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welcome to all of you watching us here in the united states, canada and all around the world, i'm kim brunhuber at cnn world headquarters in atlanta following breaking news on the war in ukraine. just ahead -- >> translator: we are standing and we will continue to fight until the end. >> all the territory is being constantly shelled by heavy artillery. they use any possible means of heavy bombardment.
>> the russian rocket hit this exact route right here. >> we just don't know what the future is going to be. how putin will redirect, redeploy the forces. >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. it is 11 a.m. in ukraine where russian forces appear to be focusing more of their fury on the eastern donbas region without letting up on the capitol, kyiv. authorities in luhansk and donetsk. here's the ukrainian president. >> translator: the situation in the southern direction and in the donbas remains extremely diff difficult. russian troops are accumulating the potential for strikes and powerful blows.
kharkiv remains a major striking point. ukrainian soldiers claim they've liberated a village east of kharkiv. it shows burned out russian tanks, homes and cars destroyed. meanwhile, the governor of belgorod, russia, says they attacked a fuel depot. belgorod is just across the border. and president zelenskyy announced two of his top generals have been stripped of their ranks and removed. he didn't give a specific reason. made it clear he regarded the two as traitors. listen to this. >> translator: today another decision was made regarding anti-heroes. i do not have time to deal with all the traitors, but gradually they will all be punished. >> cnn has correspondents covering the latest developments. we will hear from christiane
amanpour from kyiv, matt rivers and nina dos santos in london. we begin with phil black in lviv, ukraine. let's start with the reports of russian troop movement in some areas. russia says withdrawal. >> reporter: it's not the assessment of going straight home. they are refueling and going back into battle. we are also hearing about russian troops pulling out from chernobyl. this was all captured by the russians in the earliest weeks. now it seems quite suddenly they have decided to leave entirely. we are told by ukrainian
officials there are simply none of them there. they say we can't verify this, some of the russian soldiers while they were there were digging trenches and fortifications in some of the areas that are still radioactive. meanwhile, this daring raid across the border which has resulted in destruction of a fuel depot. what the russians are saying is two ukrainian military helicopters flew into russian air space and struck and destroyed this particular fuel depot. no casualties but significant damage to the infrastructure. if true, this is a pay back of a type because russian missiles
have been targeting fuel depots for some days now. this is the sort of reciprocal measure that could perhaps in some way impact russia's ability to move around and conduct military operations. >> phil, there were hopes that a humanitarian corridor might bring some relief to besieged mariupol that so far at least the city's mayor says so far russian forces haven't allowed any supplies in. what's the latest there? >> reporter: there are often humanitarian corridors out of mariupol. these are for people driving themselves out. what they haven't been able to do with any real success so far is send in buses to get out large numbers of people who don't have their own forms of transportation and also to send in trucks with aid, food, medicine, the stuff that tens of thousands, more than 100,000 people in that city still need. there's been an effort over the
last 24 hours to get a fleet of 45 buses in there. they didn't make it yesterday. we understand they were stopped and still somewhere around the city of donetsk. this is a russian-controlled city. this corridor is going to be open again today. there is some hope these buses will be able to make it to mariupol and be able to make it to the citizens who want to get out. >> so critical. we'll be looking for that. phil black in lviv, ukraine. thank you so much. the ukraine bean soldiers who have so far successfully defended the capitol kyiv say it's their stronger morale and spirit that gives them the advantage. still, life for ukrainians are becoming increasingly difficult with basic essentials in short supply. we have more from christiane amanpour from a battered suburb in kyiv. >> reporter: the first thing you
