welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore. i'm mariko oi. the headlines: the us says it's too soon to impose sanctions against russia for its hostile stance towards ukraine. it comes as a former ukrainian mp denies british claims he could be installed by moscow as head of a puppet government, but says his country needs new leadership. tonga's government warns there's a long road to recovery, eight days since it was devastated by a volcanic eruption and tsunami. after a british mp says she was told she was being sacked from government in part because of her muslim faith, two senior figures in the cabinet call for a full investigation.
thousands mourn the late vietnamese monk and peace activist thich nhat hanh, who's credited with bringing mindfulness to the west. live from our studio in singapore, this is bbc news. it's newsday stop welcome to newsday — its seven in the morning in singapore and six in the evening in washington where the us secretary of state has said it is "too soon" to impose stricter sanctions against russia for its hostile stance towards ukraine. antony blinken said the deterrence value of the measures would be lost if they were triggered prematurely. it comes as yevhen murayev — a former ukrainian mp — dismissed an allegation from britain that the kremlin is planning to install him as the head of a russian puppet government in kyiv.
an adviser to the ukrainian president said the british allegation needed to be taken seriously, but downplayed the status of mr murayev within the country's political scene. here's our diplomatic correspondent, paul adams. in california, fresh supplies of american weapons destined for ukraine. hardly enough to defeat an invading russian army, but the message to moscow is clear — if you do this, it'll come at a price. but now the foreign office says it's seen signs of a russian plan to install a puppet government in kyiv after an invasion, pro—russian politicians, in contact with russian intelligence officers involved in planning the attack. it says this former ukrainian mp, yevhen murayev, is being considered as a future leader by the kremlin. he denies it. ukrainian officials seem unfazed. that's what i would expect as a logical next step in a russian invasion. they will invade and they will have to establish some sort of government, so i'm not actually surprised.
we've been in war with them for seven years, and don't forget that our previous government actually fled to russia, nowhere else. it's highly unusual for intelligence of this kind to be put into the public domain in such a brief, abrupt manner. it's a reflection of the extreme anxiety across government about what vladimir putin might be planning. it's a way of saying to the kremlin, "we see what you're doing." but after friday's talks in geneva, there is more diplomacy to come, antony blinken, the us secretary of state, promising a written reply to his russian counterpart sergei lavrov, addressing russia's sweeping demands, some experts worried that russia is being allowed to set the agenda. it's asking for a demilitarised eastern europe and a denuclearised continent so that the only forces threatening europe are russian ones and the only nuclear missiles that could threaten european capitals are russian ones. that ought not to be a situation that is acceptable to anybody in the west of europe.
russia's build—up along ukraine's northern and eastern borders continues, moscow still insisting it has no plans to invade, it's all just drills. but it's now been ten months since russia started massing troops here, a gun held to ukraine's head for almost a year. what's really being planned behind the kremlin walls? as the troops assemble and the political plots swirl, the west is still left guessing. paul adams, bbc news. i'm joined now by samuel charap, senior political scientist at the rand corporation and co—author of the book everyone loses: the ukraine crisis and the ruinous contest for post—soviet eurasia. compared to a week ago, where are we in terms of tensions between the us and russia? i think we are probably, in terms of
the diplomacy, there has been no movement forward so to speak. we still see movement forward so to speak. - still see the two sides talking but no indication their positions have come any closer. we see increasingly disturbing signs on the ground. both have visual and in terms of satellite photos on social media evidence of a continued russian build—up including on the border with belarus so that his russian troops in belarus on the border with ukraine, and these us and uk allegations this week of russian plans to essentially ask the elected government in kyiv.— plans to essentially ask the elected government in kyiv. what about the us military assistance _ government in kyiv. what about the us military assistance to _ government in kyiv. what about the us military assistance to ukraine, . us military assistance to ukraine, how effective is that? i us military assistance to ukraine, how effective is that?— how effective is that? i think it's an important — how effective is that? i think it's an important symbol— how effective is that? i think it's an important symbol of - how effective is that? i think it's an important symbol of us - how effective is that? i think it's i an important symbol of us support but as a measure to affect russia's
behaviour, at this point it's sort of overtaken by events. the first russia is assembling around ukraine really renders anything the us could deliver almost irrelevant in terms of the war fighting that could occur. it is unlikely to affect vladimir putin's calculus in terms of the deterrence and if we get to the point where there is a ukrainian insurgency, russia is occupying large parts of the country, any marginal costs imposed on russian occupiers by ukrainian insurgents will be nothing compared to the cost borne by ukrainians so i don't think we should wish for that kind of an outcome but basically at this point, military assistance is a symbol more than anything that has a practical impact on either russia's decision—making or the potential conflicts that might ensue in the coming weeks and months. what
