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this is cnn breaking news. >> hello and welcome to our viewers around the world and here in the united states. i'm michael holmes at the cnn center in atlanta. appreciate your company. coming up, russia's military confirms its objective in ukraine is to take full control of the black sea coast and establish a land bridge between russia and crimea. key to that is the city of mariupol. ukraine's prime minister calling the situation in mariupol one of the biggest humanitarian catastrophes in a century. in northeast ukraine, recent video shows ukrainian forces attacking russian positions with
rockets. russian troops are attempting to break through the defenses and advance south, further into donbas. in a small town outside of kyiv, new video shows damaged and destroyed homes left by russian shelling during the first phase of this conflict. as ukraine's orthodox christians celebrate easter this weekend, ukraine's president said he was hopeful of prevailing against russia. >> translator: the 58th day of our defense is coming to an end. it ends on good friday, the day when death seems to have won. but we hope for a resurrection. we believe in the victory of life over death, and we pray that death loses. >> moscow has finally acknowledged casualties from the sinking of the moskva more than a week ago.
says one sailor was killed, 27 missing. claiming the 396 remaining crew were rescued and taken to crimea. for more, let's bring in isa soares. hi to you, isa. >> reporter: a very good morning to you, michael. as our reporters meet more ukrainians, the stories of brutality are the common thread. ed lavandera had people show him where they were held captive in the basement of a school. >> reporter: war stopped time here. bombs and artillery scorching this village. russian occupation ravaged the minds of the people. the story is just emerging, the village held hostage for more than 30 days. this woman shows us the
underground bunker where she first hid during the fighting. she said she had food stored here that the russians ate. this is where she slept. she says russian soldiers went door to door, rounding people up and taking them at gunpoint into the basement of the village school. she tells us that when the soldiers moved them into the basement of the school building, the soldiers told them they were being put in the basement to die. a woman took us into the basement, where she was trapped. i was in a stupor, she tells me. i was just sitting there, praying, hoping it would all stop soon. residents tell us there were about 350 people held hostage in the basement of this school building. men, women, and children, forced to live in these horrific
conditions. in fact, it was so strangulating, there was so little air circulation, one resident told us 12 elderly people died here because they couldn't breathe, and their bodies were left while the fighting raged outside. these are some of the only known images captured in the school's basement. the faces say it all. she's telling me that about 35 people slept in this small room. nobody could lay down. they slept kind of sitting with their knees up against their chest. the rooms are littered with makeshift beds, school books, and meal boxes. but it's the art of the walls that stops you in your tracks. this is how the children passed the time. colorful drawings on a canvas of anguish. the people trapped down here etched names on to this concrete wall. they marked the days with a calendar, crossing out the days as they went by. everything down here has the
feel of a world war ii-era concentration camp. above the basement, russian soldiers took over the school building. they knew the ukrainian military wouldn't fire at the school with civilians inside. this woman grabs food and takes us to her home. russian soldiers threw grenades through her windows, and defecated on the house floors. she was held hostage in the basement with her with 1-year-old daughter. i thought my child would not survive. i asked them to let me out so she could breathe fresh air. they said, let her die. we don't care. how did you feel when you got out of the basement? she says, one of the villagers
opened the door, and said the russians left. we were surprised. we cried, hugged them, and cried. what will you tell your daughter about this experience? nothing, she says. her daughter will not remember it, and she will tell her nothing. ed lavandera, cnn, ukraine. >> reporter: incredibly brave people there. meanwhile, investigations are under way into the violent deaths of two russian business titans and members of their families. one was in moscow, the other in spain. brian todd looks at why the cases are so similar, and why they're raising so much suspicion. >> reporter: two unsettling cases, eerily similar. within the span of 24 hours this week, two wealthy former russian gas executives found dead with their families. on monday, a man, his wife, and
daughter were found dead in moscow. the russian state news authority says they're investigating it as a murder/suicide. and then a man, his wife, and daughter found dead in spain. >> when russian businesspeople die, one has to assume the worst first. >> i think the deaths in my book are very suspicious. they're so similar, and they're both of prominent individuals who have made their money in the oil and gas sector. >> reporter: if these were murder/suicides, could these men have been under financial pressure over the fallout from the ukraine war? >> money is scarce in russia. all sorts of people are under a lot of pressure. >> reporter: few answers, but
plenty of theories. >> there might be people in russia connected to the security apparatus, who don't like things that these individuals are doing. they could be patterns of retaliation against individuals who may be collaborating with foreign authorities or people in russia that don't want certain information shared. >> reporter: what is not clear, whether the two men knew each other, or communicated recently with each other. and the analysts we spoke to say it's not clear if either had spoken out against vladimir putin or the war in ukraine. could they have been targeted by putin himself? >> he needs putin to take measures against people of low ranking. what he usually goes for is -- only a very few of them, to set an example to the rest and tame
them and bring them under control. >> reporter: still, some experts say, if there was foul play, it wouldn't be the first time among russian tycoons. >> there's a pattern of suspicious deaths overseas. we're going to see more pressures among the elite, because there's a lot of suspicion and recriminations in russia. >> reporter: this professor says spain, where one man died, had among the highest numbers of russian organized crime members within its borders, many with ties to russian oligarchs. brian todd, cnn. >> during his trip to india, the british prime minister boris johnson was asked about the war in ukraine. he said there's a chance russia may get what it wants. >> the sad thing is, that's a realistic possibility. yeah, of course.
