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nissan towards waters east of the peninsula. if confirmed here will be north korea's 9th and weapons test this year. south korea's national security council has condemned what it called the young young's unprecedented repeated firing of ballistic missiles. ah, hello, you're watching out here. these are the stories we're following. the sour, the city council of mary. a poll says evacuations have been put on hold because of reporter violations of the ceasefire. deal. a town is one of 2 regions in ukraine where forces are meant to stop fighting, to have rest residence, a safe passage out shall strap that has more from the separate caea. the city has been bombarded are increasingly heavy showing in recent those. we know that sir, there was a russian military advance from the west. are also pushed by what we believe were.
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it was a push led by the russian back separatists in the east of the city. and we've spoken to members of power, military groups in murray or ball in the last 24 hours should describe a city under siege. they say yes, that there are huge areas without electricity, without water. and what we can only in wichita seems about to panic, ukraine's president vladimir zalinski has criticized and nato's refusal to create and no fly zone over his country. he says the lions will be to blame for any further deaths and destruction. was she lord the icky said he, him that he, joel people who die from this day forward will die because of you because of your weakness because of your lack of unity. all that the alliance was able to do today was to pass foods procurement system, 50 tons of diesel fuel for ukraine will perhaps, so that we could burn the budapest memorandum guaranteeing ukraine security there, while thousands have been leaving from towns on the outskirts of the ukrainian
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capital cave, many cars have signs in their windows, sang children and evacuation to avoid being targeted by russian troops. crowds of ukrainians had gathered in the city of her son and to protest against russia's takeover of their city. if the largest city moscow has taken since its invasion to other world news and the head of the you and nuclear watchdog has met with iranian officials in tehran, as talks to revive the mimic tree. apologies there, and south careers military says north korea has fired a suspected ballistic missile towards waters east of the peninsula. if confirmed it will be the north 9th weapons test this year. as if i had times, i'm m liang when the news continues here on al jazeera, after inside story to stay with us. on march 9th, south koreans will choose a new president to foreign policy is
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a key issue with the 2 front running candidates from opposing parties that will this presidential race be determined by younger votes. more concerned with inequality that home south korea votes, special coverage on l. just nato's has. it does not seek war but is ready for it is foreign ministers have met to discuss the conflict in ukraine, but will the alliance get involved? and if it does, what will be the consequences? this is inside story. ah hello and welcome to the program. i'm danny and abigail. the russian invasion of ukraine is now in its 2nd week, and there is no sign of a lead up. friday saw the attack on europe's largest nuclear facility by russian forces in ukraine. the site caught fire before being put out. it sparked world wide
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condemnation and fears of a catastrophic radiation leak. nato for ministers have met in brussels for a special summit on ukraine. the alliance has imposed more sanctions on the russian leader vladimir putin and his inner circle. and the u. s. is going after business leaders who are closely tied to the kremlin, but none of this appears to be swaying, couldn't into pulling back his troops. the u. s. sector stayed, anthony blinkin says nato does not want confrontation with moscow, but it stands ready if conflict comes while the head of the alliance condemned russia's attack on the nuclear sites. as reckless a senior puts a vote against the new pre po box with his war on the portal and the important so rush, all we do is i'm engage in good faith in
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every ally in one way or another is coming to you phrases every ally in one way or another is helping to strengthen nato itself. and is the secretary general said ours is a defense, otherwise we seek no conflict. but if constantly comes to us, we're ready for it. and we will defend every inch of nato territory will bring in our guests in a moment. the 1st, let's look at why ukraine has long been a particularly sensitive issue for moscow. it was part of the russian empire before becoming a soviet republic and then winning independent in 1991. when the soviet union collapsed. moscow has since been concerned with keeping ukraine out of nato. flood reputed says the west promised in the past, nato wouldn't expand eastwards. but since $99714.00 more countries have joined the alliance mainly in the east. there were tensions 8 years ago when mass protest toppled the ukrainian president,
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victoria markovich. he posts for closer ties to moscow, rather than the e. u. a russians armed forces responded by an x in the crimea peninsula and backing a separate just rebellion in eastern ukraine. the ah, by breaking programming, polo us secretary of state has been meeting the foreign minister of russia invasion of ukraine, polish fun, listening, and for allies corporation who have been with us for we call the nation of political activities. in the c. poland will never recognize territorial tenant is brought about by unprovoked unlawful aggression. the way in which it conducts still is based on
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a desire to break the will of ukrainian resistance by means of the civilians population selling credential area, nuclear power plants and no military vacated or oral crimes and under international alone which are not subjected to start. you off the mutation and will be prosecuted with utmost the 3rd of the nation. i call that i said to refrain from attacks on civilian populations. i call both by this to abide by international humanitarian law and to treat prisoners of war with dignity. terry and over oh, work criminals must be considered in future peace negotiations due to its own painful experience in the past. poland will
