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biden administration on the defensive. plus, we're live at the cnn weather center. how climate change is destroying homes with extreme weather across the u.s. ♪ >> announcer: live from cnn center, this is "cnn newsroom" with kim brunhuber. ukrainian president volodymyr zelenskyy says more than 1,000 towns and villages have been retaken so far from russian forces. he says the russian military is paying heavy price for its aggression. >> 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 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. further south, ukraine claims it successfully blocked a russian advance at a key river in the donbas. ukraine says it destroyed more than 70 armored vehicles including tanks and multiple failed attempts to cross the donetsk river. russia's top general and the u.s. defense secretary spoke by phone for an hour on friday, their first conversation since before the war. the pentagon says secretary lloyd austin again appealed for a cease fire and keep the lines of communication open. ukraine has been conducting its first war crimes trial since the conflict began. the suspect is 21-year-old soldier vladimir who appeared in court in kyiv friday. prosecutors say he carried out orders to shoot and killed unarmed civilian, materially days of the war, out of concern the victim could reveal the russian's positiposition.
ukraine is investigating more than 11,000 war crimes cases which, according to theprosecute perpetrators think twice. >> reporter: this can save lives of our ukrainian civilians on the south and eastern part of ukraine. because this perpetrators who are now fighting with see that we will find all of them. we will identify all of them. and we will start to prosecute all of them. >> cnn correspondents are covering the conflict from every angle. our fred pleitgen is in berlin, but first to cnn's nick paton walsh in the pivotal city of kharkiv where russia's pull back from the regions is revealing new atrocities. >> reporter: charred, mauled, northern kharkiv scars seem infinite. putin's troops breathing.
>>reporter: artillery fire breathing down the neck of 2 million for months. even still, it's a shock to see just how close the russians got on the other side of this road. we are told this is from the 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. three civilians shot dead in this car, and their bodies recovered only two days ago. you can see the colossal force used here. a tank literally thrown off the tank body. this village is 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 on to trip wire traps set in the village. and even around these factories, special forces here warn us a soldier was wounded by a booby trap three days ago. the markings of russia's invasion, still a deranged sign of their collective insanity, even two months on. why do they do this? >> they say they reclaimed this area about a week ago, but they're now in the difficult task of demining what they can. look around here, 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 driver adds. we let them race on. desperation takes different forms here. in court, by another kind of survival, is dmitry, whose wife moved away a while ago, willing
back food he's got for his six dogs. i haven't really left my home for two months, he said. i crossed the fields, past the bomb fragments to get the food. his gentle stroll in the open, a sign of how long the violence has swelled here. not that it is slowing. nick paton walsh, cnn, ukraine. nato foreign ministers are in berlin today for talks on the crisis in ukraine. it comes as finland announces support for joining the alliance and neighbor sweden is expected to follow suit. swedish government published a security policy review on friday saying nato membership would deter conflict in northern europe. meanwhile, president zelenskyy's chief of staff accused nato of a double standard for welcoming those two nations and not ukraine. cnn asked ukraine's ambassador to the u.s. if she agrees. listen here. >> we would welcome nato and sweden joining nato and, of
course, we count on nato opening the doors not only opening the doors but embracing us in nato. we understand now we have to win the war, but i think we can give so much to nato. and we belong in the democratic world. as independent ukraine. so, you know, let's get there. >> all right. let's bring in cnn's fred pleitgen live in berlin. fred, for the nato foreign ministers gathering there. with so much on the line what are we expecting? >> reporter: exactly. a lot on the line. i think we're really expecting, kim, a big show of unity and then also, of course, a lot of talk about the possible new membership of finland and sweden. a lot of people expect that to be a pretty smooth transition, if it does take place both sweden and finland for a very long time have had their weaponry pretty much up to nato's standards, if not above, in many cases. at the same time, we do see that the nato alliance does see a
