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is "cnn newsroom" with michael holmes. ukrainian president ze zelenskyy said that more than a thousand villages and towns have been retaken, including six more over the past 24 hours. he said the russians are paying a heavy price for their aggression. >> translator: russia has lost almost 27,000 soldiers. many of them young conscripts, they have lost more than 3,000 tanks, armored combat vehicles and a large number of conventional military vehicles, helicopters and drones and all of the prospects as a state. >> ukraine said that russian troops are continuing to retreat around the city of kharkiv in the north. they claim to have blocked a russian advance in a key river, the destroyed pontoon bridges,
the top u.s. defense ministry spoke for an hour on friday, their first since the war began. the pentagon said that lloyd austin appealed to keep the lines of communication open. in the donbas, ukrainian forces claimed to have stopped a russian advance across a key river. >> reporter: this tank has come from a scene of intense fighting over the last few days. 60 civilians were killed in an air strike hiding in the basement of an abandoned school and the ukrainians are claiming they killed a large number possibly many hundreds of russian troops who were part of an attempt to cross the river using a pontoon system. we have satellite images of complete devastation of the russian crossing. they say they have knocked out a number of russian tanks and
personnel carriers and other multiple rocket launching systems. it has not been without cost. the ukrainians have clearly lost soldiers. they have had a number of injured and we have seen them earlier in the week and we have seen a rocket launching system drive past with clearly the signs of shrapnel damage and explosive damage that was done to it, almost as quickly though reinforcements are rushed in to the important front, because this is very strongly about trying to ensure that the russians are not able to cross the river, there's a number of key bridges and clearly the russians are trying to avoid using the ukrainian bridges which they know are mined and ready to be detonated. this, this is a tank battle, it is an artillery battle and it's a bloody battle.
cnn. >> well, as ukraine fights russian troops in the east, it's starting a high war crimes trial. the first russian soldier to face war crimes since the war began and they say, it will be more to come. a warning some of the images in the report are graphic. >> reporter: still at war with a russia and already fighting for justice. ukraine's opened the first war crimes trial. a 21-year-old russian soldier, accused of shooting an unarmed civilian on the fourth day of the war. so far, ukraine's identified 11,239 alleged war crimes according to the country's prosecutor. they include the massacre of 300 unarmed citizens and the killing of hundreds of civilians, mainly women and children in the more than two month long siege of
kharkiv. >> we have now evidences that commanders give the orders shoot civilians. but from the other side, we understand that ordinary soldiers have their own responsibility for these atrocities. >> reporter: and that they say is a message that needs to be sent now so that russian soldiers understand there will be no impunity, even in the fighting in the regions continues. she said that she has been helped in gathering the facts by the forensic teams working in towns like bucha, what they will be use in the overall criminal court. >> the state has to understand they cannot use armies to invade another country and use an army to kill civilians. >> reporter: for now, it's in
the small courthouse in kyiv that ukrainian justice will have the first say. can a trial be fair in a war? >> tra . >> reporter: the ukrainian lawyer said he has faith in the country's impartiality, and the court can be trusted to make a reasoned decision he has yet to enter a plea. the size of the media packed inside spoke to the interest and emotion involved on all sides. the court translator told cnn, that she, for her part felt no anger toward the 21-year-old who could face life in jail. after all, she told us, the tears of russian mothers are salty too. cnn, kyiv. now, for more, we are joined by a ukrainian human rights lawyer. she leads nonprofit groups the center for civil liberties, she
is speaking with us from kyiv, thank you for making the time. let me ask you about the war crimes trial getting under way. this 21-year-old soldier. why is it important that it be held now and in ukraine under the ukrainian judicial system as opposed to being an international criminal court process? >> the problem with international criminal court is that icc, will focus only on several episodes. icc will never cover all of the war crimes which is committed in the frame of this war. and this means that other crimes to which they will not be selected by icc, will remain the responsibility of the national system. >> there are as we said reportedly 11,000 potential crimes under investigation. i mean, how many could there end up being? the war has only been going for a few months? >> yes, it's already
unprecedented number of war crimes and we are not sure that ukrainian national justice will be able to deal with such a huge amount of crimes. right now, we are thinking how to engrain an international element in to the national system. maybe it will be a model of international hybrid tribunal to strengthen the national system to deliver justice. >> how vital is it, not just for ukrainians, but you know in a way for the world, global order, that there's accountability for what has been happening to civilians in ukraine? >> it's very important. because in other parts of the world russia and their representatives were not punished for the crimes that
