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tonight, breaking news as we come on the air. russian troops closing in on kyiv. ukraine's president speaking just moments ago. what he just warned the people of his country, the people in the capital of kyiv. and here at home tonight, president biden and history made. nominating the first black woman to the supreme court. introducing her to the american people. first, the breaking news just a short time ago -- president zelenskyy warning ukraine that russian forces will try to storm the capital of kyiv tonight. telling his people, tonight will be tough. posting a defiant video with top officials telling the world, we are all here. chilling video posted online %-p inside. chaotic scenes tonight as the refugee crisis unfolds. gunshots heard as a massive crowd tries to board a train out
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of kyiv. tonight, ukraine barring men 18 to 60 from leaving the country. to stay and fight, to save ukraine. warning families to stay indoors and to make molotov cocktails to defend themselves. ian pannell in kyiv. cecilia vega at the white house, where president biden is now planning to sanction vladimir putin directly. and matt gutman tonight overseas, on the humanitarian disaster unfolding right now. the u.n. saying hundreds of thousands already leaving, trying to get to safety, families and children. and what our team has already witnessed. the major news here at home tonight, the history made. the president fulfilling a campaign promise made two years ago today -- nominating judge ketanji brown jackson to become the first black woman to serve on the supreme court. judge jackson saying her faith got her here, saying she's humbled by this extraordinary honor. she is a 51-year-old mother and wife. her message to her daughters,
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one of them in the room. mary bruce tonight on history made. rachel scott on where this nomination goes from here. and what the nominee will face on capitol hill. and tonight, the developing headline on masks across this country. the cdc now changing its guidance. most of america, including children in schools, to take off their masks. but what the cdc is saying tonight about having them nearby and how we'll judge if we need them again. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a friday night. we begin tonight with two major stories. the history made. president biden nominating the first black woman to the supreme court, and what she told the american people. but first, the news coming in just as we came on the air, ukraine's president addressing the people of his country a short time ago, warning that russian troops are moving in on
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the capital, closing in on kyiv, saying they could storm the capital tonight. this evening, the breaking headline from the white house -- the u.s. and its european allies now planning to sanction vladimir putin directly. explosions breaking the silence after dark in kyiv, and tonight it's believed the russians are already within city limits in the northern part of the capital. and to the north of kyiv tonight, these images. a government building on fire. and still russian tanks and military vehicles moving in in all directions. these tanks moving toward the city of kherson in the south. and the troubling image in a kyiv suburb. look at this. posted online, showing an armored vehicle swerving and rolling right over that car with a driver inside. remarkably, that driver was rescued. tonight, that call for all men aged 18 to 60 to stay and fight back to save ukraine. they are not being allowed to leave the country. ukraine's defiant president posting a video with his top officials, telling the world, quote, we are here. and that europe said never again
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but here we are. tonight, that news coming in, president biden and nato allies freezing vladimir putin's assets and those of his foreign minister as well. the nato chief saying russia's shattered peace in europe, and we must do more, even if, quote, we have to pay a price. in kyiv they're bracing for a perilous night ahead. we begin with our senior foreign correspondent ian pannell in kyiv on the ground again tonight. >> reporter: tonight, as the battle for ukraine intensifies, russian troops now entering the capital. [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: moments ago ukrainian president zelenskyy addressing his people in a defiant video from kyiv, saying russia will try to storm the capital tonight and that the night will be, quote, tough. authorities have handed out 18,000 weapons to civilians to help in the fight, and residents were told to make molotov cocktails. men aged 18 to 60 called up to fight, not allowed to leave the country. disturbing new video circulating on social media shows a military
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vehicle crushing a car. explosions over kyiv also posted online, showing just how perilous the situation is. at a kyiv train station today, gunfire heard as crowds trying to flee the city forced their way onto trains.once again, air ringing out across the capital kyiv. although there's been a lull in the fighting for the last couple of hours, the fears are that the russians have been resupplying and are ready to mount a real attack inside the city. we watched as troops ran through the streets, taking up positions to defend the city. alexey goncharenko may be a prominent lawmaker here, but today he is one more citizen with a gun. >> i don't want to fight. i'm not soldier. i'm not professional military man, but i am not ready to capitulate. that's the difference. >> reporter: the city bearing the scars of war already. an apartment block hit by an unidentified aircraft.
