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if you want to know vladimir putin, it gives you an understanding how he rose up the ranks in russia. so unlikely you won't believe it but you need to know it. go to fox nation and download it today. it is ready for you. >> thank you for joining us today. the first show on. we're delighted to bring you the latest. >> see you tomorrow, buy. >> bill: here we go down five. fifth day of fighting in ukraine. a major russian rocket attack targeting the second largest city as vladimir putin raises the specter of nuclear war over the weekend. i'm bill hemmer and here we go. >> dana: i'm dana perino. this is "america's newsroom." it is -- you can't overstate the developments in the world from a week ago to today the changes in the world geo politically are incredible. >> the developments on sunday if you were watching.
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hard not to watch. the developments on sunday were significant beginning in berlin. >> dana: the day before the president is to give the state of the union address. you can imagine the kind of spectacle vladimir putin would like to have playing on your screens. where things stand. russian forces are bearing down on kharkiv after they failed to take the capital of kyiv. >> bill: ukrainian and russian negotiators are holding their first talks as we speak since the war began. that meeting is taking place near the border of belarus. expectations for progress are low. >> dana: as the u.s. condemns vladimir putin for putting his nuclear forces on high alert. the white house calling it totally unnecessary. >> the ukraine people are taking the fight back to russia. ordinary people stockpiling molotov cocktails and shoring up defenses in their own neighborhoods. >> dana: zelenskyy is with his troops on the front lines.
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the next 24 hours are crucial. >> bill: check out this video. it shows a ukrainian drone throwing a russian missiles to bits and destroyed russian tanks along the way. >> dana: humanitarian crisis getting worse by the minute. the war has forced more than half a million people to leave the country. >> bill: breaking news this morning the u.s. hitting russia with its toughest sanctions yet. cutting off the country's central bank and freezing all of russia's american assets as the ruble plunges to an all-time low. we'll see how the u.s. stock market is. >> dana: general keane is standing by. trey yengst reporting live from kyiv. >> good morning. the talks taking place today on the border between ukraine and
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belarus. yesterday there was a reported phone call between the president of belarus and the president of ukraine, zelenskyy. following that it was decided that the russians and ukrainians would both send a delegation to have conversations. zelenskyy's office saying they have nothing to lose by talking. fighting on the ground does continue. a number of missile attacks over the weekend targeted civilian infrastructure in kyiv killing two people and targeting an oil depot and kharkiv has intense street battles and shelling with russian forces as the ukraine people look to push back that offensive. in kyiv the capital we've seen people lining up for weapons at police stations, lining up at grocery stores to get supplies and those who can't fight back or gather supplies are going underground. this weekend the mayor of kyiv implemented a strict curfew. lifted at 8:00 a.m. this morning. ukraine is under martial law.
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right now they are preparing for really what could be a bloody days of urban battle ahead. new satellite images show a convoy more than three miles long of russian troops, artillery units and supplies and more fighters headed here to the ukrainian capital from 20 to 40 miles away. significant as this city and country continues to brace for more war. back to you. >> bill: trey, today has been a different environment in the city of kyiv today. people came out of the subways and went to shops and stores. russians are saying if you want to leave there is a channel for you to get out of the capital city. what have you seen. what can you add to that? >> absolutely. let me describe what the nights are like here because it is quite eerie being in this capital city. you hear the sirens warning people to get underground and warning of russian bombing that will take place and then there
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are explosions in the distance. other than that it is completely quiet amid the curfew. people aren't on the streets. no cars on the streets and you will hear gun battles that take place in different neighborhoods as the russian reconnaissance forces try to make their way into the city and gather information about exactly what type of resistance these fighters are going to face after they enter the ukrainian capital. we do know as the bombing campaign continues, the skyline is also quite dark. officials have warned people to turn off the lights even coming to warn the media to turn off the lights to keep a lower profile to avoid being hit. people are bracing for war. people say they will use anything they can to fight back. everything from guns to kitchen knives to molotov cocktails. this country is preparing for the worst. bill. >> dana: trey i will say goodbye to you for now. stay with us because we'll come
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back to you as our viewers tune into the coverage. >> bill: want to give you a sense where the battle is now. everything you see in red is controlled by the russian army. up in the north where trey is located in kyiv, the talks are happening north of the belarus border. two areas that are critical now in the northeast the town of kharkiv has been shelled repeatedly over the past 12 to 24 hours. significant casualties and possibly even civilian casualties as we work our way through the day into kharkiv. another area of concern here i will bring in the general. odessa to the west. this is the town of donetsk to the east and mariupol is a coastal town of a half million people and where russian marines tried to take back the town with 2,000 strong.
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i think it's a real area of concern here. the ukraine army has to be ready. the potential for the russian military to take a corridor and connect the occupied area in the southeast across here possibly to oh december yeah -- odessa in the west. this here in the north, here is the capital city of kyiv, the border with belarus. all the russian forces staged in southern belarus for the past 60 days has paid huge dividends for putin so far. this town is 160 miles as the bird flies from kyiv where the talks are underway now. what comes of them no one knows. one more thing. trey was showing us this long column of supplies and tanks from russia. they are double parked along this road. based on the reporting we're getting they run for three
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miles long and they are maybe not on the outskirts of kyiv but about 20 miles from it. general jack keane analysis on monday morning. what does this mean to you? >> what is actually taking place here, the units in the north that were going against kharkiv and kyiv itself have taken an operational pause that lasted a couple days. why? they needed to bring in resupplies and they also brought in some reinforcements. the units in the south are the ones having success. it is interesting. there is a reason for it. they come from the southern military district and these are units that have been together for years and they operate as whole units. in other words, groups that form a rejments and rejments that form a division and fight as a whole unit. the units that are coming down
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from kyiv from belarus and kharkiv from russia, they are a hodge podge of units. they do not fight normally or exercising normally as regiments and divisions. that was one of the reasons why the institute for the study of war wasn't convinced that there was going to be an attack on kyiv from belarus because most of those units came from the east, they had never really worked together and yet they would be the main effort, which kyiv is. it doesn't make a lot of sense but that's what we have. what we'll see in the two cities that you pointed out, bill, in kharkiv and also eventually in kyiv, is combat formations will enter that city and right now the preparatory fires are taking place in kharkiv. this can be quite devastating. long range artillery, rocket
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artillery and then the introduction. we know they have them with them and some inintroduction of bombs which are bombs that have fuel in them and they create just bastions of fire as a result of it. they are quite devastating. they have used them on the ukraine military back in 2014 and would take down entire battalion assembly area in a matter of minutes. that's what could be the foretell of things to come if the operational ground units are not able to make progress, then they will begin the systematic rubling of the city, which is a decision they have been trying to avoid for all the obvious reasons. russia is facing significant international condemnation as it is. they don't want further pushback from their own population when a plan like this unveils.
