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good friday morning. i'm erica hill. >> and i'm jim sciutto. happening right now, russian forces actually retreating. a ukrainian counter offensive in the kharkiv region has pushed russian troops back. this as new satellite images show the russians did so in an attempt to further hold off any advances by ukrainian forces. literally burning a bridge. in the meantime the situation in mariupol, more new satellite images show russia escavating the site of that bombed out theater, the same one who ukrainian officials believe 300 citizens were killed while they sheltered. you'll remember the word children written in russian could clearly be seen from
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above. also this morning ukrainian officials say russian forces are launching new artillery and air strikes in the region locking ukrainian troops in the steel plant where several remain trapped. antony blinken headed to germany and france this weekend and assess their response to russia's ongoing war to ukraine. this morning a russian soldier is on trial in ukraine accused of shooting and killing an unarmed ukrainian civilian. according to ukraine's prosecutor general the 21-year-old seen there shot a 62-year-old man unarmed riding a bicycle in the sumy region of ukraine. >> this is just one of what ukrainian officials say are thousands of civilian deaths. the world, of course, has watched in horror as russian artillery devastated ukrainian cities, ukrainian lives seemingly with impunity
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targeting. what has been difficult in many cases is tying specific leaders, specific generals to some of these alleged war crimes, and that could be key to carrying out some prosecutions. >> no question because you want to get not just the soldiers, the lower ranking ones but get the higher rankings ones who issued the orders. the use of them is a war crime. in a two-month long investigation cnn can reveal the commander responsible for those attacks and a string of atrocities he's committed not just in russia's latest war in ukraine but also going back to 2014 when russia first invaded ukraine as well as in syria. cnn chief international investigative correspondent has this exclusive report. a warning, you may find some of the images in the story disturbing. >> reporter: a devastation of
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civilian homes and lives. throughout the last two months we have witnessed atrocities in ukraine. more and more strikes very close. they want us to stop moving. while we know these are russian actions it's been difficult to draw a direct line from individual atrocities to a specific russian commander until now. cnn can exclusively reveal that this man, colonel general alexander, commander of the western military district is the commander responsible for this. munitions targeting civilians in the city of east ukraine, a war crime under international law. >> more artillery rockets apparently being fired from russian territory towards the tear to territory around kharkiv. >> reporter: this is the start of the war. fred pleitgen witnessed artillery fire being fired inside russia towards the city
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of kharkiv. sam kylie was in kharkiv and could hear the shelling moments later. >> could feel the concussion against the glass. >> reporter: we soon learned from experts these were smart rockets. this is what they're capable of delivering, cluster bombs. one smirch rocket releasing smaller explosives, scattering bombs, amplifying the devastation. these attacks captured on social media both in kharkiv and both on the same day are a clear example of their indiscriminate nature. when used in this fashion against civilians it's considered a war crime. the use of smirch rockets are key in our findings of who is sppsable because they are unique to one unit here, one commander. after months of forensic work we can reveal the trail of evidence leading to him. using social media videos to
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guide us we return to some of the scenes of the attacks focusing on february 27th when three civilian targets were hit and eight more on february 28th. we start in a neighborhood of kharkiv. this is shrapnel from those missiles that fell on our neighborhood, she tells us. this shrapnel was found in one of her wound. i remember the whistling sound of the missiles. i know that the missiles were flying and that they were accompanied by fighter planes or drones. you can see the hole that it came through. you can see the way the rocket buckled when it hit the car. you can also very clearly see that this is a smirch. it's not the only rocket coming from this direction on this day. less than a half mile down the
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road, another hit. helping to situate us this kiosk, that water cooler, they're key landmarks. the bodies landed down here on this road. that's where the cluster shrapnel embedded. this moment of the attack where four people including a child was kill. another smirch launched with clutser bombs. we know because one of the unexploded bombs was found only 280 yards away. notice the date, 2019. russia stopped selling arms to ukraine in 2014. this confirms this is a russian cluster bomb, 1.5 miles away another strike, more suffering and no sign of any legitimate military target. people were queuing for food and then something just hit. people started running here, she says. this is the exact moment of
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impact. look at it again. frame-by-frame you can see the scale of the rocket and proximity to innocent civilians. we are here in kharkiv. notice the five hits along this line. they're pretty much in a line apart from three here which line up with a hit from february 27th. we can trace these lines 24 mile tuesday a point of convergence here across the border in russia, well within the range of a smerj rocket. where we have a satellite showing the launch position. notice the plume of smoke and telltale burn marks of a smirch launch here and here. in collaborati with information we can also tell you who is firing from this position. the 79th russian artillery brigade, part of the russian
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military district which borders ukraine and is under the command of -- military experts and intelligence sources, according to them they are the only district to launch these rockets. and only the commander can order to launch the rockets. there are very few of them and therefore dedicated to special missions at the order of a military district commander. colonel general is this commander and no stranger to these brutal tactics, atraocitis targeting civilians. they're very similar to what we saw in syria in 2016. so it shouldn't come as a surprise he also led russian troops divergent the siege.
