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"i was able to recognize them by their clothing, their backpacks% and suitcase." that must have been a terrible moment for you. >> yeah. >> reporter: the wife he'd known since high school has been killed, too. his son, a computer programmer, just like his dad. and your daughter, just nine years old. >> yes. she liked dancing. very beautiful smile. very nice daughter. >> reporter: he says there is nothing left to return home to, even if he could. your whole family? >> whole family, yes. >> reporter: your wife, your children, two dogs. >> yes. >> reporter: you have nothing left. >> i'm alone. >> reporter: serhiy told us, he is now on a mission-- what he called the last mission for his family-- building evidence of what happened as a war crime. and it's happening all over ukraine, to hold russian forces
and president putin himself responsible. norah. >> charlie d'agata, with that powerful interview. thank you, charlie. let's turn now to moscow, where wnba star brittney griner will be held in jail at least another two months, that's according to russia state media. griner was seen entering court today, the first public appearance since her arrest at an airport last month for allegedly having cannabis vape cartridges in her luggage. griner was part of a group of wnba stars who played in russia during the off-season. let's turn now to some big headlines tonight on the covid front. here in washington, the prime minister of ireland had to miss st. patrick's day celebrations with president biden, after the irish leader tested positive for covid. cbs' meg oliver reports now on the return of st. paddy's day parades, amid concerns over that new strain ofcovid. >> reporter: today, thousands of people lined up along new york city's famed fifth avenue to celebrate st. patrick's day
without covid restrictions. >> it's been two years of us doing it virtually or just with close family, and now we're out. >> reporter: but as people hope the luck of the irish will bring more festive scenes like this -- covid cases are rising in china and across europe, where some places have also relaxed some covid mandates. >> europe has trended about three to four weeks ahead of the u.s. in terms of its covid patterns, and in the u.s., we're already seeing an increase in the amount of covid in the waste water, which would also signal that we're heading into a surge here as well. >> reporter: the average daily number of new cases has dropped to about 31,000 per day, down 96% from the omicron peak. although the spread of the new b.a.-2 sub-variant is more transmissible, it isn't more severe than omicron, and vaccines and a prior omicron infection are effective against the new strain.
how concerned are you with large gatherings today on st. paddy's day? >> i think large gathering can be done safely if they're done outside, if they're done in spaces that are well ventilated. but if you are talking about large gatherings in a crowded indoor bar, for example, i think that certainly could result in a lot of transmission. >> reporter: and it will take a few weeks before we know if st. patrick's day parties result in more covid cases. and this all comes as covid funding is running out. if congress doesn't pass a new bill, federal programs that fund testing, treatment, and vaccines will start expiring next week. norah. >> meg oliver, thank you so much. there's a lot more news ahead on the cbs "overnight news."
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stores in rural america, st. paul, kansas has one that will never shut its doors. who's your boss? >> we actually have six of them. we have a mayor and five council members. >> reporter: james and kelly voorhies run the only market in town, but the city owns it-- a unique arrangement to keep food available. you lived here when there wasn't a grocery store. what was that like? >> it was pretty rough, actually. you learned to pack coolers everywhere you w, because we're literally 17 miles to the next wal-mart, closest grocery store. >> reporter: 40 million live in food deserts nationwide. in rural areas, that's at least ten miles from a grocery store. more than 20% are low-income. the irony for many rural communities is that they are surrounded by farmland that's growing fresh food. there's just no access to it. >> you guys seen beans? >> reporter: tracy keagle's humanity house in iola, kansas feeds close to 2,000 a month. rural pantries just aren't as plentiful as they are in cities.
without this resource, what would some of these families do? >> they would starve. they would starve. >> reporter: when loren and regena lance learned their store in mildred, kansas could close, they bought it. if the mildred store did not exist, where would they get their groceries, or whatever they needed? >> most of them would have to drive at least 30 minutes in any direction. >> reporter: along with fresh produce and the usual grocery fare, they brought in nostalgic foods... >> we smoke our own baloney. >> reporter: ...and turned the deli into a destination lunch spot. then, they added a dance hall. was it a purposeful decision to make it more than a grocery store? to make it a destination? >> not originally. originally, it was to save the local store. and then, it's metamorphosized into so much more. >> when you hit that door, you feel like you're at home. that's the way we want you to feel. >> reporter: starved for food access, small towns relying on
themselves. >> there's never a day that goes by that somebody doesn't say, hey, we really appreciate you being here. >> reporter: as groceries become the heart of america's heartland. for "eye on america," janet shamlian, cbs news, mildred, kansas. there's a lot more news ahead on the cbs "overnight news." the deadly 50-car pileup, and a threat of more severe storms tonight. and nasa rolls out its new mega-moon rocket. facing expensive vitamin c creams with dull results? olay brightens it up with new olay vitamin c. gives you two times brighter skin. hydrates better than the 100, 200, even $400 cream.
