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>> breaking right now russian troops are in kyiv and street lighting is raging through ukraine at second-largest cities. you are watching another special breaking news addition of "fox and friends" first on sunday morning. >> putin is fuming the invasion is stalled by ukrainian resistance. more from lviv on that.
>> we begin with steve harrigan live on the ground as residents wake up in bomb shelters. >> reporter: for the first time we are seeing artillery shell within two miles of kyiv, 6 or 7 shelves in the past hour or so, they hit in heavily populated area and clouds of smoke rise up. we heard two loud explosions, one of them oil depot, a fuel depot outside the city burning with an orange below. russian advance into the capital has been slow but is that going to mean more fire from the russians to pave the way for their infantry.
fighting is intense in kharkiv as they fight for control of the city. peace talks between belarus scheduled to be held, the russians say their delegation has already arrived, they are waiting for the ukrainians, ukraine says we are open to be stocks but not in belarus. back to you. >> we were just showing images of the fire at the oil depot. is that been put out? >> reporter: we are not seeing the glow or the smoke anymore but there was fighting around and people were told to close their window because of toxic fumes. real ecological damage from the fighting as well. heather: we've seen reports of not just gas facilities being attacked but hospitals, a children's cancer center. is it your sense that these are purposeful or is russia just a really bad aim?
>> reporter: i think some of the weapons are provision but some of them are not, field of fire weapons and the problem is if they are delayed and frustrated and want to move in and take the a still don't have it yet, we could see more of that field of fire explosions where a lot of civilians will get hurt. carley: is this the normal level of violence you've seen for the past few days? >> we haven't seen artillery shells at this close to the center. looks like the start of something that could be bigger. carley: that is the fear, stay safe, we will check with you soon. western ukraine many residents hope to avoid the horrors of war is vladimir putin expresses frustration on the lack of progress in kyiv.
>> reporter: the fourth morning since the invasion the flow of refugees continues through and around the city of lviv. the road to the polish border is back to, as they try to get to hungary, romania. people abandoned their cars and started walking with her luggage, families are separated is men stay back to fight. the civilian population, fleeing is the right thing to do with the prediction that the fighting will only get worse. >> it is getting worse and the russians are getting obsessed with the situation, they will get more and more upset and i think this is going to get worse for people who live in ukraine. >> reporter: since 2014 ukrainians have been leaving for their neighboring countries. you have a lot of ukrainians
living in poland and romania and other nearby, hungary. this creates a dynamic with tearful reunions of families getting back together created by the panic and fleeing of the fighting. here in the town of lviv, the bus depot has been chaotic with people trying to get on board, made more chaotic when the air raid sirens wail. so far today no air raid warnings but that could change in a minute. most days we heard the air raids come in. heather: that scene is being replicated all through the area. general jack keane on plenary putin's invasion strategy and why the russians are not seeing the results they had planned
for. >> this complicated ambitious campaign, they wanted to collapse the country quickly. let's do all four avenues of approach simultaneously. that's the objective with the main effort being going into kyiv but what has happened as a result? the fact is there is not a single major population center that is in russian hands after three days of fighting. heather: let's bring in a former dod contractor. what is your assessment? >> i think the ukrainian people will continue to fight. we are seeing extreme resolve but while the ukrainian people are willing to fight, president biden could stop this set any
moment if he would do it reagan did, cut off the sale of oil to gorbachev, when president biden took office, we were energy independent and he made us energy dependent on foreign resources by stopping the keystone pipeline and lifting restrictions on russia. >> those sanctions are coming down and they still don't affect the energy industry at all. that flow of money between the us and russia is still continuing which is wild to think about. to questions, the military questions from your military perspective, vladimir putin was planning on a quick lightning strike and we are in day 4 of this fighting, how long is too long until russian troops get bogged down in ukraine and he might have to pull them out of the country?
