is allowing complete freelance, nonstate actors to make their own conclusions about what's happening on the ground. in our case, bellingcap has received -- we struck a deal with one of the commercial providers of satellite data where we can even direct that satellite to a particular location on the face of the earth, any place on the face of the earth, for a particular number of hours per week. so the amount of data today is completely different than it was even seven years ago. >> yeah, before, we used to have to rely on the government's word for a lot of this.
now it's a complete game changer. but russia has been moving troops and equipment around. one analyst called it deployment shell game. so how confusing is this picture? and how is russia sort of trying to create interference to cover up what they're doing? >> first, again, i'll throw you back to seven years ago, six years ago, when in 2014 and '15, for the first time, social media exposure of movement of troops was interfering with the government narrative. that allowed us back at that time to actually prove that a russian missile downed a malaysia airlines, despite all efforts of the russian government to cover that story. as a result of that, the russian government introduced a law that banned soldiers from carrying mobile phones because a lot of the data was coming from mobile phones at the time. what we have now is no soldiers posting selfies in front of missile launchers. however, we have probably 100 times more local people in the
villages and towns through which these military installations are passing through that are posting on tiktok, which didn't exist back then. actually, we'ring a gating hundreds, thousands of postings per day, together with our colleagues from the conflict intelligence team in russia, and we're analyzing whether the picture that is painted by all of these thousands of local residents posting movement of troops, photographs, videos of troops moving, together with heavy equipment, matches the russian narrative, and it doesn't. what we found is that on the day that the russian ministry of defense claimed -- i think it was the 15th of february, a couple of days ago -- that they're starting a withdrawal from the so-called exercises near the border of ukraine, we saw a confusing -- essentially two crossroads of weapons. some were leaving and were meant to be shown on russian television. a completely different stream was still going toward the border. as of today we don't see any evidence of the statements by the russian government that
there's an active withdrawal. >> so then obviously russia is aware of all of this. how do you separate what's really of analytic value and what's propaganda? is there fear russia could turn the tables and manipulate what we're seeing to maybe give a false impression of what they're planning? >> they're doing that. and that's part of the problem with us trying to identify what could be planted evidence. so what the best evidence for us is the one that is attempted to be repressed and suppressed. what we do see now is for the first time, we see evidence that the russian camps that are being located near the border are enforced areas, areas that are covered by trees. that was not the case back five or six years ago. so that seems to be evidence that they're trying to cover, from satellites, cover their troops from satellites, from open source investigators. we see a lot of false videos that are leaked to the internet,
that are trying to create the confusing impression of what's happening. a couple of days ago a video was promoted by russian media that allegedly showed a firefight between ukrainian provocateurs as they call them and defenders from the separatist republics. we were able to actually identify that video for that allegedly current firefight, was recorded several weeks ago. the old video was taken from a 2018 youtube video. actually, it's completely manipu manipulated evidence. >> let me jump in. i only have a minute left. i wanted to ask you this. one of the unusual aspects of the u.s. response to the russian buildup has been the biden administration calling out russia's moves in realtime. how has that, then the accompanying images that we've been allowed to see to bolster these claims, changed the usual diplomatic game of accusation and denial we might normally see
in a situation like this? >> we didn't know how that's going to affect the game. it has actually been a game changer. what we see is the russian government has been caught off guard and has tried to vary the plans. not follow them exactly as they were, according to the intelligence received by the americans. and that has led to mistakes. mistakes like publishing two videos in which the local leaders of dnr, lnr, addressed their populations and claimed they were recorded the 18th of february. in fact, they were recorded two days earlier and they forgot to remove the meta data. these small mistakes i believe are the end result of this preannounce game that biden did. >> it's fascinating to see all this play out in realtime. i really appreciate your analysis on this. cristo grosev, lead investigative with investigative journalism website bellingcap.
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roared through. it battered poland saturday with strong winds. watch here, a boeing 787 struggling to land in warsaw. it was successful on its second attempt. storm eunice tracked in from the central atlantic pummeling ireland and the british isles, moving across europe. experts say it's one of the worst in decades with record-break hurricane-strength gusts. now the uk is about to be hit by a third storm prompting a yellow alert. the death toll is rising from those devastating landslides that hit brazil earlier this week. at least 152 people have died, nearly 200 more are still missing after torrential rains battered an area north of rio de janeiro. hundreds more have been displaced by flooding. more rain hit the area saturday, hindering rescue operations. rainfall on tuesday afternoon alone was more than the historical average for the entire month of february. a dramatic helicopter crashed at a crowded florida
beach saturday afternoon. have a look at this harrowing scene as the chopper narrowly misses swimmers and sunbathers. it happened near the popular south beach in miami. police say three people were on board, two of them were taken to hospital and reported to be in stable condition. the third person wasn't hurt. investigators are trying to figure out what caused the crash. that wraps up this hour of "cnn newsroom." i'm kim brunhuber. i'll be back with my colleague michael holmes with more news, stay with us.
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only from us... xfinity. hello and welcome to all of you watching us here in the united states, canada, and all around the world. i'm kim brunhuber, live at the cnn center in atlanta. >> and i'm michael holmes in laviv in western ukraine. coming up on "cnn newsroom." >> if russia further invades your country, we will impose swift and severe economic sanctions. >> reporter: as russia amasses an army around ukraine, the u.s. vice president warning of major consequences if the kremlin de
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