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out of the horrors of the war in ukraine, the world has witnessed an incredible display of humanity from those providing relief. here's cbs's jonathan vigliotti with one example. >> look straight ahead. >> reporter: as dr. svetlana pilyugina checks her patient's vision, her mind is focused on her homeland. >> a tremendous sense of shock and disbelief. >> reporter: "dr. p.", as she's known, grew up in the ukrainian city of odesa. her parents are still in te war-torn country. >> there's a part of me that says, what if the worst happens? it's scary. >> reporter: out of tears, she says, came this email, sent to her staff and patients. >> "the unfolding devastation is unthinkable. i'm organizing a drive for
donation of humanitarian and medical support items." >> reporter: this was the response. this snowballed into something you never imagined when you pressed send on that email. >> yeah. the spirit of humanity is incredible. >> reporter: boxes and boxes. >> baby formula, infant formula, diapers, clothes. >> reporter: patients, coming to the aid of their doctor. it likg for ?same time, i so ef if i help one individual person, that gives me a sense of going forward.eon, and so many more. jonathan vigliotti, cbs news. that is the "overnight news" for this friday. for some of you the news continues. for others check back later for "cbs mornings" and follow us online at cbsnews.com. reporting from the nation's capital, i'm norah o'donnell.
this is cbs news flash. i'm tom hanson in new york. russian ground troops are reportedly preparing for a siege of kyiv, as missile strikes intensify in the ukrainian capital and across the country, causing the civilian death toll to climb. the u.s. state department confirmed a second american citizen has died in the northern ukrainian city, which is where an air strike also killed a family of five. in the south, rescue efforts are underway after russian strikes hit a theater sheltering civilians in mariupol. the biden administration is discussing ways to take in some of the 3.1 million refugees that have fled the violence, a move that could help hundreds of
ukrainians get to safety here in the u.s. for more news, download the cbs news app on your cell phone. i'm tom hanson, cbs news, new york. ♪ ♪ this is the cbs "overnight news." good evening and thank you for joining us on this thursday night. tonight, even with russia stalling in its invasion of ukraine, the brutality of russian forces has shocked the world. the secretary of state with an ominous message today, warning that vladimir putin is growing more and more desperate, and could be preparing to use chemical weapons. on top of the growing death toll, the destruction in ukraine is vast. a united nations report just out details more than $100 billion worth of infrastructure has been destroyed in the first three weeks of the war. and, we learned an american citizen is among the deaths tonight.
jim hill from diggs, idaho was killed while he was waiting in a bread line in chernihiv. here in washington, the big news is that president biden will speak with china's president xi tomorrow, the president planning to warn the chinese leader that his country will bear responsibility if they support russia's aggression, and face "significant costs." we've got a lot of news to get to tonight, but first, let's go to ukraine and cbs' chris livesay in the city of odesa. good evening, chris. > reporter: russian forces have launched more than 1,000 missiles since the start of the invasion, according to senior defense officials in the u.s., as ground forces continue to push towards kyiv. meanwhile, as russia continues to launch strikes across the country, there are new signs of ukraine holding its ground. in an already barbaric war, it was a new low-- bombing a theater in mariupol where hundreds were taking shelter, despite the word "children" clearly posted outside.
but tonight, rescuers report many of them have astoundingly survived. some 30,000 residents have managed to flee the besieged city, but more than 300,000 remain trapped amid pitched battles. according to u.s. intelligence, since the start of the invasion three weeks ago, more than 7,000 russian troops have been killed. a dozen of them are here. a refrigerated railcar in voznesensk. some, still teenagers. perhaps, like so many, they didn't even know they were going off to war. "the russian military won't even acknowledge they exist," says this scout, code-named ghost. "russia is treating their own soldiers like meat, leaving them to rot," he says. when they came to voznesensk, the russians were armed to the teeth with heavy artillery and helicopters, occupying and looting homes across the river. local ukrainian fighters were
outnumbered, and outgunned, but not outsmarted. just on the other side of this bridge, a russian tank was pointing its canon directly at the town. but in an act of self-sacrifice, the military blew up the bridge to keep them from crossing. thoi, thould ks me through the n have captuye nur powernt, or cff ukraine's biggest naival port, odesa, were it not for their brave military, and even the most unlikely of volunteers, like 66-year-old sushenko nikolay semenovich, a retired mine-sweeper in th soviet army. what did you do, when the russians were attacking? "i jumped out and shot with my own rifle," he says. "my heart simply could not handle sitting in the basement. these russians don't give up. we will kill them all. i can't take it anymore."
