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at 3:00. cbs news is next. captioning sponsored by cbs .>> o'donnell: tonight, vladimir putin unleashes a tidal wave of violence as russia launches a full-scale invasion of ukraine, and president biden vows to hold him accountable. air raid sirens blair in ukraine's capital as russian paratroopers land on the outskirts of kyiv, and tanks role roll into the country. and after a pitched battle at a radioactive nuclear plant, russians gain control, raising fears of a potential disaster at chernobyl. the mass exodus-- as the u.n. wawshz of a refugee crisis, roadways jammed and subway stations turned into bomb shelters. plus, we're on the front lines tonight as ukrainian troops vow to fight back against russia. taking aim: president biden
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issues new sanctions as russian stocks nosedive, wiping out $200 billion in value. >> putin is the aggressor. putin chose this war. >> o'donnell: our interview tonight with the secretary of state. here in the united states, with one million ukrainians in america, their fears for family and friends back home. dangerous winter weather, thousands of flights canceled as snow, ice, and rain moves across the country. guilty: three police officers convicted of violating george floyd's civil rights by failing to intervene as officer derek chauvin killed floyd. and we end tonight with a moment of reflection as war returns to europe for the first time since world war ii. >> this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell reporting from the nation's capital.
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>> o'donnell: good evening, and thank you for joining us. tonight, we are witnessing history, the largest war in europe since the end of world war ii. and this is the nightmare scenario that the world feared. the full-scale russian invasion of ukraine is well under way tonight. vladimir putin unleashed a tidal wave of violence across ukraine, firing 160 short-range and medium-range missiles. that's according to a senior defense official. and at least 137 ukrainians have been killed, and hundreds wounded. but those numbers are expected to surge in the hours ahead. fierce fighting is happening along several front lines as russian forces move into ukraine from three sides and are advancing on the capital of kyiv. these new images show the first pictures of damage inside ukraine. military installations and airports have been targeted, but so have civilian apartment buildings and hospitals. roadways are jammed as civilians attempt to flee large cities,
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while subway stations have turned into bomb shelters. president biden announcing today a new round of punishing sanctions and the deployment of 7,000 additional troops to europe. we have a team of reporters covering the story, beginning with cbs' charlie d'agata in kyiv. good evening, charlie. >> reporter: good evening to you, norah. it has been a tough day for ukrainian forces. they've been fighting russian troops on multiple fronts, and now we're getting late word tonight, that those russian forces are advancing on the capital itself on day one of this invasion. ( explosion ) air raid sirens and explosions shattered the peace today. in a conflict that will send shock waves far beyond the battlefields of ukraine, in the biggest attack on a european country in nearly 80 years. this is what vladimir putin's operation to demilitarize the
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country looks like after declaring war in a predawn announcement. tonight, we're told a major battle is under way at the gostomel airfield, on the oust skirts of the capital itself, where russian paratroopers swooped in today. the president of ukraine confirming paratroopers had landed, saying russian airborne troops are surrounded. but one battle they lost was for the former chernobyl nuclear power plant around 60 miles from the capital, now fully in the hands of the russians. the clashes followed a campaign of aerial bombardment across the country. ( explosion ) the streets of kyiv are virtually deserted, and with good reason. ukrainians here are in a state of shock. nobody here wanted to believe that the capital itself would come under attack, and it's impossible to predict what the next 24 hours will bring.
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nonetheless, as president putin boasted in his declaration of war this morning, ukraine and nato allies are only too aware that russia is one of the strongest nuclear powers will in the world, an ominous threat. that first bombardment triggered a mass exodus from the capital today. if it happens again tonight, those who remained in the city might be the next ones to flee. now, the ukrainian government has declared martial law with a curfew in place here from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., and they're expecting another round of airstrikes to happen here in the early hours. president zelensky has gone television moments ago. he said we're fighting this war alone. he's now barring men from 18-60 from leaving the country. norah. >> o'donnell: calling up all the forces. charlie d'agata, thank you. well, we go now to one of the first cities targeted by the airstrikes, kharkiv.