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that is their history. chechnya in 2,000 they made war on innocent civilians. in syria they made war on innocent people in aleppo. it was devastating to include taking down underground hospitals using deep penetration bomb. actually a war crime. i don't know if that decision has been made yet but if they have a problem making progress inside those two big cities, they will likely do that. the other thing is there is talk about the introduction of forces from belarus. they have a small military there. less effective than the russians. they would likely use paratroopers who have trained with the russians. they aren't that sizeable. i don't think they will add much to what is taking place here. if they use them as reinforcements, you know, for example, for kyiv, the likely thing. to open up their own axis in the west, i don't think they
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have the logistical support nor wherewithal to do something like that. >> dana: an interesting point. zelenskyy's team will be going to talk with the russians in belarus but i don't see how they can do that with any confidence if belarus is saying they'll join with russia in fighting them, general. >> yeah, well belarus is in the orbit of putin. he is the longest serving dictator in europe. as he was being threatened by his people to run him out of the country putin put troops in there. belarus president owns his existence to putin and do his bidding. if they will put troops into ukraine it is because putin wants it to happen. he will march to his drum. >> dana: right. general. thank you so much.
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>> bill: thank you, general jack keane. we'll speak later today, general. thank you for that. a few things from over the weekend. i don't think anyone saw what the new leader of germany -- we barely know his name and the speech he gave was historic. "wall street journal" ukraine leads the world is the important point. putin is trying to restore make himself a dominant global power. if he succeeds in ukraine breaking nato will be his next ambition. the people of ukraine are showing a too complacent west what it means to fight for freedom. i think putin scared the hell out of europe's leaders. so many of them were ambivalent. it was debated will he go in or playing for time? we know the answer now. >> dana: we have seen not only the significant historic change in germany's position in terms of providing lethal weapons.
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in afghanistan in that effort germany, one of the things they were willing to do is send trainers to train police and dogs which were very useful but never get involved in hardware. that is changing as of today. >> bill: 2% gdp into the military department of germany. the united states has been begging these european countries to do this for years. trump was leading it for four years and now they are doing it. we'll see if it makes a difference. 14 past. this from poland now. watch. >> i will stay here for a while with my relatives. we hope soon it will be ended and i can return to my home. >> bill: these stories are endless. women and children leaving their husbands and fathers and their brothers behind. we'll speak with someone on the front lines of helping those families in a moment here. >> dana: the russian invasion is reigniting concerns over vladimir putin's mental health. why a growing chorus of experts
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fear see in a dangerous place with a nuclear arsenal at his disposal. >> to the whole world. today it will be ukraine. what country will be the next? nobody knows. he is crazy. he is just crazy.
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>> dana: that little boy capturing what so many children and wives, sisters, mothers are going through right now as their men stay behind to fight. how inspiring are these fighters. >> bill: multiply that by hundreds of thousands who are on a similar route. people have interacted with putin over the years raising concerns about his mental health status. according to recent erratic behavior and aggression in ukraine and what some are calling unhinged rambling. how are we able to analyze it from affair? >> it is no conspiracy. senior american officials dealing with putin for decades are starting to ring the alarm about his mental state.
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noting things like a stark change in public behavior, attitude, decisions. they say his mental health has changed very rapidly and recently. >> this is a different putin. he seems erratic. there is an ever-deepening delusional rendering of history. he is descending into something that i personally haven't seen before. >> the concern is not just from bush administration officials. look at president obama's ambassador to russia who says when dictators rule for decades they stop listening to advisors and become disconnected from reality and three, spend a lot of time alone and four overreach. this is exactly what has happened to putin. lawmakers are calling him delusional on capitol hill. >> to hear him put nuclear forces on high alert, i am really starting to question the
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competency and mental fitness. >> senior trump national security official says putin seems paranoid and unwilling to listen to reason while meeting with the french president last week. intelligence community is starting to say the same thing as well. >> i think he is a little unhinged. the statements bear watching. i hope perhaps someone in our government, secretary of defense, chairman of the jcs is attempting to reach or seek clarification of these statements. >> adding context a very well placed intelligence source tell me it's known in some circles that putin doesn't use a personal cell phone or internet. if that's true he really is cut off from the world beyond his compound and his immediate cronies. >> bill: something to watch and
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we shall. >> dana: things are not going as planned for putin in ukraine. let's bring in marc thiessen. someone who follows foreign policy very closely. apparently this is what we know. russia's losses as of today in terms of military equipment 29 planes, 29 helicopters and 191 tanks is what we know of now that we can report. do you think that putin -- was underestimating the spirit of the ukrainians? >> 100%. the debate we're having over whether he is delusional or mentally stable plays into his hands because if he is mentally unstable he can do anything. he is crazy. we could be deterred from taking the actions we need to deter them and it may be that he is gravely miscalculated. he may not be crazy, he just may have made a huge blunder beyond recognition. the reality is everything he has done has backfired.