>> like any military strategy, he assumed ukrainian people would turn and fight and thought he would just topple the leadership of ukraine but we are seeing the ukrainian people are rallying and fighting and you are seeing something putin didn't suspect which is lack of motivation with the russian troops. i've seen lots of videos of russian troops not willing to be there, not the same as the ukrainian fighters. what matters more than anything else's willingness to fight. i thought the taliban for 20 years, their willingness to fight, we are not seeing that in the russian troops. heather: the will on the part of the ukrainian people and
lack thereof on the part of the russian soldiers, what has been putin's greatest miscalculation strategically? >> strategically he did not execute a good plan to topple the capital. he thought he would get to the capital sooner and topple the capital but it is not playing out that way. carley: the ukrainian civilian on "fox and friends" yesterday since some pretty amazing things, he used to have a different occupation. now his occupation is to defend his country. when asked if he has ammo he said not really, my neighbor, civilians that have formed a neighborhood fighting force don't have much ammo, just using makeshift molotov cocktails and asked why he is fighting listen to what he had to say.
>> of 3 nation which once we breathe the air of freedom we never will -- back to the russian empire. not -- they attack ukraine because they decide. nobody just says you have to. they died because of ukraine. carley: he lived in ukraine when it was a soviet state and he said once you take freedom you never want to go back. how important is it ukrainians have something to fight for? >> it makes the difference. in our own country people, people who came from those countries, the ukrainian people have experienced what it is
like to be under a soviet war, what it is like to be under freedom and they are not going to go back. we are seeing bus drivers, schoolteachers and women and moms picking up arms, training for the last two days, when did you first fire a rifle, two days ago, she was willing to go out and fight, they are willing to die for freedom. hard to fight someone like that. the russians are learned a hard lesson. they thought this would be easy, they were topple the capital and topple the leadership and it is not going to happen that way. todd: north korea firing a missile toward the sea of japan. is this a toddler seeking attention when the world isn't paying attention or are you legitimately concerned?
>> it is the latter, toddler seeking attention. this is no surprise was when america is weeks, the world is a dangerous place. taiwan has never been a more dangerous time for taiwan which -- the leadership, lack of leadership we are seeing from president biden, made very poor decisions for months on this, the fall of afghanistan and now this, bad actors in the world will start acting up and it makes the world a dangerous place. carley: thanks, good to see you. russia's attack rages in the heart of ukraine the president says the impact of his
sanctions may not be felt for some time. todd: in an exclusive interview donald trump says president biden's received weakness could have terrifying implications. the very latest. >> reporter: ukraine says they need help now as russian tanks close in on kyiv as the world promises more weapons and a wave of economic sanctions against russia but in an interview with progressive podcast host president biden warned sanctions will take time to work in. >> president biden: there is no section it is immediate which
you can sanction someone and say you are no longer going to be able to be the president of russia. >> reporter: the us and european allies announce new sanctions directly impacting president putin but in an exclusive interview with fox news digital, donald trump doubted their effectiveness. >> they are going to have to do more than sanctions but
sanctions, vladimir putin has had sanctions always and he understands how to avoid sanctions and he goes through other countries, he goes through china as an example but the sanctions have to be strong. >> reporter: he went on to praise volodymyr zelenskyy who continues to fight in the streets alongside his citizens, the world needs to start russia now before the war comes to them, sentiment echoed by donald trump. >> this could lead much bigger than this one area, this could lead to a lot of other countries and could lead to world war, you never know how it starts, world war start, you
never think of war will come out of it and you end up in a world war, very dangerous period for our nation. >> reporter: president biden says the only way to punish vladimir putin while not starting a third world war is through sanctions. carley: frantic evacuations
continuing ukraine as the russian military closes on major cities. heather: former green beret joins us now is how much harder is it now than when we spoke with you a few days ago? >> exponentially more difficult. your previous reporters on the ground, everything they described we are seeing the same conditions on the ground. about 30 miles out from the crossing of poland it is almost gridlocked. they will walk the last 5 to 7 miles, we've had people and vehicles waiting upward of 20 to 24 hours in buses and vans waiting to get closer to the border. near the capital city, it is exponential. you can feel and sends the shelling as the russians are closing in. all those things are being felt on our side also.
