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Russia Controls 20 Percent Of Ukraine; Parts Of Shanghai Under Lockdown; Platinum Jubilee Celebrations. Aired 5-5:30p ET

Aired June 02, 2022 - 17:00:00   ET



LYNDA KINKADE, CNN HOST: Hello, everyone. I'm Lynda Kinkade in Atlanta, in for Bianca Nobilo. Welcome to THE GLOBAL BRIEF.

Tonight, Ukraine's president says Russia now controls 20 percent of the country from the eastern Donbas region almost entirely destroyed.

Then, just one day after COVID-19 restrictions were eased in Shanghai, multiple neighborhoods are again sealed up.

And a once in a generation celebration for Britain's longest reigning monarch. Queen Elizabeth II marks 70 years on the throne.

Well, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says Russia now controls territory that's much greater than the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg combined.

He says the fighting is raging on the frontlines stretch more than 1,000 kilometers from north and south. And he says the Donbas is almost entirely


Russia has vowed to liberate the region on behalf of pro-Russian separatists. It's now focusing its offensive on capturing Severodonetsk.

Ukraine has lost at least 80 percent of that city, but says it has no plans to withdraw its troops.

And Russia is also keeping up attacks on Kharkiv further north. Ukraine says one person was killed when a missile hit a school that was used as a

makeshift shelter. President Zelenskyy says Russia is trying to destroy Ukraine.


VOLODYMYR ZELENSKYY, UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT (through translator): As of now, nearly 20 percent of our territory is under control of the occupiers,

almost 125,000 square kilometers. It is more than the territory of all Benelux countries together. Nearly 300,000 square kilometers are polluted

with mines and unexploded ordinance.


KINKADE: Well, Mr. Zelenskyy says it's not just territory that Russia is trying to steal, but also Ukraine's children. He says more than 200,000

children have been deported to Russia, so far.

And our Melissa Bell is following these developments tonight from the Ukrainian city of Odesa and joins us now live.

Good to have you with us, Melissa.

Certainly a staggering figure, if it's true, 200,000 Ukrainian children deported to Russia. What else did he say?

MELISSA BELL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: An extraordinary figure. The deportation, he says, it's 200,000 children, Lynda, that includes orphans, but also

children that have been separated from their families. But also adults are being deported, as well.

And this is something that's happened in this part of the world, before, during the times of the Soviet Union and Crimea. It is nothing new, but

horrific if it is true. The problem is that we have difficulty getting to the bottom of anything that's happening on the other side of the line, the

one that divides the 80 percent of Ukraine still in the hands of Kyiv, and the 20 percent now and handsome Moscow, because of the lack of

communication, much of the communications cut off in the last couple of days, with southern Ukraine, but also because this is a part of the

country, part of Ukraine, to which the free press has no access.

But there does appear to have been beyond the fighting and intensification of fighting over last few weeks, the imminent fall of Severodonetsk in

those region where Russia has been concentrating its firepower, that counteroffensive down around Kherson where Ukrainian armed forces say

they're making progress, in the hopes of trying to cut off the Russian forces trying to occupy the westernmost point of Ukraine beyond the Dnipro


There is a question of the line in between. There has been hardening, not just militarily with that pressure coming from Russian artillery in

particular, but also hardening politically, hardening, because the people, both trying to flee the areas now controlled by Russia, and those trying to

get back, find themselves on the wrong side of a line they can no longer cross.


BELL (voice-over): Alive and safe, but stuck in Zaporizhzhia. Some of the families that fled the Russian bombings of southern Ukraine. Others have

just found themselves on the wrong side of a line that has hardened. Some of these families now living in their cars, have been here for weeks.

Orlena Babak (ph) came from the Black Sea town of Skadonsk (ph) to buy medicine for her elderly parents. She's now living with others in the open



Look, she says, he's just had surgery. My husband's without a leg.

This grandmother is recovering from a stroke.

I can hardly sit, she says. My legs are swollen. Can I just get back to Kherson, or is this some kind of cruel joke? Please, just let me die in

Kherson, at home."

Some of the families bringing their anger to Zaporizhzhia's regional administrative building.


BELL: Like Alexis Izmaelov who fled Mariupol with his wife but has had no contact with the rest of his family for three months.

IZMAELOV: They still stay in Mariupol, and during three months, there's no contact. What happened with my father, my sister, I like to come back and

help. I like to bring them to Ukrainian.

BELL: Marina Notanova, who is in charge of social services for the greater Zaporizhzhia region, says humanitarian aid has been hard to bring because

her teams to the south of the city are now without communication.

She tells us it will also be necessary to tell those trying to return of the dangers they face.

It's very dangerous there, she says. So this will be discussed with them at this new filtration camp, to find out why they want to go and whether they

understand the risks.

