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♪ good morning, welcome to this special edition of "new day." i'm christi paul. >> good morning, christi. i'm boris sanchez. we're grateful that you're with us this saturday morning. we start with breaking news. on the third day of the russian invasion on ukraine, missile strikes are lighting up the skies over the capital, kyiv, as war ravages the country's largest city at 3 million
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people. according to the ukrainian interior ministry, active fighting is taking place on the streets. on adviser to president volodymyr zelenskyy said police are now working against russian sabotage and reconnaissance groups that are inside the capital. listen to this, defense officials tell cnn that u.s. intelligence believes the city will fall in just days. president zelenskyy says that he is target number one for the russians. and that target number two is his family. but he is refusing to leave the country. >> yeah. president zelenskyy sent out this rallying cry just a short time ago. >> translator: good morning, ukrainians. currently there are a lot of games appearing on the internet. but i am asking our army to but down arms and evacuate. so i am here. we are not putting down arms, we will be defending ur country because our weapon is truth. our truth is this is our land. our country, our children. we will defend all of it.
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that is it. that is all i want to tell you, lord to ukraine. >> and the defense is continuing to deny its targeting a structure. a stream of images and sight ate pictures of shelled buildings and rockets in residential streets. you hear the blasts there. ukraine's military says they were part of an operation that destroyed russian tanks. sources say the ukrainian resistance has been tougher than the russians expected. ukraine's people are being told to make molotov cocktails, to, quote, take down the occupiers. these instruction were broadcast, in fact, on television day. >> cnn has correspondents covering the war against continent, fred pleitgen is in belgorod, russia, near ukraine's border. and cnn's arlette saenz is traveling with the president,
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president joe biden in wilmington, delaware. >> fred, i want to start with you, watching troops across ukraine. what are you learning about the russian plans for kyiv and what's happen right now. >> reporter: hi there, christi, well, certainly, it seems like the russians want to definitely take kyiv. what we've been hearing, there has been fighting on the outskirts of the ukrainian capital in several areas, however, the most recent information we've got friend official inside ukraine, they say so far russian forces have not been able to penetrate into the ukrainian capital. and so far, a large portion of the ukrainian capital still remains under control of ukraine cran forces. as we saw there, volodymyr zelenskyy, the ukrainian president he's obviously still there on the ground as well. however what we can say from our vantage point right here. this is one of the main areas that the russian military is staging near harken is that there are a lot of movement by the army. massive convoy that involved dozens of trucks, heavy
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howitzers. and we're at the last checkpoint that the russians would have before russians move into ukrainian territory on the kharkiv front line. that they can drastically military campaign. they have a lot of forces at the ready here on russian territory, ready to go into ukraine. ready to go to their forces with the russian military. and certainly, we're also seeing is a lot of those forces are moving into ukrainian territory as well. so, the russians certainly escalating their campaign. a lot of movement here on the russian side. but we also hear from various front lines from kyiv, from kharkiv, from the front line as well. the russian ministry of defense said they had been making headway. but of course, from the ukrainian side what we're hearing is that there have been hundreds of russian casualties already at this point in time.