carley: we are seeing images of people walking, leaving their cars because the traffic is too intense and flight radar shows these airplanes flying around ukraine. you can't fly over ukrainian airspace anymore. what i'm hearing you say is there are going to be more and more people who want to get out of ukraine at a time it is becoming more difficult to do so. >> exactly right. we have advised several of our clients in major cities that we anticipate in the next 5 to 7 days that it will slow greatly based on the threat, the traffic, the roadblocks and backups on the border. the romanian border remains more efficient, still takes 8 to 10 hours to be processed. the polish border is taking a
day plus to get through. the risk on the ground combined with conditions at the border make this more difficult. for pure expectation management, we are not telling corporate clients we will slow down the next 5 to 7 days and then reassess and in many cases telling people the risk/reward might be too high and this might take a month as we look at the horizon how long this might go on. todd: what are the main unknowns you anticipate having to grapple with going forward? >> we had the government confiscated few vans and buses, roadblocks popping up. what is unknown is where our russian forces going to physically go, and how visceral
and violent will of free fires be as they come into major cities? that is the number one risk. what is the risk/reward for clients on the ground? do we risk putting them on buses, on vehicles and expose them to that or do we ride this out for a few days and reassess and determine where are those pockets where there is freedom of maneuver? still moving with relative ease though we are under a curfew through monday where it's not just a night curfew but 24 hours a day through monday in major cities across the country. carley: i want you to weigh in on the latest situation in ukraine. the war is far from over but ukrainians are showing significant level of resistance that vladimir putin didn't expect was how do you think things play out moving forward? >> i think russia and putin now have a risk they did not anticipate. others saying the same.
i think this is moving much slower than anticipated and insurgencies which is what vladimir putin will have on his hand if this goes sideways are a slog, expensive and costly. i don't believe he anticipated this as many others have said and they are at much greater risk than they ever anticipated. todd: thank you for taking the time to join us. space x founder elon musk activating his starling satellites to provide ukraine with internet announcing the move on twitter in response to a direct we from ukraine's foreign minister for help. the network of satellites will provide connectivity to alleviate internet blackouts in ukraine where land-based internet hubs of gone down. carley: protesting russian vodka as the invasion of ukraine continues. ohio and utah pausing sales of
russian-made vodka entirely to protest vladimir putin at invasion of ukraine. liquor stores in canada joining the protest, getting rid of their russian vodka. the private sector doing this. if you are just waking up with a sunday morning or watching a special breaking news addition of "fox and friends" first which russian forces inside ukraine at second-largest city of kharkiv. ukrainian oil depot and gas line a target of russian missiles overnight. heather: our next guest just made it to poland after spending 52 hours trying to get out of kyiv. he will share his first-hand account when we me back.
todd: carley: russia calling for negotiations with ukrainian belarus but president volodymyr zelenskyy will not negotiate in the russian controlled country. todd: richardson has more on the developing situation. >> reporter: the russian government says it is a negotiating committee to talk and belarus and ukrainian
president volodymyr zelenskyy wants no part of those discussions. in a social media post speaking in russian, he says he's willing to negotiate but refuses to do so in belarus. russia also staged forces and invaded from belarus so he's recommended other cities which is also recruiting internationally appealing to foreigners who want to fight for ukrainian. the ukrainian government says those interested in fighting the russians should show up the ukrainian embassy or consulate. they also need more weapons. the us announced $300 million in military aid including anti-armor and antiaircraft systems and small arms, ukrainian says it has discussed more assistance with the united kingdom, france, georgia, the czech republic, germany says it will send 1000 antitank rockets, poland is a delivered ammunition as american politicians say the world has to raise the cost to russian president putin.
