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and deeper inside ukraine in this hour, in a key city for russia's battle plan, flames, smoke and blood. air strikes demolishing an apartment build and a kindergarten. and not northwest corner near poland you can see the fire balls turn the sky orange, ukrainian authorities say the missiles damaged an airfield. in a kyiv suburb, this wild picture, there's a reality on the front line, a ukrainian soldier, crammed in a trench, gripping his rifle. and two hours of the north of kyiv, russian warplanes hit a soccer field, a crater and scrap metal, you see it there on the remnants of the pitch. system out, and this is the awful damage of two plus weeks of non-stop air raids, black clouds fill about every satellite image, along with broken roadways. kyiv today is bracing for a march on the capital. the tank idled, now spread out and regrouping. and new worries, this horror
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could take an unthinkable turn. ukraine's president needs new russian propaganda as a sign moscow chemical weapons might be unleashed. the president of the united states is warning president putin the price would be severe. we start this hour in kyiv with our cnn international correspondent matthew chance. what's if latest there? >> reporter: thank you very much. as you came to me, the air raid sirens here in kyiv have been blaring, literally just stopped as we went live. it indicates to us here there's a lot of anxiety, concern and a real threat when it comes to the ukrainian capital. we talked about that convoy that's been dispersing, gathering up to the north of the city for some days now, if not some weeks, and it's been hit hard by ukrainian forces, and so the russians appear to have taken the decision to disperse it, it's moved off to various other locations, some of the
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convoy elements have taken cover under trees so they're less visible from the air but it still all points to the same strategy being employed by the russians right now, which is to move their forces to position them around the capital, as much as possible, to really tighten the strangle hold on the city of kyiv. while they do that, though, it seems that the scope of this invasion, and the number of attacks or the sort of what -- you know, the breadth of the attacks has widened over the course of the past 24 hours. we've been seeing attacks in the center ukrainian city, where a shoe factory, a kindergarten and a residential apartment block was struck according to officials, there are reports of one person, so far, that has been confirmed as dead. but obviously that figure could change dramatically as more information comes to us. also, a strategic airfield really in the far west of the country, in a city that's about
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7:miles or so, lutsk, from the polish border, they're widening the footprint of this invasion, which is so far, for the most part, been concentrated to the main population centers across the country. meanwhile, hear in kyiv, there's been an advance, according to ukrainian officials, in the north of the city with russian forces pushing closer towards the city outskirts from the suburbs beyond it. and there has been another day, a corridor, a humanitarian corridor, i suppose you could call it, that has allowed more ci civilians from the suburbs of the north of the city to come out to the relative safety of the central part of kyiv. and so that's the current situation here, but obviously, as i was saying, a lot of anxiety about what the next few days are going to bring. >> matthew chance, grateful for the live reporting from kyiv to start the hour. presidents biden and zelenskyy spoke this morning.
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he gave a candid assessment. volodymyr zelenskyy says the european union must make sanctions tougher and rush him more weapons. >> translator: if this continues that means the sanctions are not enough and we are working now on new sanction decisions from our partners. russia must pay for this horrible war. the european union must do more for us, for ukraine, and for itself. we are waiting for it. >> and there are new sanctions, president biden announcing this morning the united states is banning russian luxury items, things like vodka and caviar. and the united states along the g-7 and the european union will move to revoke russia's most favored nation trading status. >> we're also taking a further step, abandoning imports of goods from several sectors of
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the russian economy, including seafoods, vodka and diamonds. putin is an aggressor. he is the aggressor. and putin must pay the price. >> let's get straight to the white house. our correspondent m.j. lee. the president also took a question from our cnn colleague arlette saenz about chemical weapons and he drew a line. >> reporter: that's right, john, the president was asked about this new disturbing assessment from the u.s. that russia could use chemical or biological weapons in ukraine, or at the very least, use them to create a false flag operation in the country. the president saying that he is not going to get into intelligence details, but he did say russia will pay a severe price if they were to use chemical weapons in the country. now, we don't know from the white house exactly what paying a price means. the u.s. has repeatedly and emphatically said that the president will not send u.s. military physically to ukraine. this coming as the president, as you noted, announced new
