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days old. you can tell because he tries to nurse on my ear lobe, biting down when no milk comes out. the doctors say without the care he got here, he would have starved to death if left alone in ukraine. he would have died if she wasn't here -- oh, he would die if he wasn't here. the founder tells us sasha was dropped off by a woman after she escaped from ukraine into poland but had nowhere to take him. but she left one instruction, she will be back to get him. she loves him. he's family. >> and i think this lady loves so much this animal. this animal is -- part of the family, no? . >> yes, a part of the family.
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and we want her back when the war ends. >> reporter: this is a family affair. his daughter has been giving sasha the love and warmth he needs. these are just two animal war stories of hundreds. and more arrive every week. and every week these animals get top-notch care to the staff here, these war refugees are as important to care for as the humankind. sara sidner, poland. >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. good morning to viewers here in the united states and around the world. it is friday, march 11th. i'm brianna keilar in washington with alex marquardt in lviv, ukraine. john is off this morning. there's dnipro in the center of the country, ivano-frankivsk in
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the west and lutsk in the northwest. you can see here russia is widening its attacks. and lutsk is 60 miles from the border. there were three air strikes and they hit a kindergarten, shoe factory. russia has provided no explanation, nor have they provided an apology. in the meantime, the uk's ministry of defense says moments ago russian forces are making limited progress advancing towards kyiv. they could be preparing for a fresh attack against the capital here in the coming days. a senior u.s. defense official said some troops are within nine miles of the capital city center. these new maxar satellite images are from the outskirts of the city. they show that 40-mile-long russian convoy we have been talking about for days here, it shows it is largely dispersed
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and redeployed. some units you can see from the tracks there, they have repositioned into forests, into tree-lined areas, behind homes in some cases. northwest of kyiv in chernihiv, there has been heavily damage. it is encircled by rugdz troops, says the mayor. ukrainian state emergency services released this heart-stopping video of them defusing a bomb from a downed russian fighter jet. you can hear some explosions going off in the background. >> ukraine's foreign minister condemned moscow's barbaric crimes. sick orphans being evacuated from verzel near kyiv.
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1,000 ukrainians have been evacuated. some have been more successful than others in the east and southeast. the corridors do remain blocked by russian forces, according to local officials. they are also saying russian troops are attacking them. >> live to dnipro where civilians are being targeted by russian forces. that is where sam kiley is on the ground. sam, russian targeting moving into the center of the country, we should note, where you have been. this is a different move. what are you seeing? >> reporter: well, we've just come from an area close to a shoe factory, which was struck in the small hours of this morning by some kind of missile. we don't know if it was a long-range missile or a missile dropped from an aircraft. but as you rightly point out, it is a civilian area, a shoe factory. the security guard was guarding the premises.
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he was killed. it is right across the road from a former hospital. so there may be no accusation there against deliberate targeting of hospitals as we have seen in mariupol. but there have been two other locations close to a ki kindergarten and apartment hit by missiles. we are nowhere near any ground troops here. they are at least 130 miles away south or 130 kilometers, i should say, about 100 miles, rather, not far from zapor zaporizhzhia. this is an intent part of the campaign we have seen periodically or sphasspasmodica. very often an&increasingly against civilians. of course we have also seen very aggressive bombing of civilians areas in cities like obviously
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kyiv, the capital, kharkiv and mariupol here in the southeast. >> sam, thank you so much. please stay safe as we see increased bombardment there in that area. thanks. joining me now is cnn's chief national security correspondent jim sciutto. i think what's notable overnight in terms of the strikes, these are places we haven't been talking about. tph dnipro and lutsk. >> to hit airfields here expands the air campaign, the missile campaign. but it also makes me think when i saw two airfields, one to the north and one to the south of us, it makes me think russia is looking for supply routes. they look at these as airfields would be a natural target for them. they call them military targets.
