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live from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, welcome to all of you watching us here in the united states, canada, and all around the world. this is "cnn newsroom." i'm kim brunhuber. just ahead -- >> translator: russia has lost more than 3,000 tanks, armored combat vehicles, a large number of conventional military vehicles. >> ukraine's president reveals what he calls the extent of russia's losses in putin's war
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of choice. this as the first war crimes trial against a russian soldier begins. plus, amid the world's harshest covid lockdown, we get a glimpse of the emotional and mental toll it's having on families. and as parents in the u.s. struggle to find baby formula, we'll tell you how the white house is responding to the shortage. >> live from cnn center, this is "cnn newsroom" with kim brunhuber. >> ukrainian president volodymyr zelenskyy says more than a thousand towns and villages have been retaken so far from russian forces, including six more over the past 24 hours. he says the russians are paying a heavy price for their aggression. here he is. >> translator: russia has lost almost 27,000 soldiers, many of them young conscripts. russia has lost more than 3,000 tanks, armored combat vehicles, a large number of conventional
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military vehicles, helicopters, drones, and all of its prospects as a state. >> ukraine also says russian troops continue to retreat from around the city of kharkiv in the north. farther south, ukraine claims it successfully blocked a russian advance of a key river in the donbas. drone video shows destroyed pontoon bridges and tanks. russia's top general and the u.s. defense secretary spoke for an hour on friday, the first since before the war. lloyd austin again appealed for a ceasefire and to keep the lines of communication open. in the donbas, ukrainian forces claim to have stopped an attempted russian advance across a key river. cnn's sam kiley explains. >> reporter: this tank has come from intense fighting over the last few days. 60 civilians were killed there in an air strike, hiding in the basement of an abandoned school, and the ukrainians are claiming that they've killed a really large number, possibly many
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hundreds of russian troops who were part of an attempt to cross the donetsk river using a pontoon bridge system. the ukrainians have released satellite images that show a scene of complete devastation of that russian crossing. they say that they have knocked out a number of russian tanks, armored personnel carrier, other multirocket launching systems, but it hasn't been without cost. the ukrainians have also clearly lost soldiers. they've had a number of injured, and we've seen some of them earlier on in the week. we've also just seen a grad multiple rocket launching system drive past with clearly the signs of shrapnel damage and explosive damage that has been done to it. almost as quickly, though, reinforcements are being rushed into this very important front because this is very strongly about trying to ensure that the russians are not able to cross the donetsk river. there are a number of key bridges, but clearly the russians are trying to avoid using the ukrainian bridges which they know are mined and
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ready to be detonated if they fall into russian hands by using these pontoon systems. this is a tank battle. it is an artillery battle, and it's a bloody battle. sam kiley, cnn. >> russian military aims in ukraine are now focusing on the eastern regions that have been controlled by pro kremlin separatists since 2014. that was also the year that moscow annexed the crimean peninsula, raising fears that these separatist areas in the donbas might fall permanently under russian control. two other former soviet republics know what that's like. moldova butts up against ukraine to the west. some 1500 russian troops are based in the transition region which is run by a pro-russian administration, and to russia's south, the republic of georgia is watching ukraine with a strong sense of deja vu. simmering tensions in that former soviet republic came the a head in 2008 when russia and
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georgia fought a brief war over the breakaway regions which are recognized by moscow as independent. nadia seskuliya is with the british think tanks and joins us from georgia. thank you so much for being here with us. from a georgian perspective, you must look at ukraine and say we've seen this playbook before. before the war in ukraine even started, you wrote about the fact that history seemed to be repeating itself. so tell me what you're seeing now and how it reminds you of the echoes of what you saw in that country. >> thank you very much for having me. indeed, this seems like a very familiar russian playbook that has been played out 30 years ago in georgia. of course, the scale of this war in ukraine is much different than what we've seen and experienced in georgia.
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however, the pretext for invasion was pretty much similar. we have heard that russians were using the so-called accusations of -- against the russian speaking population. and in of accusations have remained in order to -- a full-scale -- however, he will say the major difference is the western response. and as a georgian, it is very -- i'm very pleased to see that now the west is not turning a blind eye towards the russian aggression, and russia is already paying very heavy costs for its ingression in ukraine. >> as we look back to what happened to georgia, georgia lost about a fifth of its territory to russia. tell me about how that affects the country now, having such a huge part of the country run by the kremlin in terms of the political and economic stability of your country. how does that affect it? >> it's a major security challenge for georgia.