putin has a huge army, a very difficult political position because he's made a catastrophic blunder. the only option he has is to continue to try to use his ap appalling, grinding approach. led by artillery, trying to grind the ukrainians down. the situation is, i'm afraid, unpredictable at this stage. we need to be realistic about that. >> but the u.s. disagrees with that view. a top u.s. security adviser says efforts to keep ukraine a sovereign nation would just intensify over time. and putin still has much to lose. >> ultimately, putin will see this is not the end game he bargained for. thousands of body bags are coming home. his economy is contracting by double digits, inflation, shelves empty, people can't travel, that's not a win for putin.
>> and the u.s. will do everything it can to end the war, short of a military confrontation with russia. i'll be back later with more from lviv. for now, back to michael holmes in atlanta. >> thank you. coming up here on the program, french voters prepare to decide which of these two candidates will be their next president. but whomever they pick, the implications will not be felt only in france. and why health authorities in boston are telling people they may want to start masking up indndoors once again. you're watching cnn newsroom. we'll be rigight back. ♪ we see companies protecting the e bottom line by putting people first. we see a bright future, still hungry for the ingenuity of those ready for the next challenge.
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visions about the future of france. ema emmanuel macron and marine le pen wrapping up their campaigns. now it's up to the people of france to decide bwho will be their president. >> reporter: a final push for votes by both emmanuel macron, and his far right opponent marine le pen on friday, before a media blackout that will last in france until polls close on sunday. the idea is that people can think about how they're going to vote without extra polls or more campaigning. simply time to reflect on a vote that will have profound implications, not just for france, but beyond its borders as well. macron proposing more of the same, further european
integration. le pen offering something very different to what macron has done so far. wanting to focus more on france, helping those worst off, that has been central to her pitch throughout the campaign. you remember the anger that spilled out on the streets of france in the yellow vest protests. that will now be the center of what she proposes. but there will be impacts for europe, she's suggesting europe be reformed into a much looser alliance of sovereign nations, and there will be implications in the war in ukraine. so sunday night, with implications for france, europe, and the world. melissa bell, cnn, paris. and join us sunday at 2:00 p.m. eastern in the u.s. for our special live coverage here on
cnn. more than 30 people are dead, dozens injured, after another deadly blast in afghanistan. the taliban say the explosion hit a mosque during friday prayers. the latest in a wave of explosions to strike afghanistan over the last week or so. most are claimed by isis or affiliated groups. no claim in the latest blast yet. some troubling news. statistics from health officials in the u.s. according to the centers for disease control, covid-19 was the third leading cause of death in the u.s. during 2021. more than 415,000 people died from the virus. only heart disease and cancer had higher death tolls. now residents of boston are being told they should wear masks indoors again, after a 65%
increase in covid cases over the past two weeks. officials say hospitalizations have been slowly rising during that same time period. across the country, there's been no shortage of confusion after a court struck down the mask mandate on public transportation. we took a trip just to find out how things have changed, and where people aren't ready to give up their masks just yet. >> reporter: we put the new nationwide patchwork of mask rules at airports and transit hubs to the test. >> going to union station. no mask required. >> reporter: most people here are still wearing masks. like this person, boarding the train to philadelphia. >> i feel like i need to take more precautions than anyone else. >> reporter: you're just being careful? >> i'm being careful. >> reporter: after monday's sudden end of the federal
transportation mask mandate, amtrak was among the first to announce that masks are now optional. >> thank you, sir. >> thank you. >> reporter: this conductor told me, he's going maskless after months of wearing one on the job. >> i'm like, yeah! took it right off. >> reporter: my train took me to philadelphia's center city amtra amtrak hub. philly's mask mandate for the indoors was just rescinded. >> i just feel like i should wear a mask. >> reporter: my trip continued with a ride on public transit. here in philadelphia, one of the mass transit systems where masks are optional. the change here happened so abruptly, the sign hasn't even been changed yet. thursday, philadelphia's airport was one of the few still requiring masks inside the terminal. l.a.x. in los angeles is joining
the list, as well as kennedy and laguardia. but the airport's mask rule no longer applies the moment you board. i'm ability to go down the jetway. we're leaving the airport where masks are required, now on the plane, the mask mandate is over. i can take my mask off. once seated, i did decide to wear a mask. the flight was full back to d.c. it's a new era for travel, guided by personal choice and a patchwork of rules. at reagan national airport, no mask required. it's harder and harder to know the rules when you travel. philadelphia international airport said on friday the rules are loosening up. at l.a.x., the rules there are tightening. you can still wear a mask while you're traveling. in fact, the cdc still recommends it.
