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a strike on kyiv apartment buildings killing at least four. as the crisis worsens president biden set to attend a nato summit in brussels next week. ukrainian president zelenskyy receiving a three-minute standing ovation as he addressed canadian parliament ahead of his speech to congress tomorrow also a tragic loss two members of the fox news team killed in an attack that also wounded a correspondent. and the protester who disrupted russian state tv, what happened after her arrest just in, pfizer requesting fda authorization for a fourth covid shot. who would it impact? and late word the husband of vice president kamala harris testing positive the arrest on deadly attacks on the homeless in d.c. the surprise vote in the senate. is this the end of changing the clocks? and my one-on-one with
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drummer turned director quest love, his documentary a critically acclaimed music time capsule now up for oscar gold. >> announcer: this is nbc "nightly news" with lester holt good evening, everyone in ukraine the continuing assault on civilians by a flailing russian army has the world shaking its head aerial attacks on kyiv are increasing stunned survivors their worlds already turned upside down driven from their apartments and for many now driven from their own country. estimates that nearly 3 million people have left ukraine over 75,000 ukrainian children becoming refugees every day their voice to the world, president volodymyr zelenskyy appealing to canada's p parliament in a speech today, speaking in personal terms asking them to envision missiles and shells falling on their cities, on their citizens, on their children tomorrow zelenskyy will renew his call
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for more american support in a planned virtual address to congress, and underscoring the urgency of the moment the white house announced president biden will travel to brussels for a summit of nato leaders next week while the deaths of two more journalists covering the war reminding the world of the danger and risk faced by those bearing witness to what is happening richard engel leads our coverage from kyiv >> reporter: in wars front lines are never clear, but now ukrainians are being targeted just for being in their homes russia shelled a building in the city of kharkiv, burning the apartments of people trying to ride out the war. russia attacked another apartment block in kyiv killing four and this is what's left of a subway station here but while russia is breaking buildings, the will to fight and pull together remain strong this is one of kyiv's main subway stations, and you can't get more central than this. in some ways it shows
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that russia is expanding its military reach, digging right into the heart of kyiv but it's also a sign of weakness because russia's front lines, its tanks and armored vehicles, haven't been advancing. so instead russia is relying on its long-range weapons, its rockets and artillery to carry out attacks like this which are generally unguided and just hits civilians. upstairs the station is ruined but down below the russians are hied in from russian attacks. tonia heard the blast from up above. why do you think russia's doing this, attacking the center of the city, attacking the people -- the places where people are trying to hide from the bombings? so that they can take some land from us, she says they've already destroyed so much in kharkiv and areas of kyiv it's like they don't have enough. they want more in the corridor is
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elena, her family and 3-year-old daughter anna we're scared because no matter where you are hiding the danger can follow you today ukraine's president zelenskyy who sharply criticized president biden and nato for not doing more to help ukraine accused the west of big hypnotized by russian aggression, too worried about how president putin will react and making an impassioned plea to canadian lawmakers for a no-fly zone. >> translator: can you imagine cruise missiles are being -- falling down and your children asking you what happened. >> reporter: he got a three-minute standing ovation. but russians never hear that message until last night when a producer rushed on the set of russia's main newscast with a sign that said, "no war" and "don't believe the propaganda." the journalist was detained and given a small fine but could face harsher penalties. she spoke outside court today.
