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Ukraine / Russian Invasion / Mariupol, Russia Plan #1357806

CNN Evening News for Friday, Mar 25, 2022
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The video from the theater in Mariupol, Ukraine, shelled by Russia while people sheltered there with 300 dead, President Biden in Poland, a pianist in Lviv introduced; scenes shown from Mariupol, of Alex playing the piano as sirens go off. [Russian President Vladimir PUTIN - {thru translator} talks about J.K. Rowling, canceling our culture.] [BIDEN - says thanks to the soldiers.] Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Oren Lieberman) the status of the fighting in Ukraine with Russia perhaps changing the goalposts to liberating part of south Ukraine reviewed; details given of Russian tanks, footage of fighting around Kyiv, strikes from the air on a fuel depot, the Mariupol bombing of the theater, a strike in Kharkiv; details given of Russia's weapons issues. [Head of office of the {Ukraine}Andriy YERMAK@- {thru translator} says they hoped the invasion would be a walkover.] [Russian general staff's Gen. Sergei RUDSKOI@- {thru translator} says our main goal is the liberation of Donbass.] [U.N. Secretary General Jens STOLTENBERG@- opposes the use of chemical & biological weapons.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) What Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said about Russian troop casualties noted. Report introduced.

(Kyiv: Frederik Pleitgen) The status of the Russian offense after they tried to take Kharkiv & Kyiv & have not achieved goals so they are changing plans to go after the Donbass, but other cities are still being attacked,reviewed

(Studio: Anderson Cooper; Odessa: Ben Wiedeman) How Odessa remains on edge because it is the most important port with Russian forces nearby discussed.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper; Kyiv: Frederik Pleitgen) What is Zelenskyy's message today that the Russians are failing with high casualties discussed.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper; Odessa: Ben Wiedeman) The claims about the status of control of Kherson, which has been occupied, discussed; scenes shown of a Ukraine flag on a Kherson building.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper; Kyiv: Frederik Pleitgen) The success of Ukrainian planes, the missile strikes in an air force command center, another strike on a fuel depot of the Ukraine military near Kyiv discussed; scenes shown of damages.

Cooper, Anderson;
Lieberman, Oren;
Pleitgen, Frederik;
Wiedeman, Ben

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