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measures to hit russia economically. for one, the u.s. and its allies announcing that it is going to revoke russia's permanent normal trade relations status. in plain english, this basically means that it is going to become even harder for russia to do business with these countries. for example, countries can now raise tariffs on russia, and the president also announcing a ban on more import goods from russia, like caviar, like alcohol, he also announced a ban of luxury goods, exports to russia, we're talking about things like tobacco, alcohol, expensive cars, and jewelry. all of this administration officials tell me is a way to try to further squeeze russian oligarchs with the wealthy as they are increasingly cut off from traditional ways of doing business, of managing their money. of course, this is all part of a bigger effort to make russia an economic pariah. john? >> thanks, m.j., very much. let's get some information from
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the former commander hurtling. grateful for your time today. let's walk through several places on the battlefield. we heard from matthew chance, he was saying air raid sirens are sounding again. we know from european diplomats, they believe the russian advance, which has been plotting, is now getting ever closer to the city. i was told by a european diplomat this morning somewhere in the ballpark of eight to ten miles to the east and the west. what does that tell you about the russian plan? >> we've been watching this from an unbiased perspective, john, and the russian operations in and around kyiv are largely remained stalled over the last 24 hours. the ukrainians have been fighting just ferociously. they've damaged that russian armored -- east of the city. it's disrupted the russian effort to continue to encircle. they are moving slowly, but they are -- truthfully, it's a large
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force. they should have been moving much faster and they should have gained much mground. they have not. that logistics column that matthew chance talked about, they have dispersed. which means they've been hit hard, they've been knocked off the road, the commanders have told them get out from under the continual efforts of the drones, and artillery shells. but they're in woods now. and when you're in woods, and off the roads, you can't see anything, and you can't move. that logistic column is critically important to them, establishing the foothold, and getting into kyiv. i'm convinced the russians are stymied in and around the capital city, which is their main objective. they're achieving some ground, chenyev is a tough fight. >> let's talk about what we've seen the last 24 hours, an expansion of the targets, i want
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your help whether it's strategic or russia just launching out missiles. one is dnipro, most believe this would be essential for the russians. whats the strategic importance? >> you see on the eastern side of ukraine, it's been taking a lot of fire but it should have been the main effort or the main supporting effort. it has not. dnipro is halfway between -- if you're looking to encircle the forces the majority of the forces in the eastern part of ukraine, this is the so called battle of annihilation which i think the russians planned early on, but they were thwarted across the word. they can't continue. so they struck dnipro with a couple of missiles this morning, terrorizing the citizens of the city. prepping it for future actions coming up from the south where
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the russians have had significant advances. but karkyv, they're also staled. they haven't been able to take that city because the ukrainian forces have done a magnificent job defending. it's been a tough fight. there's certainly a lot of casualties, but that's not a place where they have achieved success yet. >> and so, general, if you look at the map, what you were just talking about, we've talked over the past two weeks about the assault to take the ports away from the south. you mentioned dnipro, we're over here, we talked about kyiv a minute ago, most of the fighting so far has been from the western kyiv suburbs to the eastern part of ukraine. last night there were air strike the out here at lutsk. why, in your view, one, you're 60 miles or so from the poland border, number two, it's an old cold war military air base there. is this a strategic strike on a facility that's important or is it more to send a message,
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watching ukraine, and poland is across the border? >> in my view, it's a message, it's more propaganda, and it's more the desire to create fear and terror within the population. in order to -- if you take a close in look at lutsk, i've been to that city, it's a beautiful city, 200,000 population. it was the center piece of operation barbarosa during world war ii, but it was also a polish city for a very long time. putin hates the poles. if you look closely at it, it's like our town of gettysburg was in the civil war. it has roads going off in every single direction, it has a main railroad through the center of the city. it has thhistorical importance the russians, i think they're hitting that city to tell ukrainians, we can strike anywhere, you should be afraid. you should be terrorized. you should have fear about what russia is going to do. if you look to the north in