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russia has taken these territories as hostages really because nowadays, 20% of georgia's territories are occupied by russians. and war is not -- is far from being over, i will say. despite the fact that ceasefire has been signed in the parties, the mediated ceasefire agreement, we see that russia violates constantly georgia's sovereign and territorial integrity. and the situation, the humanitarian situation is heavily deteriorating on the ground. we see that russian forces, russian-backed forces are illegally pushing the so-called administration borderlines into the georgian region and they're pursuing a policy of creeping occupation. and the attempts to -- of these territories are increasing. that's why it represents a major challenge for georgia. both territories, as you know,
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are run by de facto regimes that are fully subordinated -- occupation of georgian territories remains i would say moscow's most efficient instrument to exercise pressure over zelenskyy, and the most efficient hybrid tool of warfare. >> so do you think that's what ukraine can expect? should it lose even more territory in the south and the east, even if the war ends? a sort of never ending destabilization campaign? >> i think -- i think what we see now in ukraine is much different in a sense that russian troops have heavily underperformed in the battle for kyiv the fist couple of weeks of war. the weeks of war have shown a large incompetence, lack of planning, intelligence from the russian side. so this is i think the ukrainian performance as well, resistance
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is a game-changer i would say with the help of the west, of course. however, i would expect that russia will continue this effort. and i think if we compare the ukrainian experience to georgian experience, in the ukraine this time, russia has far-reaching aims, which the regime change and the reversal of ukraine's democratic aspirations. and that is directly linked to the aspirations of the current government to join nato and the european union. >> all right. we'll have to leave there it. but thank you so much for your expertise, natia seskuria. thank you. it's also tarting a high profile war crimes trial in its capital. a 21-year-old soldier is the first russian to face war crimes charges since the war began. but as melissa bell reports,
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ukraine is suggesting there will be many more to come. just to warn you, many images in our report are graphic. >> reporter: still at war with russia, but already fighting for justice. ukraine's opened its first war crimes trial, a 21-year-old russian soldier, vadim shishimaru, accused of shooting an unarmed civilian on the fourth day of the war. so far ukraine's identified 11,239 alleged war crimes according to the country's prosecutor. they include the massacre of 300 unarmed civilians in bucha and the killing of many hundreds of civilians, mainly women and children in the more than two-month-long siege of kharkiv. >> we have now some evidences that commanders give the orders, shot civilians. but from other side, we understand that ordinary soldiers have their own responsibility for these atrocity. >> reporter: and that, says
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irina venediktova is a message that needs to be sent now, so that russian soldiers need to understand there will be no impunity, even as the fighting in regions like luhansk continues. she says she's been helped in gathering facts by the many foreign forensic teams working in towns like bucha, evidence that will also be used by the international criminal court as it investigates both russia's overall aggression in ukraine and the individual war crimes allegedly committed by russian soldiers, which russia denies. >> and they have to understand they cannot use the armies to invade another country, and they cannot use the armies to kill civilians. >> reporter: for now, though, it is in this small courthouse in kyiv that ukrainian justice will have its first say. but can a trial be fair during a war? sh shishimaru's ukrainian lawyer says he has faith in the country's judiciary and that the court can be trusted to make a
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reasoned decision. he has yet to enter a plea. the kremlin spokesman says he has no information about the case, but the size of the media pack inside spoke to the interest and emotion involved on all sides. shishimaru's court translator telling cnn at the end of the hearing that she for her part felt no anger toward the 21-year-old who could face life in jail. after all, she told us, the tears of russian mothers are salty too. melissa bell, cnn, kyiv. >> now earlier, ukraine's ambassador to the u.s. spoke with cnn about the importance of the first war crimes trial, and she said the proceedings aren't just about prosecuting the suspect, but also about exposing what russian troops have done to her country. here she is. >> i think it's very important. it's very important for ukrainian people, but very important for everyone in the world and also i think very important for russia. because we will get to hear in an open court hearing according
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to all the rules what exactly he and so many like him did in ukraine about all horrible war crimes, that it's not a war. it's essentially war crimes committed over and over and over again against children and just peaceful citizens. >> ukraine will soon be receiving more desperately needed support from europe. the european union's foreign policy chief says the bloc will provide $521 million in military aid. he made the announcement friday amid the g7 foreign ministers meeting. meanwhile, finland says russia is cutting off electricity exports to the country. russia claims it's due to late payments, but it comes a day after finland's leaders announced support for joining nato. moscow only provides about 10% of finland's total power consumption. there is a glimmer of hope for a chinese city that's been under covid lockdown for weeks. still ahead, officials in shanghai talk about reopening, but the timeline is far from
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there is shock and outrage following the funeral of al jazeera journalist shireen abu akleh after israeli police beat and shoved mourners gathered in jerusalem. this video comes from a scene.