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consequently the month prosecuting or criminals. this is our historic dead. the when habit tensor were nica and the 1st sacrifices can never be forgot. pursuing who are criminals, is an element of human kind come on memory. it's our common obligation to achieve this. poland called to life that rafa lincoln center for documentation, the war crimes in new york. again, we discussed possibilities for opponents american corporation. in this area, i calling for an end of the blood, set them to cease fire for the duration of adults between ukraine and in my capacity. and so we see german enough is i welcome the
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understanding for re creation of humanitarian code. those when we 1st facilitate the evacuation of civilians from ukraine, it's it, this citizen the seats along with the majority of always the counter is a period for service. from the outset of the conflict, i view this and they're standing as a day of hope to prevent murder, ukrainian, the c, b. s. from failing victim, store everything positive must be done to serve a evacuation at us aggression in you. ok in cause the humanitarian crisis open imaginable scale. our priority is organized effective. 8, so hundreds of thousands and soon be millions of refugees. poland
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already received up to 700000 refugees. and we will continue to do so forever. forever on the bit needed, regardless of a nationality or a religious creeds that tackle new, okay. in all the transferred to europe and that sense of security. poland decided to immediately increase its defense spending budget though 3 percent of its g b beginning next year. as a key can say for the 3rd ring and defending tonight. so see, stan sang holland hole had to say, well, can i answer the reaction to the new strategic circumstances and
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convey the secretary between ken, my thanks to president by then for his effective leadership in code. and you can explicit united and effective response from the community and the 3 words. so assess, i guess, as a whole, scanty for nato response force on the fly ball and plays a critical role in this reaction and who we are determined to abide by it. in the line with a charter of the united nations, poland will provide all possible support to train, who is currently defending itself, froman and unlawful, as i said, and provoked aggression. thank you. so to that, billington, thank you. as big as i want to thank you. as always, for
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a very good exchange for the very warm welcome. and we were just at nato together. were in washington together just a few weeks ago at and it's very good to be here with you. i'm also especially pleased that ambassador brzezinski is now here in poland credentials last month. timing could not be better. it's vital that we have all of our confirmed ambassadors in place at this critical time. and we are, in fact meeting at one of the most urgent moments in the long history of friendship between our countries as allies and partners. pole in the united states has stood together through many, many challenges. now the very ideals that bind us freedom, democracy, peace, security are under threatened this reason as never before. certainly not since the 2nd world war the people of poland know how important it is to defend freedom
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soto americans. and we will stand together as we've been standing together in support of ukraine and against russia's unprovoked. unwarranted, premeditated invasion in nato at the european union. the o. s. e, where as big numbers the chair in office this year, poland is doing vital work to respond to this crisis is hosted increased nato presence is supported, the robust you sanctions against russia. and it is done a great deal to facilitate security assistance to ukraine. as nato allies, defense cooperation between poland, the united states, i think it's safe to say is closer than it's ever been. since january 30 of the united states has more than doubled the number of our military personnel deployed in poland to now more than 10000, including a brigade of the 82nd airborne division. and we significantly increase the amount
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and types of military equipment and capabilities that we positioned in poland as president biden has said, we will defend every inch of nato territory. poland is also a leading responder to the mandatory crisis that rushes invasion of ukraine. a spark perspective just sat as of today. more than 700000 people have been forced to flee the violence perpetrated by russia, by crossing the border from ukraine to poland. with more coming every single day. and i had the opportunity to speak to some of the folks who come over just recently from ukraine. but i have to say it's an incredibly powerful reflection. a poll is values that vulnerable people know that here they will find refuge to help support the needs of ukrainians in poland and other countries. the by the ministration just requested a congress, $2.00, excuse me,
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$2750000000.00 in humanitarian assistance. that's both to meet the need of vulnerable people and communities inside ukraine, as well as the support refugee services, including here in poland. that's an addition to the more than $54000000.00 and humanitarian assistance to ukraine that we announced just last week. we also sent a disaster assistance response team to poland, working very closely with humanitarian agencies to provide the critical health care safe drinking water, sanitation, hygiene supplies protection for vulnerable people, especially women and children. we delivered nearly 20000 thermal blankets suited for cold climates. we provided funding for emergency supplies to sustain health care for up to one 100000 people for 3 months, and up to 500 emergency surgical procedures. ah embassy, keith has a temporary relocated to poland as well, and i'm grateful for that. that poland is hosting them. they and our embassies and
