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this is cnn breaking news. >> hello and welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm john vause life in lviv, ukraine, and on day 51 on vladimir putin war of choice, his guided missile cruiser the moskva now at the bottom of the black sea, sent there either by an ukrainian missile attack or incompetence by russian soldiers. either way a huge blow. live from atlanta, i'm michael homes. 95% of china's new covid cases in one city. we'll take you inside the lockdown in shanghai. >> with a crew of 510 of the very latest in high-tech weaponry, the moskva was the
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crown jewel of russia's black sea naval fleet, a symbol of national pride and naval firepower. and now the guided missile cruiser has sunk, the victim of an apparent missile strike by the ukrainian military. satellite images show the moskva in port in crimea just last week. sources say u.s. and western intelligence believe ukrainian's claim of a missile strike are credible. russia says a fire broke out on board the ship, igniting munitions. it was famous for snake island when its crew told coast guardsmen to surrender. the ukrainians responded telling the ship where to go. the strike on the moskva is just the first. there is much more to come. and in the u.s., the pentagon press secretary played up the victory for the ukraine. >> this is a big blow to the black sea fleet. this is a cruiser, a very, very capable warship with almost 500 sail owners board, and a key
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part of their efforts to execute some sort of naval dominance in the black sea. so this is going to have an effect on their capabilities. >> a senior u.s. defense official now says the first russian troops which withdrew from northern ukraine to regroup now appearing in the donbas region of eastern ukraine, parts which are already controlled by mosquito-backed separatists. much of the area is enduring constant bombardment. civilians are paying a heavy price. the price civilians are playing in one town. >> reporter: the town is no stranger to war. eight years, this has been the front line of ukraine's battle with russian-backed separatists. people here are used to shelling. they have never experienced anything like this. a missile can be heard overhead as an emotional man approaches us.
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"they smashed the old part of town," he says. as we talk, the artillery intensifies. i told him it's better to go home now because there is a lot of shelling. and he said there is more shelling where he lives. as russia prepares a major offensive in the east, frontline towns like this one are getting pummelled. so you can hear constant bombardment. this is the bomb shelter down here. but you can see this building has already been hit. more than 40 people are now living in what used to be a clothing store. lita and her two sons have been here for three weeks. she wants to leave but says her
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boys are too scared to go outside. "we're afraid to stay and afraid to go," she tells us. "but it's fate, whether you run or don't run." an apartment block, an icon of the virgin mary has been painted. a plea for protection, but there is no respite in the bombardment. if we look over here, you can see the remnants of some fresh strikes. 37-year-old government worker radoslav looks at what remains of his family home. he takes us inside to see the full-scale of the destruction.
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it's completely destroyed. >> nothing. >> reporter: mercifully, no one was at home at the time of the strike. >> it was for the albums. my children photograph. >> reporter: his family has already left, but he says he plans to stay. "i'm afraid, like anybody else. only the dead aren't afraid," he tells us. but a lot of people are still here in adifka, living in bomb shelters, and we need to support them. th authorities say roughly 2,000 people remain in this town. there is no water, no heat. electricity is spotty. the local school has become a hub to gather aid and distribute to it the community. volunteer igor spends his days visiting the elderly and
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disabled. today he is checking in on 86-year-old lydia. petrified and alone, he has yet to find an organization willing to come and evacuate her. when there is no electricity and it's so dark and there is shelling, she says, you can't imagine how scary it is. she tells us she recites prayers to get through the night. "i never imagined that my end would be like this," she says. "you can't even die here because there is no one to provide a burial ceremony." for igor, it is agony not to be able to do more. "i promise you," he says, "i will help you to be evacuated." as we leave, lydia is reluctant to say goodbye. it is terrifying to live through this time, to do it alone is torture. it's so nice to see real people,
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she says. probably it's going to get worse. a prediction all but certain to come true as a second russian offensive draws near. meantime, the kremlin is warning against the further expansion of nato, threatening consequences should finland and sweden join the alliance. former president dmitry medvedev who is now a part of russia's security council says such a move would cause the russian authority to more than double its forces on the western flank. he says the baltic countries would lose their nonnuclear status. but finland and sweden are edging to apply for membership. a decision is expected in weeks. the head of the cia warns russia's threat must be taken seriously, and the russian president vladimir putin has an increased appetite for risk as this war goes badly for him. >> given the potential desperation of president putin