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it shows officers using batons to hit those carrying the casket of the palestinian american reporter. at one point the casket even slipped out of the pallbearers' hands, almost falling to the ground. israeli forces say they were forced to react because some people threw stones. police are also seen ripping palestinian flags from a ing ac. they hold israeli forces solely responsible for her death and call for a joint investigation. here in the u.s., a new study suggests the pfizer vaccine rapidly loses its effectiveness in children who get the home kron variant. the vaccine was more than 90% effective against the original virus for kids between 5 and 15 years old. once omicron kicked in, the efficacy dropped to less than 29% for kids between 5 and 11. the effectiveness was measured two months after receiving the
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second dose, but the study in "journal of the american medical association" showed boosters restored much of the vaccine's protection. officials in shanghai say they're working on plans to reopen the city after weeks of strict covid lockdown. that's according to their posting on saturday. officials say the overall covid trend is improving, and the future reopening will be gradual. there is no word on a possible timeline. officials also say they're hoping to reach what they call social zero covid in the city by mid-may, but that time frame is unclear because we're nearly halfway through the month. chinese president xi jinping's zero covid policy has sparked discontent at home and criticism from abroad. lena wang shows us how the heavy-handed approach sparked a bash lash in one of the world's largest cities. >> reporter: clouds of disinfectant sprayed over every surface. this is what's happening to the homes of people who test
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positive for covid in shanghai. the metropolis has been under the world's strictest lockdown for more than a month. but the rules are only getting more extreme. before, only positive covid cases and close contacts were sent to quarantine facilities like these. thousands of beds crammed together, or just camping on the floor. but now entire apartment blocs are being forced out of their homes over just one positive covid case, sent to prison-like facilities like these. this video shows shanghai residents arguing with police officers who showed up to take them to quarantine after someone on their floor tested positive. the officer says while spraying disinfectant, quote, it's not that you can do whatever you want, unless you are in america. this is china. don't ask us why. residents who tested negative and are vaccinated and boosted are terrified of being rounded up. >> our neighbors do not want to go. none of us want to go.
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>> why? >> because -- >> because we don't want to get covid. >> because it's safe. >> you are putting us in danger. you are endangering us. your cdc does not know how to run a country. if you want us to [ bleep ] die in china, to get covid and die because you think this is the right way to make us go with other sick people? >> reporter: cnn cannot verify the identity of the speakers or authenticity of this call that went viral on chinese social media. police have even kicked people's doors to pieces to take them away to quarantine. some buildings are banned from places any online orders, even food. chaos and fighting outside of this shanghai apartment. residents claimed they weren't given enough food. some of the covid workers beating the residents to the ground. as outrage grows over new restrictions that craushed the last bit of freedom people had
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left, chinese leader xi jinping has vowed to double down on its zero covid policy and to punish anyone who doubts it. >> when we talk about the zero covid strategy, we don't think that it's sustainable. >> reporter: the world health organization chief's comments were swiftly censored in china, along with the desperation people have shared online. in china, zero covid has turned into an ideological campaign to show loyalty to the communist party. at least 31 cities in china are under full or partial lockdown, impacting up to 214 million people. turning cities into virtual prisons, all in the name of zero covid. selina wang, cnn, china. >> a building fire in india's capital killed at least 27 people friday, and officials warn that number will rise after the discovery of more remains saturday morning.