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he wanted to drive nato away from russia's border instead more nato forces now than ever before in poland and baltics. he wanted to divide nato. instead strengthened it. germany announcing a few minutes ago they'll spend 2% of their gdp. i tried to urge them to do that. barack obama tried to get them to do that and donald trump tried to get them to do that. vladimir putin succeeded. in order to win he has to do the kinds of things that jack keane was saying. mass shelling of cities. it will backfire on him. it will unite the ukrainians further and face an insurgency sending russians back in body bags for years. >> bill: on that point about his speech. this is backfired so badly on putin. right so far. he can still win the war. the other thing about the war is -- [inaudible]. our weapons that are designed to take out tanks and the stinger missiles that were
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developed 40 years ago for the soviets to use -- to use against them in afghanistan. this is still top grade technology in the year 2022 but you mentioned this message. let me show this. a big speech tomorrow, state of the union. the world is watching this war unfold. voter preference in mid-terms. republicans have a clear edge 49/42. this is the room that president biden is walking into. how does he calibrate his message? how should he calibrate his message now? >> first of all he has to lead with ukraine and rally the american people behind the ukrainian people. he should tell some of the stories of courage of the ukrainian people fighting the russians. have their family members in the box. talk about specifics what the united states will be doing to help the ukrainians and say something that i have not heard him say yet in any of his addresses. this aggression will not stand.
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america will stand with ukrainian people until every russian troop has been driven from that country and provide them with whatever intelligence and weaponry they need in order to achieve that goal and nato is united. he hasn't said this aggression will not stand yet. he has talked about punishing russia but hasn't talked about defeating russia. >> dana: fun to imagine the arm wrestling going on at the white house today as everybody across the government tries to get their priorities mentioned in the state of the union speech. they cannot let that happen tomorrow night in my opinion. thank you so much, marc. >> bill: thanks. minutes away opening bell on wall street. could be ugly at home and abroad. stocks sliding. oil jumping. u.s. and allies tighten the screws on russia's economy and what it could mean for your finances. the u.n. saying hundreds of thousands of refugees have left ukraine. many stranded in bomb shelters for a week now. we heard from one mother this
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>> bill: 9:33. markets are open. stocks are dropping. we expected this. futures market considerably lower earlier today. the war in ukraine entering the next week, a five day today of fighting. the ruble is plunging. moscow's markets are closed. they didn't open today. more financial sanctions on russia. we'll see how that goes. 460 at the open for the dow thus far. >> dana: oil prices on a
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rollercoaster. in the u.s. gas prices are going up. the average price is dl* 3.61 up eight cents from a week ago. jeff paul is live in new jersey. >> probably going to go higher before we're done. pbs refiners and the unit is running full out trying to process as much oil as they can because the world is going to need it. as you report now, big sanctions on russian oil. the central bank has alluded to being sanctioned by both the e.u. and u.s. today. it will make it hard for russia to get paid for oil it sells. a big joint venture between bp and the big russian oil company, bp had a 20% stake in that joint venture. it is now pulling out of it. that could cost bp as much as $25 billion with a b dollars and that would, of course, cut
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off a lot of extra oil that has been coming into the market. make no mistake the u.s. still number one producer of oil in the world. look at the last month which information is available, the u.s. pumped 11.47 million barrels a day in october, about a million barrels more a day than russia. when it comes to natural gas the same thing. the u.s. the number one producer in the world and now the u.s. is the number one delivererer of natural gas to europe. they've been trying to get off russian natural gas. that's all good news and probably raise the price of oil, however. and the american petroleum institute telling the fox business network now is the time to do more drilling. get more oil into the marketplace to bring the prices down. listen. >> just 10 years ago the united states was only producing about 6 million barrels of oil every single day. that number has doubled in that period.
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imagine the situation we would be in today or europe would be in today were it not for american supply of both natural gas and oil. >> their point is that the u.s. has the ability to help fill the void. we have to produce it here. they are concerned about the future of that right now. dana. >> dana: jeff flock in new jersey. >> the u.s. and european allies agreeing to expel russian banks from the swift system out of brussels. considered the backbone of international finance. so much happening. lay it out for us what's happening. who is doing what and what is the effect? >> the big development today is cutting off russia's central bank from the much of the world including the united states. where vladimir putin has been
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shoring up the foreign currency reserves. 630 billion dollars of reserves that they can deploy as the ruble has collapsed. as he was expecting sanctions, some of the swift sanctions. so the ruble collapses but he won't be able to deploy that money. the hundreds of billions of dollars because the central bank has been cut off from the rest of the world essentially. it's been paralyzed. and what you are seeing is the ruble collapses, the central bank in russia raised interest rates to 20% trying to attract money into the banking system. so what the united states and europe, u.k. and even japan are trying to do is cause a collapse and a complete unwind of the banking system and the financial system in russia. there are some additional things going on. you see a run on atms and run on the banks with 20% interest
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rates trying to attract money into the banking system in russia to prevent that. however, energy is not part of the sanctions with the swift messaging system from yesterday. it is not part of the sanctions announced today. the united states and the west are trying to walk this very fine line of maximum pain for russia without maximum pain for the west in terms of -- you could see energy supplies being cut off into europe and europe 40% -- germany 40% of their natural gas supplies come from russia. the danger is that vladimir putin retaliates and does cut off even though he needs that money, largest source of revenue, energy is, he could cut off exports into europe in particular but we're trying to walk that line where we don't have a supply crisis with energy, we don't have skyrocketing energy prices and
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we still somehow cause a collapse of the russian financial system. >> bill: it's a lot. does any of this scare putin? >> a tyrant hard to scare. someone like him hard to scare. what the united states needs to do is maximize the amount of supply that we have in oil and natural gas. jen psaki made it clear we're still full steam ahead with the green new deal. you are saying the biden white house we're going to make putin bolder. we've 1 1/2 million per day below pre-pandemic levels. one other thing. we cut off venezuela about three years ago. we don't import any oil from venezuela so where we've been getting that extra imported oil is from russia. about 700,000 barrels per day.
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if we opened venezuela we could theoretically as a nation cut off russia, open venezuela. we have refineries along the gulf coast that can refine that heavy, sour crude coming out of venezuela. vladimir putin in theory could export less natural gas and oil to the west and if he found another buyer say in china, then that would offset any pain to him financially. it is a long way to go. he is liable to do things rash and that's the danger to all of us. particularly in the energy sector. >> bill: thank you >> dana: fierce fighting in the streets of ukraine. our live coverage continues after this. plus the war taking a heavy toll on tens of thousands of ukraine orphans. an alabama couple talks us about their fight to bring
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their adopted child to the united states. >> local authorities have told our lawyer they feel that he is safer in the orphanage that just has a base, than to let our lawyer take custody of him and bring him to the united states.