She says that beyond the water already being provided here, there will soon be a medical center, showers and a room for mothers and children. For now,

these families wait. Just hungry to get home.


BELL (on camera): Some of those civilians, Lynda, who were tonight caught up in this wider conflict. One that's gone on for nearly 100 days, now. The

question, now, of course is not only the frontline fighting, whether or not Ukraine gets back some of the cities that it so desperately wants to

retrieve, weather can push those Russian positions back -- and bring an end to this invasion for the time being -- the advantage, the momentum does

seem to have been on the Russian side.

But there is also, of course, the wider question of the impact on the civilians of Ukraine, of the conflict so far. You mentioned the figure

given by President Zelenskyy, 200,000 children, he alleges, have been taken to Russia, forcibly moved from Ukrainian land. Another figure he gave is of

the 243 children that Ukrainian general prosecutor said, yesterday, had been killed by the war.

And I just want to emphasize, Lynda, what a vast underestimate that appears to be, simply because, what we're talking about, first of all, those

children whose death can be tied to war crimes that have been identified, for instance, the indiscriminate shelling of cities like Kharkiv,

Chernihiv, but also Mariupol, and bearing in mind that those civilian casualties that can be counted can be much more easily counted on the

Ukrainian side of the line, then on the Russian line, because of that lack of communication, and because it's going much slower in cities like

Mariupol because of a number of dead.

That number does appear to be vastly lower than what we imagine it will be. It will take some time to get to the bottom of exactly how costly this war

has been even before we realize how much longer it's going to last. Yesterday, this conflict could last for many months -- there's no sign that

Moscow has any desire to do anything but press ahead with disadvantage and move the line further into Ukraine, Lynda.

KINKADE: Yeah, it seems that way, indeed. Melissa Bell, our thanks to you and the team for some incredible reporting on the ground. Working very long

hours in Ukraine, thanks very much.

Well the head of the largest American Bank warns of an economic hurricane on the horizon. But not everybody is on board with this prediction, some

economists have been quick to point out that the labor market is still very strong.

CNN's Rahel Solomon explains.


RAHEL SOLOMON, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Brace yourself for hurricane. That's the economic warning from JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon, as investors

grow increasingly worried about recession. A stark change in tone comes just a week and a half after last week, he said that there were storm

clouds dissipating.

So, the comments, yesterday, raises some eyebrows, and also causes some concern, even if he said the storm might be small.

JAMIE DIMON, CEO, JPMORGAN CHASE: Right now, it's kind of sunny, things are doing fine. Everyone thinks the fed can handle this. That hurricane is

right out there down the road, coming our way.

We just don't know if it's a minor woman or super storm Sandy -- yes, Sandy or Andrew, or something like that. And it's -- see, you better brace



SOLOMON: His concerns are, of course, inflation. He said it is distorting the economy. He's also concerned about the actions that the Fed will have

to take to rein in inflation, in terms of quantitative tightening, in terms of raising interest rates. He says, look, of course the war and its impact

on oil prices saying that he could see oil prices going to up as high as hundred $150 to $175 a barrel.

Now, all of that said, he did say there is some sunny spots in this forecast. He said job creation is still very strong as we know, and he said

that the consumer is still spending. But when you hear a CEO like Jamie Dimon, certainly among the most recognizable on Wall Street, perhaps even

among the American CEOs start to talk about hurricanes, and bracing yourself, really is going to set up some alarm bells among investors.

Rahel Solomon, CNN, New York.


KINKADE: In Shanghai, multiple neighborhoods are now sealed off just a day after the government eased lockdowns. It comes as seven new cases were

detected into districts.

And in Beijing, extreme monitoring measures are in effect.

CNN's Selina Wang takes us inside daily life in the capital.


SELINA WANG, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): This is part of my daily routine in Beijing.

Getting my temperature checked.

Mandatory testing for the city's 20 million-plus residents.

I have a passport, and I have to type it in every single time.

Beijing halted almost all public activity for weeks. Over just a few dozen daily COVID cases.

Nonessential stores have been shut down, including schools, gyms. And all in restaurant dining is banned indefinitely.

The capital recently reopened some venues like malls and parks with limited capacity. And they have to show proof of a recent COVID test. But still,

the biggest crowds often appear to be parades of COVID workers, spraying disinfectant all over the streets.

So it's green? I'm good to go in.

I need a screen code to enter any area in Beijing. If it turns red, I could be stuck at home or sent to quarantine. Through the smartphone apps,

authorities can track the movements of all of China's 1.4 billion people.

Grocery stores here are fully stocked, Beijing officials trying to show people that, no matter how long this partial lockdown lasts for, people are

going to be fed.

Not like in Shanghai, where people struggled to get enough food when they were locked down.

