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tech stocks have unwound a lot of their gains. so much about this is concerns about high inflation and what the fed has to do to get inflation back down. remember, low rates were great for stocks. higher rates, that's going to be a challenge. >> okay. matt, thank you. thanks for setting us off for the weekend on this. great to see you. "the lead" with jake tapper starts right now. have a great weekend. a u.s. marine veteran fighting for ukraine has been killed. "the lead" starts right now. >> signs of russian forces advancing in ukraine, as the u.s. detects improved russian air and ground operations. the strategic targets hit that may be more evidence of the russians' unfortunate progress, including a ukrainian journalist killed in attacks on kyiv. >> also ahead, american trevor reed finally back in the u.s. after being detained for more than two years in russia. his parents will join us to
share one of their son's most outstanding requests. >> and cnn exclusive, fox in the white house. text messages revealing sean hannity telling trump's chief of staff he was, quote, fed up with maga, quote, lunatics in the days before the insurrection. >> welcome to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. we start with our world lead and a desperate renewed attempt to evacuate ukrainian civilians from the besieged steel plant in mariupol, ukraine, now blocked by the russians. that's according to ukrainian officials who had announced plans for a rescue operation early this morning. the need to evacuate made even more urgent after russian forces dropped bombs on a makeshift hospital inside that steel plant complex. injured more than 400 people according to the mayor of mariupol. while fighting intensifies in the east and south, a reminder from russia it can strike anywhere in ukraine. this is the damage after russian
missiles hit residential buildings in the capital of kyiv. cnn has also learned an american citizen was killed fighting alongside ukrainian forces this week. family members say 22-year-old willy joseph cancel, a former u.s. marine, was working with the private military contracting firm when he was killed on monday. cancel leaving behind a wife and a 7-month-old baby. u.s. intelligence shows russian forces who were plagued by problems in the early weeks of the invasion are now regrettably beginning to fix some of those issues. cnn's jim sciutto starts off our coverage from lviv with a closer look at the russian advance. >> hundreds of civilians including children still trapped in a mariupol steel plant today after russia blocked ukraine's latest attempt to rescue them. the plant is the last ukrainian holdout in the embattled city and an official says russians have closed off an area near the
complex for now. >> lack of everything, water, food, lack of medicine, lack of any social help. so they need to be humanitarianly evacuated as soon as possible. >> mariupol's mayor claims more than 400 people were injured in a wbombing wends night that hita makeshift hospital inside the complex. a military commander inside the plant spoke with cnn. >> translator: the situation is critical. it is beyond a humanitarian catastrophe. we cannot tell you for sure how long we can hold on for. that all depends on the enemy movements and also on luck. >> humanitarian corridors from mariupol were one of the items antonio guterres lobbied for in his visits with presidents putin and zuzinsky. while he was meeting with zelenskyy, several russian missiles struck. one blast killed a ukrainian
journalist in her apartment. ukraine's foreign minister called it, quote, a heinous act of barbarism. russians are now making incremental progress in eastern ukraine. this video shows extensive shelling of an important railway hub and supply line for ukrainian troops. a key railroad bridge destroyed as well. u.s. intelligence sees russia making improvements to fix some of the problems that plagued the military in the early weeks of the invasion. >> they are trying very hard to overcome the challenges they had in the north by making sure logistics and sustainment can keep up with the movement of troops, but the ukrainians are fighting back hard and making it hard for them to make progress. >> a fuel depot was attacked overnight in the donetsk region controlled by russian backed forces. and the ukrainian officials say a town in the northeast near kharkiv has been recaptured. all of this as we learn of an american casualty here. former u.s. marine willy joseph cancel from tennessee was fighting alongside ukrainian forces. he was working for a private
military contracting company. his family says he wanted to go help the people of ukraine. the 22-year-old leaves behind a 7-month-old baby and his wife. jim sciutto, cnn, lviv, ukraine. >> our thanks to jim sciutto for that reporting. white house officials are now bracing for a potential showdown at the g-20 summit. now that russia's vladimir putin has accepted host country indonesia's invitation to attend. president biden has previously said he thinks russia should be kicked out of the g-20 and administration officials have recently walked out of g-20 events where russian delegates were present. mj lee is live at the white house. mj, is it possible that president biden boycotts the g-20 summit all together? >> we just don't know yet, but certainly, this is a big diplomatic complication because as you said, the president himself has previously said that he believes russia should be kicked out of the g-20 summit and that he also believes that
