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earlier than it should be. the numbers, dallas, well into the 90s. in fact, when you factor in this humidity, it feels like 110 right now in loreto. heat into the midwest. 95 in st. louis. maybe 90 in chicago. it's going to be one long, hot week. >> it is. >> happy mother's day. >> thank you. >> thank you, tom. hello, again. thank you for joining me on this mother's day. we begin this hour with new horrific attacks in ukraine as russia's onslaught continues. ukrainian officials say at least 60 people are feared dead after a russian air strike hit a school in the luhansk region. that school had been acting for a shelter for nearly 100 people. the latest attack comes on the same day ukraine commemorates
the -- >> translator: this year we say never again differently. we hear never again differently. it sounds pain ful, cruel, without an exclamation, but with a question mark, you say never again, tell ukraine about it. and this other major development today. first lady jill biden making a surprise visit to ukraine. she crossed into the country from slovakia, meeting with ukraine's first lady. this is the first time that a ukrainian first lady has been seen in public since the war began. cnn has reporters around the world covering the latest developments. let's go first to kate bennett. kate, this was a major moment. tell us what happened.
>> well, this is day three of dr. biden's four-day trip to romania, slovakia, and today about two hours she spent in ukraine in a town about a 15-minute drive from the border with slovakia. we had not heard that there was going to be an appearance by the first lady of ukraine, because as you said, she has been in hiding since the very first day of the russian invasion in ukraine back in february, but the two women have been corresponding. mrs. zelenskyy sent a letter in april to dr. biden expressing her concern over her country specifically the mental health of the citizens as they face the ongoing war with russia. dr. biden definitely wanted to reach out when this trip came together, only about 10 days ago, the government of ukraine was alerted to the first lady's plans as is protocol, and they were told that mrs. zelenskyy
did want to meet with dr. biden if possible at this school which is now a temporary housing for displaced ukrainians. the two women met. they embraced. dr. biden brought a big bouquet of flowers. the discussion of mental health was brought up, especially for children, for families, for the soldiers fighting this war. it's something dr. biden is familiar with because the pandemic has wreaked havoc with children in the united states and mental health is a concern of hers there. it was important for dr. bide ton meet today on mother's day. this whole trip has been about the resiliency, the fortitude, and the courage of these ukrainian mothers as they fled their homes and gone to countries like romania which still takes in about 7,000 refugees per day, and slovakia which opened the doors to the young families and dr. biden has met many, many refugee mothers and their children on this trip.
the most important visit today was to ukraine first lady in an active war zone as the country of ukraine is something that is quite rare. it hasn't happened since laura bush visited afghanistan two times in 2005 and 2008. president biden, i'm told, called the first lady soon after she got out of ukraine in her motorcade and they spoke on the phone. earlier today he sent a corsage, a wrist corsage for mother's day, something he's done every year for many, many years, i'm told. the first lady wore it all day. again, a very important moment for her as she shows support for ukraine in this very difficult time in that country. >> all right. thank you, kate. onto scott mclean in lviv. let's talk about horrific attack in the luhansk region of ukraine. at a school where people were taking shelter.
this is a village that is about seven miles west of the front lines in the eastern part of ukraine. it's an area that's been facing heavy shelling over the last few weeks. the reason why is because that is an area of the country where the russians are trying to push through the frontlines on the ground. we know we've seen the pattern over and over again. when the russians can't get through on the ground, they shell everything in site. that's what's happened here. this village in particular, the reason people were sheltering in the school is because it was one of the only places left. one of the only good places left to actually take shelter. and now we're hearing via my colleagues who went to that area and were able to speak to some of the people in person, some of the stories of the people who survived. one man said it was almost like flipping a light switch. it became dark when the three stories of the school collapsed all once. they couldn't figure out what was going on. another man said he was one of
the first to get out and only with the help of other villagers who helped. it was remarkable anyone survived at all. another witness whose head was bandaged along with his nose as well said a slab of concrete came down on him. by the time he got out, he felt like a drunk man. he was disoriented. you can understand why given what he's been through. local officials did manage about two weeks ago to get some people out of that village, to evacuate. about 50 people including some children. the last word that we had in terms of survivors is that 27 out of this potentially 90 people survived. that means there could be around 60 who didn't. there is still ongoing search and rescue, we're told, people trying to comb through the debris. given the level of damage, officials say it is unlikely that anyone else is still trapped alive. >> terribly said.
