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bayuenos dias. good morning, welcome to "new day." we're thrilled you're with us, this saturday, february 26th. i'm boris sanchez. >> and i'm christi paul. there's a look there. and a listen, at the air raid sirens that are piercing yet again. this is the third day of the russian invasion of ukraine. missile strikes have been lighting up the skies over the ukrainian capital for hours overnight. what you just watched there, a security camera that caught the moment a missile hit an apartment building, cnn's clarissa ward is there. and just filed this report with us. >> reporter: hey, boris. hi, christi. so, we're here in a residential neighborhood, quite near to one of kyiv's airport.
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you can see behind me, i'm just going to step out of the way so my cameraman scotty mcwhinnie can show you here the damage that's been done. some kind of a projectile hit this apartment building at about 8:15 this morning. we're hearing. you can still see smoke coming from it. there was a big fire, still smoking. there are ambulance workers on the scene. and what they're doing now is trying to take some scaffolding up there to try to prevent the 22nd and 23rd floors from collapsing. but miraculously no one was actually killed in this strike. we're hearing from ukrainian authorities that six people were wounded. frankly, it's hard to imagine how anyone survived that. but six people were wounded. they're being treated in various hospitals and there's a little bit of a he said/she said going on about how this happened. ukrainian authorities saying that this was the work of a russian missile. and the russians are saying that they believe -- excuse me, sorry, it's very windy here and
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there's a lot of debris flying around -- the russians saying that they believe this was actually a ukrainian missile defense system that somehow went awry. and ended up hitting this apartment building. now, whoever was responsible, and however this happened, the reality is this is the sort of thing that does happen, when you have a war playing out in a major metropolis like kyiv. this is a city of nearly 2.9 million people. and we're in a pretty central area here. this isn't sort of, you know, on the far outskirts of town. you can just imagine how terrifying it was for the people who were sleeping. or just waking up, having their breakfast with their families on a saturday morning. already terrified about the situation. only to find their building hit in this attack. boris, christi.
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>> clarissa, we thank you so much. you and the crew stay safe there. according to the ukrainian ministry, active fighting is taking place on the streets. in fact, minutes ago, ukrainian president volodymyr zelenskyy released an update saying, quote, we have withstood and successfully repelled enemy attacks. the ukraine embassy in britain reports that he told the uf, quote, the fight is here. that was in response. >> he has decided to stay. and he also filmed this rallying cry posting it on social media. >> translator: good morning, ukrainians. currently there are a lot of games appearing on the internet that i'm asking our army to put down arms and evacuate. so i am here. we are not putting down arms. we are defending our country because our weapon is our truth. this is our land. our country, our children. and we will defend all of it.
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that is it. that is all i wanted to tell you. glory to ukraine. >> that is response to the information that president zelenskyy has left the country. in fact, the russians are continuing to deny much of what you see happening in ukraine. the ministry of defense says that russia is not targeting civilian infrastructure. its media watchdog is threatening russian news outlets banning them from using words like attack, invasion or declaration of war. and again, you see the opposite with your own eyes. russia has also not reported one combat casualty so far. all of this in spite of a stream of social media pictures that show shelled rockets in residential areas. and british defense officials saying that some 450 russian personnel have been killed in clashes thus far. ukraine's military says that those blasts were part of an operation that destroyed russian tanks. and sources say the ukrainian
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resistance has been tougher than the russians expected. >> we have correspondents across continents covering this war. cnn international editor nic robertson. in moscow, arlette saenz in wilmington, delaware, with president biden. >> yeah, let's start with nic robertson. nic, we've seen russian vehicles moving towards the border. what are you learning of vladimir putin's plans if kyiv falls? and what is he saying about his special military operation? is it going as he planned? >> reporter: yeah. there's a huge source of information here that, as you say, there's been no accounting by the russian government of russian casualties so far. yet, we certainly see images of them, some of their casualties and destroyed russian military hardware inside ukraine. no mention of that here.