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it's located just 20 miles from the russian border, and to give you an idea of the size of the city, the eastern ukrainian village is about the size of dallas. cbs' holly williams is there where she met some of the innocent victims of the deadly attack. good evening, holly. >> reporter: good evening, norah. here in kharkiv, we've been hearing what sound like either missile or airstrikes tonight. this is ukraine's second-largest city and a major strategic target for russia. ( explosion ) a russian fighter jet over kharkiv, according to a ukrainian official. russia claims it isn't targeting civilians, but in the town of chuhuiv, ukrainian officials say the russians bombed this apartment building, killing at least one and injuring 15 residents. "i never thought this would happen on our land," said oleana kurilo, a local teacher.
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the outskirts of kharkiv have been pummeled by shelling, ruined homes and shattering lives. and the russians are also taking losses. we believe this soldier was killed by ukrainian forces on the edge of the city. after months of stoical calm in the face of a possible invasion, in kharkiv, there's now panic buying in supermarkets, a rush to donate blood, and a search for shelter from russian missiles and airstrikes. >> it's really terrible. i got up at 5:00, and i listen, a lot of bomb. >> reporter: look at this. andriy ostapenko showed us where he and hundreds of others will likely sleep tonight, the city's subway. with the trains halted, people are camped out with their children and their pets. marina omelyanenko works in i.t., and is here with her mother. they heard it was too dangerous to flee the city by road. >> it will be scary to stay at home at night.
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it will be dark. >> reporter: many civilians in ukraine are trapped in the firing line with nowhere to run. the united nations says around 100,000 people have already fled their homes in ukraine since early today when russia began its assault. norah. >> o'donnell: holly williams. thank you. well, in his first remarks since russia's full-scale invasion, president biden said he has no plans to speak with vladimir putin, and that relations between the two countries are "completely ruptured." and in an alarming comment, president biden today said putin has larger ambitions than just ukraine, that he wants to reestablish the former soviet union. cbs' weijia jiang reports tonight from the white house on new crippling sanctions. >> reporter: president biden condemned what he called vladimir putin's premeditated, unprovoked attack. >> putin is the aggressor. putin chose this war, and now he
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and his country will bear the consequences. >> reporter: the president announced new sanctions aimed at crippling the russian economy, treatargeting four large russian banks, several oligarchs friendly with putin, and new restrictions on key, high-tech exports to russia. for weeks the administration has insisted sanctions would curb pint's aggression. >> the president believes sanctions are intended to deter. >> reporter: but today, mr. biden said the opposite as he struggled to answer how to stop putin from overtaking ukraine. >> no one expected the sanctions to prevent anything from happening. this will take time. >> reporter: president biden refrand from sanctioning the russian energy sector, because of how it would affect already-high oil prices. the conflict sent the cost of oil over $100 a barrel today for the first time in eight years. >> i know this is hard, and that
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americans are already hurting. >> reporter: with the full-scale russian invasion under way, the president said his decision to deploy 7,000 u.s. troops to german was not to put them in position to fight russia. >> our forces are not going to europe to fight in ukraine, but to defend our nato allies and reassure those allies in thehatg vladimir putin himself is an option that is on the table. but he declined to answer why it hasn't already happened. the president plans to attend an emergency nato summit tomorrow morning. the thirst-nation alliance will map out next steps to deal with this crisis. norah. >> o'donnell: weijia jiang, thank you. well, after a firefight with the ukrainians, russian forces took control of the site of the world's worst nuclear disaster, and in some breaking news, the white house now says that russian soldiers are holding the staff of chernobyl hostage.