foreign travelers wishing to visit hong kong will soon be able to, after a two-year ban. beginning on may 1st, hong kong will allow non-residents to enter the city. you must be fully vaccinated and register a negative rapid antigen test and quarantine for 14 days. despite a decrease in covid infections, shanghai officials say a strict lockdown will be in place. they've been on lockdown for weeks, and local officials are beginning a new testing effort for millions of residents. david culver has the latest from shanghai. >> reporter: shanghai officials say the lockdown will remain in place until community spread of covid-19 is eliminated. adding that they're at a critical stage in its fight against the spread. the government figures reflected
a gradual decrease in the number of cases this past week. but harsh restrictions, we're still dealing with them. more than 16 million residents are still banned from leaving our doors and neighborhoods. as the city vows to adhere to beijing's zero covid policy. daily pcr tests conducted for more than 11.8 million residents. those residents not in strict lockdown are allowed to leave, but they're mostly limited to just going to the grocery store, then you have to go back home. authorities want to round up all positive cases and close contacts of covid-19, and all those individuals will be sent to quarantine facilities. it's a case that has been captivating the world for almost
15 years now. madeleine mccann disappeared during a family vacation in portugal back in 2007 when she was only 3 years old. investigators were in the dark about what happened to her. no one has ever been charged in the case. but officials now have a suspect. >> reporter: authorities said on friday they'd identified a suspect in the disappearance of madeleine mccann, one of the most mysterious missing person cases. and also a case that hasn't really moved forward for quite some time now. they didn't specifically name the individual in question. but the portuguese authorities said they had been liasing with other authorities. they have a suspect who they believe knew what happened to
her all those years ago. that suspect was identified at the time, but authorities said they didn't have enough evidence to charge him with a particular crime at the time. he still hasn't been charged. the latest move, what it does from a portuguese legal perspective, is to keep this case alive just before the statute of limitations was set to expire on may 3rd. that would have been the 15th anniversary since she disappeared on a family holiday back in 2007. having said that, sadly, german authorities said two years ago they were working on the assumption that madeleine may no longer be alive. >> i'm michael holmes. for our international viewers, inside africa is next. for everyone else, the news continues after the break.