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he is the architect of the devastation you see here. for leveling aleppo he was awarded the highest honor granted to russian officers, hero of the russian federation. yet syrians have documented his war crimes. despite the direct line from the impunity the world afforded russia and syria to the atrocities suffered by civilians here today the question remains what will the world do to stop this cycle? we asked the russian ministry of defense for comment as well as the kremlin, but we've yet to receive a response. we've also shared with the state department, the u.s. state department finding, noting the lack of actions taken by them against colonel general and other key russian generals. they wouldn't comment on these specific acts or give us any other information but said they continue to track and assess war
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crimes and reports of ongoing violence and human rights abuses. it doesn't, though, answer the key question, how will the world pull back on the impunity it has afforded russia and how do they take responsibility for allowing russian generals to come this far. >> an excellent question and incredible reporting. you and your team, thank you so much for all the work you're doing. it is so, so important. and i want to continue talking about the importance of that work. the first deputy minister of foreign affairs of ukraine. it's good to have you with us here this morning. i'm happening you could hear some of the reporting by my colleague and her team there which specifically points to not only russian cluster bombs, which we know cluster bombs are a war crime being used, but draws a direct line to this 79th
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artillery brigade and this commander who would have been in charge to give that order. getting to the so-called decision makers is going to be key here to war crimes. how much does that information help in those efforts? >> erica, hi. it's a pleasure to join the studio, i hope. indeed i've been listening. great job, i believe. this is exactly what we need to spread the reality and the hell my country has been living for almost two months. we've been pushing for three tracks. the first one is the prosecutor general of ukraine. they have launched over 10,000 cases that are about proving that these are war crimes against ukrainians. and there was a very close cooperation and we believe it should be allowed and very important. the second is the icj and u.k.
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is claiming russia has been manipulating with the very notion of genocide to cover up its own crimes because they insist we do commit genocide against russians and so on. and the third track is that our president is now strong saying we have to launch a special case. we don't want to rush it. they only cover crimes of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. this is a legal base pushing for. >> we're also following closely this trial today, a 21-year-old russian soldier standing trial in ukraine for allegedly killing an unarmed -- a 62-year-old unarm ukrainian civilian. the fact this trial is happening while the war is still ongoing,
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do you believe that it could deter some russian soldiers from perhaps making a similar move if they were faced with that? >> absolutely. because i think that ukrainian people are brave, and i think the whole world has been amazed at this bravery. but russian soldiers, those conscripted to the russian army and some are hostages because if they refuse to be conscripted you'll bet imprisoned. most of the russian soldiers don't know where they are and they're trapped and fated with their perverted leadership, perverted president putin. these atrocities and there are many cases i think makes everyone numb. for example, women have been raped in front of their children or children have been raped in front of their parents. like we have the case of a
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11-year-old boy who lost his ability to speak when he was raped by two russian soldiers in front of the mother. and the only way how he communicate to the world is making the black lines on the white paper. and of course i believe the cases about the trials when we show there's no more impunity russia has starting from 2014 because this is my personal feeling because the war we're seeing and facing is a direct consequence of our inability to give a proper response to russia after 2014, after georgia, after syria because always evil becomes bigger when it is not stopped. >> i appreciate you taking the time to join us today. we should point out you testified about that young boy, about the atrocities before the u.n. human rights council yesterday. thank you. >> thank you. and we do have this just into cnn, some news about the wnba star being held in a