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belarus, there are no forces that can reenforce any kind of activity in lutsk or lviv. the russians, i believe, are at the far end of their tether, they don't have anymore forces, they've been plagued by logistics ever since the start of this. these missile strikes in some of these cities, in my view, are just terror strikes. >> so grateful for your insights. up next, russia says the united states helps ukraine make chemical weapons. that's a lie. but is it also a warning? we'll ask the only man to serve as white house chief of staff, cia director and defense secretary. joint symptoms in adults with active psoriatic arthririt. some patients even felt less fatigued. serious allergic reactionsns may occur. tremfya® may increase your risk of infections and lower your ability to fight them. tell your doctor if you have an infection or symptoms or if you had a vaccine or plan to. emerge tremfyant® with tremfya®... ask you doctor about
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morning from the u.s. ambassador to the united nations. >> we have serious concerns that russia may be planning to use chemical or biological agents against the ukrainian people. russia could use chemical or biological agents for assassinations as part of a stage or false flag incident, or to support tactical military operations. >> the ambassador speaking just a little more than an hour after the president himself drew a line for vladimir putin. >> i'm not going to speak about the intelligence, but russia would pay a severe price if they use chemicals. >> it is a frightening prospect in an already horrific war, but a relevant question because of vladimir putin's history. joining me is leon panetta, former cia director in the obama administration and former white house chief of staff under president bill clinton. it's a sober day. to hear the u.s. ambassador to the united nations speaking a bit after the president of the united states publicly talked
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about the prospect that russia would use chemical weapons. we know the history and beyond, how likely is that? >> well, it's part of putin doubling down, i think, yeah, he's cornered, when a bully is cornered, he's going to continue to strike out with threats and with the kind of terrorist attacks that he's making on civilians in that country. look, i think we have to take whatever he says seriously, and i'm glad that the president made clear that the use of chemical and gas weapons is crossing a line that is unacceptable. we've got to make clear to putin the price that will be paid if he resorts to weapons of mass destruction. and i think the president began to send that signal this
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morning. >> one of the challenges of this war, and this story, is trying to parse, translate russian propaganda. sometimes whether it's putin or lavrov, they're lies or promoting conspiracies because of their domestic audience back home. they've talked about the fact in their view the ukrainians are working on biological weapons in ukraine. listen to president szelensky. >> they're accusing us that we're allegedly developing biological weapons, allegedly we are preparing a chemical attack. this makes me really worried because we've been repeatedly convinced if you want to know what russia plans, look at what russia accuses others of. >> from your experience and with intelligence overall, is that a fair point, does russia often -- can you translate their propaganda, when they're
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accusing you of something that perhaps in the back of their mind, they're setting the table to bring it on to the battlefield, so they can say, not our fault, we didn't do it? >> i think that's a pretty good bet. that's essentially what's going on here. look, putin is clearly being squeezed, squeezed economically. the president just added additional elements to cutting off and hurting their economy. in addition to that, as we've heard, their effort on the battlefield continues to be stalled and the ukrainians are putting up a very strong fight. caught in that situation, he's going to resort to lies. he's going to resort to making clear that other threats are possible here. and he's going to try to set up his ability to use chemical weapons by accusing the people in ukraine of developing
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chemical weapons. that's the game, that's the propaganda that he uses in order to justify these actions. but again, i think it's very important for the united states to draw a line when it comes to the use of chemical and gas weapons. that -- that's a step, frankly, too far, even for putin. >> what is your sense now as we're halfway through the third week of this war, you're right, the russian -- it's not going for the russians as they expected inside ukraine and yet they are making gains and pun iring the ukrainian people, and punishing ukrainian infrastructure. one thing they have done, leon panetta, is awaken the west, put this way, polish nationalists and eu bureaucrats are southern brothers in arms, back at home, republicans and democrats have put aside differences on climate change from an enemy who's emerged from the cold war, an eagle empire is on the march in
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europe. has putin unwittingly perhaps awakened the west to the idea of, "a," number one, the security challenge, is he rewriting the economic architecture of the western world against him after 25 years of overly romantic hopes if we let him into the club he'll behave? >> i think putin is losing this war on a number of fronts. i think the fact that the united states and our allies are as unified as they are, the fact that republicans and democrats have come together in support of these efforts means that the world is much more unified in opposition to what putin is doing. it's probably something we would have had a very hard time doing on our own. but he has been, through his brutal act here, the inspiration for that kind of unity.