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welcome back, everyone. i'm isa soares, live in lviv, ukraine. it's just gone 7:30 a.m. according to russian state media, the russian military now intends to create a land bridge between russia and crimea. to that end, russian shelling of the southern port of mariupol is said to be continuous. russian troops control much of the city, but an unknown number
of fights and civilians are still holding out within a steelworks. and ukraine is accusing russia of additional war crimes as more suspected mass graves were discovered near the city. the u.n. says the secretary general plans to travel to moscow tuesday to meet with president putin then will go to ukraine to meet with president zelenskyy. officials are hoping to open humanitarian corridors saturday. they say they were unable to establish any of friday because of the persistent danger. more than 5.1 million people have fled the country according to the u.n. since the fighting began. and that fighting has hit ukrainian children particularly
hard. according to recent u.n. data, nearly two-thirds of the 7.5 million children have been forced to flee their homes. toby bricker joins us. thank you for joining me. i understand you've been meeting with families of those escaping mar mariupol. give us a sense of what they've been telling you. >> we've been meeting some families arriving at this sort of transit center, where we are positioned. we see families coming from across, not just mariupol when they can, or when the corridors work safely, but also across the southeast. i met a family yesterday who had
managed to make it out with 12 other cars, and took a massive risk, and they made it thankfully safely. they said they have a 5-year-old and 7-year-old girl. they had spent literally a large part of the last nearly two months since the war started hiding underground. the situation was incredibly difficult. they had been through a horrific time. and the only positive side was that they had made it out. and the two children were playing again in this child protection space that we have. and the joy on their faces was incredible. just to have some toys was a massive relief to play at that point. >> we were looking at you were talking at some of the buses arriving. and the children's faces, they're smiling. i'm guessing they're so relieved, but they must be so exhausted, scared, and tired. on top of that comes the trauma
of living in the basement for weeks on end. i mention this because i saw on twitter, a photo of a little girl. she's so young, playing with, i think it was a doll. there you go. we're showing it now. anya finally reaches safety, you said, after nearly two months in a basement. talk to us about the trauma, the impact this is having on some of the children here. >> yeah, the impact of the horrific experience is massive. i think it really varies, it can have a medium and long term impact, of course. i've spoken to a 16-year-old in lviv who told me, he wasn't afraid anymore. he wasn't scared of bombs anymore. that normality that had come since the war started said a lot in terms of the support he would need. then also just this kind of constant fear of even now, here
and in other areas, the uncertainty will all play out. and it has an impact on their long term development. and their parents, their mothers, extended family are going through the same trauma. we provide support both for the children and the women that they're with, who are doing anything they can to protect them, and also at the same time look after themselves. >> absolutely. the mothers and fathers are trying to shield their children. are the majority of people arriving, are they women and children? what about elderly? or correspondents are showing us so many elderly people that have been living in basements, left behind, living in fear. >> women, children, elderly.
i worked across the eastern conflict area for the last eight years on and off. you find a lot of older people saying, i'm not moving. this is my home. i've lived here for many, many years. i'm not leaving. nobody wants to leave their home, it's very much a last resort. we're seeing older people coming out as well, because they've also been trying to stay at home. they don't want to leave. mothers don't want to bring their children, they want to protect them. sometimes they get stuck at home because they're protecting them in the basement, then it gets too dangerous, and they have to find a way out. and the horror is, they don't have the safe passage that should be guaranteed, particularly from places like mariupol, but also areas. >> on the question of mariupol, there was no humanitarian corridor yesterday, but will
there be another chance to evacuate families from mariupol? >> we certainly hope that people can come out safely. i've heard some reports there could be an opportunity again today. but we shouldn't be having this discussion day in and day out. it should be a guarantee that children, women, can come out safely from areas of heavy fighting. the longer the war goes on, the longer the impact on the children. the worse the development and the worse the impact on them will be. children we've met before in the intensive care unit who have been injured, and are recovering now. that shouldn't be the case. they should be able to come out safely when they need to. >> yeah. and there are so many still trapped. 100,000 or so still inside mariupol. quickly, before you go, you and your team have been doing some incredible work on the ground. what are you most in need of
right now? >> well, right now, what children are most in need of is to be safe. and that's why we need children to come out of mariupol and other areas safely. and we're working with medical facilities, hospitals, providing supplies, medical equipment, surgical items, to help alleviate some of the strain. the extra strain on the fa facilities 2there. and 2.8 million children moving to new cities and villages, very uncertain times. 12k3 2.2 million outside. it's providing the social and emotional support they need, opportunities to play, and also access to online learning, and just to have some normality again, despite everything that is going on. >> absolutely. that's so important for all those childrens. two-thirds have fled their
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welcome back. police in washington, d.c., say the suspect in a friday shooting that wounded four people has died. two of the injured were reported in critical but stable condition. a third victim had a minor gunshot wound, and a fourth was grazed by a bullet. police say the suspect took his own life. the investigation is ongoing, and so far, they do not have a motive. u.s. markets plunged on friday amid fears of a hike in interest rates. the dow falling nearly 1,000 points, about 2.8%. the nasdaq and s&p 500 down more
than 2.5%. and the federal relief chairman said a possible half-point rise in interest rates will be on the table in the fed's may meeting. they hope raising interest rates will help get inflation under control, but that could also impact consumers, already hit by rising food and energy costs. richard quest explains. >> reporter: the market has ended the week truly unhappy. with more worries about rising inflation and policymakers now talking about raising interest rates faster and more harshly than before, so there's a realization that the good times have gone for the time being. in the united states, as the prospect of a half percentage point rate rise from the u.s. federal reserve.