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in fact, the reverse, and the opposite. this effort, as you were saying, the operation by the government to cover up what's going on. ten independent media outlets said they need to stop spreading always information to their sites will be restricted. that sort of false information includes invasion, declaration of war. and includes references to civilian casualties in ukraine. so, there's a huge effort by the government here to control the narrative. but there isn't essentially a narrative, other than demilitarize ukraine and de-naziify it. and in these terms president putin holds a strong language for president zelenskyy. the understanding that president zelenskyy understands he's number one on a hit list, a russian hit list, that's not something that the russian officials will, you know, say is correct. however, this does seem to be the direction that the russian
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authorities are going in. they are headed towards, if they can get there to the center of kyiv, they are willing to target civilian neighborhoods. we heard last night president putin saying that the ukrainian army, under the direction, he said, of u.s. advisers were hiding their military hardware in civilian neighborhoods. which was a clear indication having seen the russian playbook in the past. a clear indication that civilian neighborhoods would be on the russian target list. that's potentially what we've been witnessing overnight. so, trying to understand exactly where president putin wants to stop this. what's going to be the final point of his military advance. what's his point going to be in terms of removing leadership. does he have another one to install. all of that remains unclear. but this government here hugely sensitive about how the war is being portrayed. they don't want russians to feel that ukrainians are being killed or that their own soldiers are
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dying. >> nic robertson, such good information to get from you this morning. thank you, sir. let's go to cnn white house correspondent arlette saenz, she's with the president in wilmington, delaware. president biden, as we know, is speaking with the national security team this morning. what do we know about the conversations? >> reporter: well, christi, president biden will wake up here at home in wilmington, delaware, as the white house remains concerned about the state of ukraine as russia's military advances are now stretching into that third day. now the president and vice president kamala harris will join members of their national security team on a call a little bit later this morning. while the president is here, he has all of those capabilities to be able to hold those secure calls with his top officials as they continue to evaluate the evolving situation on the ground there. in ukraine, as well as the assistance that can be offered in the interim. now, yesterday, president biden spent about 40 minutes on the
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money with ukrainian president zelenskyy. the white house saying that the president commended the ukrainian people for their willingness to stand up and fight against russia. and then the zelenskyy side said that one thing that was discussed on that call was concrete defense assistance. and late last night, the white house announced that president biden had authorized the state department to release $350 million of security assistance to ukraine. an administration official saying that this would bring the total offered to ukraine over the course of the past year to over $1 billion. the u.s. has insisted they will continue to offer this kinds of support to ukraine, as they continue to face this aggression from russia. >> so, we've heard the response from president zelenskyy, that he needs -- he says, ammunition, not a ride, to the offer from the u.s. to evacuate. the president from ukraine. do we have any more information
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about exactly what that conversation was and what the offer was, specifically? >> reporter: so far, are the white house has not commented on this announcement from the ukrainian side, that zelenskyy had refused an offer to evacuate kyiv by the united states. but, of course, zelenskyy's security remains a top concern for the biden administration. now, yesterday, white house press secretary jen psaki was asked specifically if he president biden spoke with zelenskyy about leaving kyiv. the white house says that they would not comment on that. or those types of discussions at the time. but they do remain in contact with him throughout this endeavor. now, earlier in the week, cnn reported that u.s. officials had spoken to zelenskyy about possibly moving to leave lviv, in the western part of ukraine, but so far, no further word yet on what those discussions carried out are like over the course of the week.