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>> dana: our next guests are in the process of adopting a little boy from ukraine but they aren't able to complete the paperwork needed after the u.s. embassy in kyiv closed and they're not alone. an estimated 100,000 orphans there stuck in the middle of war. chris and jena jarous join us now. thank you both for your big hearts. adoption is such a great display of love. so i thank you for your efforts. chris, what are you hearing today about the safety of the 9-year-old little boy you are trying to adopt? >> so the last we've heard is that he is okay. that was a day or so ago. we are working on getting him out of there and, you know, it changes day-by-day. and almost moment by moment. >> dana: how do you try to stay
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calm and positive when you are racked with worry? the boy was able to stay with you for a little bit over the holidays. >> yes. a lot of prayer. he was with us for a month. he came a few days before christmas so we got to spend all of christmas and new year with him. it's just -- a lot of prayer. >> dana: did the state department or anybody here in the united states -- i know you work with embassy staff try to reach ahead of time saying we should try to get the paperwork done before the invasion happened? >> we reached out to our people in washington to ask for their help and fortunately one of our entities, one of our elected officials there has reached back out to us and is doing what they can to try to make sure that things are prepped and ready once we get the kids to -- across the border to a
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nato nation. >> dana: tell me a little bit, gina, about him and why he is there in an orphanage and what you are trying to do to get him over here. what is he like? he looks pretty sweet in the pictures. >> he is a vibrant, energetic all boy. he is so giving. he is very hyper, of course. he's a boy. >> dana: you have five other children and they're all on board. the founder and president of bridges of faith said right now it's so easy to politicize the whole business in ukraine. all that stuff doesn't really matter when you are talking about a little kid who is now forced into the basement of his orphanage. >> that's absolutely right and, you know, the whole goal behind bridges of faith and our goal
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is to share the love of jesus christ with these kids and to give them a chance to feel what it is like to be in a loving home. and so we just are very grateful you help us bring attention to this and we want others to know that bridges of faith needs financial support and people can go to bridges of or gofundme/sasko to offer their support to bridges of faith directly. >> dana: just a few seconds left before we lose you. if you had a chance to deliver a message to vladimir putin, what would you want to say? >> i would tell him to take a moment and consider the real human cost of what he is doing. not just political people, not just money and things of that sort. but to realize that at the end of every bomb that he fires, every missile that he shoots is potentially a little kid who is
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precious in the sight of god and precious in the sight of us. >> dana: chris and gina, keep us posted and we'll be praying for shosko and get the word out about bridges of faith. thank you. >> thank you. >> bill: that is remarkable. ukrainians fighting fiercely against the relentless russian onslaught as you see from the video there. hundreds of thousands are desperate to get out of the country. what one man is doing to help so many on the front lines. >> very bad, very, very bad already and it is going to get worse by the minute and there is no words. there is no words to be found. we're begging for everybody's help. r. katz.
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showing their support from ukraine by pulling russian vodka from shelves. the governors from new hampshire and utah have said remove the russian alcohol from liquor stores. >> bill: the guy pouring the bottles, right? he was doing it with a smile on his face. the war has already forced more than half a million ukrainians to leave their country. u.n. refugee agency expects they predict about a week ago said up to 5 million may leave. our next guest is the head of a nonprofit helping people to get to safety. shloma rosilio. where are you now? what do you need? what's the state of play there? >> so right now i am on my way to odessa. we're trying to evacuate quite a few orphanage and why i
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wanted to mention that chris and gina can contact me and we'll help get the boy out to nato-allied countries where he can get a passport. a lot of people have done that and we can help them do that. >> bill: wow. they will be. we'll make sure we make the connection there. why are you going to odessa in the south? >> so basically i left kyiv for the reason that right now kyiv is getting very, very dangerous. zero possibility to take people out unless you take a very high risk of death literally. so i was able to get out. we had a few people that are on the ground there that are delivering food and water to people that are sheltering and we're trying to do our best to help everybody but we're very tiny, small organization and everything that in my power i'm doing to actually deliver whatever we can to everybody that we can handle. but we -- >> bill: let me jump in here.
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you said things have calmed down today because of the talks. i don't know how long the talks last but give us a description of what you've seen there. >> so what i hear on the ground is that it is going to be just the beginning of the worst-case scenario that we already have seen and it will be worse than that. the reason is the talks are not going to lead to anywhere and that means it will light up the sky of ukraine as of tonight probably already. they already started in kharkiv and other places around. but it is quiet in kyiv. this is one good thing. but that doesn't mean it will stay like this. >> bill: odessa may be a different story. you are focusing on women and children. how is it going? >> that's our focus right now. we already got two buses out of odessa train station straight to moldova to the border. hopefully be able to get them out. the lines from the border now are ridiculous.