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as firefighters arrive, oksana cleaning up the rubble of her wrecked home. she was sleeping when the building was hit. her daughter singing the national anthem. through tears, saying simply, long live ukraine. [ singing in foreign language ] >> reporter: intense battles are raging across the country tonight as ukrainian fighters offer stiff resistance to the more powerful russian forces. in southern ukraine, around the city of kherson, russian fighter jets could be seen coming in low on their bombing runs. also in the south, video posted on social media from sumi showing fierce clashes. in kharkiv, the country's second largest city, today, the ukrainian army digging in to defend as missiles hit and russian forces advance. and this incredible video of a driver swerving to avoid exploding rounds falling around
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the vehicle. casualties are rising. among them, 13 ukrainian defenders on a black sea island. they refused to surrender to a russian warship and reportedly responded with an expletive when the russians told them to surrender. tonight zelenskyy says they'll receive the honor of ukraine. the nato alliance is activating its rapid response force for the first time in a defensive role in europe. up to 40,000 troops will bolster allied countries close to russia and ukraine. and 7,000 american troops ordered to europe yesterday could soon make up part of this nato force europe. but none of these troops will be helping ukraine. as some flee the cities, others seek shelter in kyiv's subways. >> we have a little food and toys. and i hope one day, one night,
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but if so, we can stay here long time. >> reporter: and some are seeking safety in houses of worship. rabbi jonathan markovitch and his wife inna have thrown open the doors of their synagogue. with u.s. visas, they could have fled, but inna made a promise to a 104-year-old holocaust survivor. >> will you stay here with me? i fought the nazis, and i don't know what's coming. >> reporter: oh, wow. >> she's 104 years old. >> reporter: so she's lived through the nazis, and now she's afraid of the russians. >> yeah. >> reporter: and tonight, a long and bloody battle looks unavoidable. >> ian pannell joins us live from kyiv again tonight. ian, we know the president of ukraine issuing that grim warning just a short time ago that the russians could very well try to storm the capital tonight. that other detail you reported, men 18 to 60 not allowed to leave the country. families told to take action to make molotov cocktails to protect themselves. tonight it would appear in many parts of the country, the russians are facing a stiffer resistance from ukrainian
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fighters than they expected. >> reporter: yeah, i think that's very right. a senior official telling abc news that the first two days have not gone as well as the russians expected, though it is now believed they could try to take kyiv for the final push tomorrow. again, zelenskyy thinking it could happen tonight. we have been hearing the distinct sound of battles taking place inside the city. meanwhile, i think we're seeing early signs of potential talks between the ukrainians and russians, but it's likely not talking that's going to dominate the coming hours, but fighting. david? >> ian pannell leading us off again tonight. we thank you and the team. and of course, please stay safe. and the breaking development late today from the white house. president biden is planning to impose new sanctions on vladimir putin himself, and on russian foreign minister sergey lavrov. let's get right to cecilia vega. she's live at the white house tonight. cecilia, what have you learned? >> reporter: this information is just coming in right now. so we know that the president
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made this decision just within the last 24 hours, that he's doing this along with eu partners, really this show of force in being united against what the kremlin is doing there in the uk. the press secretary telling me it's meant to send a clear message about the strength of allies and their opposition to russia. but i've got to tell you, the experts we've talked to say this is largely a symbolic move to sanction putin personally. it's going to include a travel ban, banning him from coming into the country. clearly that wasn't on the agenda any time soon. as for his money, he's notoriously secretive about that. it's unclear how much he has, where he keeps his assets. the white house says they have more sanctions on the table. but in the meantime as we keep saying every single night, this crisis is just getting worse. >> celilia, at the white house with developments. cecilia, thank you. this russian invasion is leading to another emergency unfolding at this hour. our team witnessing the humanitarian crisis just across ukraine's borders. the u.n. already estimating tonight, hundreds of thousands are on the move. desperate crowds at train
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stations and at border crossings, many are women and children wondering where they're supposed to go. what our matt gutman and the team witnessed in poland today. >> reporter: they are pressed up against checkpoints in slovakia and pouring into polish train stations. tonight the u.n. says hundreds of thousands of ukrainians are on the move. among them, american juan tec, his ukrainian wife illana, their son, and the boy's grandmother. making a 30-hour trek from kyiv to the polish border. >> i would say i want to come back but i don't know if we're going to come back. >> reporter: this is juan, finally. we met the family just moments after they crossed into poland. >> it was hard to realize that it happened, that somebody actually is going to bomb us in more than words, you know? >> reporter: juan able to leave because he's american, but ukrainian men 18 to 60 of fighting age are ordered to stay to help repel the russian invasion. anna's husband forced to turn back by ukrainian authorities at the border after 40 hours on the road.