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at this point in time, however, it is impossible to independently verify if that's true, christi. >> military analysts say the ukrainians are putting up a fight that perhaps the russians had not expected. fred pleitgen from belgorod, russia, let's go to cnn's arlette saenz traveling with the president in wilmington, delaware. arlette, the president is meeting with his national security team later this morning. what can you tell us about that meeting? >> reporter: well, boris, the white house continues to monitor the situation regarding ukraine with growing concern that the attack against russia has now stretched into a third day. the president is spending the weekend here at his home in wilmington, delaware. later this morning, he will convene a call with his national security team including vice president kamala harris. now, while the president is traveling here, he has all of the capabilities at his home to conduct such a secure video call. he has been meeting daily in the mornings, each week, with his
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team, as this attack from russia has unfolded. now, yesterday, while the president was at the white house, he spent some time on the phone with ukrainian president zelenskyy. the two spoke for about 40 minutes. the second time, that they hadn't spoken this week, since that russian attack began. and one thing that came up on that call was a request for concrete defense assistance. and we learned just a few hours ago, late late night, that the president has authorized the state department to release $350 million in security assistance for ukraine's defense. this brings the total of assistance offered to ukraine, over the course of the past year, to over $1 billion, according to the administration official. the white house has insisted that they will continue to provide support to ukraine as they are facing this growing threat from russia. now, also yesterday, the white house announced that president biden had made the decision to
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sanction directly russian president vladimir putin. this was not something that was included in that initial sanctions rolled out earlier in the week. but after a call by nato allies yesterday, the white house decided to move forward on sanctions on putin joining other european countries who have as enrolled other sanctions against putin as well. now, this may largely be a symbolic move. one thing about putin is that his financial holdings are often unknown, of where they are, but the u.s. wanted to make this move to show that they're willing to take that rare step to sanction a foreign leader for their actions, as the situation in ukraine becomes more and more grave. so, the president will remain here in wilmington, delaware, today monitoring the situation from his home. and continuing to receive updates from his team. >> arlette saenz, we so
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appreciate the update. let's talk to michael bozakue from the senior association in europe. michael, i want to talk about what arlette was talking about, the president, as is president zelenskyy and he's agreed aauthorize $350 million in assistance to ukraine. when you hear that u.s. officials say they believe kyiv could fall in days, does this new money that's going over there, the new resources, does it have the ability to stop that? >> i'd like to think so, however, i know with my own work with united nations, when you throw money, there's something known as absorbative capacity.
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with the no-fly zone, the russians correctly calculated that the ukrainian air force is white weak, hence, they established quite quickly air superiority. but that would mean the west going against a nuclear power against ukraine, sadly, i don't see that happening. >> i want to ask you about the sanctions in place now. some of these new sanctions directly against president putin, although, from what we've understood, because it is so hard to trace his finances, this is -- >> yeah -- >> -- largely symbolic at the end of the day, there might be a lot of people watching saying what's the point? >> largely symbolic. i think the sanctions are falling on deaf ears in the kremlin. i think sanctions at this point are not effective. they are perhaps in effective in a sense they make western leaders feel good.
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that they're doing something, including my prime minister trudeau, that he's yanking support out of the s.w.i.f.t. payment system and followed by france. on the ground here, psychologically, ukrainians, they're not making a difference. they begged and begged for weeks for the sanctions before the fighting got here. and it wasn't done. >> you know, you're there in lviv. we can't help but watch the people who are leaving. i think 50,000 people have gotten out. more than that has fled ukraine, while the people are staying. you know the people are watching intently thinking where is my father? where is my son? where is my husband? wondering how the people are doing as they fight for kyiv right now and try to solidify the city and keep it in a stronghold. >> right.
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>>. >> is there a sense, michael that the u.s. and allies are hanging them out to dry? >> well, look, christi, on my way here, a ten-minute walk, it was heartbreaking you see people with suitcases, people broken apart. an executive from odesa who found herself in warsaw with no money. the ukrainian currency, if you leave the country, it's very difficult to leave, a lot of cards aren't working. people could be showing up on the borders with very little means. those numbers could grow up to 5 million according to the israeli government. if the west doesn't think it has a refugee problem or won't, well, it needs to think again very quickly. another important point, a lot of ukrainians will choose to stay here in ukraine. i know before the fighting started with the human agency, they were criminaleded by the