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at least 12 people were injured according to authorities, and dozens were rescued. officials say the blaze started because of a fault in an electric cable. two people have been arrested so far. police are searching for the building's owner, who they say failed to clear fire prevention provisions. well, have a look at this extraordinary video here. this is the hasanabad bridge in northern pakistan. it collapsed last saturday after a local glacier melted. this happened as pakistan and india are both experiencing a heatwave that has reached record temperatures throughout the subcontinent. in late april temperatures of 47 degrees celsius. pakistan's minister for climate change called it a national security issue. queen elizabeth attended the royal windsor horse show on friday. it was the 96-year-old's monarch's first public appearance since march. she watched her horses compete in the private grounds of windsor castle. the queen missed the opening of parliament earlier this week due
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welcome back to all of you watching us here in the united states and canada. i'm kim brunhuber. this is "cnn newsroom." we're learning more about russia's disastrous attempts to cross a key river in ukraine's donbas region this week. analysis of footage like this shows that russian forces may have lost as many as 70 armored vehicles and equipment when ukrainian forces took out pontoon bridges over the donetsk river. a senior u.s. defense official says russian forces haven't made
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as much ground as a result. though here is how the pentagon press secretary sums up ukraine's progress so far. >> they have prevented the russians from achieving virtually any of their strategic objectives thus far in the war. >> a ukrainian official says fighting is raging around a belt of industrial towns in the luhansk region. the latest russian shelling has destroyed more than 50 houses. he also says ten russian attacks have been successfully repelled over the past day in the donetsk and luhansk regions. a russian court extended u.s. olympian brittney griner's detention until at least june 18th. this court hearing in moscow on friday was the first time griner has been seen publicly since her arrest back in february. she was able to speak to an american official on the sidelines telephone hearing who said griner is doing as well as can be exported under difficult circumstances. white house secretary jen psaki addressed the griner case from
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the podium on friday. here she is. >> the russian system wrongfully detained ms. griner. we take our responsibility to assist u.s. citizens and continue to press for fair and transparent treatment for all u.s. citizens when they're subject to legal processes overseas. >> because the state department has classified griner's case as wrongfully detained, it's being handled by the u.s. special presidential envoy for hostage affairs. the biden administration is on the defensive and scrambling to deal with the nationwide shortage of baby formulas as increasingly desperate parents plead for answers. on friday, the president pushed back on criticism his administration was caught flat-footed on a crisis that has been building for weeks, and struggling to answer the questions and fears of families across the country. >> could you have taken those steps sooner before parents got to shelves and couldn't find formula? >> if we had been better mind readers, i guess we could have. but we moved as quickly as the
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problem became apparent to us. >> some manufacturers are warning that the shortfall may continue for some time to come. cnn's adrien broad distalks to parents who are taking steps to feed their children. >> like on here it will say if they have it in stock. >> reporter: it's another full-time job. >> i'm up with him at 2:00 in the morning and looking for formula. >> reporter: searching ten hours every week. >> i start with typically the similac website, and then after that, i go to target. after that i go to meyer, mariano's, jewel, walmart, walgreens, cvs. >> reporter: colleen is one of many parents on a hunt for baby formula across the nation. >> this is really anxiety provoking, and it's really worrisome. when i get to work in the morning, i look for formula. when we're finally sitting on the couch for an hour at night, we're looking for formula. so i haven't found any in about three weeks. >> reporter: she has supply for