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so he had to leave the car and the family and go back? >> yeah. >> reporter: wow. what was that like? >> awful. >> reporter: inside this train station in poland, parents holding their children. children holding stuffed animals. refugees sleeping everywhere. and this grandmother safe but still sobbing. it was there where we met yulia, who had to leave her mother and so much that was dear behind. >> i cried a lot. >> reporter: did you? you cried when you crossed in? >> i was forced to quit my country, and i didn't want it. if i want to cross my country, it should be my decision to quit my country, not that i have to. >> matt gutman joins us now from the ukraine/poland border. i know the u.n. says this is just the beginning of this humanitarian crisis. they're ramping up efforts to help these refugees but warning that this is about to get much worse. >> reporter: and you're watching it get much worse right now, david. this small train station is about to start getting 10,000 ukrainian refugees a day.
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the u.n. saying hundreds of thousands on the move. that is going to require an equally massive humanitarian response. they're saying it's going to cost $1 billion just in the first three months. david? >> matt, ian, cecilia, our thanks to you all. our coverage of ukraine for tonight. we do move on to the other major story on this friday night, the history made. the president nominating judge ketanji brown jackson to become the first black woman to serve on the supreme court. today before the american people, judge jackson saying her faith got her to this moment, that she was supported by loving parents who are public schoolteachers, who she said were likely watching in florida today, proud of their daughter. saying she's humbled by this extraordinary honor. judge jackson is a 51-year-old mother and wife, and her message to her daughters today. tonight, mary bruce on this historic choice and what comes next. >> reporter: at the white house today, president biden standing beside two history-making black
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women, nominating judge ketanji brown jackson to serve on the nation's highest court. >> for too long, our government, our courts haven't looked like america. and i believe it's time that we have a court that reflects the full talents and greatness of our nation with a nominee of extraordinary qualifications. >> reporter: a harvard law graduate, jackson clerked for justice stephen breyer, whose seat she could now fill. >> i am truly humbled by the extraordinary honor of this nomination. >> reporter: jackson is the first former public defender nominated to the high court, and today she reflected on how her parents, both former public schoolteachers, led her to a life of service. >> i was also blessed from my early days to have a supportive and loving family. my mother and father, who have been married for 54 years, are at their home in florida right now, and i know that they could
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not be more proud. >> reporter: she cited her deep family history in law enforcement, including her brother who is a police officer, also mentioning an uncle who did time in prison. >> you may have read that i have one uncle who got caught up in the drug trade and received a life sentence. that is true. but law enforcement also runs in my family. in addition to my brother, i had two uncles who served decades as police officers, one of whom became the police chief in my hometown of miami, florida. >> reporter: the judge also sending this message to her own daughters, ages 17 and 21. >> please know that whatever title i may hold or whatever job i may have, i will still be your mom. >> reporter: today, as she embarks on this historic journey, jackson playing tribute to the first black woman ever appointed a federal judge, constance baker motley, an inspiration. >> i can only hope that my life and career, my love of this
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country and the constitution, and my commitment to upholding the rule of law and the sacred principles upon which this great nation was founded will inspire future generations of americans. >> mary bruce with us live tonight from the white house. mary, president biden noting today that judge jackson has already gone through three senate confirmations. the white house now hoping she'll be confirmed to the supreme court by easter? >> reporter: david, the white house wants to move quickly on this. the president had already been reaching out to lawmakers of both parties as he made the decision. i'm told judge jackson will start making the rounds on capitol hill, noting with key leaders next week. >> mary, thank you. the three senators voting for jackson when she was appointed in d.c., senators lisa murkowski, susan collins and lindsey graham. certainly not a guarantee they'll vote with the democrats