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russian jail. russian state media announces the pretrial detention has been extended by one month. the two time olympic gold medalist was detained at the moscow airport back in february accused of having cannabis oil in her luggage. the biden administration says she is being wrongfully detaped and we now know that detention extended at least a month. it does appear russia's invasion of ukraine will ultimately enlarge. just ahead the former prime minister of finland will join me live to explain why his country thinks that necessary. set to campaign with a georgia candidate that donald trump is actually trying to get out of office. with ringcentral we can pull bonnie up on phone, messssage, or video, all in the same app. oh... hey bonnie, i didn't see you there. ♪ ringcentral ♪
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january 6th committee making a big move in their investigation into the deadly attack on the u.s. capitol. the panel issuing five subpoenas to fellow lawmakers, fellow members of congress, republicans itcluding the house minority leader, kevin mccarthy. >> it's part of an effort to get all the information the committee can before public hearings begin in less than a month. cnn's manu raju live on capitol hill this morning. so i would say the consensus this morning is unlikely they will comply. so what's next? >> that's really the big question because the members of the january 6th select committee
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would not entertain the idea yesterday when it was brought to them that these republicans don't seem like they're willing to comply even with a subpoena. they said they were still going to try to pursue and get their testimony. but in talking to several of them and seeing also the public statements they release, they are fighting this for now. and not exactly saying they won't comply but making sure they disagree heavily with this extraordinary approach to get subpoenaed from a committee of the house, and unprisdanted to go after a party leader the way this committee did after republican leader kevin mccarthy who stands poised to be the next speaker of the house. talking to reporters yesterday mccarthy wouldn't say one way or the other when asked repeatedly whether he's comply with the subpoena, but said my view will not change. they're not conducting a legitimate investigation. they just want to go after the political opponents, but the one
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thing that has changed in america higher inflation, gas prices. and now we don't have baby formula. so he was not answering whether or not he'd comply with the subpoena, and typically when mccarthy will have an end of the week press conference he's not having one today, so unclear if he's going to address this any further and also unclear what the committee will do, if they don't agree here, will they go to the unprecedented moval of holding some of these members in contempt for defying these subpoenas. they have done that for several other witnesses who have defied their subpoenas, so-so this is only certain to escalate. and republicans are warning if they take back the majority they may respond in kind to some subpoenas. >> and what's the power of the subpoena? no one pays attention to them. also on the political radar
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this morning former vice president mike pence breaking it again to his former boss, donald trump announcing he'll rally with brian kemp ahead of the primary the 24th. >> let's bring in cnn's michael warrens. it's an interesting race. you have what i suppose you could call the establishment choice kemp versus perdue, and trump's outright lies about the 2020 election results here in georgia. where does the race stand, and what would pence's entrance mean for this? >> georgia is one of the major tests this month on donald trump's influence in all of these primaries. and you mentioned trump has been backing perdue. he's been really railing against brian kemp for over a year complaining he didn't do enough to overturn the 2020 election in
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georgia as trump would have liked him. mike pence going in the day before the primary to help brian kemp kemp issued a statement. now, brian kemp is one of the most successful conservative governors in america, pence said. brian kemp is my friend, dedicated to faith, family and the people of georgia. i'm proud to offer my full support to brian kemp as governor of the great state. also advising the kemp campaign and this follows the announcement that a number of nontrump figures in the republican party are coming out for kemp, out with governor doug ducey of arizona, former governor chris christie of new
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jersey. pence a former governor himself and isn't interested to running. this is pattern for pence to separate himself for donald trump. he's been more forceful in recent months. this is another data point in that story. >> yeah, and also another reminder why there's so much attention on georgia right now and will be for the coming months. michael, thank you. after decades of taking a neutral military stance, finland is about to take a big step. seek membership in the nato alliance. russia is now threatening to retaliate. up next i'm going to speak to the former prime minister of finland so he can explain what changed in finland.