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but also their attention to how weapons are getting into the country via the west from nato and the u.s. and its allies. are they looking for spots, airfields and perhaps down the road roads to try to do something about the supply lines? we know the weapons have had a real impact on the battlefield. >> of course this does raise concerns because it's so close to the polish border. . >> yeah. >> and the countries that border ukraine have obviously been nervous about what could come for them. . >> why poland wanted the missiles. they travel high and fast. they're not always accurate. and the fear of course is that one strays off course or a potential escalation one could target poland. vice president harris announced yesterday are deployed there. >> we are seeing vice president harris in romania today and poland yesterday. as she said, the u.s. would
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defend every inch of nato territory. . >> reminding people there is a treaty commitment to do that. an attack on one is an attack on all. >> article 5. joining us now is cnn military analyst and former army commanding general in europe and the 7th army, lieutenant general mark hertling. i want to get to that satellite imagery, new imagery we have gotten in that infamous 40-mile-long convoy that we have been talking about for a week now. it is now largely dispersed. what does that tell you about the force of that convoy and the potential impact that it could have on kyiv? >> yeah. it tells me a couple things, alex. first of all, that they have moved off the road and established what's called a military parlance a logger. they want to establish some kind of camouflage. they are doing this because they have been gradually picked off
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while sitting on this road by the weapon that we're going to hear more and more about, the drones. these drones, little killer drones are going to be the signature weapon of this war much like ieds of our wars in iraq and afghanistan. they have been highly effective. but the ukrainians to the floor many of them. they had about 50 at the start of the war. they are trying to increase their supply because they have been so good in picking off these kind of targets in a quiet manner. the russians don't know they're coming. but going into the trees causes another problem. okay. so you get out from the long stack of vehicles on a road, which can be hit by drones, you move into the trees to establish camouflage. then you are susceptible to ambushes from weapons like the javelin missiles or the smaller range at4 missiles or other ones
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nato has given ukraine to go against these armored targets. so, truthfully, the russian vehicles their this is moving on road or off road are subjected to multiple weapons systems. truthfully, i don't think moving off road will help them all that much. but the important thing to remember, they are still there. they are stuck. they have been forced into a channelized position where the end of the column has been prevented from turning around and the front of the column cannot go anywhere. the russians desperately need the resupply from the trucks but they are not getting to the places they need to go. as jim sciutto just said, they are trying to establish supply operation paces. they can't do that right now with that convoy. >> general, more generally, as we've seen this ukraine resistance being quite effective on the ground, we have seen the russians stepping up their bombardment from the skies, whether it's artillery or a
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ground base missile launchers or just bombing from their aircraft. so what does that tell us about where russia feels they are in this fight now two weeks into this invasion? . >> well, that's what they'll continue to do, alex. they will attempt to continue to use long-range weapons for terror purposes for chaos to put the ukraines on the horns of the dilemma. do you protect the citizens being illegally targeted from the long-range weapons, or do you establish resistance and insurgency and guerrilla war against the forces of russia coming in? what we have to talk about is that the distances for these kind of weapons. more tars, it's a few miles. 17 to 20 for missiles. rockets and missiles, 30 to a
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500. they surround the cities with forces on the perimeter and hit the civilian targets from very far away. multiple launch rocket systems with caliber from very long distance. for smaller cities, they're just going to hit them with harassing artillery and mortar fire. again, all to terrorize, cause chaos and force the ukrainians to peel off security forces from the fight against russia to help civilians being killed and injured in these cities. >> general, i want to ask you about what we were just talking about with our jim sciutto, these two attacks -- rather these attacks on these two cities, dnipro in the industry and lutsk here in the west not too far from where i am right now. what do you see, what do you read into that when you see the targeting of these areas that we haven't been talking about as
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much in the past two weeks? >> yeah. again, alex, additional harassment. you can take an artillery, a missile or rocket and swing it without a whole lot of effort from one city to another. what the russians are attempting to do is cause terror and chaos throughout ukraine. what i would suggest is they haven't sent any forces to some of these cities. so they are they are harassing them from a far with overhead fires. again, the artillery and missiles are much greater percentage than the air power. russia can't fly just yet. they would like to hit more and more city. if you're in dnipro, as an example, and you think you're in a safe area and you start getting hit with overhead fire, the chaos and terror from the citizens will say, holy smokes, we've got to get out of here too. it is what russia is attempting to do, to force a humanitarian disaster, attempting to cause citizens to get out of cities so
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they have an easier way to occupy or take over those cities. and they are in fact, just trying to cause casualties. because that draws manpower away from any kind of resistance effort. if you're treating casualties, trying to get food, water, electricity to citizens who don't know what's going on, then you can't really establish a great resistance because you're using military manpower to help the civilians survive. >> right. >> so i would expect more of this for cities we haven't seen russian forces around. they will continue to swing artillery and missiles to cities where russian forces are not close by because they can't support them with supply convoys. all of these things will continue to contribute to just chaos within ukraine. >> right. yeah. only driving up the fear and likely sending more and more ukrainians to the country's