This is a building where a positive COVID case has been shut down. You can see the workers in hazmat suits, the blue barrier around the building. This

is to keep the people who are locked inside. But it also shows as a warning to other residents. There's a fear that if you spend too much time near a

lockdown building, your QR code could turn red.

Just one positive COVID case can get an entire building bused to government quarantine. This is just one of the many high-risk areas in Beijing.

Residents avoid even transiting through the red dots on the map.

It's lunchtime in the Beijing's most popular district. Most people would be gathering shoulder to shoulder. Now it's essentially a ghost town. And even

here, there are signs reminding people to avoid crowds, and security guards on loudspeakers telling people to distance themselves.

But after more than two years of these on and off restrictions, people are getting frustrated. Every part of our days are tracked and surveilled.

People are concerned that this control is here to say long after COVID is gone.

Selina Wang, CNN, Beijing.


KINKADE: Well, next up on THE GLOBAL BRIEF, the momentous occasion from monarch like no other. Buckingham Palace pulls out all the stops for the

queen's platinum jubilee.

Also ahead, because the costly impact of rising sea levels. Many U.S. coastal community communities are spending millions of dollars to save

their shores. We'll hear from our chief climate correspondent.



KINKADE: Welcome back. I'm Lynda Kinkade.

Well, leaders past and present are paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth as she makes history of serving seven decades on the throne. Thousands turned out

to commemorate the queen's platinum jubilee, kicking off four days of festivities in the UK.

Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron and Boris Johnson, among the leaders celebrating her unwavering spirit, as they called it, as Buckingham Palace came

together for an event like none before.

CNN's Max Foster was there as it all unfolded.

Certainly a big day of celebration, Max. For the 96-year-old monarch, that meant a lot of standing and walking. And it sounds like she's going to take

a bit easier tomorrow.

MAX FOSTER, CNN ROYAL CORRESPONDENT: Yeah, it does sound as though she out that it. She's actually suffering in silence, frankly, today. She suffered

discomfort throughout the day, we're told by the palace.

So, she's had to cancel her plans to go to the St. Paul's commemoration service, St. Paul's cathedral, tomorrow, it would've been too much. This is

something we're going to have to get used to. Prince Charles stepping in for her. Prince Charles representing her.

She gets to but she can, and we're learning she can overdo it, as well. That doesn't cast a shadow over what was a spectacular day for her.

Everything went as planned.


FOSTER (voice-over): A monumental moment in history, one we won't see again in our lifetimes. Queen Elizabeth II marked 70 years of service. And

just a couple of years away from being the longest reigning monarch in world history.

To the awe and joy of thousands of her supporters who came from all corners of the globe, to witness this once-in-a-lifetime event.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I just love the queen. She's served selflessly for the last 70 years, dedicated her life to the country. I'm so grateful to

her for that.

FOSTER: A special tripping of the military ceremony -- kicking off the four day long celebration.

Camilla, duchess of Cornwall, and Kate, duchess of Cambridge, are the first royals to arrive, with the queen's great grandchildren, closely followed by

Princess Ann, Prince William and Prince Charles. The heir to the throne stepping in to the queen of the parade ground, as he will each time she's

unable to attend events, due to her mobility issues, all part of the transition to his monarchy that comes next.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson amongst the guests, nicknaming her Elizabeth the Great.

But the event was also marked by the absence from the symbolic balcony appearance of Prince Andrew, Prince Harry and Meghan, no longer working

royals. And Prince Andrew, having contracted COVID.

And despite concerns about her state of health, the Queen beams with her loyal subjects cheering her every move.


Perhaps the same can't be said for her great grandchildren. Their presence perhaps also a symbol of the passing of the baton, one that was passed to

her back in 1953, and now she's preparing to have the baton to her next in line.


FOSTER (on camera): Beacons have been lit, Lynda, across the Commonwealth tonight, as a symbol of the queen's global footprint. The empire was

crumbling when she came to the throne all those years ago. But she replaced it with an independent grouping of states known as the commonwealth, today.

She's very instrumental in building that and that's being reflected tonight.

So, all the parts of her reign playing into this four-day celebration.

KINKADE: Our Max Foster, our thanks to you, I must say the palace behind you looks absolutely stunning, all lit up. We will check you tomorrow for

more coverage of the celebration.

FOSTER: Thanks, Lynda.

KINKADE: Well, on the other side of the Atlantic, a reminder of the devastating effects of climate change. U.S. coastal communities are feeling

the threat as sea levels rise and beaches shrink. Now, this dramatic video shows a house being swallowed by the ocean in North Carolina's finished

famous outer backs.

Our chief climate correspondent Bill Weir is there.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This home we have been notified by the Dare County building inspector is in a state of potential imminent collapse.