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it is miles and miles and miles of cars and there is no way to even pass by them because there is no road. everybody is on the sides and no way to take the bus to a different route. there is no vip borders. everything is on lockdown and getting worse by the minute. a lot of people are going to the borders. lots of major cities have traffic jams outside from people trying to get to the borders and it is chaotic. this is the description of what it is. >> bill: you are moving in a vehicle right now speaking to us. how are you staying safe? >> my vehicle is an ambulance. i will move a little bit. you can see and be able to say it is an ambulance. for us it is much easier to go around in the areas where there is traffic or police or army or things like this. this is much easier for us to do that with an ambulance than a private vehicle or bus. so this is one good thing that
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we have and we hope it will stay this way so we'll be able to move more people, sick people, kids, and people that really need our help to get out immediately with no delays. >> bill: there will be a lot of need. thank you for coming back today. >> put up our website and we welcome everybody to come and visit us and donate and we appreciate it. thank you so much. >> bill: we'll check in in a couple of days. >> thank you. >> dana: ukraine fighting back tooth and nail as russian forces bombard residential areas in cities across that country. >> bill: good morning to you. ukrainian fighters defending their homeland against russia's brutal aggression. direct peace talks are taking place on the belarus side of the border. ukrainian troops are holding onto the capital and key cities thus far. a look at areas along the border where russia's military all in red there, russia's
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military has taken control. >> dana: full coverage on fox. michael allen on russia's nuclear threat and the growing refugee crisis and peter doocy at the white house. benjamin hall on the ground in ukraine. good morning, benjamin. >> every day we're seeing the situation here get worse. humanitarian crisis rising quickly as putin continues to bomb, escalating the weapons he is using. it is becoming a dire situation. we were out at the train station here earlier. there was a mass of people trying to get out carrying whatever they could on their backs. it was heartbreaking. take a look. >> stations here are crushed full but getting on a train is almost impossible. some people are waiting for a day and some longer. tickets are no good anymore. it is a mass of people desperately trying to save
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themselves and their families. some are having to split up. women and children being pulled forward now because there isn't enough room to get the men on. no one knows where they are going. they want to get anywhere. many people will not get out. these people and hundreds of thousands like them are on the move fleeing death and destruction for an uncertain future. >> we leave kyiv. we left everything. and just run away. >> bill: they've left their homes, johns, memories fleeing with only the things they can carry on their backs. most don't know where they are going. there has been a massive outpouring of support for the fleeing ukrainians. countries are opening borders and rallying together to help. many cannot get out and see just one way to end this. >> have putin killed. kill him. >> fuel, cash, medical supplies are also dwindling in ukraine and why the u.n. fears up to 5 million people could be
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following in the footsteps of those we witnessed today. it is becoming a dire situation. vladimir putin shows in signs of backing down. in fact he is escalating. right now no one knows how it will play out. the coming few days will be critical. >> dana: thank you as the urgency develops right here this morning. bill. >> bill: good work. thank you. on the screen behind me this was last thursday the 24th of february. we marked it on the calendar in the upper left. all the areas in red is what the russian forces controlled at the time. direct you to the north and northeast and the south especially for the purposes of this demonstration. february 24th goes to february 25th. incremental but there is a story to be told about that. february 25th goes to february 26th. it changed a little bit. go back one day. that was friday and that was saturday. this is february 27th on sunday. the change is slight and that's
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because ukrainian forces have bought back. stinger missiles. javelin anti-tank missiles repelling the russian army in certain areas of the country and slow its advance here. i will look at kharkiv here. kyiv has 3 million people. kharkiv is 1.4 million people. let me show you what is happening. the reports we were getting at day break today is the russian army is shelling this town and if they are shelling this town it could be indiscriminate and there could be significant loss of civilian life. we're waiting now. can't confirm it but some of the reporting we're getting. kharkiv is across the border from russia. i don't know if you were with us last week. the satellite images in realtime last week about the russian military outposts they had built up. they can take all the hardware and cross the border and continue to put pressure on the ukrainians holding out in kharkiv. another story to watch this is in the north. the capital city kyiv.
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the border with belarus. they came across the border and wanted to hit the northwestern edge of kyiv and northeastern edge of kyiv. they seem to have done that rather successfully but still they are several miles outside of the city center and so far the capital city is holding. i mentioned the south. let me pop down there quick. crimea was taken by russia in 2014. remember that, right? they crossed this irrigation canal the other day and met very little resistance and able to go to the east as far as mariupol. a half million people in that town on the sea. putin wants to take and occupy and keep for his own. this whole area is something we'll watch through the coming weeks. that's the state of play as we understand it right now back here at home in new york. dana has more now. >> dana: for more on this michael allen is a former senior director for counter proliferation committee.
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what are your thoughts this morning as putin continues his advance? >> well, i'm very worried that vladimir putin will begin indiscriminately shelling ukrainian cities. we're starting to see hints of this on your air and elsewhere online. putin is frustrated by the news he is hearing. he does not like that his advance has been slowed and perhaps they had the wrong military strategy going in. putin has a history of this, by the way. if you look back at the breakaway republic of chechnya, putin absolutely leveled their capital city. you can look online and see the photos of it. i'm worried he will do a similar tactic against ukrainian cities. >> bill: i want to take you back to a statement he made last week. it was on video and apparently it was recorded three days before the invasion began but played to the russian people and the rest of the world at the moment that the invasion started. he talked about warning other countries that any attempt to
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interfere would lead to consequences you have never seen. and that is a quote leading many people to think he was talking about nuclear weapons. he made a move with regard to that on sunday. can you explain the significance of the move he made and how concerned we should be? >> well, we should be concerned because vladimir putin -- you know, he was always very aggressive but he has seemed shakeier in the last few weeks as we've analyzed the speeches that he has given. we should take it seriously. i think most of it honestly is him trying to get more leverage in negotiations that he wants to be seen as attempting to begin with ukraine. he sees the world turning against him. he is trying to say falsely by the way that he is willing to sue for peace and trying to get the europeans to put pressure on the ukrainians in the talks today and going forward. i don't think they are having
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any of that, by the way. the world is rallying to ukraine and you see javelins and stingers being transferred there and so i think that's what you see and that's what putin is threatening when he puts his strategic nuclear weapons force on higher alert. >> dana: your assessment of the sanctions that were put in place so far. >> well look, i have to praise the european union. i'm glad we've done something on swift and the central bank and some of the banking, the state banks in russia. but listen, the more i look at this, the more i see loopholes. i hope the united states realizes this and just trying to get european union on board. we need to close the loopholes over time. this needs to be very tough on russia and i don't want people to figure out workarounds where russia won't be truly punished. >> bill: you are great, michael. please come back. a sober voice as to what is happening on the ground.
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>> dana: knowledgeable one. the "new york post" cover is code red today. you can see it right here and the headline also in the "wall street journal." putin loses germany. it is such a big moment in history. we cannot stress it enough. the "wall street journal" saying the russian invasion of ukraine has been a shock to german politicians and voters who assumed diplomacy alone with secure europe's borders. an embarrassment to a government caught flat footed by putin's marauding. >> bill: if you are a 22-year-old u.s. marine in 2001 and you see 3,000 americans and you are willing to crawl through a desert to defeat that enemy. if you are a 22-year-old russian marine living in the dirt of southern belarus and your leader says go into ukraine, what are you thinking?