notice approaching the front northeast of kyiv are the lines of villagers, they receive a bag of bread and basics to get them through these difficult days. the first week of the war a shell hit us near the greenhouse. we barely survived, says this woman. we had help from strangers around us. they gave us bread and canned food. we wouldn't have managed otherwise. no one here knows when this war will end or whether russia still has designs on kyiv. the front line is about a mile a away. for now an uneasy calm is here. we have to clamber over the bridge they downed to see the armored column they managed to take out. the refr bank is littered with their skeletons. this was a turkey shoot. russian armored vehicles came
off the road to avoid the antitank mines only to find themselves unable to cross the bridge and unable to reverse in time. ukrainian forces tell us none of the soldiers inside survived. a little further up the road two tanks have been blasted almost to smithereens. 40-year-old yevgeni proudly tells us this was his handiwork. >> we all have have one role, to keep the enemy off our land, he says. first thing they did after seeing the village, they started to shell houses just like that. they didn't see us. they didn't know we were here so they just started to work on houses so i took the tank in my sites and i fired a rocket and good-bye to him. the destroyed vehicles are stamped with an o. ukrainian officers here tells us this identifies them as russian units that entered from belarus to the north. olig is the officer who
commanded this. >> i can tell you we are trained better, he tells me. we have stronger morale and spirit because we are at home. they are afraid but they go because they're made to. he's been battle hardened ever since the first russian invasion in 2014. he says his side has enough weapons, ammunition and determination to win. i can tell you i'm almost sure the russians are regrouping and not retreating, he says. besides, we are preparing ourselves to go forward. we're not preparing just to defend here. u.s. and british intelligence say putin seems to have, quote, massively misjudged this situation, and clearly overestimated the abilities of his military to secure a rapid victory. this old lady tells us i have seen one war and here we go again. i wish putin would go away. the people of this land remain stalwart and the soldiers remain
dug in hoping they can continue to withstand whatever putin has in store for them next. christiane amanpour, cnn, east of kyiv. there is growing speculation in the west that vladimir putin may not have a clear understanding of how poorly his military has performed over the past month. here's what president biden said on thursday. >> he seems to be, i'm not saying this with a certainty, he seems to be self-isolating and there's some indication that he has fired, put under house arrest some of his advisers. i don't want to put too much stock into that at this time because we don't have too much hard evidence. >> before biden said that the kremlin was already pushing back the notion that putin was being misinformed when the war. a kremlin said it was
regrettable that they didn't understand the russian decision making. ukraine is asking the u.s. for more reconnaissance and attack drones. tom foreman has the details. >> reporter: beneath the roar of artillery blasts, evidence of another strike appears. >> the terror aspect of these weapons is a significant psychological factor on the battlefield. >> reporter: unlike massive military drones which fly hundreds of miles an hour over vast distances often to drop missiles and return home, loitering munition drones are
small, slow, disposable. the switchblade 300, for example, weighs less than 6 pounds and can be carried in a backpack. it will cruise about 60 miles an hour for 15 minutes while on board cameras and gps hunt for nearby enemy assets. once the target is spotted and the command is given, the drone can sprint up to 600 miles an hour, dive and explode on impact, but as the battle has raged, military analysts say the ukrainians who have such drones, too, have turned the tables on russians using them to much more deadly effect. >> my personal guess is that probably about 20 to 30% of the kills that the ukrainians are registering against russian armor and against, you know, other russian entities is probably due to their very successful employment of these drones. >> reporter: according to analysts, kamikaze drones fit
perfectly with the small, fast moving squads favored by the ukrainians. the weapons are hard to detect and can penetrate positions miles away. several systems of varying size, speed, capability appear to be in use and the united states is committing to boost the ukrainian effort with 100 of those switchblade systems. >> which demonstrates our commitment to sending our most cutting edge systems to ukraine for its defense. >> reporter: these drones aren't big but its impact is growing by the day if only because in the very noisy space of war, these tiny killer drones can strike suddenly and quietly like a bolt from a clear blue sky. tom foreman, cnn, washington. coming up, cnn talks to a new mother who made the treacherous journey out of ukraine so her child would be born away from the horrors of war. stay with us.