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and the russian leadership, given the setbacks that they've faced so far militarily, none of us can take lightly the threat propose bade potential resort to tactical nuclear weapons or low yield nuclear weapons. >> joining me now is stephen pifer, a william perry fellow at stanford university. mr. ambassador, thank you for taking the time. i guess there are still concerns that russia could turn this disaster of a military offensive around with some kind of success in the south and the east. cnn's fareed zakaria wrote this in "the washington post." if that happen, russia will have turned ukraine into an economically crippled rump state, land locked and threatened on three sides by russian military power, always vulnerable to another military incursion from moscow. here is the thing. for the past 51 days, the past assessments of the russian military has been way too confident and the experts seem
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to keep getting it wrong. why should they suddenly get this right? >> well, i'm not sure at this point that the russians can prevail. you have seen over the last 50 days a remarkably determined and tenacious ukrainian defense. they have driven back the russians. the russians have withdrawn from north of kyiv. the russians have withdrawn elsewhere in northern ukraine, and it appears the russian military has significantly downsized its objective. it's no longer trying to take kyiv or the eastern two-thirds of the ukraine. it's focused now on donbas. so i'm not going to make the assumption that the russian military can in fact win this fight. >> in the early days when that russian invasion began, it seemed like the best, most likely outcome for ukraine would be to officially recognize what was the status quo, acknowledge areas of ukraine controlled by moscow-backed separatists, recognize russia's illegal annexation of crimea. that's really changed now. that is not on the table
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anymore. the ukrainians are going for a lot more here. >> well, i think so. there was a readiness by ukrainian president zelenskyy to negotiate, but there was no sign that the russians were prepared to do anything other than advance their maximalist demands. the russians believe, the kremlin still seems to believe they can achieve victory on the battlefield be, the ukrainians have gained a lot of confidence over the last seven weeks with their ability thus far to stymie russian plans. and i think that confidence is perhaps in getting them the sense that they in fact can prevail on the battlefield, or at least prevent the russians from prevailing. and that gives them a much stronger position if and when you get to a negotiation. >> so that's the question. what does victory look like for ukraine? and are the ukrainian on the same page as the u.s., as nato and the europeans? >> well, i think the ukrainian
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definition, ideally the ukrainians would like to drive the russians out of ukraine and get back at least to the status quo on february 23. zelenskyy, as i said is also i think prepared to negotiate. he wants to stop the killing of ukrainians. and there is going to be some hard decisions. on the one hand, zelenskyy wants to stop the killing of ukrainians. he also has positions of principle that he wants to protect. and my guess is he understands that some concessions, if you were to consider them, might face some blowback from the ukrainian population, which i think is becoming more determined as a result of this fighting. so it seems to me that the position for the united states in the west is let zelenskyy and his government determine the terms of any settlement, if it gets to that point. we can't tell him to accept a bad deal, and also, if there is a deal that he believes ukrainians are interested, we should not tell him not to take that deal. it should be his lead. >> absolutely. putin is looking like a total
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loser out of this in many ways. the russian economy is heavily sanctioned. it will be suffering from those sanctions for a generation or nor. nato is likely to expand. his military is being exposed as a paper tiger in all this. when does that start to impact on his hold on the leadership, on the presidency of russia? >> that's a really good question, because if you look at this war, it really has been an unmitigated disaster for russia. you know, they've taken perhaps as many as 10,000 to 15,000 soldiers killed in action. thousands of pieces of military equipment destroyed. they galvanized the west, sweden and finland now express readiness to join nato because they see that in their security interests. and you have these sanctions, which are just beginning to take their toll on the russian economy, which the world bank expects to contract by 11% this year. i don't see how anybody in moscow could consider this a victory for russia. but i don't know if there is anybody in that inner circle who is prepared to basically go to
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putin and say we need to change course. >> that's what happens when you surround yourself with yes men and those who tell you what you want to hear, i guess. ambassador, thank you so much for your time. we appreciate it. >> thank you. now the palestinian red crescent says at least 59 people have been injured in clashes at jerusalem's al aqsa mosque. that's an area known as the temple mount to jews and the noble sanctuary to muslims. israeli police say violence broke out when some palestinians used fireworks and threw stones and palestinians say police then entered the compound. this comes after hundreds of people turned out for the funeral thursday of a 14-year-old palestinian boy shot dead by israeli soldiers in a west bank village, the second fatal shooting by israeli forces in the village in five days. cnn's hadas gold standing by in jerusalem with the very latest.