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borders. thank you as always for your expertise. . >> thank you, alex. as the number of injuries and casualties grows by the day, the demand for medical supplies continues to skyrocket. a leading ukrainian pharmaceutical company, deputy head of presidential administration under the former president petro poroshenko. since the beginning of the ward, he has been working to district, as you can imagine, much needed medical supplies to these areas that really need them the most. dimitri, thank you so much for being with us. can you tell us if you're able to get medical supplies where they need to go? >> thank you very much for having me. since the very beginning of the war, they have been working to submit to deliver very needed pharmaceuticals goods across the country. infusion injectables all around. we have been delivering to
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kharkiv, mariupol, zaporizhzhia, mykolaiv. places all in need of supply. we continue to operate. we are located in kyiv. and we are the biggest in ukraine. i have 150 employees with their families in the bomb shelter at the plant, including 37 kids. they are helping us to operate, to load things into the trucks and send trucks across ukraine. the challenges of course are obvious is the shelling of the trucks, getting trucks to mariupol was a very difficult process. our cars were shelled. the same thing delivering goods to sumy. kharkiv, we made self deliveries there involving support from military and volunteers. and of course delivering across the city of kyiv to different hospitals making sure there is
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enough supplies for hospitals in case there are big casualties from civilians >> what is it looking like on the ground? we have heard reports of mariupol there isn't clean water. how do you properly treat people when you don't have things like clean water, when you don't have proper lighting, when you just don't have any cleanliness and you're lacking supplies. what are the conditions of providing health care in these hard-hit areas? >> in this situation, it's desperate. i have employees in mariupol, we lost the connection with them. gradually the same with kharkiv. even in bucha next to kyiv, i have employees with whom we tried to evacuate them using green corridors. you're absolutely right. we have a case where a young girl died in mariupol from dehydration. medical supplies is a big challenge. nevertheless, including with our
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international partners, we want to get supplies to the military, an important medical tool to help our soldiers to survive when the wound are very serious. getting the right treatment is truly amazing work. they are committed. they are there. the supplies are coming. and we as the biggest pharma are committed to do that. . >> thank you so much for talking with us about all these supplies you're trying to get delivered where they're needed. appreciate it. . >> thank you very much. breaking overnight, goldman sachs dimming its outlook for the u.s. economy because of the war in ukraine as the firm itself tkuts ties with russia. plus, an ex-russian oligarch joining us answering this question. is a coup against vladimir putin possible?
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i'm bianna golodryga live in new york. u.s. and allies about to revoke most favored nation trade status. it would allow u.s. and allies to impose tariffs on imports, increasing eyes lazes in retaliation for the invasion. two of wall street firms are leaving the country, dealing another blow to moscow. we are talking goldman sachs and jpmorgan. >> two more names to the exodus. both unwinding their business in russia. goldman was first winding down in compliance with regulatory and licensing requirements. what they are doing here is helping global clients close out of the market and trying to
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ensure the well-being of 80 employees. jpmorgan said it was winding down in compliance with directives from around the world. global sanctions making it difficult to operate in russia. it is not just banks, putin's war in ukraine pushing western companies out of sector. decree cite solidarity with ukraine, difficulty doing business, or worry about the safety of their employees. manufacturers, shippers, and of course oil companies. the biden administration has directly sanctioned russian fossil fuel. they abandoned joint ventures. they closed stores, offices. now russia could seize those abandoned assets. putin on thursday said he backs the plan to introduce external management they call it of foreign companies leaving russia. nationalization. the russian prime minister said legislation has been drafted. still the exodus of western companies, it really is a swift
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and growing isolation of global economy sending the russian people back in time where they face a cratering economy, empty shelves, long lives, limits on withdrawing their own money, and limited credit card services. some say you could see a russian depression. >> and russia has been isolated from the global economy the past 10 or so years. that having been said, they are still a commodities boheme educate. that could impact even the united states. >> it is such a big producer of energy, a big producer of grains. also of metals. due to the war in ukraine. rebounding by the end of the year. the best year in the u.s. economy since 1980s. so 7% in the u.s. and the end of last year. coming from a strong position. but this war in ukraine, this
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aggression from putin will be felt around the globe. >> and the big question is how long will this go on, right? it could be months. >> that's right. >> christine romans, thank you so much. alex. bianna, thanks to you and christine. a former russia oil tycoon is speaking out about vladimir putin and is claiming the war in ukraine has significantly reduced president putin's ability to stay in power. he was russia else richest man and led the country's largest private oil company before he spent a decade in prison for charges that most observers say were completely trumped up. i spoke with him with the help of our interpreter. you have been fighting vladimir putin for the better part of 20 years. do you think this war, as damaging as it will be to ukraine and russia, do you think it will bring the end to putin's regime? >> translator: this will depend
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on the outcome of the war. right now putin is clearly suffering a defeat. but he can of course still kill very many people. if the west continues to support ukraine, his own defeat is inevitable. putin will always be the enemy of america. but since the start of the war, his stay, his term in power has been reduced significantly. >> given how insulated he is socially and financially, how sensitive do you think he is to all of this economic pressure brought by the west, all of these companies that are now pulling out of russia? how much of an impact does that have? >> translator: so the blow to the financial system has been enormous and being felt. right now only 70% of cash flows have been blocked.
