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are you a christian author with a book that you're ready to share with the world? get published now, call for your free publisher kit today! . live from cnn live headquarters in atlanta, welcome to all of you watching in the united states, canada, and around the world. just ahead, u.s. and nay to fors adjust how they train based on russia's war in ukraine. plus, chaos erupts during a funeral. israeli police clash with pallbearers for a slain
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journalist. and elon musk sends twitter stock into a frenzy regarding his multi-billion takeover of the company. live from cnn center, this is "cnn newsroom," with dkim brunhuber. ukrainian president volodymyr zelenskyy says more than a thousand towns and villages have been taken from the russian forces and that the russians are paying a heavy price for their aggression. >> translator: today we can report on 200 downed military aircraft. russia has not lost so many aircraft in any war in decades, and russia has lost almost 27,000 soldiers. >> ukraine also says russian troops continue to retreat from around the city of kharkiv in the north. further south, ukraine claim it
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is successfully blocked a russian advance at a key river in the donbas, that it destroyed 70 armed vehicles, including tanks. about 30 tanks were left stranded after make bing the crossing. the pentagon says secretary lloyd austin again appealed for a cease-fire and to keep the lines of communication open. cnn has correspondents across the area. and first we go to fred polite again. >>. >> reporter: those western nations and the nato as well.
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they try to keep the coherence going, and put up a strong front against that russian aggression. so the past couple tadays, you d a g-7 foreign ministers meeting. they announced aid to ukraine for heavy weapons as the foreign policy chief of the european union had said. one topic is a possible oil embargo. the ukrainian foreign minister who was also there was very adamant about there and said the europeans need to show unity and get that embargo in place. but it's also about food security for the world as well. just yesterday, olaf scholz had a conversation with vladimir putin and told vladimir putin, look, you are also responsible for food security.
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things like grain not making it onto onto international markets. all of this transitions to the nato foreign ministers meeting. that is of the upmost importance. as of now, you possible hyou hae two new members in the fold very soon, sweden and finland asking to be members of nato. that's going to be a very important topic in the meeting that kicks off today, but the bulk of it is going to happen tomorrow. secretary of state blinken also coming to berlin for that meeting. at the same time, what we are seeing from western nations is that they are keeping a very close eye on the conflict in ukraine and learning from the conflict in ukraine, and we got a really rare opportunity to go on an exercise of u.s. and nato special forces where they told us that they are already adjusting the training that they, do for instance, for medical evacuations because of
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the things they are seeing in the war in ukraine. have a look. a lonely road somewhere in latvia. then suddenly, an unmarked u.s. special forces plane touches down. practicing medical evacuation of a casualty under the toughest circumstances. what these special operations forces are doing require as huge a skill. they're operating a pretty big plane on an extremely narrow runway that's normally a road and all of that in the middle of the night. however, this could be a very real scenario in trying to extract a patient from a dangerous environment. we were granted rare access to these medevac drills with elite units on the condition that we don't disclose the identities of those taking place and even modulate their voices. the special forces met idics te us the war in ukraine sfunld amountly changing the way they
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train. >> look at the battlefield. what's flying? not a lot reliably. so that assumption? the air is denied, where is that patient going to go? how are we going to transport them. >> reporter: during the wars in iraq and afghanistan, they built a system via helicopter that gave casualties a more than 90% chance of survival, even from catastrophic wounds. that's because they often got to an operating room within an hour of being wounded, the consent o t concept of the golden hour >> i think we can all agree, just watching the last seven to eight weeks of conflict that that assumption seems to be pretty valid. >> reporter: that means it could take long ter to get wounded
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comrades to help. >> the spirit of what we're doing is prolonged field care. and that concept is identifying those strategies that will help us prolong life in order to bridge that. and get that patient to surgery. >> reporter: the special force medics say they are learning a lot from ukrainian medics who are often under fire from the russian army. >> implementing some of these strategies, taking care of these patients en route. you're not just throwing them in the back of the van. you're putting them in there with somebody who can deliver care while they're transporting. >> reporter: so that's exactly how they're now training. turning a regular cargo van into a makeshift ambulance and constantly caring for their patient until they arrive at the makeshift airfield. they've kept the patient alive for three days before a medical
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evacuation flight was possible. it's all an exercise but a scenario they feel could become a reality. >> the rate i've seen is more than i've seen in 20 years. there's a sense of urgency, and watching ukraine right now, that is very prescient. >> you can see there, kim, a real sense of urgency among special forces within nato. and the troops that were securing that airfield were actually lat veeen special forces. they want to bring all the nations on the same page. and they say with that conflict right next door, they certainly see a big sense of urgency of getting all the flanato members the same page. >> fascinating reporting there, fred pleitgen, thank you.
