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hello, welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. ahead this hour, moscow's victory parade with everything from goose-stepping soldiers to the latest intercontinental ballistic missiles. the only thing that was missing was victory in ukraine. no end in sight, even you a new covid cases are falling. officials in shanghai have suddenly tightened pandemic restrictions. and what began as a jailhouse romance comes to a deadly end for a former alabama prison guard who helped a suspected murderer escape. live from cnn center, this is "cnn newsroom." where the port city of odesa
appears to be the target of a ramped up russian attack, including cruise missiles fired from the air and sea. on monday, multiple missile strikes reported throughout the day. many analysts believe russia wants to capture all of ukraine's black sea ports. in mariupol, ukrainian fighters say they're still folding out at that besieged steel plant. government video shows a ukrainian flag still flying over the iron and steel works, though cnn cannot independently verify it's still there. and video from kharkiv sees the aftermath of an attack on a convoy that killed several people. authorities say they lost contact with the convoy on friday. for the very latest in ukraine, let's bring in isa soares in lviv. good to see you, lisa. >> good morning, john.
vladimir putin delivered a defiant victory day speech on monday. many analysts have feared that mr. putin would use the holiday to expand the war in ukraine or make a major announcement. instead instead, what we heard was putin doubling down, repeating baseless claims that russian forces are fighting nazis in ukraine. on monday, the white house said those claims are absurd. have a listen. >> the suggestion that this war that was prompted by, directedly president putin, was prompted by western aggression or western plans, is patently false and absurd. >> what we saw in moscow was really pomp and circumstance. it came really as a stark contrast to the realities of war in ukraine, where air raid sirens and missile strikes are daily fact of life. our sam kiley has the very
latest for you. >> reporter: one man's parade for the many. the many on parade for one man. and on the eve of victory day, authorities here say 60 people died in a russian air strike. the victory over german naziism one united the people of russia and ukraine. not anymore. this is what putin's modern campaign to denazify ukraine looked like on the eve of that victory day. russians war in the name of saving russian-speaking people in ukraine has focused most violence in the east, where most people speak russian. on victory day, ukrainian towns under russian control held muted memorials to a past war while the present ragies on. this man survived an air strike,
and his response to pew utin's parade? a sarcastic, "let them celebrate. we would celebrate, too." imagine what they bombed. an ordinary village with only pensioners and children. they died in a russian thrust into their village during an operation to throw a military bridge across the donetsk river, shown here in this satellite image. the move is intended to cut this supply route to russian-speaking ukrainian towns now under bombardment. ukrainian forces are counterattacking, but russian artillery is already hitting the road and the oil refinery next to it. with the killing of at least 60 people, civilians cowering in a school not far from here, it's clear that the russians are continuing with their campaign to obliterate civilian life, but this is also a sign of their pursuing traditional tactics, trying to break the in infrastructure that could support the ukrainian war effort. putin's allegations of naziism
in ukraine are turned back on the russian leader by survivors of the real war against hitler's ideology. she says, "i think victory will be ours, only ours. if i were younger, i would have ripped this thug's throat out with my teeth." the president is insisting ukraine's victory is certain. the one who is repeating the horrific crimes of hitler's regime today, following nazi philosophy, copying everything they did, he is doomed. but it will be a long, hard fight to turn the lessons of history into a modern day ukraine victory in europe. sam kiley, cnn. >> well, let's get more on all of this, john spencer is the chair of urban warfare studies at the madison policy forum. he also served more than 25 years in the u.s. army.