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other journalists are being silenced forever. fox news announcing the death of cameraman pierre, a veteran of conflict zones killed in the same attack that seriously wounded correspondent benjamin hall a ukrainian producer and translator working with the team was also killed she was 24 years old with cease-fire talks ongoing president zelenskyy today suggested what could be a major concession, saying ukraine could accept security guarantees in lieu of nato membership, which russia strongly opposes. lester >> all right, richard engel in kyiv tonight. thank you. and this evening the refugee crisis has reached another milestone. more than 3 million people have now fled ukraine, about half of them children. gabe gutierrez now with some of their stories. >> reporter: tonight holding her two young daughters and nephew, hannah is racing from her home in eastern ukraine, arriving in
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lviv, her emotions caught up with her i'm fleeing for the sake of my children, she tells us unicef now says 1.5 million children are been forced to leave ukraine. that's around 55 children every minute of the war or almost one every second today from the netherlands to belgium to france where president macron comforted refugees, more of europe felt the strain of the growing crisis in italy school children welcomed displaced ukrainian students while in poland war saw's mayor says 300,000 refugees have fled to his city in just two weeks he's calling on the u.n. and european union to come up with a better plan. >> we cannot do it forever. we just need help. >> reporter: today as we traveled into ukrainian we met one at the border reuniting with her friends and family i'm just numb, she tells us we had no intention of
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being refugees like her, so many now don't know when or if they'll return the uncertainty here is crushing. constein and his wife elisa are frantically trying to reach poland after their town in eastern ukraine was bombed among their babies first words -- she's ten months old and already knows war too well the trauma among these families is hard to fathom as you saw first-hand, lester, most upsetting for them, there seems to be no end in sight. >> gabe, thank you very much. tonight the white house announcing president biden will attend a nato summit in brussels to discuss ukraine. kristen welker is at the white house for us tonight. kristen, what's at stake on this trip >> reporter: well, lester, president biden will attend that high stakes summit with 30 nato leaders next thursday. a key goal will be the showcase the u.s. and its allies unified opposition to vladimir putin's invasion but the pressure on president biden to do more to help ukraine
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will likely intensify tomorrow when ukraine's president zelenskyy addresses congress virtually zelenskyy is expected to again plead with lawmakers for a no-fly zone and for those military jets that poland wants to give ukraine. but president biden has opposed both saying those moves could cause world war 3. now, no-fly zone is not widely supported in congress, but there is growing bipartisan support for giving ukraine those polish fighter jets the white house today saying the president still opposes it mr. biden will give his own speech discussing new aid to ukraine after president zelenskyy's address tomorrow lester >> okay, kristen, thank you. tonight the story of this war from one city to the west of kyiv that has come under constant and deadly bombardment by russian forces matt bradley now with a raw portrait of what is left behind >> reporter: like so many of ukraine's cities the civilians are paying the price for putin's war. no one died where this high school was
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destroyed, but the devastation remains. how's it feel coming back here, the memories she used to teach here her daughter went to school here. vladimir putin waging his war on children. it's a confused kind of anguish no one here can figure out why the russian army destroyed these places this used to be a mill barak, so it could be considered a military target but all of this civilian, collateral damage terrorism was the word we kept hearing. tomorrow there could be russians in the streets. what will you do then? this massive troop
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bombing on a residential neighborhood cost him his home and his daughter she was pregnant when she died he dug her body out of the rubble with his bare hands as we spoke, sergei spotted his cat who had been missing since the shelling he had thought she was gone now she's among the few things he has left matt bradley, nbc news, ukraine. >> the scenes of those leaving ukraine have been heart breaking. for those we see at the train stations, at the border agonizing decisions we don't see. molly hunter with one family's struggle and the bonds of friendship an ocean away >> reporter: this would be their last duet for a while anton and alla and 3-year-old daughter lissa are like millions of ukrainian families facing the
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brerching decision to leave or to stay by the time we meet them in lviv they're already made the 50-mile journey from their home in kyiv reluctantly. american pete was traveling in ukraine 13 years ago on vacation when he met anton. they've been best friends ever since he's been watching the war from wisconsin we were having these conversations every day, an ton says he started skrcreaming at me, you have to get out. >> i'm waiting to get to passport control. >> reporter: last week pete flew from wisconsin all the way to poland and across the border to talk to his friend in person >> we will be to lviv in about an hour >> he's my best friend in the world, and i'm here in ukraine despite everything going on because of that friendship. he's a very loving husband and father and so devoted to his family, so it's definitely going to be tough on him >> reporter: as a
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young man anton can't leave the country and alla doesn't want to go abroad by herself are you afraid >> no, she's afraid. >> reporter: after our interview the family makes the decision pete would accompany alla and lisa to poland and then hopefully onto the u.s. we come back as they're packing up lisa knows she's going to say good-bye to her dad but doesn't understand why are you nervous? anton walks them into the train station. >> stay safe >> i will. >> reporter: and the heartache sets in. anton on the phone with his wife and daughter, finally the train departs. anton gathers his things one backpack and the family cat he has done all a father can molly hunter, nbc news, lviv, ukraine. >> decisions and dilemmas most of us can't even begin to fathom we'll take a break. in just 60 seconds a suspect arrested on those deadly attacks on homeless people in
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new york and washington how police tracked him down and important news on covid vaccine booster shots to share.