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nick paton walsh reports on the shocking devastation russians are leaving behind. >> reporter: charred, chewed. putin's troops breathing artillery fire down the neck of this city of a million for two months. but even still, it's a shot to see just how close the russians got on the other side of this road. we are told this is from the de-mining, a controlled blast, yet here everything is fluid. ukraine stopped russia's advance here on the first day of the war, killing two soldiers by this armor. three civilians shot dead this this car and their bodies recovered only two days ago. can you see the colossal force used against armor here. a tank thrown. the village lies ahead,
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liberated days earlier. people are starting to go back, he said, but they are still shelling it. two women died two days ago when they walked onto tripwire traps set in the village, and even around these factories, special forces here warn a soldier was wounded by a booby-trap three days ago. the marking the by russia's invasion still a dee deranged sign of their insanity. they say they reclaimed this area a week ago. but they're in the difficult task of de-mining everything. there's really not much left to make safe. these civilians evacuated from the next village just two kilometers away. it's a nightmare, she says. the shooting is heavy, the
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driver adds. desperation takes different forms here. and caught by another kind of survival is dimitri, whose wife moved away some time ago. wheeling back food for his dog. i cross the fields, past the bomb fragments to et gget the f. his gentle stroll, a sign of how long the violence has swelled here, not that it is slowing. nick paton walsh, ukraine. >> ukraine is also start ing a high-profile war crimes trial. prosecutors say the soldier carried out orders to shoot and kill an unarmed civilian under concern that the rusperson coul
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reveal their position. they hope to make future perpetrators think twice. >> they can save the life of our ukrainian civilians on the south and eastern part of ukraine. because these perpetrators who are now fighting will see that we will find all of them. we will identify all of em. and we will start to prosecute all of them. >> the suspect's ukrainian attorney spoke with cnn friday and said the trial will be fair. >> translator: i believe in our judicial system. i've been participating in court hearings for ten years. i know the court will make lawful decision. >> the suspect could face up to ten years in prison.
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the kremlin doesn't have much to show for the war. many advances have been reversed. first around kyiv and now kharkiv the the kremlin seems focus the on trying to security grasp on the donbas and securing a land corridor with crimea. the moscow bureau chief joins us. thanks so much for being with us, max. so for russia, plenty of losses but some gains. kherson in the south, and for w russia has no intention of giving that territory back. >> no, absolutely not. they've introduced the ruble. they're planning on getting rid of the ukrainian school curriculum, and they've appointed local collaborationists to ask putin to annex the area. they aren't even going to bother withholding a highly-staged
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referendum like they did in crimea in 2014. they're just going to have the russian-appointed parties to ask putin to take them. it looks like this is one of the few significant gains that russian forces made in the early weeks of the invasion. and if russia wants to consolidate those gains by annexing the territory, ukraine says about 45% of the local population has already fled. there are some reports that some russians are being bussed in to work in occupation administrations and they are going to do their best to turn it into russia just as they have been doing in crimea the last eight years. >> that russfication definitely on the way. you said the difference between crimea not holding a referendum but annexing that area directly. does that suggest that russia's hold on the area is tentative? >> well, ukraine think that if
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they get by june all of the weaponry that they're requesting from nato, then they will be able to drive russia back to the borders before february 24th, when putin ordered the invasion. and that involves kherson. the problem is that it's between crimea and the donbas. it's very flat stuff. it's very difficult to defend. that was one of the reasons why ukraine struggled to defend it successfully in the early weeks of the invasion. but it also means that if there's sustained ukrainian offensive russia may have problems holding onto it. so it's very clear from what russia, russian officials have said, the head of putin's party, united sta they said there can be no return to the past. even if taking kherson, there isn't the kind of emotional attachment to the area in russia
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like there was with crimea, when that was very popular in russia to annex it. but they still have to have something to show for what they've done. and for putin, this is about going down in history, someone restoring what he calls russia's claims to its historical territories that it controlled in the 19th, 18th centuries. >> meanwhile, the sanctions against russia continue to bite and we saw that new sanctions were levied against members of putin's family and his inner circle. but you wrote a fascinating article about one oligarch very close to putin who so far has escaped sanctions. tell us more about him and why he's been untouchable so far. >> it's pretty simple. he is the richest man in russia by some estimates. he controls this gigantic siberian mining company. and it's basically been his get-out-of-jail free card ever since the sanctions came in.