he joins me now from colorado. john, good evening to you. let me start, really what we heard there from sam kiley and what we've seen the last few days, russian forces using submarines, really surface ships and aircraft to launch missiles at odesa. how are you seeing, john, the battleodesa play out? >> my opinion is that the battle of odesa is not going to happen. they are just doing missile terrorism, trying to keep ukrainian forces occupied there. trust me, the russians don't have what it takes to attack odesa. >> they don't have what it takes to attack odesa, but for so long, we've been talking about the fact that they want odesa, the significance of odesa. why, if they don't have what it takes, why pound it so much and relentlessly, in fact, in the last few weeks? >> i mean, they don't want forces leaving odesa. they want to make odesa think --
they want the ukrainian higher up command to think odesa is under threat. and to be clear, the black sea is, it's a huge impact to the economy, but militarily, they don't have what it takes to hit the beaches, to hit from another area, they're struggling in kherson, as well. they don't even own mariupol, with all the forces, the land forces they used against it. it's just terrorism. >> it's terrorism, but what you're hinting at, john, is that perhaps it's a distraction by hitting odesa. what we have seen, of course, is this critical port city has been cut off from the black sea and that's having a big economic impact. in fact, president zelenskyy talked about this overnight, because according to the u.n., millions of tons of grain remain blocked in these ports and that has ripple effects not just, you know, beyond ukraine. >> yeah, absolutely. and the navy is blockading it and strangling, though the
russian navy is not doing too good out there, the snake island is being contested, they're losing ships, small rafter ships every day. absolutely it's a big deal that odesa is being blockaded and those economic -- the main port of -- especially the grain, it's going to be felt around the world. >> yeah. let's turn our attention to donbas. we now know directly from president putin that this, john, is his strategic prize. what can we expect to see in the battlefield now that he's signaled the importance of it for russia? >> yeah, absolutely. i don't know -- personally, he signaled that's about all they can attempt. the victory parade looked more like a sad march of defeat to me, but in the east, i think we're seeing basically the second half of his face, so, now he's marshalling in more forces in belarus and trying to push,
because they failed, right? they failed to give putin a victory for victory day. >> they didn't push in, they didn't encircle the jfo and ukrainian forces, so, now i think there's going to be a new push, a new effort. and he's signaled that's one of the other places he mentioned in his speech, that he wants the on the gdonbas, but there's a bunc of ukrainians armed with the west's best weapons. 85, 90% of artillery systems, you can predict they are in the east in the donbas line, is stopping them and they're having successes in not only stopping them, but counteroffensives. >> explain to us very quickly, john, the use of these platoon bridges and what the strategy is here. >> yeah, so, ukrainians have done really well in contesting the waterways. you can't move across with military equipment like tanks and things like that, so, the russians have to pontoon or
basically create these military bridges, is all they are, and it's a deliberate operation, we call them wet gap crossings, but we saw them today, that create as very large signature and now that the ukrainians have these longer-reaching artilleries, you know, the tb-2 drones, those are ripe targets, because they're very limited in nature, these military bridges, these pontoon bridges. >> yeah, of course, and it's also supply, trying to cut off their supply. john spencer, thank you very much. >> thank you. well, hospitals here in western ukraine are filling up as the wounded arrive in droves from the front lines of increasing russian attacks. i visited one of the hospitals here inially lviv and spoke to patients and doctors. dmitro is in shock. his body pierced and organs
punctured multiple times by shrapnel. from shelling just outside his home in kharkiv, a battleground in eastern ukraine. at first, he was very tough, he tells me. and then i came to terms with everything that happened to me. his voice almost a whisper, he tells me reregrets not listening to his elders that fateful day. how are you feeling after, you know, really some horrendous few days? "i never thought that i would say it. you have to protect yourself to the maximum and follow all the rules that are told by adult sa he says. the 19-year-old who both both his parents before the war was evacuated by train and transferred here to western ukraine's biggest hospital. where he's undergone multiple surgeries and spent weeks in the icu.