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consulates in poland and across the region are working hard to assist american citizens and their families, departing ukraine, and to help them with the influx of u. s. military personnel, humanitarian workers, as well as assistance. we established a u. s. welcome center close to the ukrainian border. it's been operating 247 since facility the an we have support teams as well station year the board and romania, hungary, slovakia, moldova, to assist any americans who are leaving ukraine at this moment of crisis for millions of ukrainians. and as the security of europe hangs in the balance, poland has stepped forward with generosity, with leadership, with resolve. we're grateful for the strong foundation of friendship incorporation that we built together over many, many decades, which sony are now relying on today. thank you. thank you very much. time for some pictures, please don't ok,
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that was the us secretary of state antony, blinkin and a polish foreign minister. you've been holding a joint press conference. the men have condemned russia and its invasion of ukraine and spoken about the humanitarian needs in an around ukraine with its neighbors. let spring in our correspondence, zine bus, robbie who's at the crossing on the ukraine at poland border zane festival lips discuss the polish foreign minister and what he had to say. what did you make of his statements and what's to that to you? all well, what we heard from the foreign minister is what we've been hearing all along a great deal of resolve and a great deal of solidarity with the ukrainian people. you know, in many ways, poland truly is the frontline, it is the closest you country to this conflict is the closest nato member to this
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conflict. and as we heard it is the country that has taken on the greatest share of the burden of refugees that continue to cross over. we've spoken ukrainians on the other side of the border who say they are very grateful for all of the assistance they've received from poland. and poland is the country that has been helping not only to provide relief as humanitarian aid, but they have also been fair to help to provide a certain level of arms and armaments to the ukrainians, fighting the russian invasion on the other side. so certainly, you know, definitely maintaining that in the long term will be what will be required to pull it. that will be what will be expected not only from the ukrainian people, but from poles living on this side, volunteering to help as well. one thing we have heard from people that we've spoken to, many of the volunteers here at the medical border crossing is that they are grateful . they know that they help is coming. but they say that here at this point,
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the busiest border crossing on the ukraine colon border here at medica, things are still quite chaotic. there are no translators help the many different nationalities that are crossing over. i think it is understandable. see that ukraine is quite a melting pot. so a lot of people speaking different languages crossing over. and here, all that people are trying to do is get the thousands of people to hundreds of thousands of people that keep crossing into buses and onwards to reception centers where they can receive better care. but here at this crossing, just a few days ago, it was completely empty. all of the supplies that were brought in, all the new donations had been cleared out and the crowds weren't as big. but the i've been flo at the border has sort of followed the pace of events happening on the ground in ukraine. so the last couple of days yesterday today, some of the busiest days since this crisis began over a week ago. then we also heard from the us secretary of state antony, blinking, who said that we stand together against russia. what's that you in terms of what
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elsie had to say? was there anything you from him in that press conference? well, you know, ethically blinking a presence here in poland. certainly a very strong and symbolic gesture really drawing a red line in the sand that poland is, is where the united states will stand in solidarity with the us, with nato. but at the same time, really maintaining ongoing policy, making it clear that it will defend every inch of nato allies territory. but what we've been hearing from people here is that your training and see their counter points in the west. they see the west as their allies as well. and i'll say that the united states, nato, the e, u, is not doing enough to help them fight this conflict with russia. the u. s. is maintaining a policy that does not want to come and to direct conflict with russian troops. and
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that is a fair assessment of that kind of direct conflict. could lead to a conflict on a more global scale across the world. but the fact that the ukrainians that we've met tell us that if they could sit across from anthony blinking, now what they would say to him is that their worlds have already come crashing down because they are currently at war with russia. jane poland is obviously played an important role for ukrainian playing the country, but also as a staging point to sending supplies. i'm wondering if you will your camera and can kind of show us a little bit about what's around you and describe the saying it's obviously very cold and very busy. what else can you show us and tell us about the area that you're in? yes, of course you make an excellent point there. the weather is becoming a factor quicker and quicker. where at about 0 degrees here, i'm gonna get out of your way and just to give you a sense of what's happening around us, the crowd here really gets big and then is moved onto buses. and then taking into
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reception centers taken into cities inside poland, taking in the cities across europe. and then just as one bus is filled with people and the crowd since more people come walking across the pedestrian side of the medical border crossing. now mr. blinking is likely to get a fair assessment of the scale of the crisis from the different reception centers from speaking to members of civil society. but what he is unlikely to see is the sort of combination of desperation and release of people who have been walking for days, waiting in line for days and hours. and then finally crossing into poland. you know, this is where they come across volunteers who bring warm clothes, supplies, food diapers, toys. i've seen numerous children just absolutely overjoyed to be handed to a teddy bear or, or a bar of chocolate. you know, it is a little bit of normal. it is a little bit is