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>> arlette saenz, traveling with the president in wilmington, delaware. thank you so much, arlette. let's get expertise and perspective from cnn military analyst colonel lleyton. i want to pick up with you where arlette just left off, your response by president zelenskyy of ukraine deciding to stay and show the russians that he's not leaving ukraine. and also, the news that perhaps the russians were caught off guard by the fierce response that they've received as they attempt to invade. >> yeah, good morning, boris. well, the fact that president zelenskyy has decided to stay speaks volumes. you compare that to what happened in afghanistan, with the former president ghani, and the fact that he had to clear in the last second out of kabul, with the need to do that. zelenskyy is a stand and fight
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kind of guy. and that's something that could serve as a rallying point for the ukrainians, as long as he is able to stay away from the purchase of russian power. as far as the ukrainians replying to that level of resistance, that's certainly a welcome development from the ukrainian perspective. and it shows how tenacious the ukrainians actually are in defending their democracy. they've gotten very tough odds, when you compare the two militaries to each other. but it's very clear that the ukrainians want to keep what they've had. what they've won through very hard-fought battles through their own revolutions. and it's basically for them to stand and fight at this juncture. >> and, david, i want to mention something from the former
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russian president medvedev, he's showing it as a myth, a threat, a figure of speech. sanctions to this point have not deterred vladimir putin whether in crimea or elsewhere. do you think the solutions on the leader will have some practical impact? >> i think over time they may have some practical impact, boris. i think it will take time and that's the difficulty in using sanctions in moments like this where you have urgent needs. and what you're trying to do is get the russian government to stop this brutal invasion. but i think the chances that it would get them to halt this are near zero. the hope there had all been prior to the invasion, that the calculus about long-term damage would be made by putin before he ordered the troops in. we're now past that stage where the sanctions are useful, as a
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deterrent to action. now, they're largely punishment and a signal to others. i wanted to just take up for a very brief moment, boris, on what you heard from the colonel on the question of the president of ukraine staying, zelenskyy staying in kyiv. it's remarkable to think that about this time last week, last saturday, we were watching -- i was in munich, give a speech to the munich security conference, this was all somewhat still in the theoretical. and now he's battling for his country's life. but now as he picks up or if he picks up and leaves at least they have the possibility of keeping a government in exile going. if he does get in the clutches of the russians or imprisoned or killed then the russians can maintain that there is no operating legitimate government of ukraine and they're ready to
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install their own. >> that is a fascinating perspective. and that leads me to my next question, colonel. president zelenskyy has made clear that he believes that his family is among the top targets for russian forces. there have been indications that the russians will not stop at targeting civilians. and the family members of ukrainian leaders and their military. i was listening to an interview with former white house chief of staff former general john kelly the other day. and he made reference to western militaries doing things to avoid civilian casualties. and that not being the tradition of the russian military. can you speak to that? >> i sure can, boris. yeah, it's a very different philosophy of war. you know, if an american military person were to even contemplate going in and deliberating killing civilians, they would be stopped, unless they -- you know, unless they
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actually acted on it. and to them, they would be prosecuted and tried. that is something that is, totally the way of doing business, we don't do it that way. again, the russians do not shy away at all, as general kelly said, from targeting civilians, from basically using deliberate tactics to force the civilian population to bend to their bill. that's the kind of style of tactics that we will see them try to employ in ukraine. and will stiffen the russian opposition. >> even as in scenes like we saw moments ago with clarissa ward standing underneath a residential apartment complex that was apparently targeted, david, that leads me to this following point which is the amount of disinformation coming from the kremlin. and seemingly, seeping its way
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into putin apologists here in the united states. i've repeatedly heard the claim that the west provoked this war by going back on promises made to russians back in the '90s about nato expansion. and we've also heard putin claim that nazis, neo-nazis are running ukraine. drug-addicted neo-nazis. does any of that seem like actual things vladimir putin believes, or are these just pretext for war? >> well, i don't know what he believes. he's made three immediate cases for the pretext for war. one is that the country is run by neo-nazis, i think that is on its face ridiculous. a second that ukraine was trying to develop its own nuclear weapons. he made that case for about a third of his speech earlier this week. there's no evidence of that. and they don't have the infrastructure. the third is the united states is trying to put nuclear weapons and other weapons on ukrainian
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territory. there's no evidence of that. on the natopromises, you know, it's been well reconstructed by many historians, there was a very lengthy conversation with james baker, the then secretary of state under george h.w. bush, over whether nato should expand one inch beyond its original boundaries. they had a lot of hypothetical conversations. the american view was there were no promises made. and in fact, they ended up signing an agreement in which nato was allowed to, or nato was allowed to bring other countries to make their own decision. and of course, ukraine, ultimately made its own decision, to enter nato. so, he is going back, in history, because he wants to rewrite history. he wants to roll the clock back to before that moment, when nato expanded. and that makes you wonder
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whether or not ukraine is the end of this. or whether, if he gets control of ukraine, he's going to keep going. >> that is the fear. and that leads to the question of what exactly the west should do now to stop further aggression down the road. colonel cedric leighton, david sanger, appreciate your insight. thank you both very much, gentlemen. >> you bet. so a report this morning is more than 100,000 people are believed to have left ukraine to find safety from what's happening in that country. the refugee scenario and what is awaiting them. we'll talk about that in a moment. a landscaper. a hunter. becaususe you didn't settle for ordinary. sasame goes for your equipmen. versatile, powerful, durable kubota equipment. more goes into it. so you get more out of it.