dmitro's doctor tells me he, too, is struggling to make sense of the injuries he's been seeing. >> i done some operation that i only read from the books and from austria and germany, they have some experience, but they have never seen such serious disease. >> reporter: dmitro is part of a steady stream of patients who have been evacuated from the front lines and arrived on lviv on medical trains like this one. an impressive wartime operation with an in-built icu carriage which travels back and forth between the front line in the east with critically injured patients. it's a journey that little sophia also had to make. when she left mykolaiv in southern ukraine. the 9-year-old just out of the icu is now recovering after a piece of shrapnel measures one centimeter entered her brain as
she made her way home. she's very strong. she hasn't even cried when she got wounded, her mother tells me. visibly exhausted, her mother shows me photos of happier times. now relieved, her little girl is turning a corner. at first, when she started breathing independently and was still in mykolaiv, they let me walk into the icu. i walked in and unexpectedly she said, "mommy," with tears in her eyes. i was so happy that she remembered me and that she didn't lose her memory, she says. sophia's neuro surgeon tells me he's never seen a case like this, as he shows me her ct scans. so the shrapnel came through the front -- >> yes. >> all the way, person rated all the way to the back of the skull? >> yeah. >> the doctor tells me he operates on as many as five children every week.
proof perhaps that even the most innocent are not immune to the scars of russia's war. an incredibly brave little girl. and i'll have much more from lviv in the next hour, but first, back to john in atlanta. >> thank you, isa. now, an alabama corrections officer accused of helping a murder suspect escape from jail has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. an 11-day nationwide man hunt fr the pair ended on monday in a car chase. cnn's nadia romero picks up the story from here. >> it ended the way that we knew it would, they are in custody. >> reporter: a defiant and triumph lauderdale county sheriff rick singleton detailing what happened when u.s. marshals captured casey white and vicky white. first, this truck spotted in indiana, reported to alabama authorities sunday night. >> after the vehicle was located
awhile back, we at least knew they may have been in our area, but i couldn't believe that they had remained here. >> reporter: monday, u.s. marshals found them in a hotel in evansville. that's when marshals say the two fled police in a gray cadillac. casey white was driving. vicky white in the passenger seat. u.s. marshals pinned their car. they ended up in a ditch. casey white surrendered, but u.s. marshals say vicky white had a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. she died from those injuries monday night. the sheriff says casey white will be back brought back to alabama for his arraignment. he's expected to return to the same place from where he escaped more than ten days ago. >> he's not getting out of this jail again. i'll assure you that. >> reporter: the lauderdale county district attorney says he's focused on the victims of casey white and the family of connie ridgeway. casey white is set to stand trial for capital murder charges related to ridgeway's death this summer. the lauderdale district attorney says his office will be ready.
>> after finally being able to indict him for her murder of having this twist and turn in this case has to be devastating to them, so, we look forward to bringing him to justice. >> reporter: nadia romero, cnn, alabama. we'll take a short break, but when we come back, china doubling down on its zero-covid policy, imposing more tough restrictions, even as covid cases continue to fall.ild it a. wealth is shutting down the office for mike's retirement party. worth is giving the employee who spent half his life with you, the party of a lifetime.e. ♪ ♪ wealth is watching your business grow. worth is watching your employees grow with it. ♪ ♪ (grandmother) thank you for taking me home. it's so far. (young woman) don't worry about it, grandma! this'll be fun. (young woman) two chocolate milkshakes, please.
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well, even as new covid infections are falling in china's two largest cities, they're tightening restrictions yet again. doubling down on its zero-covid policy. in beijing, testing is now required every 48 hours to enter public facilities and shanghai enduring its sixth week of lockdown despite reporting a develop in new infections for ten straight days. cnn's will ripley is live from taipei. this is a mystery. been a head scratcher. why?