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more than half of them have gone to poland, smaller countries like moldova are also taking in refugees. moldova is struggling to handle the more than 300,000 ukrainians who came into the country. most of them want to return home, if there is a home to return to. they don't know when that will happen. >> translator: we have apartments. we have houses. we have places in the countryside. well, everything is there. it's not like we left ukraine because we wanted to. we want to go home. i'm already crying. had to drop everything and just leave. >> now of course these refugees are more than just numbers. nearly all of those who are fleeing are women and children and in some cases women about to have children and it's making a hard journey even tougher. our kim la has the details. >> reporter: born just hours ago in poland, baby adelina is
already -- is it hard to be happy? it is, she says. adelina is her first child. you feel guilty? why? because i left, she says. left her home in western ukraine. the war had begun. the bombing neared their city. pavlechenko escaped by bus. walked to the border. paramedics rushed her to the hospital. she delivered a month early separated from her family. my mother, sister, grandparents still in ukraine. he's killing our people, she says, of vladimir putin. how could anyone be so cruel? >> i'm terrified. i'm terrified that something like this can happen that you can leave your everyday life and all of a sudden because of
decisions you have no influence on there is a war and you have to flee. it's unbelievable. it's terrifying. >> dr. magda dutsch is a psychologist. she's seen 80 people, treated cancer patients. >> translator: i ran with my granddaughter in my arms, she says. missiles had already blown out the windows in their building. as they fled something exploded. her city is now occupied by russians. >> reporter: she's grateful for the treatment. christina is one of the doctors. we're not using her last name because she, herself, is also a refugee from ukraine. a mother of a 5-year-old and a wife of a ukrainian military man. your husband? >> my husband has been in the
military since 2014. at the moment he's in lviv. >> reporter: you had to leave your husband behind? >> yes, she says. now in warsaw. i can't sit and do nothing. i have this opportunity here to help women who fled this country. with each breath baby adelina offers her mother a respite from the war. what will you tell your daughter about her birth? the truth, she says. we will tell her everything as it was. she should know the truth. >> reporter: all the ukrainian patients you've seen in this story, that health care is being covered by the government in poland including all the care once they leave the hospital. the ministry of health says 197 ukrainian children have been born in poland since this war began. warsaw, poland. now i want to bring in the team lead for the care organization which is helping refugees in warsaw, poland.
thank you so much for being here with us. as i mentioned earlier, more than 4 million refugees, more than half going to poland where you are. what's the situation there and how are you coping with this influx? >> people arriving at the border are in need of everything. they also need hot food and drinks as temperatures are still remaining freezing. it's snowing today in warsaw as well. there is a huge need for services to help people transit on to their final destinations as well as regular and clear information on transportation. now there are many humanitarian aid centers at the border points as well as across poland. >> reporter: refugees stay for a day or two while they find longer term accommodation.
>> i just want to ask you. there are so many people coming to organizations like yours. so many people with inspiring stories about the pregnant woman there. what struck you? >> yeah, what strikes me is the generosity and support of the polish people. polish organizations and the polish government as well as organizations like ours. i see enormous number of people, volunteers in all of these crossing centers who stay there, work for hours, most of the day. many of them, they take refugees home. for instance, i was in a refugee center here in warsaw last week and i heard story when a volunteer who has three children of his own, he took another family with three children, one
of them was born in the refugee center. he says now he has six children. >> gosh. that's amazing. i mean, we're seeing the best of humanity alongside with, of course, the worst with the war and the fact that russia's ground invasion hasn't gone as planned, so that's good news from a ukrainian military standpoint but could it mean a harsher outcome as russia is changing tactics and attacking more civivilian targets? how big a concern is this and how might that put even more pressure on civilians to evacuate? >> well, we see that refugees are still coming over the border. there was a slight decrease in the number of refugees over the last week, but unless the conflict is over, we think that people will plea for safety and
unfortunately that's what we're seeing so far. we hope the conflict is over and people can go back to ukraine and rebuild their lives where organizations like care will be ready to support them but in the meantime we're here together with our partners, together with the people of poland, local governments providing all essential support. >> well, with most of the men in ukraine staying behind. so many of the vulnerable are women and children. your organization has warned of an increased risk of trafficking and exploitation. why is that? how do you prevent that? >> we see there is trafficking and gender-based violence in many different situations. obviously the risk is here in poland as well because as you said, most of refugees are women and children and many are
traveling alone. they have poor access to vital health services. so the best way to address this is to have information at the border and along travel routes. they know what to expect once they cross the border. they know what services can be available for them, who provides those services. which cities and areas are set up to receive refugees, where there are accommodation and employment opportunities. most importantly, what to do if they experience a challenge or crisis. >> a huge challenge ahead. appreciate all of the work you're doing. david, thank you so much for joining us. >> thank you. and if you would like to help people in ukraine who may need shelter, food and water, please go to cnn.com/impact,
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morning by two ukrainian helicopters. ukraine's defense ministry has no information about it. belgorod is across the border from kharkiv. elsewhere, the u.s. says russian military fire appears to be concentrated on four areas in ukraine including the capitol. according to a senior defense official, russian air attacks have stepped up. hundreds of sortis. they appear to be shifting their focus to the donbas region. moscow is bringing in reinforcements from georgia. here is president zelenskyy. >> translator: they said three or five days. they thought this would be enough for them to seize our entire state and it's already 36 and we are standing and we will continue to fight until the end. >> this came to cnn a short time ago. an adviser to the mayor of
mariupol says russian forces haven't allowed aid supplies to reach the besieged city. the city remains closed to entry and very dangerous to exit. diplomacy is picking up momentum in two countries not complying with international condemnations of the kremlin. indian officials are meeting with russian foreign minister sergei lavrov who thanked india for not taking sides. these images came in from new delhi while in china leaders are likely to face blow back from the eu during a virtual summit that gets underway at this hour. cnn's kristie lu stout is covering that. take us through what they're intending to discuss and how tense the discussions might be? >> reporter: yeah. this is going to be tense. we have a high level virtual summit between the eu and china.