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we need to block the remaining 30 if we want to stop putin, there must be no exceptions. >> you have said the west needs to step up their sanctions and bring russia financially to its knees even if that will hurt evident russians. what more do you think needs to be done to inflict that kind of pain? >> translator: this isn't a question of getting somebody down to their knees. we have to stop the war. if we want to stop the war, all the pwabgts of russia must be frozen. all of putin's bankers must be blocked. this needs to stop, even if -- i've never advocated sanctions against russia as a whole. but the financial flows need to stop. and, yes, people will have problems. we will have problems. but these problems are
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incomparable to the problems of the people being killed and wounded. >> what about the oligarchs close to putin, do they have any influence? they have had their assets frozen, yachts, planesed seized. do they have any sway, any pressure they can put on president putin? >> those people who you call oligarchs here, they are just putin's footmen. they cannot influence him. however, he can use them as a tool of influence to influence the west. therefore, it is absolutely important to stop all the foot holders of putin until the war ends. they all must be blocked. that he wants the only thing that can stop the war. >> but if they say you need to stop this war, does he listen to them? >> translator: well, does the cleaner in your office, if she
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tells you or he tells you how to host a tv program, will you listen to them? that's all they are to putin. they follow putin's orders. they can do things in the west. they have enough connections, enough money and enough communication tools. if we don't want a war, if we want to stop the war, we must try and influence these people and we must block all their channels. and if you want to test as to who they are to putin, try to interview but come up to them with a microphone and ask them is putin responsible for war crimes? is what putin is doing a war crime? judging by this person's public response, you will know who they are to putin. >> so how do you think putin could lose power? do you think some kind of coup is possible?
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>> translator: >> translator: yes, a coup is possible and has happened in russian history before. but at the moment, he is able to project a fairly positive picture to the russian population. when it becomes obvious he is losing, and this is if the west keeps up support for ukraine, if the west allows a no-fly zone in ukraine, this will save lives. if he starts looking like a loser, then a coup is possible. but based on the russian history and the experience of russian history we may yet have to wait a few years. >> mchale, thank you for your thoughts and time today. >> translator: good luck. and coming up, more on our
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we have brand-new video just in to cnn. an air strike badly damaged a football stadium and also a library nearby in northern ukraine in chernihiv. it is surrounded by russian forces. this is suspected to be a russian air strike. you can see debris scattered outside the gates of this facility, which is the city's olympic sports training center. this is a center that was built back in 1936. this is where the local football team plays its home games and ukrainian national women's team
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plays its home debase. the air strike blew large holes in a nearby library scattering books across the ground there. in the meantime, intelligence collected by nato surveillance planes, russia is using belarus as a launching point for many air operations in ukraine. cnn reporters covering the war from all angles. >> reporter: i'm natasha bertrand in the netherlands. cnn was granted rare access to an air flight to monitor russian air activity over ukrainian air force. we were told they have seen russian-made aircraft taking off from belarus and entering ukrainian airspace, indicating the russian planes are entering via belarus. listen to what one airman told me on board yesterday. >> we do see activity coming from belarus into the ukraine. we cannot tkdistinguish whethert
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is russian or belarusian aircraft. there are certain periods of the day not on a regular basis where we have a lot of activity getting in, like a larger package with 10 to perhaps 20 aircraft from the belarusian airspace into ukraine. >> reporter: this drives home the extent to which belarus is a key part of the military operations there. and potentially even providing its own forces to fly into that ukrainian airspace. importantly, we are told nato not sharing the information but nato members can do so at their discretion. >> reporter: while no cease-fire that came out of the agreements between russian and ukrainian foreign ministers on thursday, turkish officials are describing this as an important first step. in a phone call between president erdogan and president biden yesterday, the turkish president telling him this was a diplomatic victory.