sense of urgency right now in displaying that unity but also in learning from the war in ukraine. it was quite interesting. we were actually able to watch and maneuver by nato special forces, which is really a rare thing. they don't uchb allow that. they said they're watching the war in ukraine very closely and already have some lessons learned. here is what we saw. 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 requires a huge amount of skill. they're operating a pretty big plane on an extremely narrow runway that's normally a road and all the middle of the night. however, this could be a very real scenario trying to extract a patient from a dangerous environment. nato special operations command
granted us access to these drills on the condition we don't disclose the identities of those taking part and modulate their voices. the special forces medics tell us the war in ukraine is fundamentally changing the way we train. >> look at zelenskyy. what's flying? not a lot reliably. so that assumption is if 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, the u.s. built a system of medical evacuations by helicopter that gave casualties 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 concept of the golden hour. the fact that you guys had air superiority really was the bedrock of what got you that golden hour. that's something you think will
evaporate. >> i think we can all agree just watching the last seven to eight weeks of conflict that assumption seems to be pretty valid. >> reporter: that means it could take longer to get wounded comrades to hospitals and that operations may need to be performed on or near the front line. >> it's not ideal, but if it has to happen here, then we're able to do it. >> the spirit of what we're doing is called prolonged casualty care, prolonged field care. that concept is identifying those strategies that will help us prolong life in order to bridge that, get that patient to surgery. >> reporter: the special forces medics say they're learning a lot from ukrainian medics who are providing care for their wounded while often under fire from the russian army. >> the ukrainians have done a phenomenal job of reclaiming the battlefield and implementing these strategies, taking care of their patients en route. you're not just throwing the person in the back of the van and leaving them unattended. you're putting somebody with medical capability in there with that patient to deliver care while they're being transferred.
>> ventilating the patient. >> reporter: and so that's exactly how u.s. and nato special forces are 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 evacuation flight was possible. it's all an exercise but a scenario they fear could become a reality. >> the rate at which we're collaborating now is more than i have seen in 20 years in the military. and in previous conflicts. there's a sense of urgency, and i think watching ukraine right now, that is very prescient. >> sense of urgency from u.s. forces and other special forces as well as those exercises were under way. that airfield we saw was secured by latvian special forces mostly. and they also bring special capabilities to the table as well. they, of course, have a border with both belarus and russia.
so a lot of experience with the russians. that's exactly what nato is trying to do is build that coherence and also feed off each other's knowledge to make the alliance stronger, kim. >> yeah, great access reporting there, fred pleitgen in berlin. thank you so much. america's top diplomat says the u.s. is deeply troubled by the violence carried out by israeli police. she was fatally shot while reporting on an israeli military raid in the west bank on wednesday. she was wearing clothes clearly stating she was with the press. leaders say they hold israeli forces solely responsible for her death. take us through what happened. >> reporter: well, it's clear that israeli police from the very beginning were trying to minimize and control this funeral. they asked the family to have a very small funeral and to not display any palestinian flags.
but i think this is -- she was a beloved figure in the palestinian community. and thousands wanted to come out and did come out to show an outpouring of solidarity and grief. and in the end, israeli police used force to try and contain this funeral procession. we were at st. joseph's hospital where the body was being prepared yesterday morning. as they tried to bring the coffin out in a walking funeral procession, israeli riot police blocked the procession and charged it using batons to beat at some of the pallbearers carrying the coffin and nearly dropped the coffin. fortunately other people helped to prop it up, but it was such a chaotic scene with stun grenades being let off. there were fully armed riot police there. mounted riot police that charged through the crowd trying to disperse them. and it was just a chaotic scene in the midst of a funeral.