>> the more successful ukraine is against russia the more likely vladimir putin is to go scorched-earth was never in the history of the world has a bad guy been so exposes vladimir putin is right now. >> reporter: as russia invades the russian, uk and european allies announced they were moving russian banks from swift, the messaging system to enable international transactions and also hitting russia's central bank with more restrictions and creating a new task force to go after russian oligarchs and elites who are on the sanctions list to seize any ill-gotten gains such as houses and yachts and placed cars. heather: our next guest is among thousands who fled kyiv for poland. a former embassy got his spent 52 hours at the border waiting to evacuate. carley: it is so good to see
you safe in poland, tell us your journey, how do you get out of the country? >> i was planning to go to see my family and as i was driving the bomb started falling. i knew it was a possibility, to see the skylight up with something incredible. i sped over to lviv. the bulk of people hadn't reacted yet. that is close to poland, grabbed my family, took about 90 minutes to get to the polish border checkpoint and it was just the mess was we were stuck in the car together, 5 of us plus our dog, we thought it would be 8 to 10 hours, maybe a day after one day i realized it would be at least another day and it did and that being 53 hours in line get living off gas station stuff.
we had enough water and baby food but got tough toward the end. todd: how is your family doing? >> it was tiring taking the burden on ourselves, she made a good point, we are in a position of adrenaline and getting our family out of this country into poland. we haven't processed what it means for our lives but everyone is safe. our baby is 15 months old and on a big road trip, smiling at everyone. that is the best part, she won't remember any of this. the rest of us are tired but we see the resistance ukrainians are putting up, vladimir putin didn't think they would but we knew they would and reading the stories of pushing them back, fighting, not giving up made our problems seem like nothing. carley: are you saying
ukrainians are hopeful they will end up winning this war? what are they saying to you about how they are feeling? >> they are willing to fight as long as possible but if there's a change in major support, harsher sanctions, more weapons coming in, we saw weapons when we were driving out but there needs to be more and more. they can't hold out forever. it doesn't look good at the end of the day. todd: had the good fortune of doing a story learning how marine embassy guards get trained, you obviously are extremely tough but also intuitive and smart. was there ever a time in the course of your journey where you thought we may not get out of this? >> it felt safe in the west.
i was leaving the city when i heard the first booms. i heard the bombs drop and i knew that is what the noise was and i saw the skylight up to the right. a glowing orange light. i thought -- my car is going to fly off for the next 2 hours, to get away from the city, away from any possible target and it was all adrenaline to get to my family in lviv. carley: there have been a few pro russian presidents in ukraine, if vladimir putin does capture ukraine how does he hold it in the face of constant insurgency? >> can't understand what he was
thinking was i watched his speech on monday and realized he doesn't have a rational view of what ukraine is now. maybe eight years ago because of what happened in crimea. i wouldn't have start a business and family here if i thought the country would give up. todd: we are going to lose your signal. if you're just waking up with us we will check in with our reporters on the ground and look at how putin's invasion may not be going according to plan. ♪♪ other paperwork that's preventing you from doing what matters most? then get the all new epson rapidreceipt smart organizer to scan, digitize and organize your documents and receipts. receipts go in, and stress goes away. it's the only solution on the market specifically designed to extract and digitize key data trapped on receipts and invoices. and it integrates with financial
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the oil facility right outside the sea of azov. what are you seeing now? >> reporter: we are hearing more than we are seeing. artillery shells in kyiv. we are hearing an explosion once every 2 minutes. they are hitting in the north and the west so this city of 3 million is getting hit with artillery. it is a steady rate, not a barrage. one shell every 2 minutes or so it usually you can see the black smoke go up after it hits. 3 million people live here, not sure what is being hit by those shells was big explosions including oil depot, fuel depot hit, it glowed orange and throbbed for an hour or so. this is a slow advance by the russians and you wonder if that artillery will pick up to increase the pace and try to take over the city. you mentioned more fighting in
the second-largest city, kharkiv, a gas pipeline blown up, adding to the destruction in kharkiv. todd: in western ukraine many hope to avoid the horrors of war as vladimir putin expresses frustration at lack of progress. carley: residents still bracing for an attack. >> reporter: i draw your attention to one of the leaders who is using social media, the foreign minister whose most recent tweet said foreigners willing to defend ukraine and world order as part of the international legion of territorial defense i invite you to contact for an diplomatic missions of ukraine in your respective countries. together we defeated hitler and we will defeat vladimir putin too. i talked yesterday or we talked yesterday with a lebanese student in ukraine, he says
he's willing to join the ukrainian fighting forces. >> any chance to join the enemy, now. >> reporter: the traffic jam to the border stretches 30 miles as people try to get into poland, hungary, moldova, families are split at the border, the men are staying back to fight. >> it is possible not to meet again. your mom, dad. your relatives. maybe your goodbye is the last one. >> reporter: so far today lviv is pretty quiet. usually we hear air raid sirens which haven't heard any so far today.