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you are probably inclined to think i thought they were brothers or cousins of us. what did they do that would necessitate my military involvement to go south across the border? psychological question but i think the answer on behalf of many people perhaps within russia are saying what's up with this? just something to consider, too. we'll bring in our analysts and pose that question to them over time. in the meantime u.n. refugee agencies saying the war that's forced up to 4 million ukrainians from their homes and half a million fleeing. fox business connell macshane live at a train station in poland near the border. what have you seen and heard? >> a lot of people coming in to poland. this country is taking the highest number of those refugees. over 280,000. a large number moments ago were processed behind me to go through customs. many picked up by friend and
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family on the polish side. video we shot at one of the other border crossings earlier where you can see people walking across the border. many having walked for miles and miles. possibly abandoning a car caught in traffic and then reunited with friends and family in many cases here in poland. then there was another story that we discovered almost by accident when we were at the border crossing not very far from where i am right now and that was a number of young men who were living here in poland from ukraine who are choosing to go back to their country, to go back to the war, including this young man you are about to see who i asked why are you doing this? why are you choosing to reenter ukraine and here is what he told me. >> my mother -- it is my country and i want to help for my people in this country.
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and -- >> are you going there to fight? >> maybe. >> how old are you? >> 18. >> only 18 years of age. there are a number of other men walking in carrying suitcases towards ukraine. a little bit older all military fighting age and they were all clear with us that they were indeed going back to fight. when you asked them why each and every one said the following. they said we love our country and they were choosing to rejoin the fight. what is happening at the train station. they've been coming in throughout the day. we've seen a lot of that but a train in the background. you see strollers standing on the outside of the train station. people in poland are bringing supplies down to the station. cases and cases of bottled water and everything that people in ukraine might need because that train will go back to ukraine with those supplies and pick up some more of the refugees that benjamin hall was reporting on and they'll get back on the train and come back
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in and the supplies from people in poland will be given to the people in ukraine. remarkable to see this from this side of the border as it will be developing throughout the week. your point earlier over half a million already fleeing from ukraine. that number will undoubtedly continue to move much higher. >> bill: remarkable image. amazing report there, too. give the nod to the government and the people of poland. well done, connell. we'll check in later. dana. >> dana: president biden is preparing for his first state of the union address tomorrow night as vladimir putin puts russia's nuclear forces on alert. how the white house is responding and what we can expect from the speech. >> bill: a brewery in ukraine getting ready to join the fight against russian forces. workers switching from beer to making molotov cocktails. the owner will join us from there coming up next. >> dana: as the fighting rages on one city is in the west is becoming a crucial staging ground for ukraine and a base for those seeking refuge.
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>> dana: president biden returning to washington ahead of tomorrow's state of the union address. the speech comes against the back drop of europe's worst fighting in decades. peter doocy is live at the white house where i can't imagine what sort of arm twisting is being done to try to get people's priorities into that state of the union speech which i have to imagine was probably rewritten, peter. >> we expect to hear a lot about the last year, not just about international affairs and the headline today is going to be that the united states has placed more sanctions on russia. they are not meant as a deterrent anymore. they are meant as punishment. this batch will prevent americans from doing business with russia's central bank. a move that even some republicans say fits. >> i am very pleased by it and the united states is following
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once again because i think countries in europe decided they ought to move on swift. but i'm glad the united states is moving ahead and i think that's one of the biggest sanctions that could be put to bring russia to heel. >> the latest financial punishment comes as putin starts talking about nuclear weapons elevating russia's nuclear readiness, an elevation in rhetoric that officials say they are prepared for. >> this is really a pattern that we've seen from president putin through the course of this conflict. which is manufacturing threats that don't exist in order to justify further aggression. the global community and the american people should look at it through that prism. >> bill: the president returned to the white house 20 minutes ago and didn't stop to answer questions and he is in the oval office now. >> dana: the plans continue. >> bill: we'll try to bring a signal with a brewery owner in
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western ukraine making molotov cocktails instead of beer. his name is yuri zastavny. thank you for your time. as long as the signal holds. you aren't making beer, you are making bombs. tell us about it. >> small craft brewers need to make something. they can't just sit idle so we decided to use our chemical skills and our own labor to do something that requires precision exactly like beer, so once you understood we can't brew beer because it is not time for beer we theed to get our other things sorted out. we decided to make molotov cocktails because we can use bottles, the people. it was a grassroots idea from the personnel to do something. do what you can do. >> bill: how did you learn how to do this safely and how do you expect it to get to the residents of that town safely?
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>> all right. we are in the west ukrainian town, a kind of safe haven for many people from all over the country crowded with people who escaped the bombings and kharkiv and kyiv and other places. and ukraine is probably the only country that actually actively used molotov cocktails in the street revolution in 2014 and 16. so we have a skill from there. we know how to make them. we know how to make them stick and how to make them bite very well. and we can gather our theory of brewing and chemistry with the practice of using that. >> bill: i know you can't see our screen there but we're looking at hundreds of empty wine bottles and you are taking
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the wine bottles and making them into incendiary devices that can be used of the people who live in your town. this is like everybody is getting together trying to figure out what they can do to help, right? >> well, that's exactly the spirit. i see experts, you are part of the -- [inaudible] with the russian government if you can speak english. if you can shoot you if you can brew and make molotov cocktails. we are not very selective in bottles. if we have bottles from wine or vodka or whatever, it all goes there for a good purpose. >> bill: it shows the spirit of your people. can you win? >> i have absolutely no doubt
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>> the ground units are not able to make progress they'll begin the systematic rubling of the city. that's their history.
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chechnya in 2000. they made war on innocent civilians in towns and cities. i don't know if that decision has been made yet. if they have a problem making progress inside those two big cities, they will likely do that. >> bill: general jack keane with us last hour as russian fighters try to gain control of u.s. biggest cities, kyiv and kharkiv in the northeast. delegates from both sides are meeting right now in southern belarus. dan hoffman former c.i.a. station chief with us today. we have a million questions. let's begin at these talks of truce. what do you make of it? what is the potential if anything comes from it? why would putin -- let's not forget on day five with 48 hours into this conflict he offered peace talks in minsk. the city was denied them. the talks are underway.