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this morning the finnish government says it plans to propose on sunday formally the country join nato. it will go before parliament to be debated. russia's invasion of ukraine has heavily swayed public opinion, four joining nato. for the first time ever a majority of finlands support joining. thank you for taking the time. >> my pleasure. >> in the midst we had perhaps
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consequential comments from the turkish president erdogan. he says he does not view it positively when asked about sweden and finland joining nato. >> obviously it's difficult to verify what exactly he's said, but the base case we have to look at is sweden and finland have always been in favor of turkish eu membership. i remember i was a young civil servant in the summit meeting in helsinki in 1999 when we opened the door in the eu and negotiations so in that sense i think -- i'm not convinced turkey is going to be a problem here. >> okay. let's look to the changes in finland because finland is a country that has resisted joining nato for many decades. building this position in effect
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a sort of neutral position between russia and the west. that's changed. public opinion on nato has changed. it's all about the russian invasion of ukraine? >> sure is. i mean, first of all, i've been in favor of finnish nato membership for the better part of 30 years. probably because i'm a convinced transatlantic supporter, and i thought we should have joined in 1995. february 24th when putin attacked ukraine opinion polls changed overnight and then they went to 62 in favor. and the latest opinion poll we have 76% in favor. predict next week we're looking at nato membership somewhere north of 80%. so it's been a radical shift, and in that sense i call this putin's nato enlargement. >> listen, very much against
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putin's hopes here to enlarge rather than divide which seems to have been his intention. russia responding calling it a threat. the former president of russia said that russia's military, quote, seriously strengthened the number of ground forces and air defenses along that border. it's a 800-mile border with russia with more than double the border between the alliance and russia. are we going to see that border militarized in the coming years? finnish forces on one side, russian forces on the other? >> not that much more than what we've already had. remember finland has 900,000 men in reserve, 290,000 mobilized in wartime. just bought 64 f35s, and we have one of the strongest artilleries in the system. so the border is already heavily militarized. in that sense there's nothing new and also have to understand there's going to be a lot of
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disinformation and misinformation coming out of russia the next few weeks. finnish nato membership is win-win for finland, sweden and the nato alliance and europe to be securedch. >> putin's invasion of ukraine driven in part by his fear, you could call it paranoia being surrounded by nato, a bigger nato, you know, arguably surrounds him more, right? and whether it's justified, that feeling is justified or not, do you fear an enlarged nato will increase the risk of a broader conflict in europe going forward? >> no. and the reason i say this is that at the end of the day it's not about nato. it's about values. the reason putin attacked ukraine is not a fear of nato enlargement but a fear of the europeanization of nato. you have to understand he's
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against anything that has to do with liberal democracy and freedom. the future of europe, unfortunately, is divided into two. on one side of the iron curtain you'll have an aggressive utalitarian and authoritarian and on the other side about 40 states divided by democracies and international law and foreign cooperation. for fin it's sad because we have 1,340 kilometers of border. we would like to have a sweden type of russia. >> the former prime minister of finland, thank you so much for joining us. up next voters are headed to the polls in five states on tuesday for some key primary races. pennsylvania getting a whole lot of attention. some of that may have started with dr. oz but now it is a crowded field and much of the
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>> maga does not belong to president trump. maga although he coined the word, maga actually belongs to the people. our values never shifted to president trump's values. >> reporter: a compelling personal story sparked interest. >> grew up in a home with no running water, no insulation, an out house on the back and a well on the side. >> reporter: and her campaign roared to life as she pushed utterly false claims the 2020 election was stolen. she's linked her candidacy to doug mastriano. rival republicans are in a mad scramble to scrutinize barnette's background. >> we don't know much about her and she must be willing to share. >> reporter: an outside group also weighing in.