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again. rachel scott with us tonight. i know the white house is hoping for republican support for judge jackson again. >> reporter: hoping for, but not counting on it. in fact, one of those republicans, senator lindsey graham, who voted to confirm jackson to the d.c. circuit, came out today and called this a win for the radical left. the reality is, democrats do not need any republican support. in fact, judge jackson can be confirmed with a simple majority, only 51 votes. that threshold was lowered by republicans back in 2017. the vice president could then cast the tie-breaking vote. if confirmed, this will be historic. there have been 115 supreme court justices, 108 have been white men. a black woman has never been nominated until now. david? >> rachel scott and mary bruce tonight on this historic nominee. we thank you both. we turn now to the developing news in the covid pandemic. the cdc now releasing new guidelines for when americans can safely take off their masks indoors, including inside schools. the bottom line tonight, much of this country will now take off
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the masks, including schoolchildren. here's erielle reshef. >> reporter: in that long-awaited move, the cdc tonight updating its mask guidance. director dr. rochelle walensky saying based on metrics more than 70% of americans are living in communities at low risk and can consider removing their masks. >> we want to give people a break from things like mask wearing when our levels are low, and then have the ability to reach for them again should things get worse in the future. >> reporter: under the old guidelines, the cdc focused primarily on case numbers as shown here. but the new framework highlighted on this map now also factors in covid hospitalizations and hospital capacity to determine areas of low, medium, or high risk. >> i think it is the right time. we are off the omicron surge, and we have a large proportion of our population now vaccinated and immunized. and that means moving towards these new metrics makes a lot of sense. >> reporter: the cdc also saying
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it is now safe for schools to drop masking except in high-risk areas. >> the truth is, these should be community-wide decisions, and if unmasking is good enough for bars, restaurants, and basketball games, they're good enough for schools as well. >> reporter: masks on public transportation will be required until at least march 18th, but that, too, is under cdc review. it comes as states had been pressing the cdc for clearer benchmarks. by the end of march, all states except hawaii will have ended mask mandates. >> i think it's a relief. i feel like i can see the end in sight, light at the end of the tunnel. >> reporter: david, americans can now search by county at or call 1-800-cdc-info to find the risk levels in their area. >> good news. much of this country will soon safely take off these masks. erielle, thank you. when we come back, the dangerous storm in the east and now what's coming for much of the country behind this. we'll track it. and the russian tennis player tonight and what he wrote on the camera lens about putin's war.
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to preserve your data. a missing woman who has not been seen for almost a month. >> a record cold start this morning. milder nights and days are ahead. i will have the forecast, coming up. >> building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions. >> those are air raid sirens in kyiv. the president of ukraine said they might try to storm the capital city tonight. good evening and thank you for joining us. >> it has been about 48 hour
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since attacks began and some of the worst might be about to strike. this is a live look at the capital of ukraine. it is about 4:00 a.m. there. you don't see any activity in this camera view. there are reports that a second round of shelling have been happening. the president of ukraine says he is bowing to fight. he says we cannot lose kyiv. the white house announcing new sanctions directly targeting vladimir putin and his inner circle. zelensky says it is not enough. >> we are defending our country alone. the most powerful country in the world looked on from a distance. the sanctions are not enough to get foreign troops off of our soil. >> ukraine says it is in the initial stage of talks with russia. a state department spokesperson said diplomatic discussions