>> reporter: well, because president xi jinping gave a speech where he defiantly went against everybody, whether they be inside the party or in china, you know as a whole, anybody who disputes that his zero-covid policy is not the absolute way to proceed could be penalized. >> and so as a result, the heat is now on for local governments, city, regional governments, to step it up. and so that's exactly what they're doing in shanghai. even though the numbers are going down, you have these videos on social media of, you know, police standing in front of a door of an apartment telling residents that they're going to be transported to a government quarantine center for five days because they live on the same floor as somebody who tested positive. no evidence that they're even a close contact. i mean, how often are people hanging out in their neighbor's apartments? and yet that's what they're doing in shanghai. i do have to say cnn can't confirm this video, we did reach out to the shanghai municipal government for clarification, we're awaiting a response.
and we haven't been able to identify the people in the video. there's a lot of caveats there, but you get the gist, john. a month of not having access to mood or medical care in shanghai, it's been a disaster. and the officials are turning it up even more, because that's what president xi said to do. and he's about to get a third term as the chinese president, or president for life, as some analysts have put it. in beijing, residents now have to stick the jabs up their nose every 48 hours just to go to office buildings, shopping malls, super markets. they did a mass testing drive, sixth or seventh mass testing drive on sunday. they screened 17.8 million people in one day, john. so, china is putting a lot of effort into the lockdowns, the mass testing, and yet, why is it that they're there's such a huge portion of their elderly population that's unvaccinated and therefore at risk, which is the justification that president xi and the rulers use for
imposing these draconian lockdowns on almost 200 million people in 30 some odd cities. >> well, does seem that they like those draconian lockdowns. they use them a lot. will, thank you. in southern ukraine, residents deal with what seems like never-ending shelling. when we come back, we'll talk to those trapped on the road to kherson. ♪ ♪ go further with the power and range of a lexus hybrid. whoa. get 2.49% apr financing the 2022
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the front lines have barely moved on the road to the southern city of kherson, the first russia captured in the six weeks since we were last here. but instead, since then, almost everything in between has been torn up by shelling that literally does not stop. trapping people who physically cannot flee in the churn of a brutal stalemate. here, in the village, our two neighbors both called luba. we move to the yard as the shells get closer. he manages to get down to his
wife's basement shelter. she's installed a plank on the way here to help him rest. they used to get dressed up to go to bed. it was so cold down here. but mention leaving and she chu chuckles. nights spent here have focused her hatred. across the road is valentina, alone. shells always seem to just miss her.
overwhelmed, yet hauntingly eloquent. it's not so much that life goes on here, but that it has nowhere else to go. these men selling cows milk, although that's not what he has been drinking. he hello to everyone, he says. barely a window is intact. shrapnel flying through the glass daily. yesterday was svetlana's day, but she can't leave, as she's waiting for her son to return from the war in mariupol.
our children are all at war, she says. my son is a prisoner. if he comes back and if i have gone, it's like i've abandoned him. we wait, hope, worry he is alive and we will live. on the road out of here, the shrapnel rises fiercely above the warm fields. >> that was nick paton walsh with that report. we'll come back here in a moment and head to south korea, with a new president with no foreign policy experience. it's going to be a big job ahead.
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zero foreign policy experience. cnn's paula hancocks live this hour from seoul. he's got a lot of learning on the job coming, it seems. >> reporter: absolutely, john. when you consider for example the national security issues he has at hand at this point, north korea has this year alone launched some 14 missile launches, and they are still in full swing. so, that is something he's going to have to deal with quite early on. he just said in his inauguration speech at the national assembly behind me that he would have an audacious plan to shore up the north korean economy if they did decide to denuclearize. but as you say, very little is known about yoon suk-yeol. yoon suk-yeol is starting his first job in politics. presidents of south korea, a political novice and international unknown. >> we know very little about yoon and -- in terms of foreign
poli policy. >> reporter: untried and untested politically, yoon led the corruption case against former president park gun hay in 2016. it led to her impeachment. praised and promoted by president moon jae-in, who replaced her. yoon's grasp of his new job will have to be swift. 11 days of taking power, he'll be hosting a summit with u.s. president joe biden. during his campaign, yoon stressed the need for a closer u.s./south korean alliance. >> translator: south korea's only ally is the united states. since we are countries that promise to protect each other's security with blood, i any think that a suitable relationship should be started again. >> cooperation with the united states and this is more like in a comprehensive alliance. many people say.