conflicts that might ensue in the coming weeks and months. what did ou make coming weeks and months. what did you make of — coming weeks and months. what did you make of antony _ coming weeks and months. what did you make of antony blinken's - coming weeks and months. what did i you make of antony blinken's comment you make of antony blinken�*s comment about additional sanctions? you make of antony blinken�*s comment about additionalsanctions? do you make of antony blinken�*s comment about additional sanctions? do you agree? i about additional sanctions? do you auree? ., �* ., about additional sanctions? do you auree? ., ~ ., ,, ., about additional sanctions? do you auree? ., ~ ., , agree? i do. although russia is buildinu agree? i do. although russia is buildin: a agree? i do. although russia is building a force _ agree? i do. although russia is building a force that _ agree? i do. although russia is building a force that poses - agree? i do. although russia is building a force that poses a i building a force that poses a significant threat, the action hasn't occurred yet and deterrence is about issuing threats in the hope that the other side doesn't take action so until the action is taken, you don't follow through on those threats, that's the basic philosophy behind deterrence. implementing it now, you would lose any deterrent benefit that the threat would potentially generate. that said, i have to imagine that vladimir putin has priced in western sanctions given the size of the operation he appears to be planning so even if
the threats are quite specific and potentially quite significant, one has to imagine that he didn't assume that you were just sort of rolling to ukraine without any consequences in terms of western sanctions so whether it ultimately changes his mind is a different story but going ahead with it now doesn't make any sense so i think the secretary of state makes an important point. thank you forjoining us. if you want to know more about this story, just go to our website, where there is more analysis and answers to the main questions about what's going on in ukraine. the government of tonga says it's facing a long programme of rebuilding and reconstruction — just over a week after it was devastated by a volcanic eruption and a tsunami. foreign aid is arriving, but strict coronavirus—prevention rules are hampering humanitarian efforts, as the local
authorities try to keep the virus out of the country. tonga is made up of a group of islands in the south pacific. entire villages were destroyed in the tsunami and some are still without basic neccessities, like clean water. our correspondent shaimaa khalil has more from fiji. aid has arrived in tonga and a lot of it is being coordinated from here in fiji. countries like australia, new zealand, japan and britain have sent everything from water supplies to shelter kits, generators, even sweeping machines as well. the concern now is that this is going to be a slow process, getting aid and distributing it to people who need it the most is very very tricky on any occasion. and the fear of a covid—i9 outbreak to that equation and you see how complex this is. the tongan government has insisted the aid should be contactless, theyjust do not want a covid—i9 case in the country,
they don't want to be dealing with a covid—i9 outbreak as they are dealing with the devastation, which means that supplies are there on the ground, but aid workers are not so essentially it's up to people in tonga to distribute that aid, whether it be volunteers or other aid workers inside the country stopped the concern now is how fast the aid is going to get to people and how far it can get, especially to far—flung places. there are also, of course, health concerns, the quality of the air, the quality of the water. they have been compromised by the ash in the atmosphere, not just the thick ash that you see, the fine particles that could be inhaled and can cause respiratory diseases. there are high levels of sulphur in the water and these also can cause waterborne diseases so apart from the aid distribution, the physical destruction all around tonga, there are also the health risks. a un official has said
that the country, the pacific nation rely on food aid for a long time to come because the crops have been destroyed, farmers have lost their livelihoods, they've lost their homes and one of the tongan officials has also said that the road to recovery for this pacific nation is going to be long and hard. so in the days to come, as this destruction reveals itself and the extent of it becomes clear, the challenges facing tonga are also being revealed. i'm joined now by marian kupu who is a reporter with in tonga. reports are suggesting some eye without essentials like clean drinking water.— without essentials like clean drinking water. without essentials like clean drinkin: water. . , drinking water. sauckelwe have been -- so far we — drinking water. sauckelwe have been -- so far we have _ drinking water. sauckelwe have been -- so far we have been _ drinking water. sauckelwe have been -- so far we have been receiving -
—— so far we have been receiving clean drinking water and aid from australia and there is a shipment coming in by plane and ship from japan, the uk, china, most big countries. when the aid arrives on our shores, we still apply a policy of covid because in the meantime we still have to be careful and cautious because covid is still out there in the world. the process of all these supplies and aid is left in a secure place for three days quarantine before we can actually take them out from these places for distribution. it take them out from these places for distribution-— distribution. it appears that importing _ distribution. it appears that importing covid _ distribution. it appears that importing covid is - distribution. it appears that importing covid is a - distribution. it appears that importing covid is a huge . distribution. it appears that - importing covid is a huge concern which is also affecting humanitarian assistance for those affected by the eruption as well as the tsunami.