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three weeks thanks to a friend and her aunt, but the shortages affecting parents coast-to-coast, including those who can't and choose not to breast-feed, and other children who need specialty formula. >> i spy with my little eye something brown. >> reporter: angela's daughter depends on specialty formula and is tube-fed. >> so her body can't break down animal fats and proteins. and the neo kit junior is amino acid-based, and it's been the only formula she has been able to tolerate and gain weight and thrive on. and the fact that it's not available anywhere is very scary. >> reporter: nationwide 43% of baby formula was out of stock for the week ending may 8th. and in these eight states, that number at more than 50%, according to figures provided to cnn by data assembly. the problem caused by several factor, including a recall, inflation and a supply chain snag. the biden administration says it's working 24/7 to help ease
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the shortage, including importing formula from overseas. the defense production act could be an option too, but the government doesn't know when it will get better. >> i'm not going the stand here and tell your audience that i can give you a hard timeline that i can't give you. we're being candid as moving as quickly as possible, and we are relentlessly focused on this. >> reporter: however, the republicans say the biden administration should have acted sooner. >> this is sadly joe biden's america. >> this is not a third world country. this should never happen in the united states of america. >> reporter: while politicians play the blame game, parents are the ones left worried. >> my daughter actually with her disease, she was actually just on life support a few weeks ago. she had gotten a cold, and it collapsed both of her lungs. and so we had just got out of the hospital. and to have to go back to the hospital just for nutrition, her grandmother purchased four cans, and that was $349. normally a case of four is 168. so finding it is a necessity,
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even if that means not paying my bills. >> not paying your bills? >> yep. that's what that means. >> reporter: and the ceo of one formula company tells reuters he expects to see a shortage until the end of the year. meanwhile, the american academy of pediatrics says it's not okay for parents to add additional water to their formula, and they should avoid making their own. adrienne broaddus, cnn, chicago. coming up, if loose lips sink ships, then what do loose tweets do to a publicly traded company's shares while in the middle of a multibillion takeover? elon musk learned that lesson on friday. and after the bombshell leak of a draft opinion, u.s. justice john roberts finds himself in the hot seat in the wake of that shocking bretche of confidentiality. we'll have that story ahead. stay with us.
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u.s. markets ended higher on friday, but it wasn't enough to erase days of heavy losses. the dow closed up nearly 1.5%. the nasdaq nearly 4%, and the s&p nearly 2.5%. spacex founder elon musk caused a stir when he said his $44 billion bid for twitter was, quote, temporarily on hold. twitter shares were down by
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almost 10% by the time markets closed for the weekend. musk said the hold was to conduct due diligence about the number of actual users on the platform. he tried to clean up his comments, saying he was still committed to the deal. u.s. house speaker nancy pelosi took to the steps of the u.s. capitol to kick off a weekend of nationwide abortion rights protests. the demonstrations are taking place amid the anger over a leaked conservative of the u.s. supreme court opinion. if the court rules as the opinion indicates, it would overturn roe v. wade, the landmark case that enshrined the right to abortion. pelosi warned that the leaked rulings could be used as a legal framework to undo other rights and protections. here she is. >> once republicans shed long-standing precedent and privacy rights, they intend to wage an all-out assault on more of our right, including access to contraception and marriage equality. >> in the aftermath of that
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bombshell leak, the supreme court's chief justice john roberts has two difficult challenges ahead of him. he needs to restore public faith in the high court. he needs to lead it in the wake of this unprecedented breach. paul reed has the story. >> we do not sit on opposite sides of an aisle. we do not caucus in separate rooms. we do not serve one party or one interest. we serve one nation. >> reporter: known for brokering compromises, commander in chief justice john roberts appears to be the only trout a deal -- >> save abortion! >> reporter: that preserves some nationwide right to abortion. sources tell cnn that roberts did not vote with fellow conservatives who signed on to a draft opinion reversing the 1973 roe v. wade decision. that and the draft's unprecedented leak suggest roberts has lost control of the court he's led for nearly 17 years.