>> reporter: north korean policy is expected to change quickly from moon jae-in's pro-engagement push to yoon's hardline stance. during the campaign, yoon floated the idea of a preemptive strike if pyongyang looked close to a missile lauch. >> there is chances that such hard line will lead to military clashes, which might escalate. >> reporter: pressing domestic issues also await yoon on day one. covid induced economic pain, polarization, population de decline. the country that voted him in now waits to see what kind of leader he will be. and in his inauguration speech, he also said that he wants to be a president that plays more of a role on the international stage, criticizing former president moon jae-in. he has said in the past that he thought more should have been done to support ukraine, for example, after russia's
invasion. so, he said in his speech that he does want to be far more vocal and far more involved when it comes to global politics. john? >> paula, thank you. paula hancocks live for us in seoul. well, what was once unthinkable now seems to be on the verge of reality, with ferdinand marcos on the brink of being elected president. he appears to be winning the election by a landslide. after his father was ousted as a dictator 35 years ago. marcos winning 34 million votes. i'm john vause here at the cnn center, "world sport" is coming up next on cnn international. for everyone else watching in north america, why democrats are pushing ahead with an abortion rights vote that they know will fail and why anger is boiling over outside the homes of supreme court justices. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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russia's ambassador to poland marked victory day with a visit to a soviet cemetery in warsaw. and once there, he was doused in blood red paint. russian state media reports he was trying to lay a wreath at the time. protesters blocked his faith. he left the cemetery with the help of police. russian foreign ministry blamed neo-nazi supporters for the paint attack. u.s. senate has passed a bipartisan bill that would provide extra security for family members or supreme court justices. conserve tiff justices have been loudly denounced after a leaked draft opinion indicating they plan to strike down the landmark 1973 case roe v. wade that legalized abortion nation the wide. over the weekend, protesters with signs gathered outside the home of chief justice john
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see where every senator stands on protecting one of the most important rights a woman has regarding her own body. >> leader schumer wants the senate to vote again on a democratic bill that would effectively legalize abortion on demand through all nine months. their bill is written to protect abortionists rather than mothers. >> the vote on the women's health protection act is expected on wednesday. voters in pennsylvania will cast their ballots in primary elections next week and abortion is becoming an issue throughout the state and country. but one republican candidate for governor is going further than most to tie himself to donald trump. . >> reporter: just days left before the gubernatorial primary in the battleground of pennsylvania. we arrive at republican state
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rights, covid restrictions and what he claims is marxist ideology in public schools. >> any god-fearing, flag-waving patriotic american in the house? >> reporter: mastriano shot to national prominence in 2020, baselessly raising doubts about pennsylvania's presidential election results. donald trump lost here by more than 80,000 votes. but mastriano has ignored the truth, instead, banging the bogus drum beat of election lies as a state senator. >> we are here today to try to find out what the heck happened in the election. >> reporter: as a gubernatorial candidate, his rally opened with a prayer mentioning fraud without offering any evidence. >> we ask god as the ballots go forth lord god that you remove every faud lent ballot, lord god. >> reporter: the campaign fuses politics with christianity. >> god uses you to call us. >> reporter: mastriano is one of nine candidates vying for the republican nomination. a hotly contested race that
could impact the next presidential election. the next governor has the power to appoint the top elections official in the commonwealth. >> i am a republican candidate for governor. >> reporter: the field includes former u.s. attorney bill mcswane, but it's mastriano who democrats believe and hope they'll face in november. >> mastriano wins, it's a win for what donald trump stands for. >> reporter: this statewide ad is paid for by shapiro for pennsylvania. >> our next governor in pennsylvania, josh shapiro. >> reporter: josh shapiro is the likely democratic nominee for governor and current state attorney general, gambling that by boosting the right wing candidate, democrats come out on top this november. >> they are extremists, they are out of touch with where i know pence van yans to be. >> reporter: at an abortion rights rally, shapiro hammered