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secondly, putin is losing. you know, he's losing on a number of fronts. but he's losing this effort. and i think deep down he knows it. that ultimately, no matter how much he blows up ukraine, he cannot control ukraine. and so the issue is going to ultimately be, how long do we have to squeeze putin? how long do we have to continue to show him that he cannot win? until he decides that he himself is going to have to take some kind of off ramp in order to protect his own neck. >> leon panetta, as always, greatful for your important insights, appreciate it. >> thank you. >> thank you. coming up for us, the latest developments, and brand new reporting on thehe hush talks t u.s. is haviving with saudi arabia.
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closed captioning brought to you by -- a new and important battlefield development this hour, western officials say ukrainian forces have killed a third russian general, the commanders of the eastern military district. but across ukraine today, more pain from new and relentless air strikes, damaging a kindergarten, apartment buildings and a shoe factory in dnipro. debris everywhere. also from the state service
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here, this new video showing staff trying to diffuse a bomb dropped by russian fighters. as the delicate work plays out you can hear explosions, and mariupol, the mayor accusing genocide. day six without humanitarian aid. and sick orphans being evacuated from the capital city of kyiv. and the vladimir putin seen in must believe today, trying to shrug off his global isolation,' met with one of his few remaining allies, the leader of belarus. putin says russia and belarus will benefit from sanctions. eyes in the skies, natasha bertrand flew thursday over poland, that flight revealing russia is using belarus as a launch point for many of its air operations in ukraine. >> do see activity coming from
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belarus going into ukraine. we cannot distinguish whether these are russian aircraft of belarus aircraft. there are periods on a day, not on a regular basis, where we have a lot of activity getting in, a larger package with ten to perhaps 20 aircraft coming in from a belarus air space to ukraine. >> important cnn reporting on white house efforts to increase global oil production, including sensitive negotiations with saudi arabia and arab emirates. phil mattingly joins us live with the details. phil, take us inside. >> you know, john, we have seen the results of intensive u.s. diplomatic efforts in unifying the west when it comes to sanctions. when it comes to diplomacy and the approach in the wake of russia's invasion of ukraine, there's another element of this that's increasingly important, particularly if you look at gas prices here in the united states, that's the effort, very quiet, very intensive diplomatic effort to try and increase or secure increases in global oil
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supply. now, as the u.s., over the course of the last several months, has worked on this front. there are really two countries they've focused in on, saudi arabia and the united arab emirates. there's a problem there, the relationship with those two countries on a bilateral basis is extraordinarily tense and frosty. saudi arabia, the crown prince's association with the murder of jamal khashoggi, "the washington post" journalist. the uae, significant frustration over the u.s. approach to yemen and iranian backed attacks on awe abu dhabi. officials have made a clear effort to address the issues, to try and drive progress in that relationship. in the end, that might result in saudi arabia and the uae signing off on production increases. if you pull up the largest producers, russia is a huge player in this market. right next to them, saudi arabia. the few more spots down, the uae. both have excess capacity, countries the u.s. is eyeing.
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some signs of progress and gnat uae ambassador a couple days ago said they were open to more production. saudi arabia has not said anything of that sort yet, but u.s. officials are optimistic, given the intensive nature of their talks over the course of the last several weeks, john. >> phil mattingly, appreciate it very much. more on president biden's latest -- banning russian vodka, caviar and diamonds. i'm jonathan lawson here to tell you about life insurance through the colonial penn program. if you're age 50 to 85, and looking to buy life insurance on a fixed budge remember the three ps. what are the three ps? the three ps of life insurance on a fixed budge are price, price, and price. a price you can afford,
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dramatic development out of ukraine now, volnovakha has fallen, a fierce defense giving way to russian bombardment and a siege by russian aligned troops from the peoples republic, what vladimir putin calls it. volnovakha is a town halfway between -- and mariupol. ultimately they hope to reach odesa. we will keep an eye on the developments. back here in washington, president biden outlining new sanctions against russia. more punishment by the day for vladimir putin's invasion of ukraine. today's new actions include a ban on russian seafood and
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alcohol, vodka and caviar, and steps to strip russia of global trade preferences but there's also a very careful effort to keep the fighting within ukraine's borders. >> we're going to hit putin harder because the united states and our closest allies and partners are acting in unison. this is crushing the russian economy. we are not fight a war against russia and ukraine. the confrontation between nato and russia is world war iii. >> with me to share their reporting and their insights. cnn's abby philip, politico's laura lopez. it's that last part, olivier, the president is saying every day we'll get tougher and we'll get tougher but direct confrontation between nato and russia is world war iii, the question is, how do you get tougher on putin every day, and bring as much of the world with you before crossing at a line?