BILL WEIR, CNN CHIEF CLIMATE CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): When these houses were built in the `80s, this beach ran hundreds of feet toward the horizon.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don't believe it's even high tide yet.

WEIR: Now the water is at the doorstep in this part of North Carolina's outer banks and a beach is eroding by a dozen feet a year.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You expect next year, it's going to be 12 to 15 feet back and the next year and the next year and the next year.

WEIR: I see.

And while most locals understand that barrier islands move over time, few imagined this would happen this fast. Especially the new owner of this

$275,000 getaway, who never got a chance to sleep here, before a mediocre storm took it away, or the half million dollar place that collapsed a few

days earlier and spread nail-filled debris along 15 miles of public beaches. At least nine more houses on this stretch are condemned. And the

sea is taking more than just houses.


WEIR: Look at that.

TAYLOR: That we want to save.

WEIR: Wow. Oh, my goodness, it's right there on the edge.

As a proud daughter of the Outer Banks, Dawn Taylor spends her days trying to save the graves.

TAYLOR: We're missing the remains of our loved ones due to the tide up and down the coast. We have multiple cemeteries here that have met their, you

know, demise due to the rising sea level.

WEIR: And so when you think about the lives, the history, the families that we're talking about, you put it in those terms, the fundamental

question of the age of sea level rise is, what is worth saving, and who can afford to save it?

BERNARD MANNHEIM, CHARLESTON RESIDENT: And we watched the water bubble up through those vents into the house.

WEIR: Is that right?

Down the Carolina coast, in Charleston, the Mannheims decided to raise their 450 ton mansion with a system of hydraulic jacks.

Can I ask what something like this costs?

BERNARD MANNHEIM, CHARLESTON RESIDENT: My answer is, many hundreds of thousands of dollars.

WEIR: Right.

MANNHEIM: It's something, hopefully, that will last another 100 years.

WEIR: Whether it does may depend on whether Charleston can afford plans for a billion-dollar seawall, which would only protect the most valuable 20

percent of the city.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This house was actually moved to this -- this is a new location.

WEIR: Back in the Outer Banks, some are moving their houses as far as they can afford.

They moved it from right there to right there?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think that was as far as they could go.

WEIR: Meanwhile, NOAA projects at least a foot of sea level rise here mid- century with ten times as many flooding events like this one, which filled driveways with five feet of sand.

READE CORBETT, DIRECTOR, COASTAL STUDIES INSTITUTE: This isn't just happening on the Outer Banks. It's happening around the world.

WEIR: This is a story that's about anybody who lives anywhere near the ocean, from southern Maine to Padre Island, right?

CORBETT: Right. I mean these processes are happening everywhere.

WEIR: Yes.

But it is not as evident on the mainland because states, counties and towns dredge, pump and truck millions of dollars' worth of sand so tourists and

real estate buyers will keep coming.

CORBETT: If you start a nourishment program, when's the next nourishment? Five years? Seven years down the road? When you get to that point and you

have to think about the economics. Yes, it's $25 million, $30 million.

WEIR: So if you play that out, it really comes down to have or have not communities fortifying themselves, right?

CORBETT: It is challenging when it comes down to the tax base.


It's not that we can't work with the environment, we can't work with the change. We can.

WEIR: Yes.

CORBETT: And we have for years.

WEIR: You just can't do it the way you used to do it.

CORBETT: We've got to do it differently.

WEIR: Bill Weir, CNN, Rodanthe, North Carolina.


KINKADE: Let's take a look at the other key stories making international headlines, today.

Mexican authorities say Hurricane Agatha has killed at least 11 people, 33 others remain missing. As you can see here, the storm damage many houses

and businesses. It's now forecast to hit Florida, possibly as a tropical depression, or a storm.

The White House press secretary says President Joe Biden was told about the U.S. infant formula crisis back in April, but she didn't say who informed

him and insisted the process unfolded normally. The White House says Abbott Nutrition, the company whose factory had to be shut down because of a

bacterial problem, contributed to the shortage.

WHO says it has now confirmed almost 650 cases of monkeypox in 26 countries where it's not endemic, most of them in Europe. The agency says there's

still time to stop the disease from spreading further but only if the rate measures are put into place.

Well, that is the sound of Ukrainians channeling their patriotism and anger into music. Performing battle hymns on top of a Russian tank on the

outskirts of Kyiv. There's some, javelin, honors the U.S. supplied missile they hope will stop Russia's invasion.

Here's one of the organizers explaining their mission


OLEKSIY TOLKACHOV, CHAIRPERSON, OK FUND: This music brings a little more of life to this area. That's our mission, to bring back the life to the

affected areas, and to suffering people.


KINKADE: Well, that's it for THE GLOBAL BRIEF today. I'm Lynda Kinkade. Thanks so much for joining us.

Stay with us. "WORLD SPORT" is coming up next.