it just wouldn't be constructive for them to be a part of this group. now, just moments ago, i asked white house press secretary jen psaki about the news that russia has confirmed that it is going to be attending the summit, and i also asked her whether there is anything that could happen between now and six months from now when the summit is set to happen that would make the u.s. feel like it might be productive for russia to be a part of those meetings. this is what she said. >> we have conveyed our view that we don't think they should be a part of it publicly and privately as well. there's a lot that could happen between now and then, but we certainly haven't seen an indication to date of russia's plan to participate in diplomatic talks constructively. >> and for now t is just unlikely that russia is going to be kicked out of the g-20 because not every member country agrees with the u.s. that this should happen. china, of course, being an important one that has spoken out to say they do not believe that russia should be kicked
out. there's also the question of indonesia, which is the host country for the upcoming g-20 summit. jen psaki interestingly said in her answer to me that they believe that indonesia extended the invitation to russia before the invasion began, but if you listen to what the indonesian president said, he said indonesia wants to unite the g-20, don't let there be a split, so it doesn't sound like a host country that is eager to see russia kicked out of the summit. >> mj, president biden just addressed the u.s. citizen, the former marine killed fighting in ukraine. what did he say? >> yeah, he was answering some shouted questions from reporters about this american that was killed. and he said it's very sad. he left a little baby behind. of course, he is talking about willy joseph cancel, a 22-year-old american citizen and a former marine veteran who was killed fighting alongside the ukrainians. he was killed this week, according to his family. he had been working with a
private military contracting company, and we had also asked jen psaki about this, the white house spokeswoman, and she said he was offering her condolences to his family, and she also had a very stern message for any american that is thinking about heading over to ukraine. she said nothing has changed in terms of the warning to every american that might want to travel over there, that they really should not do that because it is a war zone and it is very, very dangerous. jake. >> mj lee at the white house, thanks so much. joining us to discuss is vudeem, ukraine's ambassador to the united kingdom. thanks for joining us. what's your reaction to hearing that putin has accepted this invitation from indonesia to the upcoming g-20 summit? >> well, thank you for having me, first. i believe that putin should be actually kicked out of all the organizations. all of the organizations which are bringing people around the table to talk about something which has to unite us.
it can't have the dictator who is killing his neighbor for, i don't know, sometimes even economical things like he's stealing water now from the crimea. i believe indonesians have to reconsider, and instead, he can invite president zelenskyy to address all of the members. >> your president, volodymyr zelenskyy, said he was grateful for an invitation to the same summit, but he didn't specify whether he plans to go. is he going to go? >> i don't believe that he can come and even be in vigil when president putin is around. i don't think that we'll be able to do it, but again, i will leave it with president zelenskyy. this is still a very good chance to reach out to those nations who still do not understand the tragedy which is unfolding in our part and still try to understand and find some excuses for what putin is doing. some of these nations are very wealthy nations and around the
20 most wealthiest nations. we have to be able to reach out to them. >> as you know, the russians are demanding those purchasing fuel from their country have to pay in rubles. today, the prime minister of the czech republic said that his country is not going to agree to what he called, quote, russian blackmail. they're not going to pay for russian gas in rubles. but on the other hand, hungary's foreign minister said they're going to agree to the russian terms because they depend so much on russian gas. isn't it true this war likely will not end until europeans stop giving putin money for russian fuel? no matter what currency. >> there are two major sources of russians' incomes. as a state. one is oil and gas. something we have to do because we are fueling his military machine. second, actually, the third of everything the military are spending is coming from the taxes on western and eastern companies working right now in russian federation. so we also have to get them out
of the nation because each and every dollar they're earning and paying in tax is going to be turned at ukrainians. >> earlier this week, you warned russia is one step away from deploying nuclear weapons to crimea. that's of course the area in the south that it annexed illegally from ukraine in 2014. why do you believe this? do you have evidence of it? what will ukraine do if it happens? >> over the last eight years, we were observing the activities around the old soviet installations which used to hold nuclear weapons aimed at the west at that time. this new activity is very susp suspicious. we still do not have evidence they already brought the nuclear devices, but the ren aivations are going now and they can be observed from the satellites. this is not big news what i told the intelligence all over the world already know that russians are preparing something in these