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some key republicans are calling for stronger sanctions against russia, but they've been extremely careful in their criticism of president biden, too. gop lawmakers are aiming to put forth a united front and show solidarity with ukraine. >> and they want to avoid giving any more ammunition to president
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putin. cnn national politics reporter eva mckend is slive on capitol hill. eva, good to see you. talk to us what you need recording the tactic. >> well, many republicans, essentially, don't want to give vladimir putin an opening. there is a time for partisanship. right now in this international crisis many don't view that as the best path forward. they say, when it comes to this, they want to stick to point criticisms of president biden on policy and veer away from the personal attacks. we did, of course, see a distasteful tweet from house republicans earlier this week that showed the president's back turned, in trdescribing him as weak. but the adults in the room, the more establishment republicans who have been here a while, their position is that is -- that is not the strategy. they want president biden to know that if he does move
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forward with more aggressive sanctions and more punitive measures against russia that they will in fact have republican support. and this is what everyone is really watching for next week. when republicans and democrats return to capitol hill. they have indicated that they want to move forward on a robust sanctions package. as well as tackle a spending bill that will provide more aid to ukraine. >> but, eva, not all republicans are being quite as measured, right? >> that's right. elise stefanik, she is the third highest ranking republican in the conference, gop conference chair. she described president biden as sectless and weak. and many are questioning whether that's right at the moment, especially when the entire international community is focused on one goal and that is
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de-escalation and peace. boris. >> good point. eva mckend, good to see you, thank you. ukrainians are fleeing the country by the thousands as russian troops advance. we're going to take you live to a train station in poland as images of a refugee crisis begin to emerge. we'll be right bacack. their experts replaced my windshield and recalibrated my car's advanced safety system. ♪ acoustic rock music ♪ >> woman: safelite is the one i trust. they focus on safety so i can focus on this view. >> singers: ♪ safelite repair, safelite replace. ♪ liz, you nerd, cough if you're in here!
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breaking this morning, as air raid supers blair over ukraine, hundreds of people are now fleeing their homes. they're going to neighboring countries like romania and poland. and in many cases, this disembarking here in lviv, ukraine's western most border. there's no place left in ukraine that's safe from moscow's assault. >> cnn's scott mclean is there with us from a train station.
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scott, talk to us about what you're witnessing right now. >> reporter: hey, christi, yeah, a crowd of people are actually waiting for a train that has just arrived here in from lviv in ukraine. this train has been delayed by six hours because it's taking, so, so long for ukrainians to actually process everybody's passports and give everybody an exit stamp. ukraine is not allowing men between ages of 18 and 60 to leave the country. i just want to talk to someone else. it's important to keep in mind while the polish authorities say 100,000 ukrainians have fled the country since all of this began. not everyone is leaving. some people is actually going back. i met this woman christina, you're actually going back to
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l lviv, why? >> yeah, because my little son is there, i have two grandparents, old and sick, they cannot move, they have no option. >> you were working in the uk, when you heard the news about what was going on, you made arrangements to go back as soon as you could? >> i actually was planning to go back three weeks from now. i had to change my plain tickets over the night. just to fly to poland. and across the border. i didn't know how it's going to be. but, yes, it's very stressful. i have almost like a nervous breakdown, and, yeah, that's -- >> what are you worried about most? >> i'm worried about most, something would happen while i'm there. but since i get there, i'll be more relaxed, i think. >> all right. >> worried but not as much as i worry now. >> are you worried about your own safety, just getting there? >> no, no, no. i'm worried -- because in lviv, we live close to the airport. so one side is the airport.