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covid-19 crisis and a lot of nationals got evacuated. who's going to be here to pick up the pieces and put the humanitarian programs into process. a lot of things put into place for help. but i have to say, the ukrainians are the most r resilient. and as you know, a huge communicate, canada and u.s., raising money and programs to help people who flee. >> i know you had a piece at noting that president putin seems intent at any cost redrawing the security map. if he is able to do so, he is right up against a whole slew of nato countries. so, two questions here. first of all, what does that mean for nato? and what would have to happen next if he does secure ukraine, if he does not for some reason,
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as boris was pointing out, putin and many people may be very surprised at how hard and courageous and capable ukraine has been in holding them back. >> yeah. >> does that embolden putin and make things even more complicated because you just don't know what's in his head? >> yeah. exactly. but you know that bloodcurdling speech he gave a few days ago was coming from the man that i think will not stop at ukraine's borders. in fact, i think this is an important point to make. so far, lviv has been spared for the most part. however, psychologically, for someone like mr. putin, this is the capital, intellectual center of ukraine. the center of patriotism. a lot of ukraine's politics and leaders have come from here. i'm sad to say, he would like nothing more than to capture this. no, i don't think he will stop here. poland is vulnerable especially
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the baltic states. this is a man intent at redrawing the map of central europe. i think with the leaders they underestimated what he's capable of doing. he's a man advanced in age. i think he sees this as his last opportunity to make such a big move. he sees a divided europe. things are not looking very good at the moment. i think as we do in the humanitarian business, you hope for the best and prepare absolutely for the worst and then go even beyond that. ukrainians, you're right, are very resilient patriotic people. they will fight to the end. they're not going to run away. only i think women and children who are vulnerable. it's a very complex situation but the west has to enable the ukrainians to fight back as hard as they can. the. >> courage that we have seen for the ukrainians is beyond commendable, michael, we appreciate your insight and perspective, as always. thank you so much. >> my pleasure. >> of course. we know a lot of you are
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watching right now. and like me, you're wondering what can i do? how can we help? well, there are organizations around the world and on the ground in ukraine, trying to help people who need the food and shelter and water and additional aid right now, for information how to help the efforts go to and thank you. some historic news out of washington, d.c. yesterday, president biden unveiling his nominee for the nation's highest court. we'll tell you how lawmakers on capitol hill are reacting as the confirmation process gets under way. and a major change from the cdc, why they say most americans no longer need to wear masks indoorors. yoyour covid-19 update after a quick break. couould depend on what you do today. ♪fafar-xi-ga♪ farxiga is a pill that works in the kidneys
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so, the european union and the united kingdom have placed russian president vladimir putin and foreign minister sergey lavrov on its list of sanctioned individuals following russia's invasion of ukraine. >> u.s. officials say the latest will increase russia's borrowing costs, raises inflation and gradually erodes russia's
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industrial base. cnn reporter anna stewart is with us from london right now. anna, what more do we know about the sanctions and the potential repercussions from them? >> reporter: yeah, in the last three days we have essentially seen sanctions for russian allies, targeting russia's banking systems cutting them off from around the world. we've seen russians targeted, oligarchs, their families, politicians personally targeted. and then later, as within the last 24 hours from the u.s., uk, canada, the eu is targeting president putin personally. this is more of a symbolic measure but effectively, he's joining a very exclusive list of sanctions, despots and victims of war of crimes. and the financial network,
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underpins transactions from around the world. 11,000 institutions in 200 countries it would mean making any kind of payment with russia incredibly difficult. but unfortunately, that also includes payment it's for things like oil and gather,s and metal wheat. and no sanctions have been placed on a big gas company. state-run. that is because it's relied on by much of the west, particularly germany. now s.w.i.f.t. is based in the eu, based in belgium, it has to adhere to the rules. and pressure is growing inside the eu and outside, the world keeping an eye on this, we could see that measure introduced in the coming days, guys. >> go ahead. >> especially there are more images cupping from ukraine that may sway western leaders into more drastic actions, anna stewart reporting. >> thanks.