russian soldiers committed in chechnya and other areas, and we have to stop this circle of impunity, we have to bring to justice not only russian soldiers but also the top military and political leadership of russia. because this impunity, all this only encourages the next act of violence. >> you raise an interesting point there, you know, establishing a chain of responsibility at the chain of command is a notoriously difficult thing to do when it comes to war crimes. how confident are you that the process in ukraine will hold those up that chain responsible? the commanders, the generals and the politicians, the kremlin, do you think the links can be proven? >> yes, these links can be proven, definitely, but because we have a lot of numbers of war
crimes we need assistance of international community. now we have assistance when they send the national police to work with our national prosecutors in the kyiv region, but it's temporary, actually and we need constant international community involvement for it to work. >> you touch on it when we were talking about the international criminal court, how important is it that meaningful action on war crimes does not take years? because so often it does. >> it's very important because the belief of people that law is exists, we see that no law mechanism, no national level, international level, could stop the atrocities. and we have, we will not be able to deliver justice to ukrainian people soon as this demand for
justice can transfer to demand for revenge. >> one thing i want to ask you too, now this is a very public thing, this 21-year-old on trial in ukraine in a ukrainian court. are you concerned that there could be, you know, a response from the russians where, they could try to hold some sort of show trial just to, you know, as payback in a way? >> well, they have already started such way to respond to ukrainian attempt for justice. they have fabricated a false criminal case when the war started. i will remind you the case against ukrainian film producer who was accused in terrorism and charged to the lot of years. so, it's very predictable gesture. >> yeah, good point, good point. i have to leave it there
unfortunately, thank you so much, i appreciate your time. >> thank you. >> well, ukraine will soon be receiving more desperately needed support from europe, the european unions foreign policy chief said they will provide military aide worth $521 million. he made the announcement amid the g-7 minister's meeting and russia is now cutting off electricity exports in the country, russia claims it's due to late payments. it comes a day after finland's leaders announced support for joining nato. and a glimmer of hope for a chinese city that has been under covid lockdown for weeks. officials in shanghai, talk about reopening but the timeline is far from clear. it's when we come back.
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we are seeing images obtained by cnn, indicating north korea has restarted construction. a second reactor at the nuclear complex, it's ten times bigger than the existing reactor. when it's completed, it could increase the ability to produce plutonium for nuclear weapons. state media said that more than 174,000 new cases were rec recorded -- in china they are starting to work on reopening plans for shanghai, it's been
under lockdown since mid march amid a covid outbreak there, the city leaders are hoping to reach social zero covid in the middle of the month. i want to give you an idea of what life is like under lockdown in shanghai, and other chinese cities, we have the story. >> reporter: clouds of disinfectant spray over every surface, this is what is happening to the homes of those who test positive in shanghai for covid. they have been under the strictest lockdown for more than a month. the rules are getting more extreme. before, only positive covid cases and close contacts were sent to quarantine facilities like these. thousands of beds crammed together, were just camping on if the floor. now, entire apartment blocks are sent to prison like facilities
like these. this video shows shanghai residents arguing with police officers, who showed up to take them to quarantine after someone on the floor tested positive. while spraying disinfectant, it's not that you can do whatever you want, unless you are in america, this is china. don't ask us why. residents who tested negative and are vaccinated and boosted are terrified of being rounded up. >> our neighbors do not want to go. none of us want to go. >> why? >> because we don't want to get covid. >> because it's safe. >> are you putting us in danger. you are endangering us. your cdc does not know how to run a country. if you want us to -- die in china to get covid and die because you think it's the right way to make us go with other sick people? >> cnn cannot verify the speaker of the call that went viral on
chinese social media. they have kicked people's doors to pieces to take them to quarantine. someplaces are banned from placing online orders, even food, chaos and fighting outside of this shanghai apartment. residents claimed they were not given enough food. some of the covid workers beating the residents to the ground. as outrage grows over new restrictions that crush the last bit of freedom have left. chinese supreme leader has vowed to double down on the covid strategy and punish anybody who doubts it. >> translator: when we talk about zero covid strategy, we don't think that it's sustainable. >> the world health organization chief's comments were swift ly censored in china, zero covid has turned in to a campaign to show loyalty to the communist
party. full cities are under full or partial lockdown, impacting 24 million people, turning cities in to prisons all in the name of zero covid. cnn, china. in the united states, a new study suggests the pfizer vaccine rapidly loses effectiveness in children who get the omicron variant. the vaccine was more than 90% effective against the original virus for kids between 5 and 15 years old, once omicron kicked in, the effectiveness kicked in to less than 25% for kids 5-11. the effectiveness was measured two months after receiving the second dose. the study in the american medical association journal shows that boosters do restore much of the vaccine's protection.