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what more do you know? >> michael, i'm at the damascus gate which is one of the main entrances is for muslim worshipers to enter the old city. we've actually been here all morning long. what started as a calm morning, it's ramadan and the beginning of friday and the beginning of passover, quickly turned violent. we were able to hear the booms, the shots, the fireworks going off from where we were just outside of the compound. what we know is shortly after around 4:00 a.m. or so, clashes broke out at the al aqa mosque compound, also known as the temple mount, the noble sanctuary as you noted before. we know from the palestinian red cross, at least 50 have been injured. police say they were responding to violent rioters that were throwing rocks and fireworks. police are saying three of their officers were injured. there haven't been clashes this bad, michael, at the al aqsa compound since this time around last year, which of course help set off that 11-day war between israel and hamas and militants in gaza.
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as you know, tensions have already been pretty high across israel and the west bank. the israeli military have increased their raids and operations in the west bank in response to a series of terror attacks in israel that killed 14 people in the span of three weeks. and as you noted, there have been several deaths of palestinian just in the past few days in the west bank as a result of the clashes. and while that tension is there, it actually -- the spark to these clashes today, the al aqsa compound may not actually be what's happening in the west bank. that's because there was a threat from some jewish extremist groups to go up to what they call the temple mount and potentially perform some very ancient passover ritual sacrifices. so there was a lot of activity both online, hamas, the militant group that leads gaza was also warning against it, calling on its followers to defend al aqsa. so now the question will be what will happen next. how will hamas respond. and it's still early in the morning. what will happen throughout the rest of the day. from what we understand as of right now, young men are not being allowed on to the al aqsa compound, but older people as
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well as women are being allowed on to the al aqsa compound. michael? >> hadas gold, thank you so much. appreciate. quick break here on the program. when we come back, a prominent opposition figure calls for an all-out social media campaign against vladimir putin. we'll have the details after the break. [singing] oven roasted cooold cuts cooold cuts
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nava navalny went on to say more than 85% of russian adults use youtube, instagram and whatsapp every day. he is calling for lots of anti-war advertisements. joining me from washington, d.c., cnn global affairs analyst susan glasser. good to see you, susan. what do you make of navalny's suggestion? and what would it look like, such a campaign, if he had his way? what might that look like? >> well, look, alexey navalny, you know, my goodness, he is already in a russian penal colony, and he is communicating with us, and he has found a way around russia's censorship and its sort of new iron curtain. so obviously it is possible. i do think that's one of the points, right, is the new iron curtain is not the same information wise as the old iron curtain. it is clear that certain information and tools are available to those who have vpns inside of russia just as inside
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of iran or north korea, or china, right. so it's possible to get information now in a way that wasn't the case in the past. but how do you crack the mentality of people that has been fed propaganda, not just in the last few months of the war, but for years really. and that i think is no easy task. >> how much influence do you think he has, navalny, and how much reach inside russia? how is he viewed there? >> well, you know, it does speak volumes in a way that the kremlin considers him such a serious threat that they would throw him into jail after poisoning him when he stepped off the airplane literally and returned to the country after having been poisoned, they immediately sent him to jail for years. then they re-upped it, right in the middle of escalating this campaign against ukraine for years more. so the kremlin clearly considers
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him to be a politician who is a threat to putin and his regime. >> and you mention this too. he is in this penal colony. but in these tweets, he called vladimir putin, quote, the war criminal from the kremlin. he is in the penal colony. but what risk does he take with what he is doing and saying? he could be putting himself at even worse risk. >> well, that's certainly true. and one can only imagine how horrific the conditions are there and how much worse they could get, no question. these are absolutely soviet-style repression techniques being used against navalny who i guess at this moment is the perhaps the most famous dissident in the world. he is being unjustly persecuted for his beliefs. he's used the term war before. remember, they passed a new law at the beginning of this war that even calling it a war could get you sent to jail for up to 15 years. obviously, he places himself at risk of additional sentences.