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the other side is a big huge tank plant. so, i'm worried not worried abo safety as much. >> what have you been telling your son about what's happening inside your country? >> not much because he's 9, and i don't want him to stress too much. because he's hearing sirens from time to time now in lviv, where where we have air emergency. and he is really getting scared. and i don't want him to know, you know, what war is yet. so, we haven't been talking much about it, to be honest. >> do you have any plans to leave the country with your son and with your parents? >> no. as i said, i also have two grandparents, they are sick, grandmothers, great grandmothers to my son. and we can't. and actually, quite scared that
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so many people are fleeing the country, leaving and having left their elderly, you know, at home. and well, who will take care of them? and how is it going to be? so, we can't all leave the country. >> you just don't think there's any way realistically to be able to get your elderly grandparents or parents out of the country safely? >> of course, we have a house there. we have a life there. where do we go? where do we go? i mean, you can -- if one person can possibly flee the country and have some temporary shelter and some other life. but there's so many of us. and i don't think it's realistic. no, i don't want to go. i don't want to leave my city. >> are you optimistic that you'll be able -- that your son will be able to grow up in ukraine in the future in a safe country? >> i am, actually. i really hope for that. i pray for that. but we don't know how it's going
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to be. and putin is a crazy man. he is a psychopath. and he's a narcissist, i hope somebody would eliminate because he's one of the greatest terrorist in the world. and terrorists should be eliminated. and i hope, i hope europe, america, they join their forces and just do that. >> well, best of luck getting back to lviv, best of luck to the safety of your family, of course. boris and christi, this is just one story of many, many more people fleeing the country. one thing to keep in mind, these folks coming here by train, they're in some ways the lucky ones, even though they're having to wait for hours and hours on the border. the border, the polish border authorities say that the wait for the ukrainian side to get out of the country is in some cases 24 hours. so if you can imagine waiting outdoors at a pedestrian crossing maybe with kids, maybe with a baby.
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just trying to get out of the country. that's a pretty stressful situation. and that is exactly what's happening to tens of thousands of ukrainians right now. >> and, scott, you really explained to people why they stay. or why they go back. because it comes down to family and parents. scott mclean, we appreciate it so much. thank k you. we'll be right back.k. romance is in the air. like these two. he's realizing he's in loveve. and that hisis dating app just went up. must be fate. and phil. he forgot a gift, so he's sending the happy couple some money. digital tools so impressive, you just can't stop banking. what would you like the power to do?
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♪ ♪ democrats in congress calling on president biden to release emergency oil reserves in the wake of russia's invasion of ukraine. yesterday, the national average price for regular gas, you probably noticed it, climbed to $3.57 that's according to aaa. it's up three cents in just a day. and 23 cents in a month.
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now, this conflict in ukraine is pushing already record high inflation even higher. how much of that will be passed on to you, the consumer? julie freelander is director of the economic council state craft initiative. we appreciate you taking time to be with us here, ma'am. let's talk about what the analysts are saying, $4 a gallon gas likely to be widespread across the country in a matter of weeks. do you actually expect us to see that sooner and how else will americans feel this? >> thank you for having me. and thank you to cnn for the excellent coverage of this conflict. the oil price is volatile. actually looking at it yesterday, the price rose over $100 a barrel and sunk again. this is a question of the markets reading the situation on the ground in ukraine and whether the government is going to take action against russia and oil and gas equities. whether europe is going to do
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that as well. i'm confident that the biden administration is doing everything it can to message that it's going to keep prices down as much as possible. although biden has said, prepare, this is the one aspect of the crisis in ukraine that might touch u.s. consumers. >> and around the world, improving the sanctions against russia. the question is the time line, we know to feel the sanctions it takes time. it's not expeditious. with that said, what is your expectation about when the effects of sanctions reach president putin in russia? will it do so before he may reach his military goal in ukraine? >> well, short of the military goal in ukraine is, unfortunately, you cannot stop tanks with banks. what we see on the ground, physical movement of russian
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materiel is out of the outreach. on banks on sovereign debt, the enterprises will slowly degrade the enterprise's ability to prop up the economy and financial sector over the next course of weeks or months we should see the russian economy suffer from these measures. again, it's not immediate, russia entered this crisis with a good financial position, but i think the west is very united and well prepared to hold russia to account for these actions as much as it can through financial means. >> let me ask you about this, president biden's sanctions failed to target russia's energy sector, likely due to targeting european allies in global markets. if your view is that a missed opportunity there? >> this is the one achilles' heel against russia. they're a petro state.