nuclear installations. >> the u.s. congress is considering whether to approve $33 billion in additional aid to ukraine that president biden has requested. this would include military and security assistance, economic aid, humanitarian aid. will this be enough to help ukraine defeat russia? >> finally, we see that united states is getting there, and it's meaning business. this is quite a considerable, a huge sum of money will not only help us to acquire the necessary equipment, but it will also help somebody who doesn't have a strong spine, some of the nations around the globe to finally come up with their share of the burden. and you know, open up their sometimes even wallets to help ukraine, sometimes to allow it to be opened and start sending us needed equipment now. i believe this last move on top of what has already been done by uk and some of the nato allies,
this is a key moment which we were waiting for two months and finally is here. >> tell me three countries you think need to be doing more. >> i can tell you those countries who are doing well, but i also know that, for example, we started with germany. they promised to send a couple helmets. this is ridiculous. now, they are considering to send artillery, something we need right away, right now. we also need on top of it, we need anti-air, anti-sea, something which will allow us to hit more ships. and there are a couple nations in the world which actually have this technology. especially those ones who have bigger fleets. and again, the anti-air, something which will allow us to wipe out the planes from our skies. these are three priorities we have and there are nations who have this equipment. i ambassador, thank you so much. >> coming up next, cnn on the ground where missile strikes hit in kyiv. the one thing a mother says saved her life when shelling hit
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. and we're back with our world lead. ukrainians want to go back home. ukrainian refugees, but authorities in kyiv say it's not yet safe. they have issued a warning today to stay away. those who are there have been told to stop driving their cars to preserve gas for a military use. as cnn's matt rivers reports, despite the warnings, some kyiv residents did start returning home only to become victims of russia's latest callous and bloody attack. >> it had been weeks of relative quiet in kyiv, but a couple bangs and a bloom of black smoke quickly changed that.
ukraine and russia confirming cruise missiles were fired into the central district of kyiv miles away from where the u.n. secretary-general had just wrapped up a meeting with president zelenskyy. rescuers worked through the night and in the morning a clearer picture emerged about what happened. with this apartment complex shredded by shrapnel, leaving those in the neighborhood shaken. this wall saved my life, she says. otherwise, it would have been the end. there was a lot of fire. i could see everything was burning. i was so scared. it was horror. she says she only survived because she wasn't sitting next to the window. her son, alexi's hands bloodied. he says a clap and a blast, then panic. that's it. i didn't see it until later. i saw my hand was covered in blood. mother and son survived while others affected by the strike did not. 54-year-old veri, a ukrainian journalist, lived here, having
just returned to her home about a week ago. no one had heard from her all night, so friends kept trying to call her. her ringing cell phone led rescuers to her body this morning. i have no words, says this friend. no tears left. i have no energy to cry. only a few days ago, she was asking how she could help me because my house burned down, and now no one can help her. russia's ministry of defense says they were aiming are a factory right nearby here the that is one of ukraine's top producers of air to air guided missiles. we can't show you that factory due to ukrainian law. the factory was damaged in the strike, but so was that apartment complex just behind it. yet another example of russia targeting places with supposed military relevance but killing ordinary civilians in the process. vera's body was taken out of the building on friday, the victim of an attack president zelenskyy
proves, quote, one cannot relax yet. one cannot think the war is over. we still need to fight. >> jake, according to the zelenskyy administration, vera is the 23rd member of the media to die covering this war. meanwhile, as people continue to come home here to kyiv, and we are seen that in our reporting over the last week or so, you have to wonder if the latest missile strikes will give people pause as they begin to do that more and more. >> matt rivers from kyiv, thank you so much. we turn to ukraine's neighbor to the southwest, moldova. this week, the breakaway territory in moldova was hit with a series of unexplained explosions. russia blames ukraine, and the ukrainian government claims this is a moscow driven false flag operation. for decades, this region has been home to thousands of russian forces leaving the 500,000 people who live in the breakaway territory in limbo,