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>> what do we know about what outside information, nonstate media information is actually getting through toward russians. he points out in these treats there is reach through whatsapp and facebook and so on? >> i think that's right. i do believe and anecdotally that's certainly true. if you want information in russia today, you can get it. and, again, i believe that in the cities, vpn usage is probably widespread as well as platforms like whatsapp and the like. you can get information. but remember that state-run television has been the main purveyor of news to the russian people throughout the putin era, as it was during the soviet era. and that means that the vast mass of russian people are receiving their news, you know, directly from television that is spouting not just propaganda, but really insane propaganda,
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talking about nazis in ukraine and the need to de-nazify a country run by a jewish president that russia attacked without provocation. so that's what most people are hearing. >> navalny's claim is that contrary to kremlin messaging, there is widespread public opposition to the war in ukraine, and that the polls don't count. he makes a good point here. he says the polls don't count when voicing opposition could land the respondent or the person asking the question in prison, giving the new laws enacted recently. he has a good point there, doesn't he? >> yes. look, it really reminds me of the soviet era when of course there was opposition inside the soviet union, but it was very hard for the united states to understand and to gauge accurately what that was. because people only felt comfortable speaking at the kitchen table. and i think we've sadly reverted to that situation once again in
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russia where it's dangerous to say what you think. but that doesn't mean that you don't think it. but the level of disinformation and misinformation, look, i'm sitting here in washington, d.c. at a time when millions of americans, according to our public opinion polls continue to believe that the 2020 election was not legitimately won by joe biden, okay. so propaganda works and lies work. and i can only assume that in russia with its soviet tradition, that is even more vulnerable to lies and propaganda about the war in ukraine. >> yeah. obviously ukraine last month and remember speaking to ordinary ethnic russians whose own families back in russia did not believe what they were being told by their sons and daughters about the realities on the ground, which speaks to your point. susan glasser, thank you so much as always. appreciate it. >> thank you. people have fled ukraine and more are leaving each and every day. after the break, how trains have
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become an integral lifeline to escape war. plus cnn speaks with the lead prosecutor, the international criminal court as he travels to ukraine to document evidence of alleged atrocities by russian forces.
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just gone 31 minutes past the hour. welcome back, everyone. i'm john vause live in ukraine. ukrainian officials here for weeks have claimed russia's actions constitute genocide. on thursday the ukrainian parliament put that in writing, calling out russia's military offensive as an attempt to wipe out the ukrainian culture and national identity. they cited willful killing of
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sieve dwrarngs forceful transfer of children to russian territory. the international criminal court at the hague investigates crimes of genocide. it's already looking into allegations of atrocities here in ukraine. and after visiting the cities of bucha and borodianka, the top prosecutor declared ukraine a crime scene. in an interview with cnn, khan said the world has seen horrific crimes many times before but failed to stop them from happening again. he hopes this time it's different. >> the indications are that there will be support not just for ukraine, but across the situations, this great realization that a common front needs to be built based upon legality because it affects ukraine, but it affects all parts of the world because of the rules-based system and the principles of public international law that have to be rendered much more meaningful not to judges in gowns or advocates in the courtroom, but to the men and women and
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children that you see on the streets and refugee camps that are completely innocent and that suffer horrendous crimes time and time and time again. and we tend to have not any short memories, but also an absence of shame that we then wait for hostility and we look at lessons learned. we wait for crimes in different parts of the world and say never again, and we see again time and time again that it puts us to shame. we have to decide when will we act based on our shared humanity? and i think this is a moment that should wake everybody up. many other instances should have. but certainly this is a moment where we should consolidate a wake-up and fight for something that is very important, which is legality. >> as this conflict drags on, more and more ukrainians are fleeing their homes for the relative safety of the west of the country and beyond. many traveling by train, a safe option, and a lifeline for those escaping russia's aggression. cnn's jake tapper has details.