thank you, scott. arlette is at the white house for us. president biden met virtually with president zelenskyy and g7 leaders today. what do we know about what was discussed? >> the goal of this call was two-fold. one it was for the u.s. and allies to show solidarity and support with ukraine, but also to once again stress that the u.s. is willing to impose additional sanctions against russia as they are looking to hold russia accountable for the war against ukraine. this call lasted a little over an hour. president biden participated from his home in wilmington, delaware. if you look at this photo, you can see the canadian prime minister is actually in the same room as ukrainian president zelenskyy in ukraine today during this call. now, the u.s. and the allies once again committed to providing military and financial support to ukraine. of course, the u.s. just pledged $150 million in a new security assistance package for ukraine.
the leader said they would be sending over additional financial aid in the coming weeks. but also it gave the leaders a chance to once again talk about the sanctions that they've been imposing against russia. and today the u.s. implemented a new sanctions package against russia which includes banning u.s. advertising on three russian state media tv organizations. it also bans u.s. provided management and consulting services to companies in russia. additionally, there's exports controls on the industrial sectors and new visa restrictions as well. in another show of solidarity today, the acting u.s. ambassador to ukraine and other diplomats returned to kyiv for the first time since this war began. those diplomatic officials had left the embassy in kyiv in mid february just before russia invaded the country. this trip by these diplomats does not necessarily represent a reopening of the u.s. embassy in
kyiv there, but it is a step in that direction. but the u.s. and the allies today trying to make especially clear that the u.s. stands in solidarity with ukraine, especially as russia tomorrow is expected to celebrate victory day, but the u.s. once again committing that military economic assistance to ukraine and stressing that they are willing to go further in their sanctions against russia. >> all right. arlette signs, scott mclean, kate bennett, thank you. appreciate it. coming up, senate democrats plan to bring the abortion fight to the senate floor hoping to codify the roe v. wade. what lawmakers are saying about the possibility of reaching a consensus on that issue right after this.
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known as the women's health protection act to codify abortion rights that's heading for a senate vote this week. instead, she and fellow republican senator lisa murkowski have prointroduced their own bill that would codify abortion rights but allows states to keep some restrictions in place. meanwhile, chuck schumer weighed in today. >> this is no longer an abstract exercise. this is the real deal, and everyone's eyes are on them. so we can always hope and we must have this vote. every senator must show where he or she stands. it's on something as important as this, we're not going to let anybody hide, because america's on our side. >> eva has been tracking the latest developments. she's joining me live from washington. eva? >> good afternoon, fred. chuck schumer knows the women's health protection act doesn't have the necessary votes
required to advance legislation, but he still is moving full steam ahead because public polling shows a majority of americans support the right to abortion in most cases. schumer and other senate democrats appear to want to continue this make this the issue. it puts republicans in direct opposition to the will of most people in this country. again, this legislation not expected to advance this week. in washington many people would call this a show vote or messaging tactic, but when you speak to people on the streets, protesting outside of the supreme court as i have, people who vote for democrats, they want to see schumer and other democrats in washington put up a fight. you have people like california governor gavin newsom asking where is my party? schumer in essence is speaking to that frustration by holding this last ditch effort this week. >> all right. eva, thank you so much in washington. still a lot of questions
about where abortion rights goes from here and what the leaked draft opinion could mean for other landmark decisions. joining me to talk about it, democrat running for ohio's state house 89th district, james abergafou. he was the lead plaintiff in the supreme court case that guaranteed the right for same sex couples the right to marry. james, good to see you again. glad you could be back with us. >> thank you, fredricka. thank you for having me on, and please, call me jim. >> okay. i will do that. you know, this conversation is preceded by even comments for a number of people including the former secretary of state, hillary clinton, who said earlier in the week on cbs, saying you know, you have no idea who they will come after next. meaning if it's changing or attacking women's rights as it