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ukraine's ambassador to israel tells cnn during a phone call yesterday president zelenskyy asked the israeli prime minister natalia bennett to help host and mediate negotiations between ukraine and russia. >> zelenskyy believes israel is the only democratic state that has warm relations with both russia and ukraine. and that could potentially help facilitate talks. let's go to jerusalem and hadas gold is there live. is nast thole bennett considering such a request? >> it's not the first time that a request has been made to the israelis, we've not heard an former confirmation on what they're reaction would be. i did speak to the ukrainian ambassador who told me on friday that the president does ask to host relations in israel because
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that could be used to facilitate the negotiations. it's first reported by channel 11 and it's not it's fest that they've made the request. ukrainians actually for months having asking israelis to hold talk. bennett brought up the possibility in jerusalem, this is back in october. according to the ukrainian ambassador, putin dismissed talks on. discussions have taken place in minsk, but ukrainians say it's not a fair location because of belarus' close ties to russia. and with the large ukrainian and russian populations and significant and economic security relations with both countries and while israel has condemned the russian aggression, they've been trying to stay on the sidelines. and that's when the response from the russian request, saying they would talk with israel
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expressing support for ukraine and offering humanitarian aid. guys. >> hadas gold, we appreciate the insight. thank you so much. right now, the ukrainian military is fighting back as russia launches a full-scale invasion against major cities in that country. let's get some perspective from matthew schmidt, he's the director of the international affairs program at the university of new haven. matthew, great to have your perspective this morning. i want to start on the issue of sanctions. the united states now engaging now directly with vladimir putin and there are sanctions with close ties to the kremlin. when you look at the big picture, historic, sanctions whether against russia or north korea, they aren't effective, how would you rank the sanctions
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in terms of trying to dissuade put friend his advance. >> that's right, boris, historically, they haven't been very effective and i'm doubtful about sanctions on russia. sanctions are predicated if we cause enough for the oligarchs that they would push putin to change his policy. that's an misunderstanding of the oligarchs today. those oligarchs that have that political power are the ones that putin crushed. that's how he came into power. many of the oligarchs share putin's vision. they're not going to go against him, they're going to accept a good deal of sacrifice before they consider that. they're just not effective in general. we should have put s.w.i.f.t. in place before. it should have been used as a deterrent. i'm deeply concerned that it will take months or a year before these sanctions hit and
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that's too long. >> matthew, i want to address something from putin politics here. that the west and nato have provoked is this invasion by going back on promises that were made to russia going back to the 1990s. fact-check that claim for us, is this provocation from the west that has led putin into this bloody invasion? >> you don't plan an invasion like this, and then pull it off, you know in a matter of weeks, because of some sort of provocation. i used to teach strategic planning for the army. i can tell you that this plan has been on the books for years. and has been developed and adapted over and over again. vladimir putin wanted to do this. and he was going to do it on his terms. >> and looking forward, matthew, there are indications that from u.s. intelligence sources that despite the strength and unity being displayed. the valor displayed by ukraine's
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military that kyiv is likely to fall within days. and that would likely transition this conflict into the sort of insurgency that we saw play out until afghanistan, between the taliban and u.s. and nato forces and even in iraq. would you anticipate that there would be this kind of fighting on the ground? and what would that look like in a conflict between a ukrainian resistance and russia? >> i think the most important thing that we should be looking for with the ukrainian military is their ability to transition from the active defense that they're in now, into a guerilla war. it's not quite the same as insurgency because you want to see unit cohesion, they would be leaders inside of some guerilla structure and they would be engaging in much more effective ambushes, and things like that. vladimir putin is kidding himself if he thinks that he's
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going to be able to effectively occupy a country of 40 million people with 200,000 troops. is this going to be a long and bloody guerilla war. and you look right now, the first stilts i've seen, that there are 3500 russian casualties. let's just say that's off by half. you're talking about, what, 5,000 russian casualties in the next three days. that's more than they've seen in any military action in living memory. that's going to start to impact the russian public and drive those protests in moscow and st. petersburg and elsewhere. that's the defeat mechanism for russia. >> and, matthew, i want to ask you about this approach from the ukrainian president volodymyr zelenskyy. there are indicationsncouraged leave the country. despite the fact he's posting selfie videos on social media that he's going to stay and fight and defend his homeland.