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why? >> right. vladimir putin may never have served in the military himself. he was a kgb operative and so what comes most natural to him is cloak and dagger espionage and disinformation and prop gand ya. i would say that these negotiations that will occur on the border is subterfuge. he wants to raise the expectations to the extent he can of ordinary ukrainians who are in the fight overmatched against russia's brutal assault on their country. and then only to torpedo those very same high expectations when the negotiations fall through. it's his effort to degrade the will of ukrainians to fight. see trying to do it by raising russia's nuclear forces status to the elevated status. number two on the level of four scale. there is no sign any of that will work. ukrainians are committed to
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fighting and president is demonstrating extraordinary leadership at the most perilous time in their country's history. >> dana: europe decided we better get serious about our energy policy and germany changing its position for providing lethal weapons since world war ii. talks about a truce how anybody could go back to last monday before everything changed. >> i agree with you. i think what vladimir putin's own inner circle particularly the military, defense minister have to realize that vladimir putin could have achieved the aims that would have secured his regime without firing a shot. but instead what he has done by launching this invasion with rules of engagement that permit the russian army to target indiscriminately residential areas and kill innocent civilians. all of that has jeopardizeed their regime security. the economic impact and look
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how united nato is. i've been saying a short time ago seems like ukraine wanted to join nato and nobody would have them. now it's nato joining ukraine in the fight for freedom and democracy and liberty. that will have an impact on china. it is a potent force against regimes. >> bill: this is from kharkiv. it appears to be a residential area and large apartment buildings and you just see smoke and fire going from right to left and back again. maybe there is ukrainian fighters inside these buildings but i think in all likelihood they're not and they're civilians and it makes you think as our guest michael allen mentioned 30 minutes what happened in chechnya. putin went in with his military in the early 1999, 2000, they leveled the place. there was nothing left in the
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capital city but rubble. is that a fate of ukraine potentially? >> it could be. that's the way vladimir putin has fought his battles. to this point he has been successful and been brutal. even in other places brutal. in chechnya, he annexed crimea and used a banned chemical nerve agent to try to kill an opposition leader. vladimir putin and the kgb care very little about collateral damage to civilians and that's what we're seeing. the question is when does the military break? when does the military go to their defense minister and say we can't do this anymore? you are committing war crimes. we can't support the leader. that's what vladimir putin is risking. >> dana: fascinating because do
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you think -- when might the military break, then, dan? if you had to assess, to guess. >> that's the question. by hanging on as they have the ukrainians fighting so hard with the leadership they get from zelenskyy who has been the driving force against the coalition against russia. none of it would have been happening without him driving the west together and gaining all the support that he has. he is out there on social media and delivering these very pithy wonderfully strategic statements of support for his own cause and he is gaining a lot of support. with all of that, that is the question, dana, that you are asking that president biden has to be asking our intelligence community right now. >> bill: it's only day five. i emphasize only because who is to know what comes next? there is reason for optimism in these early days but again it could only be early days.
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dan, thank you. dan hoffman former c.i.a. chief in moscow. >> dana: which mentioned the fighting in ukraine's second largest city. joining us on the phone is a man who lives outside of kharkiv and says he has to hideout in a bomb shelter there multiple times a day. we have him by phone. it was the most secure way to talk to him. what's it like there now? >> hi, right now everything not so bad as it was several hours ago when putin's troops attacked civilians in our city. right now we are waiting the talks several hours. >> dana: and then when that was happening you were in the bomb shelter at the time? i understand you are hiding. could you feel and experience those shellings? we're seeing the video and back and forth all across the city
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these explosions. >> frankly speaking at those times i was in those areas. anyway if you live in the city, if you live here everything was happened looks like it is happening nearby. no different. you are struggling and worrying and scared but anyway you are ready to fight and i know we will 100% win in this war. >> dana: have you seen any russian soldiers in your area? >> no, i'm in kharkiv inside and nearby city center and staying with the bombs that attacked civilians. russian troops was in kharkiv yesterday but our soldiers found them and mostly killed. >> dana: we have been showing
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that to our viewers as well how the ukrainians fought back so far. we'll stay in touch. please stay safe and we appreciate your time. >> thank you very much. thank you. >> dana: difficult to get video because of the situation on the ground there. unfortunate. we'll try to find more of these people because i feel like their stories are so compelling. >> bill: no doubt. many wonder why the internet is still working but it is and the fact that it is enables us to talk to people like him and you had a chance over the weekend to talk to a woman in a bomb shelter. the gentleman we spoke to was in the eastern side of the country. the woman was in kyiv. her name is alina, a dragon mama. >> i will stay here with my brothers and sisters and i will fight for ukraine. me being here with this kid
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speaking to you as americans and other people english speaking people this is my fight against putin. i think this is a very powerful weapon that i have. >> dana: it is. i hear from a lot of people who saw that and hopefully be able to talk to her again soon and in touch with her as she said she would stay in kyiv. >> bill: she was dragon woman. >> dana: i'm a dragon mom. we need more of those out there. >> bill: a lot of them right now. >> dana: russia's propaganda machine fighting for hearts and minds and social media. demonstrators here and around the world are voicing strong opposition to russian aggression. >> he will keep going and keep taking countries and ukraine is first and we need to help them.