pertains to the legalized right to choose, she says there are openings for other things. and we've heard from a number of people who say potentially next could be same sex marriages. your case was a landmark decision. is that how you look at this potential opinion, the draft opinion which could potentially become the final opinion from the u.s. supreme court on roe v. wade? >> absolutely. you know, that decision, the legal arguments that it uses to justify taking away a woman's right to control her own body can easily be taken and used against the lgbtq plus community. to say this is a state's rights issue, that was one of the issues during the marriage rights for equalities. also for the fight during interracial marriage. to say that fundamental rights have to be firmly rooted in the
nation's history and traditions, that's a clear message to people who are opposed to marriage equality, to lgbt equality in general to come after us, because marriage equality has been affirmed for less than seven years. so if they're going to say a right that women have enjoyed for almost 50 years is not deeply rooted in our nation's history, marriage equality is certainly at risk, and i also believe interracial marriage is at risk because that's only been a fundamental right for six more years than the right to an abortion. >> yeah. just barely 60 years. in fact, this was the sound bite. these were the remarks from the former secretary of state, hillary clinton, on that issue. >> many americans says look, i'm not a woman. that doesn't affect me. i'm not black, that doesn't affect me. i'm not gay, that doesn't affect me. when you allow extreme power to take hold, you have no idea who
they will come for next. >> and so her point, and that of many others, is saying this is now or should be a ballot box issue come november. you're running for office. ohio like many other states is acting quickly given this possible supreme court decision. a bill currently in the state house would ban all abortions except in cases where the mother is in danger. so do you believe in a woman's right to choose give than you are running for office? >> absolutely. the only person who should make that decision is the person who is pregnant in conjunction with discussions with their medical team. the government has no place in that discussion. just like with my marriage. the government has no place saying that my marriage should not exist. we have the fundamental right to marriage.
and the government should not take that away. this supreme court should not take that away. are we part of we the people or are we not? we are supposed to be a nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. this decision sets the stage for so many of the rights we have relied on. so many of the rights we enjoy to be taken away. and simply put, are we part of we the people or are we not? >> and then big picture, what do you think is behind what seems to be gaining movement? this -- gaining momentum, if not to overturn roe v. wade, but potentially as many critics see this, as a potential opening of other measures that would be reversed or overturned just like what we're talking about? what's behind all this? >> fredricka, for me, when i look at this, i really come down
to this push for religious freedom, or religious rights, which i believe are wrong, given what our constitution says. our constitution says you have the freedom of religion. it doesn't say you is the freedom to use your religion or your particular interpretation of your religion to use as a weapon to attack others to deny them their rights. much of the opposition to a woman's right to control her body is based in religions saying life begins at conception, and we have the right to control that. well, not all religions believe that. not all religious people, not all believers believe that, and yet, that's pushing this right to take away a woman's right away. and that same misguided interpretation of religious freedom is what's behind the opposition to marriage equality. nope, i still be billboards. mairng is between one man and
w woman. according to your religion, yes, but other religions disagree with you. to say that my religion deserves preference in the law, that is the complete an thint sis to th freedom of religion. we have a demand for preference for one person's religion over others in the public realm and when it comes to civil rights. >> jim, james, thank you so much for being with us. really appreciate you. thanks, fredricka. >> we'll be right back.
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all right. a grave warning from the white house. the u.s. could see 100 million new covid-19 infectioni this fal and winter. they say the time to get ready is now, says the covid chief. >> we're looking at a range of models, both external and internal. they're predicting if we don't get ahead of this thing, we're going to have a lot of waning immunity and we may see a sizable wave of hospitalizations and deaths. we may need congress's help. we need the resources to fight that battle so we don't have that kind of a fall or winter. >> i want to bring in an emergency physician at the university of maryland. capital region medical center. and happy mother's day.