we know 30 minutes ago, 4:30 p.m., there is a working session. in another four hours there is another working session with chinese president xi jinping. they're going to keep the focus on ukraine and china's relationship with russia after the invasion. in a run up to the high level virtual summit, we heard from a senior eu official who accused china of providing political support to russia and its assault on ukraine. this was a strongly worded statement he said, the veil is there. it fools no one.
a breakthrough is not expected to come out of the summit especially as they continue. sergei lavrov had meetings with his chinese counterpart in china's province. they did not indicate they were going to join in the western condemnation. in fact, just the opposite. after day one of meetings we got this statement from a spokesman from china's ministry of foreign affairs. the relationship has, quote, no ceiling. this was said, there is no ceiling for china/russia cooperation. no ceiling for us to safeguard security and no ceiling for us to oppose hegemony. a declaration of no ceiling after the invasion, this coming months after that declaration of no limits in the relationship
between xi jinping and vladimir putin before the invasion in february. back to you, kim. >> we'll be following that summit which gets underway at this hour. kristie lu stout, thank you so much. the international energy agency is planning to hold an emergency meeting in the coming hours after the president announced a record release of 180 million barrels of oil from the strategic reserves. america's move sets the stage for other nagszs to release oil as well. here's biden's reason. >> this is a war time bridge to release oil supply until production ramps up this year. it is by far the largest release of our national reserve in our history. it will provide an historic amount of supply for an historic amount of time. a six-month bridge to the fall. >> now let's take a look at what
the oil markets look like in the wake of biden's announcement. brent crude down 5%. about $105 a barrel. in the last two months oil has gone from under $100 a barrel up to $130 and back again under $100. meanwhile, moscow is threatening to cut off its gas supplies to european countries unless they pay in rubles. have a look at this map here. you can see the pipe luns from russia to europe. unfriendly nations must pay in rubles or contracts will be suspended with the new rules set to take effect today. eu officials say they won't be black mailed. they will stick to existing agreements in euros only. the u.k. says it won't accept putin's demands either. nina dos santos has the latest. the ongoing tension over russian energy heating up. what's the latest? >> reporter: the latest is
countries like germany that relies on russia for 55% of the gas and energy needs is moving to phase one of a three-stage and they have to turn the lights off and think about conserving every kilowatt they can. further down the line we could see a containment of suppliers of gas from russia to germany. speed limits on highways and freeways, perhaps even shorter working weeks for the big german neverers as well. this is really concerning for the e.u., however, at the same time, what they're saying is they're still studying the presidential decree vladimir putin signed amid great fap fair. russia appears not willing to cut off gas supplies right now but the threat is still hanging in the balance. here's what the eu's economic
affairs commission had to say about how the eu would absolutely not be black mailed over energy. >> we've got contracts to be respected. i understand the maneuver which is behind this because, of course, the russian economy was severely hit by the sanctions. the rubles need to be reinforced by putin. all of this is part of the game, but our reaction wasn't justified by this war so at the end, final point, we will not be blackmailed. >> what exactly is vladimir putin doing? if you look at the details of this plan, it's a little bit more nuanced than originally appeared to be the case yesterday. what he's suggesting here is new account is made by gazprom bank
and that countries could continue to pay in the currency, their own currency into that account and then it would be converted into rubles. why is vladimir putin deciding to do this? on the one hand it is a face saving exercise to push back against the international pressure of sanctions but it also gives russia something it badly needs, which is foreign reserve currencies. remember, the central bank has been shut out of half of its currency reserves and that's had a huge impact on the ruble which has tumbled in value, kim. >> thank you very much. lots of happy people in italy where the government is starting to phase out some covid restrictions. live in rome with how life is changing coming up. stay with us. ix key indicators of brain performance. more brain pererformance? yes, please! neuriva. think bigger.