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>> dana: as russia refshs up the propaganda machine. fox business network kelly o'grady live with the details. a little bit of time in coming but finally they pulled the trigger, kelly. >> dana, a war is being fought in the streets and information war is being fought on social media. companies are beginning to take action but many are questioning why it took so long and why these platforms are not doing
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more to stifle russian prop gand ya. i have to call out recently users are banned or censored for far less than promoting a full scale invasion of a sovereign nation. metaand twitter have censored some accounts posting within ukraine and facebook and twitter removed anti-ou craneian covert influence operations. most of the pro russian content remains up. the ministry of foreign affairs is circulating the idea this invasion was in response to genocide by the ukrainian government. i did a scan across platforms and found countless examples of content pushing a fake narrative that didn't contain a warning label. russia announced it would partially restrict access for citizens to twitter and facebook in response to the advertising blocking measures taken by those social media companies as well as attempts by russian citizens using the
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platforms to have protests. the content that remains accessible is confusing. the ukraine government has been calling for its removal since last week and the e.u. high commissioner says it does not cover wartime propaganda. lawmakers are questioning why the pro-putin consent a allowed to remain up and calling on the tech countries to do more. social media brainwashes on the ground and winning the war of perception. >> more on this with joe concha. good morning to you. i don't know if the oligarchs have access to their twitter feed but the ayatollah does. what do you make of it? >> a simple question based on kelly's report we just heard. why isn't youtube and reddit and tiktok. that's a platform of one billion users. why aren't they labeling russia misinformation or censoring or
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banning accounts pushing such misinformation. why did facebook and twitter wait for five days before they did so? they know they have the ability to do so when it comes to what they deem as misinformation here in the u.s. especially during presidential campaigns and election. hunter biden's story squashed as exhibit a. it appears that vladimir putin is losing this propaganda battle. as you mentioned earlier the internet in ukraine is working and allows people to speak to the world. we're seeing increasing unrest and protests throughout russia and ukrainian president zelenskyy has an extremely active and effective with tweets on social media when russia propaganda tried to sell he fled the country he shot a video of himself on military gear in saturday with the famous line. i don't need a ride, i need ammunition. he continued. i am here. we are not putting down arms. our weapon is truth and the
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truth is this is our land, our country, our children and we will defend all of this. so as far as propaganda and winning the messaging war i would say ukraine despite being an underdog is winning this battle. >> bill: maybe more savvy. maybe they are showing a 69-year-old tyrant how to play this game. joe, thank you. joe concha with us. talk to you soon. >> the people it was a mess but i can understand because everybody is stressed and everybody wants to leave because the situation is really difficult. >> dana: many remain trapped in ukraine as russia ramps up its attacks. evacuation efforts are underway. the u.s. nonprofit group that rescued hundreds of americans in afghanistan is now in ukraine. co-founder of project dynamo joins us next. riders! let your queries be known. yeah, hi. instead of letting passengers
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>> dana: former miss ukraine
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reportedly joining the fight against russian troops. she represented her country in 2015 in the miss grand international contest and over the weekend she tweeted this photo of herself armed with an assault rifle. in another post she warns anyone who crosses the border with the intention of invading will be killed. so she has a lot of heart and bravery and courage. beautiful woman at that. >> bill: stay safe. meanwhile this. the battle rages on in ukraine. the russian government is facing resistance within its own borders. check it out. a human rights group says the police have detained nearly 6,000 people in st. petersburg over the past few days. anti-war demonstrations held across the country. to have 6,000 russians arrested. steve harrigan was reporting many hours ago that protests against the government in russia is punishable by
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treason, up to 20 years if jail. 6,000 people. a significant statement on what is happening on behalf of the russian military. thousands spill into the streets of chicago. philly in new york over the weekend protesting what is happening in ukraine. not just here in the u.s. as we pointed out. alexis mcadams is on that part of the story today. >> hi, bill. no surprise because we saw massive amounts of people across the country and new york city flood to streets to show support for ukraine. one of the reasons in a new york city we have a largest ukrainian american population in the countries. ukrainian americans across the city in the protests says vladimir putin has no idea what he is up against. this is what we saw across the world and country over the weekend. thousands of people gathering in the streets to show support for ukraine. new york city had some of the largest crowds because it is more than 150,000 ukrainian americans that live here.
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crowds calling for solidarity. ukrainian americans across america bracing for putin's next move texting families every day hoping they'll still respond. listen. >> my mom and my dad, they have missiles flying over their homes. my cousins and their kids and his wife making molotov cocktails to stop the tanks. >> as the united states hits russia with tough economic sanctions liquor stores are removing russia vodka brands from their own shelves. people dumping russian vodka in the streets and down the drain. >> i don't want to look at it. we don't want to look at it because we stand with ukraine. >> here in the east village where there is a lot of ukrainian americans who live here. the cardinal at this church held a special service. inside of the church on sunday for a packed service. cardinal dolan expressed
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support for the ukrainian community how ukraine has been through this before and relies on their faith and culture to fight on. >> the stories that we are hearing are brave, independent people of honor and faith that are the citizens of ukraine that we've come to love and so respect are very inspirational to us. >> inspirational an understatement especially for the people i talked to at the protests. they're watching very closely as more protests are expected here in new york city and across the globe, bill, in coming days. >> bill: alexis mcadams watching that. thank you very much. >> dana: there are so many developments. stay tuned throughout the day. putin is on the move trying to press his advantage. ukrainians are fighting bravely and have the support from around the world. this is happening the day before the president of the united states gives his state of the union address. his first one. "america's newsroom" will be there and be in washington for president biden's first state of the union comes against the
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back drop of the war in ukraine. we'll have special coverage at 9:00 a.m. eastern and on for the post speech coverage as well. >> we'll see how the speech is adjusted and changed. >> dana: i think it is fascinating. the state of the union address gets started in july the year before. office of management and budget looks through it and consider the policy and speech gets put together and often why they're long and have the whole kitchen sink thrown in. that kind of speech cannot be given tomorrow night in my opinion. this is a completely different world we're in a week -- in just a week. >> bill: almost like everybody gets a line, right? everybody gets a line but maybe what you are making an interesting case now is not the time for that. >> dana: i don't think people want to listen to every little thing they've done over the past year and another thing, a month ago cdc should not wait for the state of the union
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address to reduce mask mandates or vaccine mandates. they did. they did it on friday and new york did it yesterday. they waited until the state of the union and poll numbers for president biden are not good. one of the reasons is because they waited so long on that. >> bill: jennifer griffin has new details in our system. harris will follow us here and have that information for you. so watch this here. >> dana: here is harris. >> harris: the world is watching the incredible courage, resolve and sacrifice of the ukrainian people as they fight back against vladimir putin's army. a stark reminder that freedom is not free. i'm harris faulkner and you are in "the faulkner focus". with the sundown now at 6:00 p.m. their local time rocket attacks are pummeling ukraine's second largest city. russia making some advances there but still not captured a single major city and been able to hold areas. ukraine government says its citizens are continuing to die, though. still russian forces are being


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