there has been widespread condemnation by the eu, for example, and other countries. we heard from the united states there. and i think it was a shocking development for many people. the funeral was allowed to continue ultimately. but only according to those rules imposed by the israeli police. so they did allow the coffin to go forward with a car. and then from the church to the mount zion cemetery, thousands were allowed by israeli police to walk along the route. and it was a stunning image to see thousands and thousands of palestinian community waving the palestinian flag, singing national songs and showing really not only their solidarity with her but their grief. and i think this is the important thing to remember, she was a beloved public figure to the palestinian community because she gave all of their struggles of what they would consider their daily struggle of life under the israeli occupation. she gave a voice to that.
not only that, but she was born and raised in jerusalem. this was her home. and this is why we saw such an outpouring yesterday for her to bring her to her final resting place at the mount zion cemetery, kim. >> thanks so much. appreciate it. just ahead, we'll take a look at the desperate measures that some parents in the u.s. are taking just to feed their children amid a shortage of baby formula. plus, u.s. markets down one day, up the next. forces driving wall street's wild ride after the break. stay with us. gena® rapid wrinkle repair® smooths the look of fine lines in 1-week, deep wrinkles in 4. so you can kiss wrinkles goodbye! neneutrogena®
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invoke the defense production act to ramp up supply. worried parents need answers now. cnn's adrienne broaddus talks to desperate parents. >> on here they'll say if they have it in stock. >> reporter: it's another full-time job. >> i'm up with him at 2:00 a.m. in the morning looking for formula. >> reporter: searching ten hours every week. >> i start with the website and then after that i go to target. after that, i go to meyer, jewel, walmart, walgreen's, cvs. >> coleen is one of many parents on the hunt for baby formula across the nation. >> this is really anxiety provoking and 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 three weeks thanks to a friend and her aunt. but the shortage is 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 this is amino based and it's the only formula she has been able to tolerate and gain weight and thrive on. the fact that it's not available anywhere is very scary. >> reporter: nation wilde, 43% of baby formula was out of stock for the week ending may 8th. these eight states had more than 50% according to figures provided to cnn by data assembly. the problem caused by several factors, including a recall, inflation and supply chain snag. the biden administration says it's working 24/7 to help ease 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 to stand here and tell your audience that i can give you a hard timeline that i can't give you. we're being candid about moving as quickly as possible and relentless focussed on this. >> however, 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. >> while politicians play the blame game, parents are the ones left worried. >> my daughter actually -- so with her disease, she was actually just on life support a few weeks ago. she had gotten a cold. and collapsed both of her lungs. and so, we just got out of the hospital and to have to go back to the hospital, just for nutrition, her grandmother purchased four cans, $349. norm a case of four is 168. finding it is a necessity, even that means not paying your
bills. >> not paying your bills. >> yep. >> that's what that means. >> reporter: the ceo of one formula company tells reuters he expects to see a shortage until the end of year. 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. it was a roller coaster ride for stocks on wall street this week. the major indexes were in the red over most of the last five days. they came roaring back on friday. but, it wasn't enough to erase the losses of the past week. the dow closed up nearly 1.5%. the nasdaq nearly 4% and the s&p nearly 2.5%. now, there's no single one thing behind all the market turbulence. it's a mix of things like inflation, interest rates and the war in ukraine. our richard quest explains the global situation with the help of an old familiar game.
♪ >> reporter: this is the famous game jenga. you know how it's played. you have a tower of wooden blocks and you remove one at a time trying not to knock the whole thing over. we can think of this as the global economy, which grew by more than 30% in the decade before the pandemic. and although there was some wobbles on the way, essentially it was all looking pretty good after the global financial crisis. and then all this came along. you've got the pandemic. the pandemic caused all sorts of problems. and then you have the results of the pandemic and all this monetary stimulus and government spending. that's more serious. you've got to start removing that. so you start taking it out. but things are going much worse than we thought because now you've got the war in ukraine.