and the same in subsequent meetings. here at the imf and world bank, they've been talking about nothing other than inflation, and how to tame it. and as the war in ukraine continues, so the prospect of higher oil and gas prices simply won't go away. put it all together, and the downgrades of economic growth from the world bank and the imf, the unhappiness of investors, wondering where money can be made, even the streaming problems of companies like netflix, which are rewriting the rules of entertainment has led to investors basically say, for the time being, the market is not the place to be. and what's more, no one can see any improvement in the near future. richard quest, cnn, washington. economic worries could also impact midterm elections later this year. jeff zeleny with that.
>> when you go to the grocery store, it feels like you're shopping in hawaii. >> reporter: but this woman lives in georgia. >> the idea that eggs are $3 now, that's a lot. people have their families to feed. if they have an option between buying a gift or putting food on the table, i'm going to expect folks to put food on the table. >> reporter: six months before voters decide if democrats maintain control of congress, a sour mood is hanging over the economy. as inflation looms as a major issue in a national election for the first time since 1980. some blame president biden. others do not. >> it's a number of things. i wouldn't just blame president biden solely. >> reporter: yet it's a problem he owns. and one of the biggest challenges facing the white house. at this barbecue, the owner sees
inflation everywhere. >> i love that. >> reporter: from paper goods to the cost of meat, to how often people are dining out. >> we're not seeing the same amount of traffic that we normally do. i think that's a fear of just spending with the talk of inflation, inflation, inflation. customers are scared. >> reporter: as a democrat, she's scared of the consequences come november. >> if we can't get out and vote for the midterms, then all the work that we did in 2020 will not really matter. then we'll have a handicapped president. >> reporter: atlanta and its suburbs record the second highest inflation jump in the area, with prices climbing 10.6%. second only to phoenix and higher than the national increase of 8.5%. in georgia, it's also a hot political battleground, which biden narrowly won in 2020. this year, it will help determine whether democrats
continue to hold the senate. >> what if i told you, shipping container companies have been making record profits while prices have been skyrocketing on you? that's why i'm pushing to hold them accountable. >> reporter: but that message is competing with loud republican criticism. >> joe biden is ruining our company. >> reporter: this candidate knows that democrats face headwinds. but she said republicans have not offered a positive alternative. >> we're still in the middle of a pandemic, right? what people to is they respond to, how are they feeling? how are their lives? they're always going to tag the president for that. but, look, we have a million miles to go before november. >> reporter: back at the beehive, davis urged people to give biden time. >> be patient. it's coming. everything doesn't happen overnight. >> reporter: she adds this
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. several dangerous wildfires are burning throughout the u.s. this week from the southwest into the rockies and the plains. more than 4 million people under a level three of three, extremely critical fire threat. 12 million also under red flag warnings on fire weather watches. joining me now, cnn meteorologist karen mac innis. >> the winds are still continuing. what is happening for millions of people under this extreme and
critical fire danger is because the winds have been so strong. 60, almost 70-mile-per-hour winds fanning these flames. firefighters have been battling these blazes, most of them zero percent contained. and even a random grassfire can suddenly mushroom into something much bigger. temperatures have been up to 80 degrees, in some cases near record-setting temperatures. it has been extremely dry across this region for now quite some time. as a matter of fact, nine of the western states, 93% under some sort of drought situation. now, what is driving this? there's an area of low pressure across the northern tier bringing wintertime conditions there, but this frontal system is bulging across the central portions of the plain states, and the winds are still gusting. but there is a little bit of hope on the horizon, not immediately, but as we go later in the day on saturday and then more definitively by sunday, these winds are really going to
be slacking off quite a bit. there is still that fire weather danger, but i want to point out one thing. we've got about 8 million people under some sort of fire weather watch or warning. but i want to point out what's happening just to the east of santa fe. this fire has burned already 28,000 acres, and they have said you need to go. there have been evacuations today. now, santa fe is here. where you see this brown shaded area, that's the region i'm talking about. very poor air quality conditions. still very high winds. there's las vegas. they are saying that they've already sent some people out. they've evacuated areas. other people are on standby to go at any time, michael. this is a very fluid, dynamic situation. it will take some time to end through saturday. back to you. >> all right. i know you'll be keeping an eye on it. karen maginnis. thanks so much. thank you for spending part of your day with me. i'm michael holmes. you can follow me on twitter and
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