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just in tonight pfizer asking the fda to authorize a fourth covid vaccine shot for older americans as troubling signs overseas raise fears the u.s. may be headed for another spike. here's miguel almaguer >> reporter: seeking emergency use authorization, tonight nbc news confirms pfizer has submitted new data to the fda hoping to green light a second covid booster shot for americans 65 and older, citing waning immunity several months after a third dose the company's ceo says a fourth shot would dramatically improve protection against infection. are americans really going to be willing to get a second booster or a fourth shot >> i think we've seen problems with people getting their first boost. i mean, we only have 50% of eligible people boosted right now, and that's already a big problem. >> reporter: pfizer's
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push comes as covid cases spike in pockets of the globe cases in mainland china up 377%. in the u.k. infections have surged over 52% dr. fauci attributes three major factors to behind england's rise, omicron subvariant ba.2 is more transmissible though not necessarily more severe relaxed mandates like no longer masking indoor also having an impact as is waning immunity from vaccination and infection. with the covid risk low in every part of the country tonight the white house confirms the second gentleman doug emhof has tested positive for covid. the vice president tested negative today. lester >> miguel almaguer, thank you. a suspect is in custody this evening, the man police say they believe was responsible for shooting five homeless people in new york and washington, killing two of them. garret haake has
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details on how police tracked down the suspect. >> reporter: overnight the arrest of a suspect wanted in connection with five shootings in new york city and washington, d.c. two of them fatal. all targeting homeless men. federal agents in washington staking out then surrounding a man d.c. police identified as 30-year-old gerald brevard iii. >> i knew that if he was in d.c. with that image, he would be found. >> reporter: police had been looking for a single suspect who shot three men sleeping on the streets of washington earlier this month, killing one of tem then shooting two more in new york city last weekend, killing this man. >> homelessness should not be a homicide. this was a cold-blooded attack. >> reporter: it was a d.c. police captain who first made the connection between the crimes >> as he was going through the social media in new york he took that back to his team who's working on this case like, hey, look, this looks like
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our guy. >> reporter: on monday night officials released these photos taken from an atm camera and asked the public for help identifying the suspect. tips from both cities led detectives to track down brevard how helpful were the tips from the community in making this arrest? >> it was extremely helpful. tips came from all over and that is what true public safety looks like >> reporter: his father telling nbc news like many across the world his son suffers from mental illness. the system has failed for the treatment of many ifcluding my son. he's not yet been charged in new york. police here in washington are still searching for the weapon used. lester >> garret haake, thank you. up next is it time for changes to daylight-saving time plus a new report on what happened to actor bob saget.
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back with new developments in two police shootings that rocked chicago the prosecutor saying today that officers will not face charges in the deaths of 13-year-old adam toledo and 22-year-old anthony alvarez. they were killed withindays of each other last year after foot chases with police body cam video appears to show both holding guns prior to the shootings. new insights on the death of actor bob saget to report tonight. the county sheriff's office in florida has ruled out foul play citing the autopsy it says saget may have
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fallen on something hard covered by something soft like a carpeted floor in his hotel room and just days after we turn the clocks forward the senate in a surprise move voting unanimously to make dilathe saving time permanent beginning in november 2023. it must pass the house and be signed by president biden to become law up next, reviving a forgotten chapter of black music history. i speak with drummer turned filmmaker, quest love
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while woodstock took the music world by storm in 1969 another star-studded festival that same year was forgotten for decades. it's now remembered as the summer of soul in an oscar nominated documentary. >> are you ready, black people are you ready? >> it was the summer of 1969 when some of the greatest black musicians of the time came together over a series of weekends ♪ performing at the harlem music festival in new york, drawing over 300,000 people. but as massive as it was, it was lost in time until now
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>> i never heard of this thing, a black woodstock. you know, they compare it to the woodstock -- >> it was the same summer >> yes >> deejay and producer quest love makes his direct directororiel debut in "summer of soul" released last year and nominated for an oscar. >> i couldn't trust the fact something so magical landed in my lap. >> performances by gladys knight and the pips and david ruffin. you could have lived in just straight down soul r&b music, but you stretched it out -- gospel, latin this is what i think
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of creating a greater texture for the moment >> it was important. at one point harlem was the cultural epicenter of the united states, and i wanted to show that, you know, it starts off local and then stretches to spanish harlem, and then in the world. >> i mean part of your mission here is teaching history >> i'm a musician, i'm a producer, i'm an artist, but i want to be a person that makes history fun, makes history entertaining and makes it beautiful. >> a beautiful treasure almost forgotten now a masterpiece for the world to see man, i would have loved to have been there. that's "nightly news" for this tuesday thanks for watching, everyone i'm lester holt. please take care of yourself and each other. good night newsome.
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tonight california stepping up to help ukraine. we have an up close look at the operation is aid refugees in poland. what happens in the uk usually happens here, so should we be worried about the covid sfiek in the uk? a covid expert has some answers. and this video went viral. a local mom stealing a $4,000 bottle of cone knack. why the owner tells us he is not going to press charges. could we finally be saying good-bye to daylight saving? >> why do we keep doing it? >> what happened today that might signal the end of changing our clocks.


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