away at republicans and mastriano. has the general already started for you? >> it's clear he's going to be their nominee. we think it's important that the people of pennsylvania know that there's a clear contrast between he and i. our democracy was berthed here in philadelphia. we have a unique responsibility as pennsylvanians to defend it. >> reporter: in the final days, both democrat and republican are talking about abortion rights. josh shapiro leaning in to protecting access, saying that he wants to energize women in the suburbs to come out on primary day. doug mastriano says that he will sign a so-called heartbeat bill that is a pledge that he's made to his voters, hoping to energize his conservative base. the primary is may 17th. kyung lah, cnn, pittsburgh. 34 people are dead in ecuador after rival gangens caused a prison riot. police have regained control of
the rehabilitation center. more than 100 inmates are now back in their cells. gang violence is a consistent threat in ecuaecuador's prisons authorities have found human remains in the largest reservoir in the u.s. as water levels plunge. the remains were found in lake mead in nevada, less than a week after a body was discovered in a barrel at the same reservoir. police say the first victim was likely a murder victim from the 1 1970s or '80s. water levels have fallen dramatically during a mega-drought. high winds threatening to make wildfires even worse this week in the u.s., and that includes the nation's largest fire in new mexico. cnn's lucy kafanov reports now from the scene of the blaze. >> reporter: yeah, this has been a monster blaze and a difficult one to contain. and you can see why. these incredibly powerful winds,
low humidity, high temperatures. it's a dangerous combination. and you can see behind me, that massive plume of smoke. that's been moving here quite quickly. firefighters struggling to contain the blaze with winds up to 30 miles an hour at some points, gusts of up to 60 miles per hour. and those weather conditions could very easily, very quickly change. now, this is the second-largest wildfire in new mexico history. it's the largest fire burning in the u.s. right now. as of early monday morning, nearly 190,000 acres scorched. that's nearly the size of new york city. of course, the population is a minuscule fraction of that. but officials told me that at least as of monday morning, about 12,000 homes were under mandatory evacuation orders. they weren't sure how many people resided in those homes, how many folks were actually heeding the warnings to get out. but most people in this part of
new mexico impacted by this fire in one way or another certainly with the smoke, you can see that behind me, and certainly with the winds. lucy kafanov, cnn, las vegas, new mexico. queen elizabeth will not be on hand to open parliament on tuesday. a statement from the palace says mobility issues are the reason. instead, prince charles will read the opening speech with prince williams also set to attend. this will be the only third the queen has missed this duty since taking the throne in 1952. the previous absences during pregnancies. she temporarily stepped back from her royal duties last year after being hospitalized for unknown reasons. one of andy warhol's portraits has just set a record for the most expensive 20th century artwork. it could have been yours if you had $195 million. it was described as, quote, one of the rarest images in
exis existence. it has previously been shown at museums and galleries in new york, paris, and london. the previous record for a warhol painting, $105 million, but that was about a decade ago. nice if you can get it. i'm john vause at the cnn center in atlanta. please stay with us. i'll be back after a very short break. thanks for watching. see you in a moment. allergies don't have to be scary. spraying flonase daily stops your body from overreacting to allergens all season long. psst! psst! flonase all good.
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viewers here in the united states and around the world. i'm john vause. this is "cnn newsroom." coming up. moscow's victory day parade, with everything from goose-stepping soldiers to the latest intercontinental ba littlist missiles. the only thing missing, victory in ukraine. and we're just days away from a senate vote on an abortion bill. why nancy pelosi says she wants a strong republican party more than ever. and the son of a dictator well on his way to presidential victory in the philippines. live from cnn center, this is "cnn newsroom." defiance and denial in moscow, where the shadow of war loomed large over russia's annual victory day ceremonies monday. russian president vladimir putin used the holiday to repeat