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a moment of relief to realize that they are across the border and they are safe. this is where people are preparing hot meals and serving as quickly as they can to people that then queue up for another line. and then for these buses, and we've seen police officers and firefighters effectively becoming porters really helping people to load their bags, carry them onto the buses. and you know, people are just carrying with them. you know, the precious little they have left, they've left their homes behind and only brought what they can carry. and here they actually do find a moment to sort of take stock of what's happened before they go on to other areas . but here at the medical border, crossing things are still quite periodic and volunteers. we spoke into a said that the polish government certainly is, is, is stepping up, but there's still needs so much more and still needs to be done. you know, we've seen a 1000000 people across, over, in little more than a week. ukraine is a country of more than 40000000 people. and if there is a big push, if there is
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a crush of people that has to run towards the safety of poland in a short space of time as the violence in ukraine continues to get worse, as russian soldiers continue to push into other cities and pushed towards keys, then the crisis here may out pace. the effort of the volunteers, but also of the governments and the different n g o is that are working here to try to get people to help that they need. certainly, i mean, hundreds and thousands of people have fled to poland. what's the general mood like what? what's the mood of volunteers and also the mood of ukrainians? who say is it one of defiance is one of anger is one of sadness that can you describe what people like there and what they're experiencing from an emotional perspective. absolutely, that also is wildly from day to day from moment to moment we were interviewing
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a few people that just in the middle of the interview. overwhelmed that have to walk away. you know, for the, for the mothers, children, the elderly, the vulnerable, the civilians crossing into poland is a moment of real release. they may not know where they're going to next. at least they know they're safe on this side of the board. are there any you territory there under the protection of the polish border guard? so there's a great deal of, of relief. many of the children aren't really old enough to understand what's happening. but the ones that are old enough to understand, you know, they've have re, safety, the, the look of shock on a lot of people's faces. and then when you come to the emotions of people going the other way, there's a great deal of anger, determination and urgency. we've been standing here for a few hours and we've seen at least 3 or 4 different groups of men with heavy packs medical gear camouflage apparel. we've stopped asked them where they're going there
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and generally quite a rush and they say we're medics, we're volunteer fighters. we need to know where the border is. we're trying to cross over to the other side. so you know it really as much as there is relief and anguish and people who feel desperate. the men going across to the other side are angry, determined, and we more, there's been more urgency in the last 24 hours with the people we've spoken to. then we've seen in the last few days so people are, are going over quicker. they're going over to try to get to the front lines as quickly as possible them to people just joining us. i just want to let them know why we're question to you now. it's because we were obviously just had a press conference from us secretary of state, anthony lincoln and the polish foreign minister in the south east of the country where there are hundreds of thousands of ukrainians fleeing into poland. i guess just for our audience to recap, can you just talk a little bit about the significance of the meeting between these 2 men and what was
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said, what was reiterated for our audience? and just keep in mind that we have about a minute left on a yes, of course the foreign minister of poland, the u. s. secretary said anthony blinking, who is here to assess the refugee crisis for himself. really his presence here, he's one of the highest profile we're leaders to, to visit this region so far. and his presence absolutely does draw a line in the sand for any russian officials and maybe watching. we've heard a lot of reports and analysis from a, from think tank saying that russia will not stop at ukraine, that poland will be next. the neighboring countries will be next. and the for the u . s. secretary of state making clear that the us will defend every inch of a nato territory that it will stand strong with its ally, poland, which may soon be on the front line of, of a conflict. if ukraine indeed does fall to russian forces. but what we've heard
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from people here is that ukrainians want to no fly zone ukrainians and other europeans are going into the country as well to join the fight. thank you very much for that update. same bass rabbit. stay tuned. diary will have headline shortly. for stories and inspiration as series of short documentary from around the world that celebrate the human spirit against the on. ah, how does the are select gang ah, receiving eco friendly solutions to combat threats to our planet on al jazeera and talk to alger 0, we ask, do you believe that the threat of an invasion of ukraine is currently the biggest
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ah ah, this is alters there were i'm getting abigail with a check on your world headlines. you cranes, presidents as evacuations for maria paul have been put on hold because of reported violations of a cease fire deal by russia. the town is one of 2 regions in ukraine where forces are meant to stop fighting to give residents a safe passage out. charles stratford has more from supper riccio which is also in the south this.


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