and that's going to have a wide-spread effect. as the interest rates bite harder, and the situation appears to be worse, so you see, we're having to now deal with some of these very deep, very deep problems of debt and imbalances, but we're still holding. and this is now the situation where we are ultimately they're going to have to deal with the really big issues, debt, war, lockdowns in china because eventually we know what's going to happen. something is going to be remove ed and that will be that. there's one other lesson from jenga, when it all falls down,
it takes ages to build it back up again. confusion over one of the most unusual corporate takeovers. on friday morning, elon musk tweeted his $44 billion deal to buy twitter is now on hold, writing, quote, twitter deal temporarily on hold calculation that spam slash fake accounts represent less than 5% of users natch tweet turned heads and moved markets but about two hours later we saw musk's attempt to damage control again in a tweet, quote, still committed to acquisition. now these confusing messages sent twitter stock on a wild ride, down more than 20% in pre-market trading before rebounding slightly. the stock ended friday down by almost 10% and now if musk were to simply walk away, would be hit with a $1 billion breakup fee, but he could also be hit with a lawsuit from twitter, which could cost the world's
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trends showcase numbers ticking up over the past two weeks along with hospitalizations and new questions about a dire warning from the white house over a potential covid surge this coming fall and winter. officials in the biden administration are warning about what could happen if congress doesn't make more money available. >> oh, i would say there is no plan b. while there is a limited amount of funding that we have to work with, it's very limited. and it will require us making tough choices about what remaining tests, treatments and vaccines we can get. >> in the u.s., a new study suggests that the pfizer vaccine rapidly loses its effectiveness in children who get the omicron variant. the vaccine was more than 90% effective against the original virus for kids between 5 and 15 years old but once omicron kicked in, the efficacy dropped to less than 29% for kids between 5 and 11. now the effectiveness was measured two months after receiving the second dose. but, the study shows boosters
did restore much of the vaccine's protection. north korea's state media is reporting 21 more deaths from what it calls fever cases as the country fights a covid outbreak. state media said more cases were reported. the leader is calling the outbreak the greatest turmoil the communist nation ever faced. in china, they're canceling plans to host asia's top soccer tournament as the country tries to wipe out covid within its borders. the tournament will still go ahead after a new host is selected. and in shanghai, officials are starting to work on reopening plans for china's largest city. it's been under lockdown since mid march amid a covid outbreak. city leaders now say they're hoping to reach social zero covid the middle of this month. xi jinping's hardline covid policy sparked discontent at home and criticism from abroad.
how the heavy handed approach sparked a backlash from 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 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 blocks 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 spray disinfectant, quote, it's not that you can do whatever you want. unless you're 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. >> why? >> because it's -- >> because we don't want to get covid. >> because it's safe. >> you are putting us in danger. you are endangering us. who is this? >> your cdc does not know how to run a country. if you want us to [ bleep ] die in covid, because this is the right way to make us go with other sick people. >> 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 placing 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 crushed the last bit of freedom people had left, china's supreme leader xi jinping vowed to double down on zero covid policy and punish anyone. >> when we talk about the zero covid strategy, we don't think that it's sustainable. >> the world health organization chief's comments were swiftly censored in china along with the desperation people have shared online. in china, zero covid turned into a 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. new satellite images