locked in a soviet era land dispute. let's bring in randi kaye who went to the contested area today. what did you see, and explain why this territory is so significant. >> well, jake, we wanted to see how close we could get to trance this nia. it's about a 40-minute drive. we wanted to see just how to get there, and this is that breakaway republic, as you mentioned, it sits on the border between moldova and ukraine, and that shared border is about 250 miles long. trancenistria is about the size of rhode island. we were able to reach one of the bridges and this is this bridge that leads to dubasari. we saw there were armed russian troops. there was an armed russian vehicle. so we quickly turned around and just went a little down the road, but they kept their eyes on us. they continued to watch us through binoculars. we have video of that. they were passing the binoculars
back and forth, and they also changed position on the bridge while we were there. when we first arrived, actually there was one member of the troops on moldova side, and while we were there, they all moved on to the bridge, unclear why they did that, but there are five bridges that connect moldova to this breakaway region, and that is so unnerving for so many people in the capital because it's so close. they're concerned that transnistria and moldova will be next on putin's list. >> what do we know about theesh plosions and the muoldovamoldov government response. >> one was near the building for ministry of state security. another one damaged two radio towers. of course, russia blames ukraine. ukraine is blaming russia. the ukrainian defense minstiste is saying this was a planned provocation by russia's secret services. what's concerning here and why this matters is there is fear
this region could be used for putin to expand his war. if he gets through into transnistria, that would give him access to moldova and a way to push further east. as you know, this russian commander came out saying they would like to have full control, russia would like to have full control of southern ukraine, and of course, if that happens, they could have this land corridor which would stretch to transnistria. a lot of concern. there are 1500 russian troops there, but that hasn't stopped the president of moldova just this week voicing her concern, saying she thinks the attacks recently are just a way for russia to escalate the tensions, and here's more of what she said. >> we condemn any provocations or attempts to involve moldova in actions that could threaten the country's peace. >> and it is worth noting that moldova is not parts of nato. it is not part of the european
union. it does consider itself neutral. >> randi kaye reporting for us from moldova. thank you so much. >> up next, the parents of trevor reed join me after the veteran u.s. marine finally, finally returned home after nearly three years detained in russia. stay with us. (all): all hail, caesar! pssst julius! you should really check in with your team on ringcentral. oh hi caesar. yeah, you should probably get out of her ♪ ringntral ♪ if you have advanced non-small cell lung cancer,
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detained in russia since 2019 is back on american soil. new photos show trevor's reunion with his family at a texas air force base yesterday morning. trevor's release comes after months of intense negotiations by biden administration officials and amid growing concerns about his health as he remained in russian captivity. and trevor's parents joey and paula along with his sister taylor reed joining us now to tell us what it was like to greet trevor for the first time after his release. i have never seen you smile before. it's so good to see you smiling. it was good to hear you laughing before we started taping. so he's recovering in a medical facility. you were able to meet with him for a few hours yesterday. and you previously had expressed concerns about his likely exposure to tuberculosis and lingering faeffect of covid. how is he doing? >> he seems to be doing better every day. i think he's settling in, and we
had a great time visiting with him yesterday. towards the end of the visit, he was more like himself, telling us stories, making us laugh. he's a bit of a cut-up, so it was great to see his old personality coming back. >> joey, i mean, it's been a long, long journey, but it's good to see a smile underneath that mustache. how does it feel to have him back home in the u.s.? >> hard to describe, jake. it's wonderful. >> and taylor, what's it like to have your brother back and to know he's safe? >> it's outstanding. it still feels a little surreal at the moment, but we couldn't be happier. >> so paula, the state department obviously played a very important role in securing trevor's release, and you had a virtual meeting with secretary of state antony blinken. what can you tell us about the meeting? >> he just wanted to welcome -- congratulate us and tell us it was mostly because of mine and joey's efforts to bring trevor
home, although like i said, we know that isn't true. we know the government has been working on it for a while and they worked hard. we know governor richardson had a play in that. there's so many people who worked on it besides just joey and i. we appreciated his call and we were thankful that he let us know that he's working on bringing others home still. >> they obviously did some important work, but do not discount how hard you guys worked and jonathan franks too to get this story front and center so it couldn't be ignored. i know it's very important to your son and to you and the rest of your family to also talk about americans paul whelan and brittney griner who remain imprisoned in russia. you said in fact one of the first things trevor brought up in your first conversation with him was that others are still there, and they need to be freed as well. what do you want to tell their family and tell us more about what trevor told you about them? >> well, when we first got to sit down with him yesterday in the evening, and we were actually able to stay about two