israeli police beat and shoved mourners gathered in jerusalem. you see israeli police officers using batons to hit people carrying the casket of the palestinian journalist, at one point they almost dropped the coffin. police say they were forced to act because some people threw stones. she was fatally shot while reporting on a israeli military raid, this was on wednesday. palestinian leaders say they hold israel responsible for the death. united arab emirates announced a 40 day mourning period after zayedal nahyan died on friday. they found him in 2004, his
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said that russian forces have not made much ground in the area as a result of that. here's how the pentagon press secretary summed up ukraine's progress so far. >> they have prevented the russians from achieving virtually any of the strategic objectives thus far in the war. >> meanwhile, ukraine making use of artillery systems provided by the u.s. these images were tweeted of them in action, thanksing the american people for sending them. it praised the artillery's high precision and effective weaponry. and the ukrainian president zelenskyy said that 20,000 russian soldiers have been killed since the war began, one of the challenges is storing and identifying the bodies left behind. we report on how facial recognition technology is playing a big role in that. a warning, some of the footage you are about to see is graphic.
>> reporter: inside this refrigerated train car, a gruesome sight, bodies of russian soldiers packed and stacked for storage. look, this is luted. every russian soldier who is stored here as a dead body has committed a crime against ukraine, he said, storing the bodies is in line with the geneva convention, we have to try to identify the dead men first. this is where the ministry of digital transformation comes in. we have identified about 300 cases, he said. they do it by using a mryad of techniques and the most has been facial recognition technology. they up load the face, and they
have a match and go one step further. we send messages to their friends and relatives. >> these are often gruesome photos of dead soldiers why do you send them to families in russia? >> one is to show there's a real war to fight against the russian propaganda, to show them they are not as shown as they are shown on tv. the second goal is to give them an opportunity to pick up the bodies in ukraine. they do get responses from russian families. they are responding with saying you will be killed, i will come and i will also take part in the war. >> yes. >> 80% of the families answers are we will come to ukraine ourselves and kill you and you deserve what is happening to you. what about the 20%? >> some of them say, they are grateful and they know about the situation and some would like to come and pick up the body.
the technology is not just being used on the dead, it is also being used to identify russian soldiers who are alive. some of whom are being accused of war crimes. we have established the identity of one military man, we have a lot of materials, evidence, this prosecutor said, this is footage of the russian military man he is talking about. he said that he was caught on video in belarus, trying to sell items he had looted from ukrainian homes. but his alleged crimes go far beyond that. the soldier is accused of taking part in the execution of four ukrainian men with their hands bound behind their backs. cnn obtained new video of the scene just before shots were fired. you can see what appears to be soldiers standing around and a man on his knees on the ground to the right of them. prosecutors say the soldier was first identified by the technology and then by ukrainian
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bodies were complicit in allowing sexual, and psychological abuse of gymnasts. the plaintiff in the case is amelia kline, she said that she fell in love with the sport as a 2-year-old, a fearless child, learning to vault and somersault. she was good, really good. but at the age of 13, she abandoned her dreams to save herself from being screamed at and physically hurt by her coaches. as kline said, this was not coaching it was fp quote, straight up child abuse. in echos of other scandals, hundreds of canadian gymnasts have come forward with similar tales, she shared her painful story. >> when did things go wrong? >> i had wonderful coaches who were super nice people and then those coaches left and in their place came a husband and wife
team who were, ended up being quite abusive. >> reporter: in what way were they abusive? can you describe it? >> immediately off the bat it was verbally abusive. if you made any mistakes it was, they would scream and humiliate you, it was name calling, are you stupid? why can't you do this? the word of choice was usually rubbish or you are rubbish, this is rubbish, eventually it progressed to physical abuse. started largely with over training and over stretching. so they would forceablely over stretch us to the point that we were in tears and crying and begging to get out of the stretch and they would not let us up. and we used to do a regular stretch where i would stand in front of my coach, my coach would be behind me, and then he would lift my ear in a standing stretch, a
standing split. and so when we went to do that, i told him, my hamstring feels a little bit off. there is something wrong. i don't think we should do this stretch today, and he got really annoyed. he said something along the lines of well, you're just faking or just trying to get out of doing this stretch. so he turned me around and grabbed my leg and forced it up behind my ear. and when he did that, it snapped my hamstring, completely tore it and took part of my pelvis with it. it's some of the worst pain i've ever experienced in my life. >> what was your coach's reaction when he put you into that stretch and that happened? was there any regret or remorse? >> no. he screamed at me. he got very angry. he said something along the lines of she lied to me, even though it was clear i had tried to warn him that something was wrong beforehand. so i think he was trying to distance himself from responsibility for what he had done.