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cbs' david martin reports from the pentagon. >> reporter: russia's poet to kyiv runs through nuclear wasteland of chernobyl, asset 1986 nuclear meltdown that has been blamed for dozens of deaths. today, it became a battleground as ukrainian forces tried to hold off russian troops, raising fears high-powered weapons would puncture the dome erected over the ruined reactor, and once again release radiation. >> the fight is going right there with ukrainian national guard protecting the chernobyl station from the attack. >> reporter: after the fighting ended with the russians in control, ukraine assured the international atomic energy agency there had been no casualties nor destruction at chernobyl. ukraine also said all of its 15 nuclear reactors around the country were operating safely and securely. but the russian invasion is only in its opening phase, and the danger of a war-time nuclear
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accident remains. russian troops are advancing on three fronts, one toward kyiv, one toward kharkiv, and one from the south out of crimea, a province of ukraine which putin seized in 2014. of the last time a war like this was fought in europe, there was no such thing as a nuclear power. norah. >> o'donnell: david martin at the pentagon, thank you. joining us now is secretary of state antony blinken. mr. secretary, thank you for your time. >> good to be with you, norah. thanks. >> o'donnell: there were a number of alarming developments today. do you believe that ukraine's capital of kyiv could soon fall t russian forces? >> well, it's certainly under threat and it could well be under siege. this is the opening salvo of a massive invasion, and we see this continuing and threatening kyiv and threatening other major cities in ukraine. >> o'donnell: and where is ukraine's president zelensky? and how concerned are you about his safety right now?
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>> to the best of my knowledge, president zelensky remains in ukraine at his post. and of course we're concerned for the safety of all of our friends in ukraine-- government officials and others. and we're doing everything we can to stand with them, to support them. we're there for them, not only us, countries throughout europe and countries around the world. >> o'donnell: and we learned today that russia captured chernobyl,. ukraine's foreign minister raised the specter of another nuclear disaster. is that something the u.s. government is concerned about? >> well, they're going after various utilities, power facilities, chernobyl is one of them. obviously, that causes heightened concern and scrutiny. it's something we're looking very carefully at. >> o'donnell: when president biden addressed the nation today, he said that putin wants a new soviet union. is there intelligence to suggest that president putin will advance beyond ukraine? >> you don't need intelligence to tell you that that's exactly what president putin wants. he's made clear that he'd like to reconstitute the soviet empire. short of that, he'd like to
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reassert his sphere of influence around neighboring countries that were once part of the soviet bloc. now, when it comes to a threat beyond ukraine's borders, there's something very powerful standing in his way. that's article five of nato. an attack on one is an attack on all. >> o'donnell: so on that point, i mean, while u.s. troops are not in ukraine, they are close by. so what's being done to lower the risk of some accidental escalation with russian forces? >> well, you always want to make sure that you don't have miscalculations, accidents. and so one of the things we're looking to do is to be in communication are russia on a military basis to make very clear what it risks if it miscalculates. >> o'donnell: i want to ask you about some of the troubling words from vladimir putin's speech. he wandered of consequences never seen in history. was he threatening a nuclear attack? >> well, i can't begin to get into his head and to say exactly
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what he means by that-- by those kinds of words, that kind of bluster. but, again, we've been prepared for whatever course that he chooses to take. we're were preparedded to engage diplomatically, if we could. we were also equally prepared now that he committed that aggression. >> o'donnell: russia's economy is consumed by gas. would the u.s. consider cutting off oil and gas purchases from russia? >> well, what we're doing, norah, across the board is making sure that we inflict maximum pain on russia for what president putin has done, while minimizing any of the pain to us. we're in full coordination with other countries, both consumers and producers alike, to minimize any impact that this may have on energy prices and on gasoline. >> o'donnell: mr. secretary, thank you for your time. >> thanks, norah. good to be with you. >> o'donnell: and russia's attack on its neighbor ignited protests across the world, even in moscow. here in the u.s., there are more than a million people with ties