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because he, it's almost like they're running out of major oligarchs at this point who haven't been sanctioned. he's really conspicuous. but the reason is pretty simple, because his factory produces some of the world's largest nickel and palladium supply. it would have disastrous effects for the car industry, global metals markets. and the white house knows this very well. they sanctioned the second-largest holder of the nickel, and that was a complete disaster for the metals market because of the aluminum company that he used to control. and within the year, the treasury had to to do what was e or less an embarrassing climb down to remove the sanctions so that metals markets wouldn't be
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affected. so what you're seeing is with all these western companies, they're trying to leave russia, on in the case of one russian oligarch who criticized the war and was forced to surrender his assets, this is one of the few people who can really buy your assets in russia if you're looking to get out, because he's one of the few people not under sanctions, but he is an absolutely loyal figure to the kremlin and has been for decades. so he's really, really, winner may be a strong word, but he's really one of the people looking to expand the empire during their crisis. >> it's interesting, western industries having to consider that. thank you for being with us. really appreciate it. >> thank you. all right, still ahead.
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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. at least 12 people were injured according to authorities. officials say the blaze started because of a fault in an electric cable. police are searching for the building's owner who they say failed to clear fire provisions. a study suggests the pfizer vaccination loses efficacy in children. once omicron kicked in, the efficacy dropped to less than 29% for kids 5-11. it was measured two months after getting the second dose. but the study shows boosters did restore much of the protection.
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on friday, north korea reported more than 50 people died from what's called fever. kim jong un reportedly called the situation the greatest turmoil the country has faced. cnn's will ripley has more. >> reporter: it was just a matter of days ago, that north korea didn't even one officially acknowledged case for the entire pandemic. outside experts doubted whether that was the case. but it was troubling to see state media on thursday publish news of their first reported case. and then one day later, 350,000 cases. a number that many outside observers fear. >>ing to rise and rise quickly. this is one of two countries in the world, the other being eritrea, where they never vaccinated anybody. nobody in the general public has gotten the vaccine. the world health organization
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reportedly did offer to send doses of certain vaccines, and amnesty international says they refused. maybe they wanted different vaccines, but as a result, nobody in the general public of north korea has gotten the vaccine which means there is no herd immunity. and there are a lot of people who are food insecure. approximately 40% of for the koreans don't have a healthy diet. so you combine that with a highly-contagious variant of covid-19 and they have a dilapidated health care system. and the kinds of things that were used to treat people in the united states, the wealthiest country in the world which lost 1 million people to covid-19 so far. and the north koreans, even though their country's much smaller, they could easily lose a huge portion of their population if this thing spreads out of control, and they have no way to treat people. will ripley, cnn, taipei.
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china is canceling its plans to host next year's asia football confederation finals, because they want to maintain this zero covid strategy. meanwhile, officials in shanghai say they're working on plans to reopen the city after weeks of strict covid lockdown. they say the overall covid trend is improving. the reopening will be gradual, but there's no word on a possible timeline. still ahead, we're reporting on a slain journalist's funeral. stay with us. which makes waking up at 5 a.m. to milk the cows a little easier. (moo) mabel says for you, it's more like 5:15. man: mom, really? i have moderate to severe plaque psosoriasis. now, there's skyrizi.
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welcome back. thank you for watching us here in the united states, canada, and all around the world. i'm kim brunhuber, this is "cnn newsroom." we are learning more of russia's attempts to cross a key river in the tdonbas. they may have lost as many as 70 armored vehicles when ukrainian forces took out pontoons over the river. russian forces haven't made as much ground as a result. here's how their progress has been summed up so are fa far. the ukrainians say fighting is raging in the luhansk region.