there was no offer of medical treatment, no one called my parents. i think i ended up having to limp to the change room myself and call my parents to take me to the hospital. it was made very, very clear that we would be in significant if we told our parents what was going on. so my parents really truly didn't have a good understanding of what was going on until i quit. >> what kind of impact has that experience had on you long-term? >> both physically and psychologically, it's been damaging. i have had physical debilitating physical back pain since i was 14. psychologically, though, there is long-term impacts as well. so i -- i don't weigh myself. i can never get on a scale. even if i'm at the doctor, i ask them not to tell me what the number is or i don't look at the numbers because i know that's going to cause me to spiral into disordered eating.
i thankfully have been able to stave off a very severe eating disorder, but it has required constant vigilance on my part to make sure i'm not slipping into really harmful eating patterns. i continue to have nightmares and it's -- the affects are wide ranging and long-term. so i'm almost 20 years removed from the sport, and i'm still dealing with these things every day. >> so number of you are filing a class action lawsuit, which i guess could grow and grow in terms of numbers. what you hoping to achieve? >> first and foremost, we're really trying to hold these institutions accountable and to send a message that you will not be able to allow these things to continue without being held liable for them. second of all, what we're really looking for is to ensure that survivors are taken care of and that they can seek the treatment that they need, because as we know, these -- these types of
injuries and these types of effects from this abuse are life-long and very long-term, and usually require quite intensive treatment, both physical and psychological. and many people don't actually have the financial resources to seek that treatment and to get the care that they need. if these things were happening in a school or at home, there would be serious consequences almost immediately. but for some reason when we put it in the context of a sport, and particularly gymnastics, we normalize it to such a degree that we've completely lost sight of the fact that these -- this is child abuse. this is not coaching. this is just straight-up child abuse. >> you are now speaking out. you are now telling your story. i suspect many other gymnasts are going to be telling their stories as well. how does it feel to be speaking out? how does it feel to be taking ownership of your story? >> it feels really empowering, and i'm really proud of all of the survivors who have started to come forward.
it's not easy. there is still a significant culture of fear that has kept people silent for decades. and so i'm very encouraged that survivors are finally starting to find their voices, and i think it's through our collective voice together pushing for change that we're actually going to see good things come to the sport and we're actually going hopefully create a future for the next generation of gymnasts that is free from abuse. >> now the husband and wife coaching team that amelia mentioned is vladimir and svetlana lashin. they are not named as defendants, but the lawsuit points out that vladimir lashin was one of canada's gymnastics coaches at the 2004 olympics. the couple are believed to have left canada, and they haven't replied to any of cnn's multiple attempts to contact them via email and facebook. now gymnastics canada is waiting to see the full details of the lawsuit, but did give us a statement saying this, quote,
although we have not been served, the allegations we have been made aware of in the claim describe behavior that is unacceptable in any sport environment, and we take them very seriously. as leaders in the sport of gymnastics within canada, we are committed to providing a safe environment for members of our sport, free from all forms of mal treatment. six-time major champ phil mickelson has pulled out of next weekend's pga championship after also missing the masters tournament a month ago. the 51-year-old made history when he won last year's pga, becoming golf's oldest major winner. he gave no reason for not defending his title, but earlier this year he said he would take some time away from the sport. thanks for spending part of your day with me. i'm michael holmes. i'll have more news in just a minute.
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