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to ukraine, and some of them expressed their anger over the invasion. here's cbs' scott macfarlane. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> reporter: outside the white house tonight, ukrainian americans rallied for stiffer u.s. sanctions and military support. >> stand with ukraine! >> reporter: one of a growing number of protests across america. >> no to putin. >> reporter: plus london and berlin and more than 900 arrested protesting the war in moscow. some of the calls for protests coming from a bunker in ukraine. >> please protest against what putin is doing. >> reporter: "murder" was spray painted outside the russian embassy in washington leading to an arrest. >> we're hopeful. we're praying that everybody is safe. >> reporter: a sleepness night for al asad, who couldn't reach close friends and family by phone. >> it's-- it's challenging. it's challenging, obviously for two reasons. it's challenging because you don't know whether the network is down, or obviously you don't
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know if anything has happened to that person. >> reporter: chants of "stand with ukraine," and "stop putin" from this crowd of hundreds in the rain here tonight. another larger demonstration planned here sunday afternoon. norah. >> o'donnell: scott macfarlane outside the white house. thank you. still ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news," the breaking news: a verdict in the trial of three former minneapolis police officers accused of violating george floyd's civil rights. and a gigantic winter storm causes wipeouts across the central u.s. where is the dangerous weather headed next? like the “visit a doctor anywhere our rv takes us” plan. the “zero copays means more money for rumba lessons” plan. ♪♪ and the “visit my doctor while eating pancakes” plan. unitedhealthcare is the #1 medicare plan provider, so you're sure to find the right plan for you. including the only plans with the aarp name. get medicare with more.
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russian troops continue their march toward ukraine's capital, this is considered one of theope world war ii. peace on the continent has been shattered. also shattered, the lives of many in ukraine. overnight, so much has changed-- apartment buildings on fire, a workspace evidence of a war zone. as ukraine's president warns of a new iron curtain falling, berlin's brandenburg gate, a symbol of the cold war, is lit up in blue and gold, the colors of ukraine in solidarity with the people, including children, who should be headed to school but are headed to emergency shelters. subway stations usually packed with commuters are now filled with those seeking shelter from airstrikes. and many are stuck waiting, waiting for money at an a.t.m., or waiting for food, waiting to leave and to see what exactly
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i'm norah o'donnell in our nation's capital. good nig >> i not only worked for him, but i've also been a friend of his for the last several years. >> judge judy: some friendship. >> announcer: a part-time employee is shown the door. >> judge judy: he fired you because you came in high one day to work. >> i didn't really believe i was going to be terminated. >> judge judy: well, you were terminated. >> announcer: but it wasn't soon enough. >> judge judy: you believed that the plaintiff was selling off some of your stuff. >> he told me that he took some of it. >> judge judy: now i understand who i'm dealing with. >> announcer: "judge judy." you are about to enter the courtroom of you are about to enter the courtroom of judge judith sheindlin. captions paid for by cbs television distribution jason furbush is suing his former employer, john klein, for the value of his tools and motorcycle. >> byrd: order! all rise! your honor, this is case number 406 on the calendar in the matter of furbush vs. klein. >> judge judy: thank you. >> byrd: you're welcome, judge. parties have been sworn in.
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you may be seated. folks, have a seat, please. >> judge judy: mr. furbush, you had done some work for the defendant on and off, according to your complaint, for about three years. >> correct. >> judge judy: what kind of work did you do for him? >> fabrication, mostly. he's a special-events provider, so we built stages and parties, basically. >> judge judy: did you work on a per-diem basis, did you work for him on a regular -- >> it was hourly. >> judge judy: you paid by check or cash? >> both. there was never any taxes taken out. it was just a straight hourly wage. >> judge judy: was the plaintiff paid on the books or off the books? >> his earnings were reported. >> judge judy: to whom? >> on my tax returns, i would report all wages from employees. >> judge judy: well, did you 1099 him or did you give him a check with money taken out? i understood that you took the deduction, but do we know he made the income is the question. do you understand my question? of course you do. you took off the expenses. did you 1099 him or take the money out of his check? >> i did -- >> judud


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