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calls it an agreement in principle but half of the money is expected to go towards therapeutics with other funding to replenish critical resources to fight covid. they wanted double that amount but had to scale back expectations. >> we are hopeful congress is making progress. the president has been very clear there is a strong sense of urgency here. congress's failure to act is already having severe consequences including on our supply of antibody and treatments for the immunocompromised. >> a bipartisan group of senators is pushing to extend the pandemic relief program that gives more school students relief wavers. the plan was started to help schools cope with supply chain and labor shortages. members of the u.s. navy can no longer be removed from active duty because they didn't get a covid vaccine.
a federal judge in texas made the ruling thursday after class action lawsuits originally brought by a group of navy s.e.a.l.s. more than 4,000 sailors are still unvaccinated because they requested religious exemption from a vaccination mandate. even though their separation proceedings have stopped, they are not deploying unvaccinated service members. pregnant women are almost twice as likely to get breakthrough cases of covid-19. two separate groups analyzed the effects of certain groups with break through infections. the study found people with organ transplants and immune deficiencies are on the risk. the city has now put western parts of the city under lockdown and it will last until april 5th. parts of eastern shanghai are
still under lockdown for up to nine more days. officials plan on lifting that lockdown on friday and they changed the plans. the city announced you must have a negative covid test to leave shanghai. after more than two years italy's coronavirus state lockdown has expired. let's bring in barbie nadeau. huge relief. what's the mood there? >> reporter: the mood is great about this. this has been a long two years for so many people especially coming up to the easter holiday. this year people can celebrate how they want. this is traditionally the beginning of tourist season. people are excited.
since the end of the state of emergency, what it really means is they can no longer mandate a lockdown and curfews. people can go forward without a constant worry of what will happen next as numbers start to rise. >> that's interesting. if the numbers get worse, then the government won't be able to snap back the old restrictions. what will they be able to do? >> reporter: you know, they could eventually i suppose if something goes bad have another state of emergency. nobody thinks that will happen. this is a country that is heavily vaccinated. more than 80% of the country are fully vaccinated and many more boosted. people are in compliance. the older restrictions are being phased out slowly. as of may 1 the mask mandate
indoors will be over. as of today you can go to theater, museum without health card requirement but you still need it to go to other venues, like to go to a gym or a spa or things like that. the restrictions aren't just over yet, they're being phased out. >> so then let's look at the rest of europe. >> the numbers are climbing up in the rest of europe. that's allowed other countries to feel they can start getting back to normal. that's especially important for the economy and people who have lost so much over the course of the last two years. just returning to normal means a lot. europe was really, really locked down, italy especially. getting back to normal is something everybody is looking forward to, kim.
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>> they were saying, you know, this is battery was the word they used in that moment. they said, we will go get him. we are prepared. we're prepared to get him right now. you can press charges, we can arrest him. they were laying out the options and as they were talking chris was -- he was being very dismissive of those options. he was like, no, i'm fine. he was like, no, no, no. >> a source tells cnn that smith apologized to academy leadership during a 30-minute zoom call. the academy saying his actions would have consequences. he's maintained a low profile except for a public statement admitting he was out of line. the draw for this year's world cup is hours away. 32 nations will be split into eight groups to compete in qatar. there will be newcomers. amanda davies has a preview from
doha. >> reporter: as host qatar prepare for their debut as a world cup final, they're guaranteed to place in group a and find themselves alongside some of the biggest names in the game. doesn't get much bigger than christian reinaldo and they have the defending champs, france, brazil, spain. european champions italy are missing after failing to qualify for the second world cup in a row, but the netherlands are back and a side that many will be looking to avoid from cop 2. alongside germany, the 2014 champion very much looking to make amends from the disastrous defense of their title in russia. the 2018 runner's up croatia are
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definitely “not” watching basketball. not us. i wouldn't do that. this is cnn breaking news. good morning, everyone. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world, i'm laura jarrett. >> i'm christine romans and john berman is in lviv, ukraine. what are you seeing today? >> good morning to both of you. heavy shelling underway this morning in eastern ukraine. officials say that heavy fire is concentrated around kharkiv in the north east and liuhansk