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do you plan to investigate the leak? >> reporter: roberts says the court is investigating the leak, and he's called the leak absolutely appalling, and says he is worried one bad apple had tainted people's perception of the nation's highest court. on thursday at a d.c. area law school, justice samuel alito, who authored the opinion, didn't address the draft, but a student asked how the justices were getting along in these challenging times. alito dodged, saying "this is a subject i told myself i wasn't going to talk about today regarding, you know, given all the circumstances. the court right now, we had our conference this morning. we're doing our work. we're taking new cases. we're heading toward the end of the term, which is always a frenetic time as we get our opinions out." now roberts is on the defensive, a place he has rarely occupied during his undaunted ascent to the court. growing up in indiana and educated at catholic institutions,ttended
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harvard for undergrad and law school. he became a star appellate, and in 2005, president george w. bush nominated him to the supreme court. >> i believe the democrats and republicans alike will see the strong qualifications of this fine judge. >> reporter: during his confirmation hearing, roberts laid out his view on the role of a judge. >> they make sure everybody plays by the rules, but it is a limited role. nobody ever went to a ball game to see the umpire. >> reporter: in his first decade as chief justice, roberts led the 5-4 conservative block as it lifted campaign finance regulations in the 2010 citizens united case and rolled back voting rights protections. his first major clash with fellow conservatives on the bench came in 2012 when he cast the vote that saved former president obama's affordable health care act. then former president trump transformed the court with the appointment of justices neil
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gorsuch, brett kavanaugh, and amy coney barrett. >> i like him and i respect him, but i think we have to use some common sense. >> reporter: trump repeatedly disparaged the judiciary and undercut roberts and his message of impartiality. >> this was an obama judge. >> reporter: prompting roberts to issue an unusual rebuke of a sitting president. "we do not have obama judges or trump judges, bush judges or clinton judges." with a 6-3 conservative super majority, roberts will have an even tougher time convincing colleagues -- >> they don't care if people die! >> reporter: not to overturn roe v. wade. despite his warnings during oral arguments about ignoring long-standing precedents. >> we look at it from today's perspective, it's going to be a long list of cases that we are going to say are wrongly decided. >> reporter: the court insists this draft is not the final decision. and base on his past patterns, roberts could still be privately
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writing an alternative opinion and sharing it with some of the other justices to see if they could sign on. the court is expected to issue orders and opinions monday, but it's highly unlikely they would release this abortion opinion. all eyes continue to be on justices for the next month and a half as they finish out their term for this big decision. paula reid, cnn, washington. hot, dry conditions are about to get even worse in the western u.s., and that's bad news for the crews fighting dangerous wildfires. we'll get an update from cnn weather center after the break. please stay with us.
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. dozens of homes in orange county, california are still under evacuation orders as the coastal fire continues to burn. county officials say the blaze destroyed at least 20 homes and damaged about a dozen others. the state's prolonged drought is driving the brushfire. it burned roughly 200 acres in about three days and is only 25% contained. have a look here. this is some of the damage left behind by the many recent wildfires in new mexico. experts say at least 377,000 acres have been scorched in the state this year, which is more than any full year in the past decade. and it's unlikely to stop any time soon. may, june and july are typically the most active months for wildfires in new mexico. joining me now is cnn meteorologist derek van dam.
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derek, we know sort of longer term in the next couple of months things are going to get worse. what about shorter term? >> those are dire statistics you just talked about. in the short-term, what do we have? a heatwave that's going to impact much of new mexico. so that isn't really what we want the see or hear, right? but let's just talk specifics right now. the calf canyon and hermits peak fire, that is a fire we've been tracking now for several weeks, and it's only at 30% containment. i bring it up because these two fires have combined to create one larger fire. and it is now the second largest in the state of new mexico ever, ever recorded, right? so the largest wildfire ever recorded was just shy of 300,000 acres. calf can john is at 270. and it is still burning. the likelihood of this to continue, especially with the oncoming heatwave, the dry conditions and the ongoing drought likely to overspread that or make that fire spread further and burn more acreage.
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in fact, it's so large at the moment, you can see it from space. that's a satellite image of the hermits peak fire. now california in a very similar situation, i want to take you become to 2021. because this shading of red indicates the parts telephone state of california that were under extreme drought. now fast forward to the beginning of this year, 2022, january 11th, and we reduced a significant amount of that extreme drought because we had several rounds of rain and snowfall for the mountains. that's what we like to see during the winter season. we typically get our precipitation during the months of november to april. but it just didn't come after that. they turned the faucets off, unfortunately, and you can see how that shading of red crept back into the state. now within the past couple of days the national drought monitor updated that to 60% of the state of california now under extreme drought. so it is coming back. it's coming back with a vengeance, including california and new mexico. we talked about the coastal fire. you saw some of the footage a few minutes ago. 200 acres burned in three days.
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only 25% containment right now. but unfortunately, there were several multimillion-dollar houses that were burned. here is a picture of one of the vehicles outside of the house. and we are sitting at a major deficit in terms of precipitation. only about 14% of normal in southern california. 91% of the western u.s. under drought conditions as we speak. kim? >> all right. thank you so much, derek. appreciate it. well, that wraps this hour of "cnn newsroom." i'm kim brunhuber. i'll be back in just a moment with more news. please do stay with us. ♪ ♪
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