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climate change is here and it brought another week of extreme weather across the u.s. intense wind gusts in the midwest creating this wall of dust that stretched across parts of iowa, nebraska and south dakota and in north carolina's outer banks rising sea waters engulfed a coast sitting on the coast. also this week, giant flames burned down a wealthy community in california because of severe droughts. joining me is meteorologist derek van dam. yeah, just the devastating impacts there. take us through what's behind all of this. >> yeah. we're seeing some of the images coming out of southern california the coastal fire, that's quite significant as well. so if we go back to the middle of october of 2021, there was about 86% of the state of california under extreme drought. then you fast forward, during our wettest time of the year and we did see significant storms that brought our snow and rainfall right when we should see it in the state of california. and it brought down our extreme drought to 1% at the beginning
of 2022. but now let's fast forward to present day. look at how that shade of red fills in across the state. we are talking about 60% of california under extreme drought conditions as we speak. so it is creeping back. it is unwelcome. we want to say good-bye it to, but unfortunately that's not what's happening. coastal fire 200 acres burns in three days and only 25% containment and unfortunately several homes, multimillion dollar homes impablcted by that. long beach, reporting station just outside of where the coastal fire was located, they're talking only about 14% of average rainfall. they should see over eight inches of rain but only experienced a little over one inch of rain. unfortunately we're moving out of the wettest time of the year for the state of california. so not good news there. 91% of the western u.s. under drought conditions as we speak. this is impacting the great basin, the four corners region, including the state of nebraska, where we are edging closer and closer to the largest wild fire
in the state's history right now. we have the permit's peak and cat canyon fire at 270,000 acre scorched so far. the largest fire burning in 2012, just shy of 300,000 acres. we're getting closer to that. unfortunately it's so large that even satellites from space can pick up the imagery of this fire burning out of control. and the extended outlook doesn't look promising as well. the low average rainfall expected across the great basin to the west coast. on top of that we have heat, triple digit heat moving in parts of southern california for at least the next couple of days. then it will shift east ward into the deep south for record-breaking territory coming up. kim? >> derek, we're just mid may and just getting started now. thanks so much. appreciate it. well, have a look at this extraordinary video. this is the hasan abad bridge.
it collapsed after a local glacier. late april two pakistani cities recorded temperatures of 47 degrees celsius. pakistan's minister for climate change called the climate crisis a national security issue. and scientists say climate change is behind south africa's worsening flood season. a new report says the heavy rains that fell last month were twice as likely as they would have been if greenhouse gas emissions had never heated the planet. cnn's david mckenzie has more from johannesberg. ♪ >> reporter: the intense flooding in south africa in april caused widespread destruction, just look at these images. tens of thousands of people pushed from their homes. more than 400 people killed in that flooding. still people missing. and a huge amount of money lost in infrastructure especially. now, group of scientists from
the world weather attribution project have done a rapid analysis both based on observations on the ground and computer modelling which they say shows even with the current level of global warming that kind of rainfall, that kind of destruction, was made worse because of climate change and it could happen more frequently in this part of the world. we also know based on our reporting and scientific exposes and discovery that the southern part of this continent will be affected very badly by climate change. more frequent droughts in botswana and zambia as well as other countries in that band as well. scientists say that this proves yet again that more needs to be done quickly, both to prevent the worst effects of climate change that we are living with right now, and to stop it from being much worse. david mckenzie, cnn, j
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gymnastics canada could be facing a long legal battle after class action lawsuit was filed alleging that the organization and other provincial governing bodies were complicit in allowing decades of sexual, physical and psychological abuse of gymnasts. representative plaintiff in the case is emelia kline. she says she fell in love with the sport as a 2-year-olds, a fearless child reveling in learning to balance vault and summersalt. she was good. really good. at the age of just 13 she banded her dreams of olympic glory to save herself from being screamed at and physically hurt by her coaches. this wasn't coaching. it was straight up child abuse. echos of other scandals in the u.s. and across the globe, hundreds of canadian gymnasts have now come forward with similar tales. she shared her painful story with our own don riddell. >> reporter: so when did things start going wrong for you?