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turkey has been working hard to bring both sides together to the negotiating table at a high level. and president erdogan is continuing to push for talks between president zelenskyy and putin. the turkish side saying president putin said he is not against the talks in principle. and we have heard from the ukrainians saying president zelenskyy is ready for talks. >> reporter: i'm kevin liptak in the romanian capital of bucharest where vice president kamala harris has just arrived on a reassurance mission here in the easternmost reaches of nato. she's the highest ranking american official to visit this region sense the war in ukraine broke out spfplt she wants to tell the country's president that the united states is committed to its nato obligations. now, before she arrived here she departed poland. she met with polish and american troops. the u.s. has increased its deployment in that country. and she told them the united states would defend every inch of nato if it came to it.
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institute for international studies. professor lewis, thank you so much for being with us today. i think i speak for many here when i say that one of the most terrifying things that you can hear during a war is fighting around nuclear facilities. specifically on this facility in kharkiv, how dangerous would it be if it were damaged or destroyed by russian shelling or bombing? >> well, i think the facility is probably pretty well on its way to be damaged and destroyed by shelling. it has been hit a few times. it is fairly low risk given the kinds of things they have at this facility. i'm not particularly worried about the facility other than the suffering of the people there. but it does go i think generally to the recklessness and irresponsibility we have been seeing on the part of the russians. there's no reason to be attacking facilities like this. >> and as we know, they have taken control of a number of nuclear power plants in
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zaporizhzhia in the center of the country, they also control the chernobyl site. russia is claiming it is against their interest to cause a nuclear disaster. how worried do you think we should be? >> well, i mean, it was against their interest to invade. so i'm not sure i'm taking their word on this. pwh what i would say is we have gotten through the worst of it with chernobyl and zaporizhzhia. the risk is low. there are other reactor sites in ukraine. really at this point the risks are local ones. we're not really facing a kind ofer in -- chernobyl-like incident. >> what about in terms of communication. as the russians have taken control of these facilities, the
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ukrainians have lost communications with their staff, chernobyl in particular. we understand from the iaea that they are no longer in communication with the staff at the chernobyl facility. how critical is it for international monitors to know what's going on there and more broadly at all these facilities? >> well, it's extremely important. one of the most important things to note is the staff at chernobyl has not been able to change. it's the same group of people forced to stay on site the entire time. raphael glrossi expressed a lot of concern for the people. while the risk is not particularly high, these facilities do require staff to manage them. and the burden on people essentially being held prisoner there and can't change out for shifts and things i think is
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quite enormous. it's one of the things the russians have a responsibility to operate these facilities safely and there are some questions now about how seriously they are taking those responsibilities. >> that is a bit reassuring but troubling nonetheless if they are losing contact and it's not clear what the russians plan to do. jeffrey lewis, we have to leave it there. thank you so much for your time. >> my pleasure. now, new video just in to cnn shows the smoking remains of a shoe factory in central ukraine, which is now under assault by russian planes. we'll have more of our breaking coverage of this war in ukraine ahead. stuff. we love stuff.
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a las vegas police officer always dreamt of having a big family. suddenly now he has one. cnn's natasha chen tells us how he went beyond the call to change the lives of five siblings. >> reporter: north las vegas police officer nicholas quintana always wanted a big family. >> want some ketchup? >> with what? >> with your chicken nuggets. >> reporter: but he and his wife never thought they would jump from having zero children to five. >> you do or you don't? >> no. >> then your brother will get it. >> reporter: quintana answered a dispatch call for shots fired at home. one parent is alleged to have killed the other. leaving five children at the house with no one to care for them. after leaving the scene -- >> i did something i had never done before, and i came back to this particular incident, i told them, make me a promise, i want you to promise me, you'll learn to forgive. >> reporter: their experience is something he can relate to.