and we've seen that same tenacity hold off russian forces here in odesa on the black sea coast. now, russian war ships have fired missiles on nearby villages, but the pentagon said today, there are no signs of an imminent amphibious attack. norah. >> "tenacious" is a good word for the ukrainian people. chris livesay, thank you. well, the u.s. is sending powerful weapons as part of that $800 million military aid package, including so-called kamikaze drones. it's all part of the effort to beef up the ukrainian resistance and send the russians into retreat. cbs' david martin has more from the pentagon. >> reporter: defense secretary austin stopped in the eastern european nation of slovakia to lobby for an urgent shipment of the air defense missiles which ukraine has been using to keep russian war planes at bay. >> our goal has been to continue to reinforce those things that have worked for-- for the ukrainian forces. >> reporter: slovakia uses the
same russian-made system, known as the s-300, as ukraine, so it could be pressed into service immediately without any need for training. >> it has a range upwards of 80 to 100 miles, and can gauge targets up to 80,000 feet. >> reporter: retired air force general david deptula. >> they have been firing the missiles. they have the radars, they have the launchers. what they need are the replenishment missiles. >> reporter: the ukrainians also need a resupply of the anti-tank weapons they have been using against russian armored vehicles, especially the javelin, which pops up and strikes tanks from the top, where the armor is the thinnest. [ explosion ] on wednesday, president biden promised to send 2,000 more javelins, plus 7,000 other anti-tank weapons. >> that's far more than the number of-- of tanks that the russians have inside ukraine right now. so, i think that leaves them in very good shape to continue this campaign for some weeks or
months to come. >> reporter: the weapon shipments are being driven across the border from poland and romania. so far, the russians have been unable to intercept them. >> they're going to simply have to do that, to shut off the flow of lethal aid, and if they don't, the tide could turn against them. >> reporter: if putin gets desperate, he might decide to attack those weapons shipment sites in poland and romania directly. that could start a war the u.s. couldn't stay out of. norah. >> david martin at the pentagon, thank you. a report now on the return of st. paddy day parades over concerns of that new strain of covid. >> reporter: today, thousands of people lined up along new york city's famed fifth avenue to celebrate st. patrick day without covid restrictions. >> it's been two years of us doing it virtually or just with close family, and now we're out. >> reporter: but a people hope the luck of the irish will bring more festive scenes like this --
covid cases are rising in china and across europe, where some places have also relaxed some covid mandates. >> europe has trended about three to four weeks ahead of the u.s. in terms of its covid patterns, and in the u.s., we're already seeing an increase in the amount of covid in the waste water, which would also signal that we're heading into a surge here as well. >> reporter: the average daily number of new cases has dropped to about 31,000 per day, down 96% from the omicron peak. although the spread of the new b.a.-2 sub-variant is more transmissible, it isn't more severe than omicron, and vaccines and a prior omicron infection are effective against the new strain. it will take a few weeks before we know if st. patrick day parties result in more covid cases. this comes as covid funding is running out if congress doesn't pass a new bill, federal programs that fund testing, treatment and vaccine also start
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this is the cbs "overnight news." washington. thanks for staying with us. the price of gasoline was already on the rise when vladamir putin invaded ukraine and since, it's gone to record highs. and those high fuel prices are driving up costs for nearly everything. but it's the truck drivers who are getting squeezed the hardest. errol barnett reports. >> reporter: despite gas prices no longer rising as dramatically as they have been, experts tell us we will all be paying more for the consumer goods we purchase in the weeks ahead. and it's the small, independent truck drivers who are getting
squeezed all along the way. >> we're only paying our bills and not really making anything. >> reporter: jess graham moved out of her apartment during the pandemic to save money and is currently living inside her truck. the recent spike in diesel costs alone are now pushing her to the brink. >> we might have to actually think about shutting down for a minute. >> how have the rides that you choose to take changed because of these increased costs? >> i really have to conserve my fuel, so i'm taking loads that are lightweight. >> reporter: last month, diesel cost less than $4 a gallon and recently hit a record high above $5. triggered by surging demand and sanctions on russia following its invasion of ukraine. >> a lot of people will be out of business. >> reporter: cbs news spoke with truck drivers refueling at this
maryland rest stop, each with their story of struggle. >> yeah, very frustrated. it's -- scared and frustrated. >> reporter: anthony alvarez is still paying off the lease on his truck and is worried about maintenance costs. >> sometimes i get scared, am guying to make it? last year alone, repairs was $16,000. >> reporter: high gas prices accounted for more than 30% of inflation last month, primarily because more than 70% of freight is transported on trucks. and fuel surcharges are being reflected in everything, from groceries to building supplies. >> at the end of the day, trucking companies can't absorb all of it. it is important to remember what wholesalers and manufacturers do. they'll pass along some of that, so ultimately, eventually you and i as consumers when we go to the store, we'll likely see higher prices because of diesel fuel costs are up so much.