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>> collapsing the russian economy will make putin more desperate. vodka, caviar, cute, that's fine, but denying russia the benefits of being in the trade organization which is how they got -- the reason mcdonald's was in russia, the reason starbucks was in russia, we integrated. we're reversing the process. at some point, putin has shown no sign he's going to slow the military onslaught. but you're right, one of the reasons we didn't send jets, didn't sign off on the polish plan, is the idea that 30 to 70 jets leave ago nato base flying into air space had strong escala escalating -- >> the world was going to benefit, and the world did, but then the west got -- i use the term overly romantic. thinking if we invite vladimir
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putin into the club, he will change his behavior. no more most favored nation status, raising the prospect of chemical weapons. this is the vladimir putin of the united states and the united states ambassador to the united nations saying they believe vladimir putin is committing war crimes. >> we are clear that any intentional attack or targeting of civilians is a war crime. period. >> they constitute war crimes. they are attacks on civilians that cannot be justified by any -- in any way whatsoever. >> it is interesting sometimes, you know, different leaders choose different language and the vice president seems to be being a little bit more cautious, saying we're watching this and here's the definition. the ambassador seems to be saying everything i've seen tells me it's already happened. i don't need more proof. >> the vice president the day before had not answered that question that way about the
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issue of war crimes but the reality is, this is all playing out in front of the entire world. we all see what's happening. it's very clear, you can't -- there's no point in denying what people are seeing and hearing with their own eyes. so you're seeing the language moving forward, also as putin's aggression gets more -- more intense. and that is raising pressure on this administration to answer the question, what now? putin is not holding back. he continues to use some of the most inhumane means to bombard ukraine and including targeting civilians, the administration seems to be running out of options to stop that from happening. now they are escalating their rhetoric. i think the world is looking to see what next. in terms of actions. >> the administration, to abby's point and to olivier's, the administration is being very cautious in terms of drawing any kind of red line, and they are often repeating biden's point, which is that i am not going to put troops on the ground there.
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because this week the white house was asked repeatedly if there is a chemicals attack, will you -- will you send troops into ukraine and they said our position has not changed and also we're not drawing any red lines. they want to be careful about escalating this with russia. >> and yet, again, the security infrastructure of europe is being rewritten, redrawn, before our eyes and we are having conversations that no one's had to have in this town for 20 plus years. in the sense that, listening to vice president harris today, if you think about the afghanistan war, deployments to germany or deployments on training journeys, lithuania, poland, those were viewed as places you go to do very important work but you're in a safe place and beautiful european cities. now listen to the president of the united states talking to troops, saying your mission may have changed. >> in this moment of russian aggression, and putin's war, we take seriously our commitment to
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defend if necessary every inch of nato territory. >> those words have been spoken for a long time. we take our commitment seriously. but they have not been spoken with a russian army on the march in a country that -- in ukraine that borders nato. >> right, people are complaining that vladimir putin is deterring the idea that there's nuclear weapons. if you want an example of our deterrence towards putin, it is this. he has not expanded the conflict into nato countries. there's loose talk early on in the war that he might try to make a move, cross air space, do something provocative. he has not. the germans haven't had this conversation in decades. that u-turn by germany suddenly being much more assertive, that was an astounding transformation. that's not something we've seen in our lifetimes. >> i don't think it's because -- i mean, i think that what you're seeing with europe is that they're realizing that what the vice president said there and what the president has been saying about nato is not enough
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forever, that putin may not be deterred over the long run, and that's why they have to -- the complacency that has been on the continent of europe is no longer sufficient, and you're seeing them act to change that. >> you also see this new aid pack, u.s. aid for ukraine, there's bipartisan quibbling over sanctions being more quick, do this, do that, there's fighting over, but there's also, almost unanimous bipartisan agreement that let's do all we can to help ukraine as quickly as possible. >> there is. i mean, on the hill, you know, there's been increased pressure from congress, with biden, to really just fortify and help ukraine in this crisis. >> i'll watch that one as it plays out as well. next for us, the sad part, the incredibly sad part of this story, the latest on the ukraine refugee crisis, the count now past 2.5 million people. joint symptoms in adults with active psoriatic arthririt.