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>> reporter: close to 6,000 war crimes being investigated. potentially tens of thousands massacred. these kraupgs are not weight for what's next. >> a week ago we were thinking and hoping it would stop. it will be calmer. but it didn't change. >> reporter: less than a week after russia bombed a crowded railway platform, those lucky enough to evacuate on these trains believe the ride was worth the risk. with air travel now nonexistent, unexploded bombs and russian checkpoints on the roads, trains remain the safest way to flee. >> translator: it's not only the question of shelling but the question of safety that some people may come and just take you away. we can't stay. >> reporter: baby maxim and his mother marina are from
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zaporizhzhia, but plan to wait out the war in germany. outside the main lviv train station, volunteers a this booth answer questions and help coordinate transportation and safe housing in germany, poland, lviv, and more. where most want to go is back in time. >> translator: we want as much as possible to continue living as before. >> reporter: vida and her husband are just two of nearly four million ukrainians the railway says it has evacuated since the russian invasion began. >> translator: people say on the internet that anything can happen, even here. so we hope it will be easy. we left everything behind. >> reporter: thousands and thousands of ukrainians fleeing hometowns come here to the lviv train station. they try to get accommodations, they can get food here from the world central kitchen. there is a fire over there, a woodburning stove heating up water. people have just come with whatever belongings they can take, and their loved ones just trying to get to someplace safe. away from the crowds at a
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smaller train station nearby, the most fragile passengers have their own carefully coordinated welcome. doctors without borders arranged this train. there were a few cars with kids from an orphanage. and now in these remaining cars, there are ten people, nine of them children, almost all of them wounded in the attack on krematorsk. they are getting off the train and getting into these ambulances. this was not the arrival they imagined when they came to the kramatorsk railway station last friday. but after russians targeted the crowd on that platform, many of these passengers, these children, suffered shrapnel wounds so deep, surgery is required. their train to lviv is outfitted with medical equipment in each car as well as a team of doctors and nurses. dr. stieg wall ravens was on board for the 24-hour journey,
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overseeing some complex injuries along the way. >> somebody actually had pneumothorax, which is air in between the lung and the chest. it was due to actually a penetrating trauma of a blast. >> reporter: these are the kinds of wounds normally one expects to see in soldiers, not in children. >> you expect to see that in war-struck areas where civilians are also close to the firing line. >> reporter: pretty tough stuff to see kids hurt like that? >> it always remains tough, yes. >> reporter: he said his team has been going back and forth on these kinds of medical transports for ten days. this group of some of putin's youngest victims safe. for now. and headed for more care. back at the main terminal, the trains keep chugging in and out and across the country, bringing ukrainians from the besieged south and east to lviv where they can have the small luxury of a moment to cry.
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jake tapper, cnn, lviv, ukraine. >> i'm john vause. i'll see you again at the top of the hour. a lot more from lviv. right now let's get to michael holmes. china's covid policy intensifies over rapid spread of cases. we'll show you what life is like under lockdown in shanghai. all that with michael holmes in a moment.
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new york subway shooting suspect frank james will stay behind bars for the time being, at least he was denied bail during his initial court appearance in new york on thursday. he did not enter a plea to a charge related to terrorism and an attack on mass transit. prosecutors say james set off two smoke grenades and opened
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fire during morning rush hour on tuesday. 29 people injured, 10 with gunshot wounds. 4 victims still in hospital. investigators did not say what his motive might have been. . on thursday, shanghai reported more than 23,000 new covid cases. that's 95% of all new infections reported across china. this coming as more than 40 chinese cities are under full or partial lockdown to try to stop the latest covid outbreak, which still may be getting even worse. but for the first time in weeks, some shanghai residents were allowed to step outside their apartments. one of those our own david culver. he gives a glimpse of what life under lockdown is like. >> reporter: a few steps of freedom granted to some shanghai residents, strolling their own neighborhoods as if taking in
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some strange new world. >> where are you going to go? there's nowhere to go? >> reporter: no shops, still closed, and public transportation halted. still, this woman can't hold back her joy, recording as she and her neighbors roamed the empty streets. after putting 45 plus million people into weeks of lockdowns, government officials facing mounted pressure lifted some restrictions. for communities like mine without a positive case in the last seven days, that meant we could actually step outside our apartments. my neighbors enjoying the taste of relative freedom, and so, too, our pets, eager to stretch their legs, still keeping within the confines of our compound. the extent of my freedom is all the way to here, the compound gate. still double locked. it's been like that for about a month. in recent weeks we had to get community permission to leave our homes, mostly for covid tests, of which there were many. we could also step outside to pick up the occasional government distribution.
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today's delivery, a bag of rice. but even with heavy restrictions in place, we had it good. for now, at least. the majority of this city remains in hard lockdown, kept to their homes, some hungry and suffering. this woman heard begging in the middle of the night, pleading for fever medicine for her child. and this man recording his dwindling food supply. then there were those who tested positive. tens of thousands being sent to cramped government quarantine centers, whose residents have described a host of problems, facilities that were quickly, and apparently poorly, constructed. outside of shanghai, panic spreading quicker than the virus. the horror stories from china's financial hub have residents in other chinese cities stocking up, from sujo to guangzhou. online, sales for prepackaged foods surging.