carley: as ukraine stands firm president biden and the eu could decide to push the financial "nuclear option" removing russian banks from the swift network. todd: joining us to talk about the response, jeremy, great to have you. the financial aspect, mike tobin had a very interesting thing he referenced in the beginning of his peace, this request by the ukraine foreign minister, he was asking people from around the country to come to ukraine and take up arms to help them out. is that something that is even possible with the rules we have regarding nato and all the other rules of engagement throughout our military? >> it would certainly be difficult. our own military soldiers are
not allowed to participate but people are coming together and standing up to vladimir putin. he did not anticipate the type of resolve coming out of ukraine and the international community coming together saying enough is enough. i'm so pleased with the level of resistance out of ukraine. i was there in 2016 training armed forces. the thirst for freedom is so clear and so palpable in that country that they will stop at nothing, literally giving their lives for their country, their homeland and the entire world community is seeing that now. we are praying that they defeat vladimir putin and make him pay for invading their country. >> what do you make of the latest sanctions, the usa eu
nations kicking some russian banks out of the swift financial system but doesn't affect their oil and gas industry? >> reporter: biden and eastern european leaders, this is a johnny-come-lately assistance to ukraine, giving them leave the leg away too long to do that. if they done it sooner they would be in better position but also with these payments you can hit them with sanctions but until you start targeting these energy payments that is how russia is funding this war. until we target energy payments these sanctions will not be as tough as they could be. these little halfstep measures are not going to be helpful until they start hitting energy and this is why we have to be energy independent at home. we should be wrapping up our domestic energy production but
someone needs to ask biden why are you still restricting energy production at home. todd: talk in the last 24 to 48 hours is this invasion is not going as vladimir putin planned, you discussed the will of the ukrainian people. is there something strategically in your estimation being a trained west point soldier the you see vladimir putin failing at? >> he is committing incredible and egregious crimes, you see the footage, heinous acts his military is committing, what he has underestimated is the will to fight and the thirst for freedom in ukraine. we have members of parliament grabbing weapons defending their country. you know the people are not playing around. he thought they would all rollover and capitulate but that is not happening.
even here at home in our community folks here are paying $6 a gallon of gas. the entire world community is upset was one reason i'm running for congress is to get serious leadership in congress and our leadership to stand up to people like vladimir putin. >> unbelievable image of ukrainians racing to get out after days of russian attacks which are next guest says his only option was a 20 hour, 50 mile walk into poland to get safety. american independent journalist manny morrowta. why were you in ukraine and tell us what it was like to get out of the country. >> reporter: i traveled to ukraine to cover the lead up
for tensions surrounding the conflict in russia. i was documenting the people, the culture that on february 24th i woke up to air raid sirens in lviv and announcements telling everybody to seek shelter, to help the elderly and the young so i went with my roommate, a british journalist to the train station. i went to the bus station, all the buses were booked, we tried looking to car hire or uber and we decided are only possible option would be to walk from lviv to poland. that was something that many of us were undertaking at the time. carley: what is it like for people trying to get into poland? do they have food and water? what is the situation like? >> a desolate environment.