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the latest russian shelling destroyed more than 50 houses of the ten russian attacks have been successfully repelled in the donetsk and luhansk regions. ukrainian president volodymyr zelenskyy says 20,000 russian soldiers have been killed during the war in ukraine. one of the challenges, identifying the bodies left behind. we report on how facial recognition technology is playing a big part of that. we want to warn you, some of the footage you're about to see is graphic. >> reporter: inside this refrigerated train car, a gruesome sight. the bodies of russian soldiers packed and stacked for storage. look, this is looted. every russian soldier who is stored here as a dead body has committed a crime against ukraine, he says. storing the bodies of the enemy aligns with the rules of war set out by the jae convention he
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says. after the end of the active phase of combat, the parties must exchange the bodies of dead military, but they have to try to identify the dead men first. this is where the ministry of digital transformation comes in. we have identified about 300 cases, he says. they do it by using a myriad of techniques. but the most effective has been facial recognition technology. they upload a picture of a face. the technology scrubs all the social networks. really fast. once they have a match, they go one step further. they send messages to their friends and relatives. these are often gruesome photos. why do you send them to the families in russia? there are two goals, one is to show the russians there is a real war going on here, to show them they are not as strong as they're shown on tv and russians really are dying here, and the second goal is to give them an
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opportunity to pick up the bodies in ukraine. they do get responses from russian families. they're responding with basically saying you will be killed. i will come, and i will also take part in this war. 80% of the families' answers are we'll come to ukraine ourselves and kill you, and you deserve what's happening to you. what about that 20%? some of them say they're grateful, and they know about the situation and some would like to come and pick uh p the body. the technology is not just used on the dead but also to identify russian soldiers who are alive. some of whom are being accused of war crimes. we have established the identity of one military man. we have a lot of materials, irreputable evidence, this prosecutor says. this is footage of the russian military man he's talking about. he says he was caught on video in belarus, trying to sell items
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he had looted from ukrainian homes, but his alleged crimes go far beyond that. the soldier is accused of taking part in the execution of four ukrainian men with their hands bound behind their backs. cnn obtained new video of the scene just before shots were fired. can you see what appears to be soldiers standing around and a man on his knees on the ground to the right of them. the soldier was first identify by the technology and then by a ukrainian citizen who says the soldier tortured him after entering his home. we showed these photos to the witnesses and victims. they identify them as the person among other military personnel who killed four people in this particular case, the prosecutor said. the end result they hope will be a full record of what happened in ukraine and the proof they need to prosecute those who committed crimes against its
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people. sa sara sidner, cnn, bucha district, ukraine. every day the war requests on, goes on, more lives are destroyed. more than 8 million people are displaced within ukraine, monday tamong them is this woman who got out of the steel plant with her husband. she didn't think she would survive. >> translator: i'll be honest with you. i did not hope that we would go out. here, when clothes are taken to the dry cleaners, full name and employee id are written. i wrote down my brood type. mother's phone number and father's phone number, because i didn't think we would get out. they blew everything up. we could not even report about ourselves. there was no signal. we did not know when the evacuation was being carried out, at what time.
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we did not have any information at all. >> many ukrainians near the front lines have to struggle to get their most basic needs met, including food. the nonprofit, world central kitchen is on the ground in ukraine working to help. earlier, cnn spoke with the regional leader. you can see him delivering groceries to families. and listen as he describes his work and the dangers faced by volunteers. >> reporter: in ukraine, we do more than 23,000 packages per day, and make deliveries to different places, and my region is, we do deliveries on tracks. we have volunteers. we call them heroes. they go to the front lines to very, very close to their, some
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shelling. >> and if you would like to safely and securely help people in ukraine who need shelter, food and water, please go to you will find several ways you can help there. it was an emotional and chaotic day in jerusalem, as a slain journalist was laid to rest. people were seen attacking mourners who were trying to carry her casket through the crowd. they also removed flags from her coffin. really disturbing scenes we saw play out there. you were on hand, take us through what happened. >> reporter: yeah. i mean, from the very beginning, you could see that israeli police were very nervous about the emotional day that would be unfolding. and so what they had done was earlier, before the funeral.
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actual actually before the funeral, they had spoken to the family, asking them to keep the funeral small and not to display any palestinian flags, and they said there are many people coming out and we cannot control them. when they tried to bring the coffin out on foot, this was something the israeli police would not allow, the coffin would have to be transported by car. they tried to bring the coffin out the hospital gates, and when that happened, israeli riot police in full gear first blocked them, then charged them, beeg beating some of the pallbearers with their batons. there were stun grenades let off, mass confusion as people tried to stampede out of there. riot police on mounted horses were brought in to try to disperse some of the people. and this was just the beginning of the funeral procession.
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it did calm down afterwards once the family agreed to bring the coffin to the church by car. then israeli police slowly allowed them out. and from there, israeli police did allow a huge turnout of people. thousands of people to come out and join the funeral procession that walked from the church in the old city to the mt. zion cemetery, and it was an incredible display of palestinian solidarity but also grief and defiance in the use of force by israeli police. >> the police say that this use of force was provoked because of rock throwing by the crowd. did you see any of that? >> i did not personally see any rock throwing. i did see a lot of plastic bottles being tossed at israeli police. what it looked like to me is that the funeral procession wanted to go on ahead on foot in defiance of what the israeli police want.