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>> meet kathy barnette. >> reporter: cnn found in a review she has a history of making anti-muslim statements. it's an open question whether the torrent of criticism will animate or turn off the vibrant grass supporters in the base. the concerted club for growth has her back looking for $2 million to her candidacy. what drew you to her candidacy? blistering words for barnette's kristen dale had this to say. >> president trump has been wrong and he got this one wrong. >> elected kathy barnette would become pennsylvania's first black senator. right now a federal judge is hearing arguments whether to block title 42 from ending just
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two days from now. >> reporter: jim and erica, the question before a federal judge here in louisiana today is can the administration end title 42? that as a public health authority invoked the on set of the coronavirus pandemic that allows officials to turn migrants away at the u.s.-mexico border because of the public health crisis. now, in april the biden administration announced it would end this authority on may 23rd. that sparked fierce criticism from republicans and democrats, and it also sparked lawsuits, one of which is here today. arizona, missouri, louisiana filed a lawsuit last month saying by ending this authority the states would endure harm and the administration did not follow the proper procedures in ending it. since then more than a dozen states have joined the lawsuit, mostly republican led. the biden administration saying in a court filing this was an extraordinary measure and it is the authority of the cdc to evoke and terminate this authority. now, the judge in this case has
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temporarily blocked the wind down of title 42. that will hold until he makes a decision in this case or until may 23rd. while all this is happening arizona announcing this week it will start to bus migrants to washington, d.c. that is a step texas has already taken. arizona now following texas' lead. all of this coming to a head just ten days before the biden administration intends to end title 42. >> priscilla alruvez, thanks so much. coming up next the challenges of feeding the people of ukraine. when so many supply lines are blocked by the fighting. we're going to speak with a member of the world central kitchen working right now in the cicity of dnipro. we'll l drive you happy at carvana. you're a one-man stitchwork master. but your staffing plan needs to go up a size. you need to hire.
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doing his or her part to help save their country here. you are certainly doing your part for your country but even your hometown. tell us how that makes you feel. >> hi, jim. hi, america. so here -- here in ukraine we do -- everyone do everything for our victory, and we have a lot of volunteers. we have everything we need, even if we need dinners our volunteers will find it. so now i'm in our very house in today dnipro where we produce our grocery bags with about 33 pounds each, and we make deliveries to different places, to the front line, to little small villages in our country where refugees live, and we help them with grocery bags.
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sometimes it is so heavy, so sometimes we need two people to carry this from our tent in different places. i know maybe you have some pictures from that delivery. today we work on -- in ukraine. we do more than 23,000 packages per day and make deliveries to different places. my region is today dnipro, zaporizhia, we do deliveries with our volunteers. we call them heroes. they go to the front line to very, very close to some -- some shellings. sometimes they cannot even take the car but they take some
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supermarket, you know. >> a shopping cart. yeah, a shopping cart, anton. >> yes, and bring it -- yes, yes, and they bring it there and leave our packages under the trees, and after that some people when there is no shelling can get here and can get there to the tree and take their bag. >> great. >> it is incredible. >> also we -- >> i was going to say, anton, it is incredible, not only the risks that they are taking to get that food up to the front lines for the people who really need it, but this is so much about local efforts on the ground. so working with local restaurants, local chefs, local farmers. are you still able to get everything you need, all the food that you need? >> now we have some problems with so tomato, with pasta, wit
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something. but our recruitment team in poland, in different countries do everything, so we make deliveries here from europe by train to our warehouse. now we have everything, everything. i could try to show you. i don't know if it is possible. i could show you our warehouse here. we have -- now, it is stocked. >> wow. >> but it is already for maybe 10,000 packages next day, next day. and our -- from here -- our trucks to here to warehouse. so we are ready. we still work with restaurants, with everyone, with refugee spots. we are first, on the first
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ukrainian, we are always ready to feed people with hot meals. >> well, i have seen -- anton, i have seen the work of world central kitchen, the work you are doing is remarkable. thank you so much and thank you for joining us today. we wish you the best of luck. >> thank you very much. and be brave like ukrainians. >> we will try. that's a high standard. thanks so much to all of you for joining us today. i will share on twitter how to donate to the world central kitchen. i'm jim sciutto. >> i'm erica hill. stay tuned when kate baldoin picks up. (sighs wearily) here i'll take that! (excited yell) woo-hoo! ensure m protein. with thirty grams of protein,
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