but i feel like it's an anniversary because we've known each other on the air for about three years. we've gotten through this pandemic together. you've been a regular with us, and in this time what a journey. you have been pregnant. you also had covid. and you have two beautiful children, and one of your kids, right there, about two years old now. ada who is three and lida who will turn two in a few weeks. so the big question for you on this mother's day and kind of anniversary at least for us, how are you doing? >> well, it's good to be with you again. i feel like this is becoming a routine for us, and even though i don't always like coming onto talk about the coronavirus and all the issues we're having with that, i always enjoy seeing a fellow mother and professional working mother on mother's day. so i'm doing great. health, i'm doing great. i have two healthy kids. i just had a wonderful brunch with my family, so all in all, i
cannot complain, and we're doing wonderful. >> that's wonderful. i wonder what kind of advice are you imparting on other moms? we are still in the middle of kind of a pandemic. right? what are you trying to advise moms on how to continue holding it down the way they have been? because it's been a tough three years. >> absolutely. and i understand that many people, especially those of us who are working in health care are very fatigued and have a lot of covid burnout. one of the key messages i implore people to keep in the forefront of their mind is we're in a pandemic, and covid is not over. as you heard from the white house projections, we're expecting nearly 100 million people to be potentially infected this fall and winter. and so what i want other mothers to pay attention to is i know all of us want to do the best we can for our children. one of the things you can do now is make sure you are prepared. that primarily means making sure
you're protecting yourself so you can take care of your babies so you should be vaccinated and vaccinating your children, those eligible and paying attention when vaccines will potentially become available for our younger babies which i've been awaiting for some time. >> in fact, on that issue of the vaccine that is yet to come for kids under five, we saw that there was a recent survey that said only 18 % of parents would be willing to vaccinate their kids under five right away. so do you feel like you have to campaign hard to convince them otherwise? or are you just allowing them to feel like when you feel it's comfortable, then you do it? what do you say? >> yeah. you know, i am sensitive to parents' concerns about wanting to do what's best for their children. there's been a lot of confusion, questions and concerns, particularly with our young kids being vaccinated with what we consider to be a newer vaccine. i want to again remind people that the entire world is looking at the data for this covid
vaccine. and with huge amounts of scrutiny and the government is taking i think huge efforts to make sure we are only approving things that are proven to be safe. and now we have excellent data showing what it can do to protect your kids. what i would tell the parents not wanting to vaccinate their kids is talk to someone you trust with medical knowledge. be weary of getting your information from unreliable sources. you want to talk to someone who has a medical professional back ground. primarily your pediatrician or health care expert and ask the questions that may help you get more comfortable with vaccinating your kids. i feel strongly that's the most important thing i can do to protect my kids from getting the coronavirus and potentially the long-term consequences of the coronavirus. we've seen an up tick in kids getting that and having long lasting symptoms that may impact them for years to come. >> the new research showing up to 10 % of kids of the 13
million kids who tested positive for covid since the beginning of the pandemic may develop these long haul kind of symptoms or the consequences of such. so what should parents will looking out for? >> certainly. i think one of the things to keep in mind is we still have a lot of data coming in and we don't have a good understanding or grasp of what the long hall covid means. the symptoms can be vague related to fatigue or brain fog. a cognitive impairment, but they can substantially impact kids, especially those trying to learn. and it can inhibit them from being able to flourish at a critical point in their life. and so i think that parents need to be mindful if your kid gets covid or has cold related symptoms they seem to not be shaking, they might have long haul symptoms related to a covid infection and need to make sure their child is followed up and they're being diligent with
making sure they're monitoring their progress. we're going to find there will be larger numbers than projected in kids. in adults we're seeing 30 % of adults having long haul symptoms. >> wow. all right. doctor, always good to see you. again, happy mother's day. i hope you get to kick up your heels at some point today and relax. >> absolutely. you too, fred. >> okay. thank you so much. all right. still ahead, the search continues for a missing former alabama corrections officer, and an inmate charged with murder. more than a week after they disappeared. we'll bring you the latest on the man hunt, next. ♪ well the sun is shining and the grass is green ♪ ♪ i'm way ahead of schedule with my trusty team ♪ ♪ there's heather onon the hedges ♪ ♪ and kenny on the koi ♪ ♪ and your truck's been demolished by the peterson boy ♪ ♪ yes -- ♪ wait, what was that? timber...