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his own father was killed by a relative when quintana was just a child. >> it is impossible to forget things, right. especially things that hurt us most. but that lesson to say, hey, you know what, i don't hold this against you anymore, i love you, okay, that took -- that took a long time to happen, a while to happen. >> reporter: he felt eager to help the kids face their trauma, so after the incident, when he got off his shift at 3:00 a.m., he couldn't wait to tell his wife he wanted to bring all five kids home. >> i believe god placed in my heart and i want -- what are your thoughts on it? her initial response was, is this a dream? >> reporter: she agreed to meet the children, who had a slim chance of being taken into a foster home together. when they invited the kids to live with them -- >> the 17-year-old, she looks at me and goes all of us? i said, yeah, i want to take every single one of you. >> reporter: now the couple's
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days are filled morning to night with preparing a lot more meals, getting children to and from school, and therapy appointments. quintana says most parents have the opportunity to grow with their kids, from dirty diapers to teenage tantrums. but learning how to be a father on the fly this past month, to kids ranging from age 6 to 17, has been an exciting challenge. what are you most afraid of right now? >> failure. i told you before, i didn't have a father figure growing up. i don't want to fail at it. >> reporter: natasha chen, cnn, north las vegas, nevada. >> that is a lot of heart there from sergeant quintana. what a story. just in to cnn, a white house aide says the first lady jill biden is expected to speak with poland's first lady in the coming days. she may travel to eastern europe. we have cnn's kate bennett joining us with more on this. what have you found here? >> so, not unlike other first ladies, they tend to ban together and jill biden has --
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is going to reach out to the first lady of poland. i would imagine it would be to organize some sort of effort around humanitarian efforts, also speaking to military families who have been deployed over there, she has not reached out, however, to the first lady of ukraine because of security reasons, i was told, and obviously the first lady of ukraine is in a very safe place. but it is interesting to me that she wants to take this trip. this is another -- if she goes, this will be another bold face administration official going to europe, shoring up support for our allies and i think poland in a discussion with that first lady is really a smart move on jill biden's part. >> it shows a lot of solidarity. >> right. >> they're trying to communicate this is a nato country, nothing will be tolerated in poland, and even though, you know, this may be a symbolic trip, i think you can't miss how important this is, as part of that message. >> yeah, she was in kentucky at ft. campbell the other day telling the members of the 1
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01st airborne family members, many who are deployed helping our allies, this is part of our world, this military family initiative she started with michelle obama, joining forces more than ten years ago. i would not be surprised when people are hinting that there might be some element again of just telling our military, military families, this is a situation that no one really anticipated, but we're here for you, we support you, and i also think that humanitarian efforts are really going to ramp up. that's something the first lady and most first ladies generally want to be a part of. right now at home, she's the first -- the witness to the weight of the presidency of jill biden. she's there for the middle of the night phone calls, she's been talking about how stressful -- she sort of is vocalizing on her trip last week how stressful and how much anxiety the country is feeling watching the images, seeing the stories, and the fact she's sort of behind the scenes with the president, this is a 40-year plus marriage, is really
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interesting. he relies on her to speak on the phone every day. she is his major sounding board, and that she is vocalizing, you know, he's answering the phone, he's getting up during the 3:00 a.m. phone kacalls, it is an interesting insight into the personal side of what this war is doing behind the scenes with the president. >> and i'm glad you bring up military families. this is normally a billett i don't think would be that stressful and this is different for the families there and the ones who have folks who just deployed from the u.s. as well. kate bennett, thank you for the reporting. appreciate it. "new day" continues right now. this is cnn breaking news. >> good morning to viewers here in the united states and around the world. it is friday, march 11th. i'm brianna keilar in washington, d.c. with alex marquardt in lviv, ukraine. john berman is off this morning. and we're beginning with breaking news. vladimir putin expanded his attack on ukraine. russian forces bombarding three
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key cities. look at where they are. this is significant. dnipro in the center of the country, ivano-frankivsk in the west, you see how much they're widening their offensive here. lutsk is 60 miles from the polish border, which as we were discussing is a nato country. in dnipro, ukraine says three air strikes hit an apartment building and shoe factory and damaged a nearby kindergarten. those are unmistakable civilian targets. russia has offered no explanation, or apology, and according to the uk's ministry of defense, russian forces are also making limited progress advancing towards the capital city of kyiv. they could actually be preparing for a fresh attack, though, against the capital here in the coming days. a senior u.s. defense official said some troops are within nine miles of the center of kyiv, with others approaching from several directions. and we have been taking a look at some new maxar satellite
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images from the outskirt of the city and what it shows is that 40-mile-long convoy that we have been talking about in recent days it largely dispersed and redeployed now. some units repositioned in forests, heading for tree-lined areas, some behind homes. new video from northwest of kyiv in chernihiv shows the aftermath of a russian strike on a football stadium there. this is the home of the women's national soccer team, now blown out, littered with debris. and then take a look at this, breathtaking, kind of heart stopping here, ukrainian state emergency service releasing this video that shows them diffusing a bomb from a downed russian fighter jet. and as they're doing it, you can hear these explosions going off in the backgroun


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