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president biden had a house democratic retreat talking about russia and ukraine. let's reason a minute. >> we have a sacred obligation on nato territory, a sacred obligation, article 5, and we will not, although we will not fight a third world war in ukraine. putin's war against ukraine was never going to be a incomvictor.
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democrats are relying on the world with a side of peace and security. we are showing a strength that will never falter. but look, the idea, the idea that we're going to send in offensive equipment and have planes and tanks and trains going in with american pilots and american crews just understand, don't kid yourself, no matter what you all say, that's called world war iii. okay? let's get it straight here, guys. that old expression don't kid a kidder. i like to speak to our broader purpose here today. to remind everybody where we were a year ago, where we've gotten since -- >> that's the president speaking at a house democratic retreat in philadelphia, promising, promising to keep the americans allied against russia. but it's important that u.s. boots not hit the ground in ukraine. we'll continue to listen to the president. now back to the crisis overseas,
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more than 2.5 million people, more than 2.5 million people have fled ukraine, you see the pathways there on the map. russia's war has made more people refugees than there are residents in houston. america's fourth largest city. he joins us live, along, i'm told, miguel, with a ukrainian student. >> yeah, we are in a house of -- a romanian house that are taking in ukrainians, they have 31 here right now, three more coming in tonight, in all over the last two weeks, taken care of about 61 ukrainians, i want to show you this. this says the whole thing. these are the shoes for the household, and a lot of people have just left. they have a whole staff of people who help take care of these ukrainians while they're here. while the young men i'm going to speak to here is not ukrainian, he's nigerian. you play for a local soccer club
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in a small ukrainian city and you're now caught up in war. >> yes. >> reporter: the horror of what vladimir putin is doing by choice in ukraine, and then the beauty of what you've received here, how do you reconcile how humans -- >> incomprehendable, to be honest, i have to say. like this is all unexpected to me. like, i haven't really experienced none of this in my life before. i have to say, what these people are doing over here, it's good work, it's good job. i didn't expect them to be this generous. >> reporter: you have one of 31 in this house. you've been here how many days? >> i've been here approximately four days. >> reporter: they're getting you to the airport an hour away tomorrow. >> so i can go back to qatar, that is true. where my family reside. i have to say, very generous, again. >> reporter: what does this do to your life? you were studying in ukraine? what now? >> well, i just -- everything is just hopes and prayers, to be
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honest. absolutely, there is nothing saying what putin's going to do next. because that guy is uncontrollable, crazy, i have to say. and we're just going to wait and see if the war calms down and hopefully we can come back, if not, we might as wealthy of transferring to other universities or other institutions. >> reporter: thank you very much. this man is going to have an incredible life. this is one family in romania taking care of so many people, they're doing it across romania and throughout european cities, towns, everywhere, john. >> thank you for that live reporting. it's remarkable to see amid the horror, the outpouring of humanity and caring. if you're watching and want to help, more information to do just that, go to adults w with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis... ...can uncover clearer skin and improve symptoms at 16 weeks.
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new projections how the war in ukraine will impact economic regrowth. some saying it will slow recovery. and warning of an increased chance of a possible recession over the next 12 months. how do you feel about the way things are going in the united states now. this is an indicator i follow closely, the university of michigan sentiment index, it's fallen below 60, to 59.7. back in march of 2021, the early days of the biden administration, it was near 85%.
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clearly, americans are a bit nervous about the future of the economy. something we will keep an eye on, appreciate your time today on "inside politics" and throughout this very difficult week. you can also listen to our podcast, download "inside politics." try, in these tough times, to have a peaceful weekend. ana cabrera, and anderson cooper pick up our coverage right now. ♪ >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. i'm ana cabrera in new york, ander cooper is live in lviv, ukraine. moscow is expanding its offensive and president biden is giving a warning. >> your white house has said that russia may use chemical weapons or create a false flag operation to use them. what evidence have you seen showing that, and would the u.s. have a military response if putin does launch a chemical weapons attack


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