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what do you make of his decision to stay? >> i think he's an incredibly brave man. and i have friends in ukraine. and this is sort of the attitude of most of them that i know. you know, it's sort of, okay, bring it. i'm going to have a glass of wine and winner and i'm going to keep a pistol on the table. and that is what, you know, zelenskyy is embodying right now. i think he's embodying the spirit of his country. he needs to have a plan in place, and i'm sure he does for some kind of succession in case he is captured or killed. but that's the situation that we're in right now. and i think he's doing what his country needs. >> it is a remarkable story from a comedian playing president on tv. to now actually being president and staring down tyranny. matthew schmidt, thank you for the time. a historic pick. president biden naming his supreme court nominee and paving the way for the first black
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just about 33 minutes past the hour right now. and we're watching an unfolding situation in ukraine. take a look at some of these pictures here. russia is continuing its invasion of that country. but ukrainians are actively fighting in the streets. and as of right now, we are told ukrainians are still in control of the capital. president biden meeting with his national security team later this morning, for an update on the situation there. we will continue to keep you posted. but we know in about ten minutes, we're going to get a look at how the war in ukraine could impact many of you, all of you, here in the u.s. economically, and particularly at the gas pump.
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so president biden nominated ketanji brown jackson to the supreme court. this puts in motion a historic confirmation process for the first black woman to sit on the highest court in the nation. >> judge jackson currently sits on d.c.'s federal appellate court and she'd been considered the front-runner for the vacancy since the retirement of justice stephen breyer. cnn's jeff zeleny has more details. >> reporter: boris and christi, a historic selection shrouded in secrecy for the last several weeks. we are learning that president biden met with three candidates on valentine's day, february 14th. for individual interviews at the white house. and he finally went into a meeting with judge jackson and she was at the white house on friday. >> for too long, our governments
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and courts haven't looked like america. >> reporter: president biden nominating the first black woman to serve on the supreme court. judge ketanji brown jackson who accepted the president's call to now become a justice on the nation's highest court. >> i am truly humbled by the extraordinary honor of this nomination. >> reporter: if approved by the senate, jackson would succeed justice stephen breyer. a mentor for whom she worked as a law clerk in 1999. >> justice breyer, the members of the senate will decide if i fill your seat. but please know that i could never fill your shoes. >> reporter: her liberal ideology would not change the balance on the court. and her presence on the bench would mark a major milestone for the court and history. it comes two years to the date since biden first made the pledge to nominate a black woman on the court at the south carolina primary. >> i'm looking forward to making
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sure there's a black woman on the supreme court. to make sure i push very hard for that. >> reporter: jackson has been a federal judge for nearly a decade, elevated last year to the influential court of appeals for the d.c. circuit. >> incredibly, judge jackson has already been confirmed by the united states senate three times some she strives to be fair and do justice. that's something we all should remember. >> reporter: born in washington and raised in miami, she spelled out her dreams early. saying in her high school yearbook, she aimed to go into law and get a is judicial appoint. she graduated from law school and serving. >> justice breyer seexemplified every day in every way that a supreme justice could be perform at high level of security and being guided by civility, grace,
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pragmatism and generosity of spirit. >> reporter: now 51 with only the third black justice in the court's 233-year history, jackson has responded to questions about race during previous confirmation hearings, carefully addressing the role it plays in her thinking. >> i don't think race plays a role in the kind of judge that i have been and that i would be. >> reporter: but not discounting it. >> i've experienced life in, perhaps, a different way than some of my colleagues because of who i am. >> reporter: for the last year, biden has been studying the opinions and writings of jackson and other finalists. a former chairman of the senate judiciary committee, biden is well accustomed to bruising confirmation fights. this, he says, should not be one. >> my hope is they will move promptly and i know they will move fairly. >> we are learning that a team of white house lawyers and advisers are meeting with judge jackson at the white house preparing her for confirmation
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hearings. of course, those are several weeks down the road but meetings with senators are set to start next week. former alabama senator doug jones has been brought on as by the white house as a guide, if you will, a sherpa, to take judge jackson around capitol hill. he said we'll meet with any senator who opens their office doors to us. boris and christi. >> jeff zeleny, thank you so much. listen, new cdc guidance released just yesterday show most people in the u.s. live in county where is they no longer need to wear a mask indoors. >> and that includes inside school classrooms, too. health experts say the changes reflect a new approach to monitoring covid-19 here in the united states as cases and hospitalizations continue to the fall nationwide. cnn's elizabeth cohen has more on the cdc changes. >> christi, boris, cdc guidance about whether or not you should be wearing a mask indoors has changed dramatically. let's take a look at the old