hours before they had to start running more tests. but we asked him how he was doing, and he said, well, i'm not doing too well. and we were -- we immediately became concerned. and we said, so physically? he said no. we said what? and he said, paul whelan. and it made -- >> he said i feel horrible about being home and not having paul here. he said i don't understand why i'm here and paul's not. and he said, and i am not doing well, but as soon as i get better, i'm going to work on bringing paul home. >> he asked the russians, he asked the fsb on his plane while they were waiting for the american plane to arrive. he said where's the other americans? they said it's only you. and i think he was very surprised, and we had always been concerned that he might, you know, if this were to ever occur, a single transaction,
that he might fight it. you know, not wanting to leave a fellow marine behind. and of course, he doesn't have any choice. if the russians push you out of a plane, then you don't have much choice, but anyway, he's real concerned about it. and the doctors and the state department, they're talking about it with him and letting him know what he can do to help paul and the other americans. and while we're on that subject, ms. griner, we saw a wonderful note from her wife on instagram, a beautiful letter. and our hearts -- >> yeah, our hearts go out to you. we appreciate the graciousness of her statement. and our hearts go out to her. >> and before i forget, jake, there's a group called families of american hostages and wrongful detainees. a new group, it's just the families themselves. they're going to have a protest in front of the white house on may 4th. and you know, to just build on what we have been doing. and one of our family members
will be there also. to make sure that the administration keeps up what they have done, which again, that's a whole other subject about how great the president is and the staff to make this happen, but we wanted to let people know that's coming and you're going to learn about a lot more of the families that are out there, and there's multiple options that the government could use to bring them home. >> taylor, before we go, i know you worked hard. your parents worked so hard, lobbying people, making media appearances, as did you. what else do you want the american people to know about this good moment, this nice moment, this wonderful moment? we don't get a lot of them these days, it feels like. >> no. for sure. the thing that we have been hearing the most is i can't imagine what your family has been through. i can't imagine what your family has been through. unfortunately, there are a great deal of family whose can imagine what we have been through
because they're still going through it themselves. we hope our story can offer them hope and we want them to know we're not going to stop fighting for their loved ones to be returned as well. >> let us hope the story of trevor is a story of hope, if it can happen to him, it can happen to brittany, to paul and others. it's such a testament to your great character. joey, paula, and taylor, that you're talking about these other people at this moment of relief and happiness for your family. thank you so much, as always, and i hope to see you soon. >> thank you. >> thank you, jake. you're wonderful. >> coming up next, a cnn exclusive, the 80-plus text messages that reveal the advice trump's white house shared with a fox host after the 2020 election. ( ♪ ) ( ♪ )
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. in our politics leeld lead, new details about text messages between mark meadows and fox host sean hannity between election day 2020 and president biden's inauguration, offering a realtime view into the role hannity has played as a sort of shadow white house chief of staff, as trump aides themselves would call it. cnn's special correspondent, jamie gangel joins us with her exclusive reporting. jamie, how often were these two in contact? what was the nature of the contact? >> so, they're in contact a lot. sean hannity was a frequent texter. there are more than 82 messages. those are the ones we can see. some things may have been deleted or redacted. to your point, sean hannity is not a normal journalist.
he is -- >> he says he's not a journalist. >> he says he's not. he's a host, an entertainer, also a good friend of donald trump's. we all remember when trump called him up on stage during a campaign rally. so to your point, this is a peek behind the scenes at two men very close to donald trump, and it shows the evolution of their conversation from election day when sean hannity says to meadows, you know, where do you need get out the vote? and meadows says north carolina, here, there. hannity says, yes, sir. that's election day. >> and just not to put too fine a point on that, that's not a normal conversation. >> that's not a normal conversation. >> between somebody on tv and a white house chief of staff. >> a month later, december 5th, they are talking about life after trump. so even though everything is going on with rudy and stop the steal and election.