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director of this catholic charity shelter in texas. a place where she says border patrol drops off the migrant overflow from processing centers in south texas and even for more than 1,000 miles away in uma, arizona. this is a 23-year-old medical student from cuba. 50 to $60 a month, she says is how much a doctor in cuba earns. to prepare for the lifting of title 42, the pandemic health order used to expel migrants to mexico, more than 1 .8 times in just two years, she says she opened a second shelter. >> i think there's in my opinion, might be a mob mentality process. >> reporter: she says about 5,000 migrants are waiting in mexico alone for title 42 to lift. >> it shows you the reality. >> reporter: this pastor runs four shelters there and shows us
video of the 2000 mostly haitians who says arrived a few days ago from nearby cities. >> i believe it's because they find out they were coming. >> reporter: he says the haitians learned in the last week federal agents were allowing 70 migrants a day to seek asylum at the port of entry under an exception to have title 42 and traveled here to see if they could, too. >> it tells me there are a lot of desperate people out there. >> reporter: customs and border commissioner said he wasn't aware of the situation there. >> if that is a preview of what the lifting of title 42 is, how do you deal with thousands of migrants knocking on the doors of america? >> we follow the law, and if they meet that criteria, that's what they're going to be entitled to. if they do not meet that criteria, any of a number of other circumstances could cause them to be expelled or to be prosecuted. >> during prior migrant surges, images like these showing
overcrowded border patrol facilities have made headlines, especially when children are held in custody more than the 75 hours allowed by law. >> i think we've made a tremendous amount of progress. >> this time around you feel confident that children will not be in border patrol custody for more than those 72 hours? >> we do absolutely everything in our capacity to make sure that happens. >> he says some of the haitians were in del rio last year, part of the have a -- under a bridge got deported back. >> we don't want the del rio situation. >> reporter: the mayor wants title 42 to remain in place. he fears lifting it could increase human smuggling and violence in his city. he said houses are run by local gaks connected to the cartell. >> reporter: is there a plan b?
>> whatever you want to call it, a, b, c, or d, it's comprehensive. it's ready to deal with the challenges coming our way. >> reporter: so this woman plans to do what she can. >> our job and our mission is to be ready. >> reporter: she says it does it for migrants who say they're fleeing persecution. she's looking for freedom, for liberty. who once in america feel safe for the first time in their lives. so how will it work once title 42 lifts in the migrants who are waiting in mexico like the thousands who are waiting here which you can see behind me, will be able to walk up to a port of entry and seek asylum. they have not been able to do that for a long time. if you ask immigration advocates and attorneys, they'll tell you it's forced migrants to cross into the united states between ports of entry which they say
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alongside ukrainian pop star, the acoustic set included many well-known u2 songs as well as that song stand by me. clearly some symbolism there being shown around the globe. tonight here on cnn, he will join my colleague pamela brown. as we continue to watch the humanitarian response to putin's war in uk, cnn's randi kaye is in moldova, and it's there she finds families blossoming. >> reporter: these children are far from the war ravaging their country in ukraine. mer death is a mother of three, originally from baltimore, but she's been living in moldova since last year. when refugee moms started trekking akroes the border to
moldova, meredith took notice. >> when they're here, they're just completely startled. we want today provide a place where they could get that support tlar idea became the sunflower center, a place where kids could have fun and hopefully forget about the war for a couple of hours. but she also want today provide educational services and structure. >> there were some children's classes going on. but they weren't sitting and creating. they were just entertainment with loud tech know music playing. they needed someone to hold their hand. we walk every single kid up to the classroom. we were trying to be kind and listen to what they need. >> reporter: in this room, we found more than a dozen children making mother's day cards, and they were anxious to show them to us. hardly a hint of the stress of war on their faces.
their teacher is a ukrainian of refugee. she fled odesa with her 2-year-old daughter and is making a new life here. when you're a teacher, how important is this school and this center for the children? she tells me it's very important these children have a that place to go after being ripped from their own school and friends and all they know. she also says she's seen a change in the children now that they have some structure in their lives. they are calmer, she says, more positive, and communicating better. sunflower center has only been open a few weeks, but the classes are already growing in numbers and popularity. and it's no cost to the ukrainian families. this woman fled the region with her daughter who is now enrolled here.
how grateful are you that you have this? she tells me she was overwhelmed with gratitude. she and her daughter feel embraced by moldova. the sunflower place is a calming experience, though she tells me her heart is still in ukraine. randi kaye, cnn, moldova. in today's episode of searching for italy, he visits the city that made the dream a reality. >> i would love it the, actually. >> that's my new favorite word.
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