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guidance. by old, i mean as of yesterday. do you see all of the red on this map? this map is said that 99% of the people in the united states should be wearing mask indoors. now, let's take a look at the new mask. not very much red at all. it's much more evenly divided. so, let's take a look at what that map means. as i said, the old guidance said 99% of americans should wear a mask indoors. the new guidance says only 28% of americans need to wear a mask indoors. now, the other 72 percent that made us take off their affects, according to the cdc, to a large degree, absolutely. just take off the masks. there is a subset of people, depending upon where they live, if they have certain underlying health conditions, if they're obese, if they have a heart disease, they should talk to their doctor before taking off their mask. one very important caveat here, the cdc says, look, if you want
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to wear a mask, if you want to protect yourself that way, please go ahead. if you're wondering why did they change so dramatically, the cdc is looking at case numbers to set their guidance, now, they're also looking at hospitalization data. christi, boris. >> elizabeth, thank you so much. still ahead, the crisis in ukraine is having ripple effects around the world. including here at home. why many americans are now bracing to pay more at the pump, when we come back. before treating your chronic migraine, 15 or more headache days a month each lasting 4 hours or more, you're not the only one with questions about botox®. botox® prevents headaches in adults with chronic migrai before they even start, with about 10 minutes of treatment once every 3 months. so, ask your doctor if botox® is right for you, and if a sample is available. effects of botox® may spread hours to weeks after injection
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we are 43 minutes past the hour. and these are some of your top stories. in kentucky, in the trial of brett hankison, the only police officer charged in connection with the botches 2020 raid in louisville that left breonna taylor tdead, jurors took a tou of the apartment. instead, he's facing three
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wonton endangerment charges for firing into a neighboring apartment. no one has been charged in taylor's death. and major change in major league baseball, you won't see any meetings until march 8th. the meeting is jupiter, florida, to negotiate a new bargaining unit agreement. the fda is moving forward with plans to ban all menthol cigarettes and cigars. this week, the agency set a proposed ruling from the office of management and budget for review. they've been heavily marketed to racial minorities and studies show these type of products can lead people to become regular smokers, especially younger folks. the rule is going into them before finalized. and the fallout across ukraine is being felt across the globe, particularly in wallets.
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expect to vee prices at the pump soar as global oil prices are spiking. cnn's christine romans is going to walk us through this. >> boris and christi, consequences of russia's invasion of ukraine will be felt around the world. especially at the gas station. putin's aggression driving global oil prices higher this week hitting $1009 a barrel for the first time in weeks. the disruptions now to oil flows from russia, from fighting or from sanctions, and hitting russia where it hurts, sanctioning specifically its energy, would carry a cost for the west. it hasn't happened yet. but russia is a top oil and natural gas producer. the world is addicted to its exports. the eu cutting off the supply of the entire heating and home electricity costs in the u.s., it means higher costs at the pump, already $3.50 and rising. energy costs are a major driver, inflation and high inflation taking its toll putting leaders
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in a stuff spot. president biden pledging to use every tool. those tools are limited. they can release from spigots or release oil from stockpiles or a regular gas tax holiday. boris, christi. >> christine romans, thanks so much. it's been ten years since unarmed teenager trayvon martin was shot and killed while walking home from a convenience store. next, how his fight inspired a fight for justice and the legacy he leaves behind.
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it has been ten years since unarmed teen trayvon martin was shot and killed while walking home from a convenience store. he was wearing a hoodie. he had a pack avenue of skittles in his pocket. and his death became a critical moment in history. >> yeah, his death irspeed an awakening of social and political that continued to shape the landscape. cnn's ryan young has more. >> trayvon would have been 27. it 15 years in time but it seems like yesterday in my heart. >> i'm amazed at the number of
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young people, black, white and hispanic who are the reason i'm go to be a lawyer is because i watched what you did during trayvon martin. >> it seems like yesterday. when i heard it was ten years, i'm like, have we done enough. >> this is a story all of you have been reaching out to me, 17-year-old trayvon martin was shot and killed after an encounter with a neighborhood watch captain. he wasn't carrying a weapon. he had reason to be there, he was visiting family members. >> when trayvon martin was first shot i said this could have been my son. >> reporter: it's been a decade since trayvon martin was shot and killed by george zimmerman after a scuffle. the unarmed teenager was on his way to his father's home with skittles and iced tea ready to take in the nba game. the naked watchman called 911.