these two men are talking about possibly working together. so here you go. quote, sean hannity. if this doesn't end the way we want, you me, and jay are doing three things. >> jay sekulow, the attorney? >> we believe it's jay sekulow. one, directing legal strategies versus biden. two, north carolina real estate. three, other business. i talked to rudy. thanks for helping. there's another exchange where hannity suggests to meadows that he should come work for fox after the trump administration. in other words, they know that this is over. they know that the election has -- >> talking about going into business together. business deals together. that's highly unethical and odd. publicly, even though they're having these conversations behind the scenes, we're going
to do this real estate venture in north carolina, this other business deal with rudy. blah blah blah, they're still publicly promoting the big lie, right? >> they are, but let's just talk about what happens over the month of december. you see in the texts sean hannity is getting worried. he says he's worried that white house counsel might resign in protest. he's worried about january 6th coming up. and he says, quote, on december 22nd, hey, my friend, how are you doing? meadows, fighting like crazy. went to cobb county to review process. very tough days but i'll continue fighting. here's the thing, sean hannity, you fighting is fine. the f'ing lunatics is not fine. they are not helping him. i'm fed up with those people. >> who specifically are the f'ing lunatics, do we know? we could assume it's possibly like the sydney powells of the world, people really talking
about releasing the crock. >> we don't know from here, but we do know on january 6th, he reaches out again and tries to get meadows to tell trump to tell the people to leave. >> huh. interesting. so that's what he was saying behind the scenes. >> behind the scenes. >> he never publicly called them f'ing lunatics. >> coming up next, the people who have strong proof americans are nowhere near as generous now as they were in the early days of the pandemic. at least when it comes to the service industry. stay with us. our unique water baseded formula and 6x more glycerin. helps restore skin to its best condition. new dove ultimate. ♪ ♪ we believe there's an innovator in all of us. ♪
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in our money lead, americans are making more and spending more as a key inflation measure hits a 40-year high. in march, american incomes rose by just over $107 billion. while consumer spending increased by $185 billion over the prior month. that's according to new data released by the commerce department. tom foreman looks at one part of the service economy which underwent massive upheaval during the pandemic that's tripping up consumers as things return to normal. >> at this pizzeria in d.c., the tips have been hot and the food steady throughout the pandemic. have the tips been good during the pandemic? >> for sure. >> now, the staff, suppliers.
customers, everyone is facing a tipping point, and service workers in some places are paying the price. just ask isabella, the operations manager. tipping has grown a lot more complicated. >> it has. you are not wrong. >> the pandemic by many accounts pushed tips to new prominence in home deliveries, at takeout stands, food trucks, and in ride sharing services far beyond the spots where many consumers were used to seeing them. at "the new york times," food writer christina morales says that's left a lot of folks wondering, where to tip, when, and how much. >> what's driving a lot of this anxiety and confusion is the fact that these changes in tipping have happened so fast. >> she says even the social norms for tipping have become unsettled. noting one company which tracks credit card transactions found tips rose as the pandemic began, then leveled off, and now are falling amid the confusion and inflation.
so should you tip at a coffee stand, a supermarket, a convenience store? >> i'm a good tipper. >> some customers say it's simple. if someone helps you, tip. if you help yourself -- >> i was at the airport and i gracked a bottle of water from a convenience store, and they asked me for a tip. i was like -- that's not happening. >> to make it clearer, stulena's now puts a 20% service charge on your bill. that is the tip. unless you want to add a little more. >> for me, i personally evaluate the service i'm receiving. and i also take into account the person behind the counter. and i say, you know, how much could they possibly be making? >> just understand they think we're all trying to do what's best for the people around us. >> that's a good tip. >> thanks. >> inflation is just complicating this so much more, jake. the bottom line is you have people on one side of the equation watching every dollar because gas costs more, food costs more. everything costs more.
on the other side, people are relying on those dollars. and it really has created a whole lot of little conflicts throughout the day with people saying, how much is the right amount? how much is too little, how much is too much when every dollar counts? >> what do you do? >> what do i do? i tip overly. i'm a generous tipper, and almost every circumstance, simply because i figure the people who need the money need the money. but i'm doing well. i'm not somebody who is right up against the wall where i might feel like i can't afford that kind of thing. what i don't do is something some delivery people see, which is called tip baiting where you promise somebody a good tip if they hustle your order out and then stiff them. >> and then delete it on the app. that's hideous. all right, tom foreman. i follow your lead, as always. >> stanley tucci is exploring the service industry and the floating city of venice. the adventure is for season two of his new series, stanley tucci searching for italy. here's a little preview. >> and these are a traditional
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parts of ukraine and having some success. sam kiley joins us now live from kramatorsk, ukraine. we're seeing video not far from where you are of an important ukrainian rail hub and supply line shelled by the russians. what are the russians seemingly trying to do here? >> well, i think they're trying to do two things. they're attacking an area in a village where the ukrainians say they're still holding on in spite of very deliberate bombardment. almost all civilians have left that area and indeed the villages nearby just handfuls left behind. there's a large power plant there at the end of a railway system that is still functioning. it's a coal fired power plant and it needs coal deliveries to continue to function. the extent to which this region relies on that power plant is unclear because there are others in the region, but clearly, it's a major strategic prize for the russians. on top of that, they want to be able to