>> reporter: this has become such a hot commodity, gas stations in california and texas are reporting brazen thefts. the first strucker said if diesel prices stay as high as they are right now, she will have to withdraw her daughter from a four-year college and transfer her to the community college because she can't afford it. so these high prices have a direct impact on people's lives. >> errol barnett in alexandria, virginia. the united nations says at least 3 million people have fled ukraine because of russian aggression. another 2 million are said to be internally displaced. but attempting to escape the war can be as risky as staying put. charlie d'agata spoke to a man who lost his entire family as they tried to flee the violence. >> reporter: we've been reporting about the horrific death toll.
each death tells the story of a tragic loss. this is just one of them. the missile stroke that tore through a line of people as they were trying to flee. irpin has come under heavy bombardment for days. this man was away looking after his ailing mother, but his family was trapped in their home. his 18-year-old, 9-year-old children and wife, tatjana. like so many others, they decided it was too dangerous to stay. "i told my wife i'm sorry i couldn't be there to protect you," but she said "don't worry, we'll get through it, everything will be good."
as they made a run for it, this photo came up on his phone. an image that resonated around the world, the bodies of children, of a family struck down. "i was able to recognize them by their clothing, their backpacks, and suitcase." that must have been a terrible moment for you. >> yeah. >> reporter: the wife he'd known since high school has been killed, too. his son was a software engineer, like his father. and your daughter, just nine years old. >> yes. she liked dancing. very beautiful smile. very nice daughter. >> are you more angry or more sad? "i'm trying to keep my emotions
to myself," he said. "i'm angry at russia, at putin, and the russians that keep s silent. qut he will not keep silent. he wants the world to know what happened here. he says their story is all he has left. your whole family? >> whole family, yes. >> reporter: your wife, your children, two dogs. >> yes. >> reporter: you have nothing left. >> i'm alone. >> reporter: you could see that he's still in a state of shock. i told him we admire his strength and courage. he said i know i have to go on living, but now i have to nothing to live for. >> that was charlie d'agata in kyiv. the united nations is sending another $800 million worth of weapons and aid to ukraine. but it's the sanctions hitting ordinary russians, especially those out of the country when the war broke out. flights back to russia have been
canceled, and access to bank accounts and credit cards are blocked. elizabeth palmer spoke to some russians stranded on the beach in puket, thailand. >> reporter: thailand's tropical beaches and turquoise seas don't look so much like paradise when you're running out of money with no way home. max is one of thousands of russians trapped here by fallout from the invasion of ukraine. his bank card stopped working when u.s.-led sanctions kicked in. and visa and mastercard caught off russian accounts. then he and his partner found out their flight to russia had been canceled. how worried are you? >> kind of worried, because this situation, we don't know what's going on. we don't -- we just don't feel safe. >> it's scary to be in russia and to be here. >> reporter: the resort island has catered to russian tourists for years. but the war has turned what
should have been a vacation into a nightmare. >> i'm worriedyied for the futu. i don't know. i haven't figured how we'll leave. just don't know. >> reporter: she got money from an atm just before they stopped working so she can still feed her girls in their rented house. but no everyone is so lucky. >> i hear lots of stories, most of them are sad. some russians don't have cash. their cards are blocked. and they even don't have money to buy food. >> reporter: stranded russians have set up an online help group with advice on flights and cheap rooms. and not only for themselves. >> people here help both russians and ukrainians. it doesn't matter of the nationality. russians help ukrainians, and ukrainians help russians. >> reporter: this he sort owner
is offering desperate russians free beds. and they tell him things they won't or can't for their own safety say to our camera. >> they actually are telling me that they should get rid of putin, of course. >> what are they telling you about the war? are most of them against it? >> all of them are against it. they're ashamed. >> reporter: and a discouraging message from his family back home. >> my mother says don't came to russia. they feel not safe for me to be in russia right now. >> reporter: hard words to hear from loved ones. but for as long as they can afford it, they've decided to stay put. the real urgency for thousands of stranded russians now is to get access to their money somehow, so they can either buy a ticket home or simply survive abroad while they wait out the war. the "overnight news" will be right back. new vicks vapostick. strong soothing vapors...