yes, it is. we'vejust eruption as well as the tsunami. yes, it is. we've just been told that we are expecting flights coming in from new zealand but it is cancelled now. at three o'clock today the government will have a press conference updating on what is happening and where do we stand in terms of aid and supplies and how these supplies are being distributed throughout tonga and the areas affected. ., ., ., ., affected. you are on the ground, our affected. you are on the ground, your government _ affected. you are on the ground, your government is _ affected. you are on the ground, your government is saying - affected. you are on the ground, your government is saying it - affected. you are on the ground, your government is saying it will| your government is saying it will take a very long time to rebuild. what is your sense of how people are feeling at the moment? i what is your sense of how people are feeling at the moment?— feeling at the moment? i visited the most damage _ feeling at the moment? i visited the most damage to _ feeling at the moment? i visited the most damage to site _ feeling at the moment? i visited the most damage to site here, - feeling at the moment? i visited the most damage to site here, a - feeling at the moment? i visited the most damage to site here, a village | most damage to site here, a village on the western side and all the crops have been destroyed, there is nothing left in terms of bananas and jams and tapioca which was due to be
harvested in may but as of now there is nothing left —— bananas and yams. the village is his majesties estate so his majesty proposed one of his estates if the people would like to relocate to a place which is higher and further away from the western side which is very low so that the outcome since last week what we've been told and we have learned that his majesty and the royal family have stepped up and tried to give these people supplies. his majesty these people supplies. his majesty the king and the queen visited and read emotional and she offered supplies of drinking water and clothing and the government followed
through and giving away 500 of the currency to areas which are very damaged. currency to areas which are very damaued. ., ~ currency to areas which are very damaged-— currency to areas which are very damaued. ., ~ ,, , . ., damaged. thank you very much for “oininu damaged. thank you very much for joining us- — damaged. thank you very much for joining us. thank _ damaged. thank you very much for joining us. thank you. _ in the uk, two senior members of the cabinet say they want a full investigation, into claims by a former minister that she'd been the victim of islamophobia. nus ghani says she was told she'd been sacked as transport minister two years ago, in part because of her muslim faith. she also says that when she told borisjohnson what happened, he told her he couldn't get involved. a senior government figure has called her allegations "completely false," and downing street says the prime minister had invited her to make a complaint, but she didn't do so. here's our political correspondent, damian grammaticas. this is a critical week. his leadership already in question, borisjohnson's actions are now under even more scrutiny. what are you hoping to hear today? nus ghani is a senior backbencher.
she's spoken out against the taliban, led a campaign to have china's repression of uighur muslims recognised as genocide, and is proud of this moment. i congratulate my honourable friend on her appointment... when she became the first muslim woman minister to speak at the dispatch box in the commons, to a cheer. minister nusrat ghani. mr speaker, this government is committed... she lost her ministerial post in a reshuffle in 2020. she told the sunday times that when she asked for an explanation from party whips, she was told her muslimness was raised as an issue in reshuffle discussions. her muslim woman minister status was making colleagues uncomfortable and if she persisted in raising the issues she would be ostracised by colleagues and her career and reputation would be destroyed. the chief whip mark spencer last night took the unusual step of outing himself as the person who talked to her and said...
somebody is trying to bully her, if what she is saying is true. you have two scenarios. parliamentarian a is saying something, parliamentarian b is saying something, and we need to get to the bottom, we need to establish the truth. the allegations have caused shock. the education secretary nadhim zahawi said ms ghani was a brilliant mp and there was no place for any form of racism in the conservative party. and the health secretary sajid javid today said this was a very serious matter which needs a proper investigation. she must be heard. last year a wider inquiry found anti—muslim sentiment in the tory party was a problem but islamophobia was not institutional. it didn't refer to ms ghani's claims.