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zimmerman would later argue that he fought zimmerman in self-defense. and his acquittal sparked a berth of a new social justice movement. the catalyst of killing of 14-year-old emmett till in the 1950s. >> i am trayvon martin! >> my son is in heaven. my son is resting in power. my son is the voice and sometimes the face for so many other trayvon martins that you don't know. >> reporter: at a ten-year anniversary rally in south florida this month, trayvon martin's parents said the work must continue to achieve equality and social justice. >> it's a tough moment but it's a needed moment because it's going to take all of us to maintain. >> what do we want! >> justice! >> we just want to send a clear message that he had a right to walk in peace without being chased, profiled or murdered.
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>> reporter: ten years later, the black lives matter protests evolved and became a player for equal rights and justice. >> i think it was the acquittal of george zimmerman that caused us to step into this movement. that helps us understand that we have to build a movement. we are stepping up to change, saying dwopwe don't have to sub to injustice, whether in a classroom or walking down the street. >> we, the jury, find george zimmerman not guilty. >> i'm just sick and tired. i'm just stunned. >> but honestly, i thought doing the zimmerman case the way it was done, as transparently and as open as it was would actually help, you know. because it was a case well tried by the state. well tried by the defense. and well deliberated by the
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jury. even if it might have been the correct verdict based upon these facts, it's very difficult to accept, because it was yet another young black male killed. and the criminal justice system did what it did. >> reporter: since stepping into the national spotlight in 2012 standing alongside sabrina and tracy, attorney ben crump had been with the family continuously fighting for justice. >> thinking back to that ten years ago, did you think we would be there right now? >> the minority is charlie brown and the legal system is lucy. and charlie brown goes to kick the football, and lucy moves it away. and that's the picture in my mind of the legal system with minorities in america. they keep changing the rules every time we start to believe. >> reporter: crump credits the
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evolution of black lives matter hash tag global phenomenon. >> it was the students from florida a&m, thune cookman. social media hadn't exploded but they were on myspace and facebook saying i am trayvon. so much that lebron james and the miami heat put on the hoodies. >> it just hit close to home. you know, not only for a black man, but for athletes in the community of florida, this is in our back yard. for us, it was important for us to make sure this did not go unheard, unseen. >> did you realize that picture was going to have on this moment? >> no, absolutely not. we wanted to put our heads down because we were all faceless. we were just men. a lot of black men with hoods on. we could have been trayvon martin. we were no different. >> reporter: last year,
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st. thomas university law school created the benjamin l. crump center for social justice, hoping to move the next generation of social justice engineers. >> these are my best students, mr. crump. >> when you're thinking of all of these things that are happening in the country right now, do you think the law will play a role in how this works out? >> i think when trayvon martin lost his life. a band aid was just placed on. we weren't having that conversation. i don't think we started having that conversation until george floyd. us being the future, we can definitely bring change in the law. >> giving more of us opportunity to take on the legal field i think is a major motivation to all of us. >> reporter: are the kids who are watching this right, the lawyers of this center, are they the chance of maybe stopping that law from moving? >> i'm sticking everything on the young people. i believe in them so completely that they're going to make the
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world better. >> reporter: what would you like to see in the next ten years moving forward? >> it's not one fight. our goal is to support, right? our goal is to uplift. our goal is to grow our community. when you want to create change, you can go out and make a difference on your own but you're more impactful and powerful together. >> reporter: ryan young, cnn, atlanta, georgia. what you're seeing there is what is happening in kyiv overnight. russia's forces pushing towards the capital city. we have the latest for you on the escalating crisis there.
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