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his dad played this trumpet during world war ii, but it's been collecting dust. why did you want to donate it here? >> to helpn instrument. i had no compunction whatsoever about bringing it here. >>or he brought the instrument to ronnie scott's. what kinds of legends that have graced the stage? >> so many. anyone from miles davis, the great ela fitzgerald. >> reporte: hundreds of folks delivered their worn, beat up, sometimes brand new and unwanted instruments during the latest charity drive. they flew in more occas, what a you saying? >> i'll be happy with it. >> reporter: what are the people bringing in instruments? >> anyone from the young or old person who bought an instrument
during the lockdown and decided they weren't going to be the big star, to people who bought instruments years ago and haven't had the chance to practice for one reason or the other. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: the instrument amnesty is in its third year and distributes the donations to schools and charities, introducing kids around the world to music. >> especially if you're living in an underprivileged area or are disadvantaged for one reason or the other. so it's an escape for these children. >> reporter: and this is what a successful drive looks like. it looks like every nook and cranny, there's an inhave youment. some of these instruments need some tlc and volunteers restore them. >> i remember bring thing in and thought there's no way you can do anything with it. but it can be fixed apparently.
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for many russians, international sanctions over the war in ukraine didn't seem that real until mctonld's announced it was closing its 800 restaurants. cars lined up for hours in moscow, and some russians started hoarding burgers, reselling them online for as much as $44 for a bigmac. the russian affection for the bigmac has been on full display for 32 years, when the first mcdonald's opened in moscow. >> reporter: the rush into mcdonald's was so great, but even the company's restaurant couldn't offer fast food. mcdonald's did offer
distractions. but they are well practiced in the art of patience. i didn't have to wait long, said this woman. only one hour. we line up for lenin's tomb, we wait to see russian heroes. we can wait to see an american hero, too. mcdonald's invested 14 years and $50 million to turn this corner into plastic fantastic americana. they built their own factory with fun supervisors and guidelines on bun symmetry. and the soviet waitresses were all sent to smiling school and given strict instructions. for the average russian worker, a bigmac is about half a day's pay. but no one seemed discouraged. after all, if you wanted long enough today, you got more than a burger. you could see that teapot man spinning. >> that was anthony mason reporting from 1990.
and that's the "overnight news" for this friday. reporting from the nation's capital, i'm catherine herridge. this is cbs news flash. i'm tom hanson in new york. russian ground troops are reportedly preparing for a siege of kyiv, as missile strikes intensify in the ukrainian capital and across the country, causing the civilian death toll to climb. the u.s. state department confirmed a second american citizen has died in the northern ukrainian city, which is where an air strike also killed a family of five. in the south, rescue efforts are underway after russian strikes hit a theater sheltering civilians in mariupol. the biden administration is discussing ways to take in some of the 3.1 million refugees that have fled the violence, a move that could help hundreds of ukrainians get to safety here in the u.s. for more news, download the cbs
news app on your cell phone or connect to tv. i'm tom hanson, cbs news, new york. it's friday, march 18th, 2022. this is the "cbs morning news." deadly civilian attacks. russia continues bombarding nonmilitary targets in ukraine including a school leaving dozens dead. this as another american has been killed by russian forces. another covid wave? after st. patrick's day events there are concerns a new strain of the virus could cause cases here in the u.s. to surge. and teen behind the wheel. the shocking update to the deadly texas crash that left a group of college student athletes dead. good morning, and good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. and we begin with a dire warning in the war in ukraine. the tos.