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this as china's national health commission warns of more cases and publicly calls out shanghai for not effectively containing the virus, shifting blame to local officials for allowing it to spread to other places. china's strict zero covid approach forcing dozens of cities into weeks' long full or partial lockdowns. residents in jilin banging on pots to protest. most of the 24 million people in the northern chinese province confined to their homes for more than a month now. back in shanghai, the joys of freedom for some might last only a few hours as it takes just one new case nearby to send them back inside, resetting the clock for their community. another 14-day sentence in lockdown. a seemingly endless cycle. david culver, cnn, shanghai. >> you're watching cnn. we'll be right back after a short break. what can i du with less asthma? with dupixent, i can du more...
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now, even as harrowing accounts of destruction emerge from ukraine, so, too, are tales of courage and survival. cnn's ed lavandera speaks to one resident of mariupol, who tried her best to deliver aid and offer support to civilians in hiding while she was running for her life. >> reporter: when the first bomb struck mariupol, katya thought her most effective weapon would be a gentle smile, and the ability to calm terrified families. she lived in an underground shelter, coordinating relief supplies for the trapped civilians of this besieged city. so we're watching your city get bombed and destroyed. people are being killed. you decide not to leave, but to help? >> it's horrible. the animals didn't allow even children to go out from the
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city. >> reporter: day by day, the video katya captured showed life in mariupol unraveling. she lost touch with the outside world. none of her family and friends outside the city knew if she was alive or dead. life here was falling into an abyss. >> it was like middle age. >> like the middle ages? >> yes. >> it's almost like you could feel yourself running out of time. there was only so much longer you could stay in mariupol. >> i thought i will never go from mariupol until the end. >> reporter: on march 16th, katya evacuated. she recorded two short videos on her way out, just before seeing a family walking on the side of the road -- a mother, grandmother, and two young girls. >> so we had two free places in our car, and we saw this family.
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and he d and we decided to help them. >> at one of the russian military check points, they stopped in front of a soldier. >> he show us, go out, and turn on our car and after that, he begun to shoot. >> reporter: one of the bullets pierced the car over her head but in the backseat was 11-year-old milena, shot in the face. the russians, realizing their mistake, sent the girl to a hospital. katya, now separated, traveled on without knowing if the young girl survived until -- >> one tworks, three, four, five, six, seven. >> reporter: cnn found her in the basement of a children's hospital in eastern ukraine after surviving lifesaving surgery. for katya, the relief is overwhelmed by the horrors of what she witnessed. >> i saw a lot of dead people, a lot of graves on the street, for example, in my yard. and um, i started to believe
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that they crazy because they were like maniacs. >> they were maniacs to you? >> yes. they're really crazy, like nazis in the second world war. >> reporter: after escaping, ka katya remembered the videos she recorded before the russians ravaged mariupol. ukrainians protesting outside the now-famous theater that, in a matter of weeks, would be the site of one of the most grotesque bombings in this war. the theater, still in tact. the city's buildings unscathed. she sees the peaceful faces of family and children. the video is hard to watch. are these people alive? or left in makeshift graves around the city? katya doesn't know and, for her, there is only way to deal with
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this haunting reality. >> i decided that i will cry only when the ukrainian gets victory. >> reporter: ed lavandera, cnn, odesa, ukraine. the staff at the russian embassy in washington thought they'd found a crafty way to thwart a protest. >> they are trying to drown you out. you see that? >> as you can see, they used the spotlight to try to blot out the ukrainian flag, which was being projected onto the embassy building. a cat-and-mouse game ensued, the spotlight chasing the flag around the building. the embassy staff, eventually, gave up. organizers tell cnn their next protest is to plant sunflowers, the national flower of ukraine, of the vacant lot across from the embassy. thanks for spending part of your day with me.
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i'm michael holmes at the cnn center in atlanta. we will return you to john vause live in ukraine, in just a moment. ♪ life can be a lot to handle. ♪ this magic moment ♪ but heinz knows there'e's pleny of magic in all that chaos. ♪ so difffferent and so new ♪ ♪ was like any other... ♪ as the world watches the tragedy in ukraine, opportunity to get richer.ann hiking gas prices here at home and profiting off of putin's war. this will continue to happen - as long as we're dependent on oil. americans have had enough. right now, congress can accelerate the transition to clean energy. energy that won't run out.
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this is cnn breaking news. >> hello. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i am john vause live in lviv, ukraine, where the country has formally claimed russia's invasion to be genocide. in a moment, i will speak with one ukrainian lawmaker about why and what difference will it make? >> and i am michael holmes coming to you live from atlanta, following the day's other top stories. we are following a violent clash in one of jerusalem's holiest mosques during one of the holiest weeks in religion.

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