there is not much between lviv and poland at all. he was the hundreds of thousands of people without access to food or water or a toilet or shelter in the middle of winter time walking down the road trying to get to poland as fast as possible was it was hearing at heartbreaking to see young children, older adults trying to reach poland on a long and grueling walk in wintertime without food or water. carley: your describing a humanitarian crisis. men age 18 to 60 are not allowed to leave the country so you are dealing with a lot of broken families. so glad you are safe, thanks for joining us and telling your story. todd: and american pro basketball player just made it back to the us. he will tell us about the difficult time he had trying to reconnect.
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on hold to fight for his country. sergei safhofski is a title winner. he's enlisted in the ukraine military reserves writing on its to graham i believe in our military and our invincibility. glory to ukraine. the athlete telling reuters he does not have military experience but does know how to handle a gun. heather: and american ukraine has returned to the us after escaping ukraine just before the russian invasion. that player joins us now. great to have you back home. describe how you got out. >> thanks for having me on. the last few days have been a whirlwind, incredibly difficult to grasp everything and understand the severity of
everything but it went from 7:00 in the morning from my team telling us to get your bags, pack your things. in that moment i knew it was serious. from zen on, i got back to houston last night at 10:00 pm. from driving to poland, the border, everyone telling us it is not going to work and we go to the romanian border, sitting outside traffic all day, they are walking to the border, standing outside for 14 hours plus freezing, the ambiguity of not knowing what to do or if you are going to see her family again is a scary moment.
todd: did you think you might get stuck there? >> absolutely. when i was at the border i felt stuck. not only the 14 hours but the 5 hours i was driving to the romanian border it was very scary time and i am happy to be back. i am hoping. todd: when you signed up to play pro ball in ukraine did you think something like this could happen? >> absolutely not. i've been playing basketball, my 10th season professionally, i never dealt with anything to the magnitude -- i came to play basketball and came into a war. i can't fathom it. todd: for those who don't understand you were a big time star in the states.
you played wichita state, a great run under greg marshall but at some point you had to make a career decision and is money overseas to be made. explain how that process works. >> i felt it was necessary when i figured out when the embassy was leaving ukraine, in that moment i was thinking okay, all right, the league hasn't shut down the league, they did a poor job protecting players, lifted in the hands of players to leave. i felt they should have taken the necessary precautions to get the americans home, shut down the league or suspend the league. i left money on the table. i didn't get paid for my team. i just had to think about my
safety and safety is better, money comes and goes but a lot of americans we left the money on the table and had to flee and a lot of these teams haven't contacted us at all. it shows you the care they have for americans and our safety, a poor job from their end. todd: what's the first you did when you got back to the states? >> i hugged my son. i was thinking about my family, my mom and parents. that was something i will never forget and it was a humbling experience seeing families pulled away from each other in ukraine. i saw family that separated. the men are retired to stay and fight for their country.
you couldn't imagine seeing a father leave his young daughter or young son. it was a humbling experience. heather: unbelievable to watch those scenes. thank you for your time. carley: great to have him back. as you wake up you are watching a special breaking news edition of "fox and friends" first, ukrainian energy resources targeted by russian missiles, russian forces are inside ukraine at second-largest city of kharkiv. our fox crew is on the ground. live reports plus joe concha live for breaking coverage.
carley: the pentagon says the invasion has been stalled by ukrainian resistance. mike tobin is live in lviv with that. alexandria half is live in wilmington, delaware traveling with the president, the white house and made a response. todd: we go to steve harrigan on the ground in kyiv as the residents wake up in bomb shelters. hearing anymore shelling right now? >> reporter: we heard another artillery shell fall behind me north of the city, within two miles of the center where i am standing. it's not been a barrage of artillery shells but has been steady, one shell every 2 minutes or so in the west and the north, something different, something closer and it may be what we may see down the line as this russian advances been slowed. more attacks outside the city was a fuel