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and then to force them to use a car instead to go according to their rules, that's when they charged them with the batons and used stun grenades and so forth. i think one other thing to note, something that they did, they actually ripped off the flags, the palestinian flags that were on the hearse of the car and confiscated them from a number of people. and i think that was also something that really angered a lot of mourners there. >> we'll continue following this story and the investigation into who is responsible for the killing. thank you so much. journalist atika shubert in jerusalem. hot, dry conditions are about to get even worse in the western u.s. and that's the bad news for the crews fighting dangerous wildfires. we'll have more from the cnn center after the break. stay with us. then we deliver to your new home - across town or acrossss the country. pods, your personal moving and storage team.
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evacuation orders as the coastal fire continues to burn. it destroyed about 20 homes and damaged about a dozen others. the state's prolonged drought is driving the brush fire. it's burned roughly 200 acres in two days and is about 25% contained of the joining us is derrick van dam. the weather is not helping contain this anytime soon. >> i love the state of california. it is a beautiful state. it relies so much on its winter rain and snowfall. this is fascinating. let's go back to 20021, where 8% of the state was classified under severe drought. fast forward to early january of this year, and weigh reduced t extreme drought to 1%.
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but the tap got turned off. and we've seen the extreme drought creep back in. 60% now is the latest drought manager. that is significant and quite an advancement of the extreme drought category. in terms of the coastal fire that we've been discussing the past couple days, 200 acres, 25% containment and bone dry across that region. we're only 14% of normal for one of the reporting stations near long beach. this is all under the backdrop of the entire u.s. which stands at 91% under drought conditions, and it's hit new mexico hard as well. in fact, we are craneeping clos and closer to the largest state drought. we are 30,000 acres of scorched earth shy of breaking that
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record. satellites from space are picking up pictures of that. and we are seeing devastation. the seven-day outlook not looking too promising. the exception, the pacific northwest, and the heat is going to build through the next week. in fact, we have the potential to shatter over 125 record high temperatures from california through the gulf coast states with triple digit heat in the forecast. >> when it comes to heat, dry weather, things like that, so many records seem to be falling week by week. thanks so much, derek, appreciate it. yeselon musk's spacex solve what could be a record-setting year. they've launched 19 rockets so far in 2022. >> three, two, one, ignition. and liftoff. [ applause ] . >> and the latest came on friday
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evening at vandenberg air force base in california. it was carrying 53 star link satellites. meanwhile, back on earth, elon musks tweets saying his twitter takeover bid was t temporarily on hold. is there a method to musk's madness? brian stelter offers possible explanations. >> is elon musk just trolling us all again? that is the dominant question their this weekend in the tech world after musk tweeted about the twitter takeover being on hold. let's see if we can read between the lines. he said twitter deal temporarily on hold, pending calculation that spam, fake accounts
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represent less than 5% of users. he linked to a nearly two-week-old story from reuters. maybe he doesn't want to buy the platform after all. maybe he wants to back away from the deal. that seems to be what he's implying here. but a lot of investors and analysts looked at this and says he's citing the spam issue and it's all about money. the shares that musk owns in tesla has declined in value. he needs those tesla shares to help finance twitter. it's possible he's trying to back away. maybe he's trayiying to buy it closer to 30 billion rather than 40 billion. he did tweet that he was constituent committed to the acquisition. but analysts are skeptical that he's going to go through with
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this. and only one person knows pfor sure, elon musk. the euro vision celebration is about here. stay with us.
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with war raging ukraine a rapper is hoping to raise spirits. he will be representing the country at this year's euro vision. we take a closer look at the history and what music means during this tumultuous time. >> translator: the ukraine, euro vision has always been important, and especially during their this period of war. >> reporter: while his country men fight on the front lines, the lead singer, aged 26, was given special permission to leave the battlefield for the euro vision stage.
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>> this is especially important with the missiles flying around. >> a lot of my relatives are in danger. >> reporter: one of the core members of the group of chose to stay behind and fight while a studio was set up in a bomb shelter. the song, "stefania", written about his mother before the war has taken on new significance. >> translator: it is seen as an anthem of the war, but i would rather it be called the anthem of our victory. >> reporter: the group's performance combines past with present at a time when the country's future is unknown. and what would a victory for ukraine in the euro vision contest mean? >> for ukraine, it is important for victory in all aspects, and a victory would raise the spirits of the ukrainian people a lot. so i hope to bring good news tor
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ukraine, because there hasn't been any good news for a long time. >> reporter: eurovision known for zany costumes was borne for cooperation. it's an exercise in soft power. they align with sympathies of neighboring countries and blocs. historically, belarus and russia have rooted for each other, but this year they've been banned from competing. >> the world has shown they are on our side and they are condemning the invasion of one country by another county in the center of europe. >> reporter: from a little girl belting out "let it go" in a bunker to trapped soldiers singing inside the besieged
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