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this is their major export. they're the second largest exporter globally. this is not something to take lightly. of course it hits the european allies the most but us at home. oil and gas are mobile traded commodities so the price at the pump is determined by what happened in eastern europe. so again, this is something to be taken seriously. i anticipate that the russians may consider gas and oil equities as a way to countervail the measures. we have to hang tight here. the criticism of biden is legitimate and something to be considered down the line. again as we escalate through the banking sector measures we look for the russians hit by this, too. >> there's a lot of news in the last 24 hours about the sanctions that have been brought that directly point and target president putin. but with that said, it's also been noted they're primarily just symbolic. what is the potency of a symbolic sanction like that?
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>> well, for someone like putin it does hit close to home. he is a bit of an egotist. and so the symbol is he sanctioning the leader, in traditional sanctions is actually to signal regime change. this may not be the case in the u.s. government right now but it's showing the strong side. he's joining the club of lukashenko in belarus and syria. the other thing we do over time, these can-l track and hold up his massive assets overseas. >> julia, we appreciate your expertise. thank you for taking time to talk to us this morning. >> thank you for having me. >> of course. coming up, the international space station may be millions of miles away from the fighting in ukraine. but the russian invasion could have a real impact for those living on the iss. we'll be right back. we're definitely not lit. i mean seriouslyly, we named ourselves
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well, president biden has made history in one nomination. judge ketanji brown jackson as his supreme court pick if confirmed, judge jackson will be the first black woman to sit on the highest court. >> she currently sits on d.c.'s federal appellate court and she's been considered the front-runner for the vacancy since justice stephen breyer announced he would be retiring.
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judge jackson said she's hoping to inspire others. >> if i'm fortunate enough to be confirm as the next associate justice of the supreme court of the united states, i can only hope that my life and career, my love of this country and the constitution and my commitment to upholding the rule of law and the sacred principles upon which this great nation was founded will inspire future generations of americans. >> now, despite gop perspective, they do hope to have a vote by mid-april. and russia's invasion of ukraine is threatening to harm the relationship between u.s. and russia in a place you may not have thought about, in space. >> the new sanctions from the united states have a potential to, quote, destroy our cooperation on the international space station. cnn's space and defense correspondent kristin fisher
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walks us through the possible impact the invasion has on the relationship in outer space. >> reporter: good morning, boris and christi. right now, there are four u.s. astronaut, two russian cos cosmonauts and german all living and working aboard the international space station put right now, the space agency is saying the that actions have a possibility to destroy the relationship. and this has gone uninterrupted for up to 20 years up in the international space station it's divided into two sections. the russian section and the u.s. section and they're closely intertwined. the u.s. section provided electricity, and the russian section provides propulsion. it's the engines for the entire space station. and it's critical to make sure it stays in the right orbit, in the right location in space. so on thursday, after president biden came out and announced the
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new sanctions on russia's space sector, dmitri rogozin threatened to allow the propulsion, the engines, allow them to turn off, not work. what that would do is potentially allow the space station to fall past to work. listen to the words that dmitri rogozin used, he said, quote, if you block cooperation with us, who will save the international space station from an uncontrolled deorbit and fall into the united states. the result is falling on india and china. do you want to threaten them with such a prospect? the iss does not fly over russia. therefore all the risks are yours. are you ready for them? he's known for making statements
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like this. they usually come with bluster. he did this in 2014. issued a similar statement to u.s. sanctions. nothing happened back then to this partnership. nasa is certainly hoping this is the case. they put out a statement, saying, nasa continues to work with all the international partners, including roscosmos with the ongoing safe operations of the international space station. the new export control measures will don't allow u.s./russia civil space cooperation. hoping without a doubt, the partnership with russia and the united states it has been tested perhaps more than it ever has before. boris and christi. >> thank you so much. ukraine's president volodymyr zelenskyy is vowing to stay and fight the russian troops invading his country. our coverage continues after a quick break. (man) oh, no, no, after you. wahoooo!
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♪ good morning, and welcome to your "new day." we're always so grateful to have your company. it is saturday, february 26th. i'm christi paul. >> great to be with you as always, christi. i'm boris sanchez. thank you so much for starting your morning with us. we begin with the fierce fight for the heart of ukraine, as the russian invasion ravages capital city kyiv. a once bustling metropolis of nearly 3 million people.


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