today, the justice secretary said it was up to her to step forward. i believe a claim like this, as serious as this, should, but it can only happen if the person making the complaint makes a formal, makes it formally, that's when the procedures kick in and just to be clear about this, that advice was given to nus back in 2020. now downing street has stepped in to say borisjohnson met ms ghani at the time. he invited her to begin a formal complaint process, but she did not. ms ghani has fired back, saying she made clear an internal party investigation was not appropriate, this was government business and all she wants is for the government to investigate properly. so as borisjohnson waits for the results of one investigation, that into downing street parties, which could decide his fate, his leadership on this issue too is also in the spotlight. damian grammaticas, bbc news. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme:
this is newsday on the bbc. i'm mariko oi in singapore. our headlines: a former ukrainian mp has denied british claims he could be installed by moscow as head of a puppet government, but says his country needs new leadership. the authorities in burkina faso have declared an overnight curfew after a dramatic day which began with gunfire from angry soldiers. protesters came out in support of the mutineers, burning down the headquarters of the ruling mpp party. the soldiers are demanding the replacement of military chiefs and more help in their campaign
against an intensifying islamist insurgency. parts of the capital, wagadoogoo, have been sealed off. the president is coming under growing pressure from civilians and the military who say his government is incapable of dealing with the islamists. our reporter lalla see has been monitoring the situation from neigbouring ivory coast. there is a curfew from 8pm until 5:30am untilfurther there is a curfew from 8pm until 5:30am until further notice. there is a curfew from 8pm until 5:30am untilfurther notice. the population has been asked not to move around in the city and we've had a statement from the french ambassador that has asked the same to the french community and schools are going to be closed tomorrow. the cause of the unrest is insecurity with the increasing attacks against soldiers in the north and east of
the country which is why the mutineers demanded more troops to fight the insurgency. they demanded a change in the military hierarchy and more assistance for the families of those injured or killed in the violence attributed to armed groups so they are clearly overwhelmed by these armed groups which also threaten neighbouring niche —— niger and mali where similar events led to and mali where similar events led to a coup last year. the number of french troops in the country where reduced, so it is becoming a bigger challenge and many fear that the armed groups will take advantage of the situation to harm more people. thousands of people in vietnam have
been mourning the death of the influential zen buddhist monk and peace activist, thich nhat hanh, who's credited with bringing mindfulness to the west. he was 95 and rose to prominence in the 1960s as an opponent of the vietnam war. his reach within buddhism is seen as second only to the dalai lama. jatinder dhillon reports. in vietnam's imperial city, mourners chanted as the zen master who brought mindfulness to the west was carried high on the shoulders of monks at the pagoda. with the smell of incense in the air, thich nhat hanh's coffin was placed in the meditation hall. buddhist monks recited prayers and followers stood in silent contemplation of a remarkable life. the prolific
buddhist teacher and poet with a gentle yet powerful voice turned peace activist in the 1960s and opposed the vietnam war. he would end up spending nearly four decades in exile in france. thich nhat hanh persuaded civil rights leader martin luther king to speak out against the conflict. king called him an apostle of peace and nonviolence, and nominated him for the nobel peace prize. ., , ,. , prize. you can very well describe the practice _ prize. you can very well describe the practice of— prize. you can very well describe the practice of buddhism - prize. you can very well describe the practice of buddhism as - prize. you can very well describe the practice of buddhism as thel the practice of buddhism as the practice of a kind of art, the art of peace. he practice of a kind of art, the art of peace-— of peace. he spoke several languages. _ of peace. he spoke several languages, travelled - of peace. he spoke several| languages, travelled widely of peace. he spoke several- languages, travelled widely and wrote more than 100 books on mindfulness and meditation. he was a
pioneer of the zen movement he called engaged buddhism which influenced many a home of hollywood celebrities and the silicon valley boardrooms. a stroke in 2014 left him unable to speak and four years later, he returned to vietnam to live out his final days in the city where he was born. . thich nhat hanh's death was announced in a tweet by the organisation of monasteries which he founded. tributes from all over the world including this one from the dalai lama, "my friend and spiritual brother had lived a truly meaningful life." thich nhat hanh's coffin will remain in the meditation hall before a cremation ceremony next saturday. he dismissed the idea of death.
"birth and death are only notions, they are not real," he said. that's all for now — stay with bbc world news. although it's a predominantly cloudy picture it's a dry picture. temperatures have been tumbling towards freezing, pockets of fog with light winds and winds easing towards the north as well despite the presence of this weather front. not as strong as they have been during sunday. some patchy rain but to the north of it if you brighter spells and sunshine across the east of scotland, perhaps in northeast england but it could be cold and gloomy under that cloud elsewhere, 45 celsius as we saw through the weekend but perhaps as high as nine or ten further north. that week weather front is notjust with us through the day ahead but into monday night and still on tuesday, pushing further rain into
this is bbc news with lois von jones. —— lewis vaughanjones. a former ukrainian mp who britain says could be installed by moscow as head of a pro—russian government in kiev has mocked the claim, but says his country needs new political leaders. ukraine's ambassador to britain has urged allies to stand with them. two members of the british cabinet have called for an investigation after former government minister nusrat ghani says she was sacked from herjob, in part because of her muslim faith. the government chief whip says the claims are false. the world health organization's european director says it's plausible that the region is moving towards a �*kind of pandemic endgame'. the taliban has held a first day of talks with civil society groups in norway in an attempt to access to billions of dollars frozen in us banks.
hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. with me arejonathan walker, political editor at the birmingham mail, and henry zeffman, chief political correspondent at times. before we speak, let's have a look at the front pages. the metro quotes the ukrainian ambassador to the uk, who says his country will "fight to the death" if russia invades. meanwhile, the ft features comments from the us secretary of state, who suggests moscow's efforts to destabilise ukraine are "part of the russian playbook". the economic impact of covid on regional towns and cities is the main story for the yorkshire post. according to the telegraph, police at number ten have been questioned by the gray inquiry over what happened during lockdown. the mirror has the headline �*freezing' — shedding light on the victims