>> i had wonderful coaches who were nice people. but then those coaches left and in their place came a husband and wife team who were -- who ended up being quite abusive. >> reporter: in what way were they abusive? can you describe it? >> immediately off the bat it was very verbally abusive. if you made any mistakes, it was -- they were scream and humiliate you. it was name calling. are you stupid? why can't you do this? the word of choice was usually rubbish. you're rubbish. this is rubbish. eventually it progressed to physical abuse where it started largely with overtraining and overstretching. so they would forcibly overstretch us to the point where we would be in tears. we would be krieg, begging to get out of the stretch and they wouldn't let us up. and we used to do a regular stretch where i would stand in
front of my coach. my coach would be behind me. then he would lift my leg from behind and lift it past my ear in a standing stretch, standing split. and so, when we went to do that, i told him, you know, my hamstring feels a little off. there's something wrong. i don't think we should do this stretch today. and he got really annoyed. he said something along the lines of, well, you're just faking or just trying to get out of doing this stretch. so he turned me around and grabbed my leg and forced it up behind my ear. and when he did that, it snapped my hamstring completely tore it and took part of my pelvis with it. it's some of the worst pain i ever experienced in my life. >> what was your coach's reaction when he put you into that stretch and that happened? was there any regret or remorse? >> no. he screamed at me. he got very angry. he said something along the lines of she lied to me.
even though it was clear i had tried to warn him that something was wrong beforehand. so i think he was trying to distance himself from responsibility for what he had done. there was no offer of medical treatment. no one called my parents. i think i ended up having to limp to the change room myself and call my parents to take me to the hospital. it was made very, very clear that we would be in significant trouble if we told our parents what was going on. so, my parents really, truly didn't have a good understanding of what was going on until i quit. >> what kind of impact has that experience had on you, long term? >> both physically and psychological it's been damaging. i have had physical debilitating physical back pain since i was 14. psychologically, though, there's long-term impacts as well. so, i don't weigh myself. i can never get on a scale. even if i'm at the doctor i ask
them not to tell me what the number is or i don't look at the numbers because i know that's going to cause me to spiral into disordered eating. i thankfully have been able to stave off very severe eating disorder, but it required constant individual lens on my part to make sure i'm not slipping into really harmful eating patterns. i continue to have nightmares. and it's -- the effects are wide ranging and long term. almost 20 years removed from the sport and i'm still dealing with these things every day. >> so a number of you are filing a class action lawsuit, which i guess could grow and grow in terms of numbers. what are you hoping to achieve? >> first and foremost, we're trying to send a message and hold these institutions accountable and say you will not be able to allow these to continue without being held liable for them. second of all what we're really looking for is to ensure that
survivors are taken care of and that they can seek the treatment that they need. because, as we know, these types of injuries and these types of effects from this abuse are lifelong and very long term and usually require quite intensive treatment both physical and psychological. and many people don't actually have the financial resources to seek that treatment and to get the care they need. if these things were happening in a school or at home, there would be serious consequences almost immediately. but for some reason when we put it in the context of a sport and particularly gymnastics, we normalize it that we lost sight of the fact that this is child abuse. this is not coaching. this is just straight up child abuse. >> you are now speaking out. you are now telling your story. i suspect many other gymnasts are going to be telling their stories as well. how does it feel to be speaking
out? how does it feel to be taking ownership of your story? >> feels really empowering. i'm really proud of all of the survivors who have started to come forward. it's not easy. there is still a significant culture of fear that has kept people silent for decades. and so, i'm very encouraged that survivors are finally starting to find their voices. and i think it's through our collective voice together, pushing for change, that we're actually going to see good things come to this sport. and we're actually going to hopefully create a future for the next generation of gymnasts that is free from abuse. >> the husband and wife coaching team emelia mentioned is vladimir and svitlan. they are not named as defendants. but vladimir was one of canada's gymnastic coaches at the 2004 olympics. the couple are believed to have left canada. and haven't applied to cnn's
multiple attempts to contact them by email and facebook. gymnastic canada is waiting to see the full details of the lawsuit and gave us a statement, although we have not been served the allegations we have been made aware of the claim described behavior that is unacceptable in any sport environment and we take them very seriously as leaders in the sport of gymnastics within canada. we are committed to providing a safe environment for members of our sport, free from all forms of maltreatment. well that wraps this hour of cnn "newsroom." i'm kim brunhuber. for viewers in north america, "new day" is next. for the rest of the world it's "connecting africa." ♪
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