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tv   Our World  BBC News  March 13, 2022 3:30pm-4:01pm GMT

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against the war in ukraine. opposition groups say they planned to hold similar demonstrations in other major cities across russia. now on bbc news, since russia invaded ukraine, more than 2 million people have fled the country. hundreds of thousands of them have passed through lviv train station, heading for platform 5. that's where trains take women and children to safety beyond ukraine's borders, and where many families have to part. fergal keane tells the stories from there. since russia's invasion of ukraine, more than two million refugees have fled the country. it's the largest movement of people in europe since
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the second world war. can you believe this? can you? hundreds of thousands of them have flowed through lviv station. the story of this station is the story of ukraine's people — and the war that's consuming them.
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this is platform 5. jenia is saying goodbye to his family — his wife, oksana, 12—year—old son ilya and nine—year—old anna. they are on their way to poland, but men of fighting age are not allowed to board the train. platform 5 is the part of this station which thousands are desperate to reach.
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but it's a place of pain and sorrow. this is the life they left behind in kharkiv. phone rings.
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it's notjust ukrainians who are trying to escape. doha is a student who wants to get home to morocco. we've been waiting for two days now. we are coming from kharkiv and, in kharkiv, there are shelters. we left everything. whimpering.
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she took this footage as the shelling came closer, just a few days earlier. she's travelled for hours on packed trains to get to lviv. so i'm just looking here at the people. people are crowded. people don't even ask about us. they were just walking on us. we were nigerians, moroccans, arabs, egyptians. from tunis, from everywhere. it's like the whole world is on that train with you. yes, i, i cried so much and ijust want to go home. really. i'm not safe any more here, i left everything, i left my studies. just pray with us, guys. but in the invasion�*s first days, not everyone gets on a train.
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platforms are often packed. there are thousands of people along this platform. can any train possibly take the number of people who are here? it seems very, very doubtful. there's an air of desperation. it's quiet desperation, but no less real for that. don't push! yelling. let me go!
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rina and her family are trying to get to platform 5. she's so worried about being separated from her children, myrion and eliazaria, that she's writing her phone number on their arms.
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i had work in ukraine. i had a life in ukraine and it's my country and i want to come back, and come back quickly. i want to come back tomorrow but it's not safe now for my kids. just two weeks ago, this was rina. sings t0 electronic music. a well—known ukrainian pop star, now her life has been upended. i have big concerts and some people of ukraine very liked my music and it's very good, so i start in this way and now, it's finished. sings in ukrainian.
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bravo! claps. lviv is a city in western ukraine, just a0 miles from the polish border. since the war began, its station has acted as a giant heart, pumping people in and out. the people who keep that heart beating are the train drivers. boris has been one
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for more than 25 years. he's getting ready for a night shift. this is where the drivers rest. some can't return home to their native cities because of the fighting.
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tonight, boris will be driving back to the capital, kyiv, nowjust 20 miles from the front line. around 200,000 people are on the move through ukraine by train every day. travel is now free. no—one needs a ticket.
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tonight, boris�* train is returning to kyiv laden not with passengers, but with supplies for the people left there. he'll be taking a new route as a bridge has been destroyed in the fighting. what does it mean to you, to rescue tens of thousands of your fellow ukrainians on this train? boris, you are a very modest man,
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but i think you are very brave. siren wails in the background. outside platform 5, thousands of people are waiting for the next train out of ukraine.
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two weeks ago, denis was an events manager. this is our place and here, we have... today, he oversees 800 volunteers operating in the station. somebody needs to help the people — old people, mums with kids, disabled people come out of the train and they are under deep shock because their houses was bombed. it's a real situation. mums, kids, disabled people, old people. let's come and see what's going on inside. this is the food station. this is the storage. lots of volunteers work here. and the doctors�* office. ah, this is my wife, natasha. natasha! natasha is a volunteer
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doctor in the station. bbc. 0h, hi there! they have two young children who are looked after by friends while they work here. 24 hours, we stay here. it's very... it's very hard. pain of people, so many child. they haven't eaten for five or six days and they have a problem with their stomach. ok, let's come downstairs. so, we use volunteers on every exit.
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we have some kind of a food place, catering food place here. there is a mini clinic and place for disabled. so, all these people are waiting for the train to poland, yeah. we have seven, eight trains per day. they absolutely don't know what about the future. no plans. they don't know what to do. what about the job? what about the money? lots of them have no money, absolutely. so, everything is for free, of course. the local businesses give us everything we need — food, beds and medicine, everything.
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denis has just brought 14—year—old uliana and her mother gallina and the family to the mother and baby room. they've travelled for two days from the city of dnipro. i'm with my little brother, with my mother and grandmother. but my father, he in poland now, so we are going to him. for all these families, the mother and baby room is a refuge from chaos outside. i think it's the most good place that we could be in there, so i'm so happy.
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i could relax there, so i'm so happy. my mum is so — she is very tired because she has so many problems, because we don't know where we was yesterday or where we will go, so it is hard for she. in the makeshift hospital, in what used to be a waiting lounge, natasha gets a call for help. someone has collapsed in the queue.
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days travelling on crowded trains create hellish conditions for the most vulnerable. natasha's family is russian. on the day russia invaded ukraine, she sent a text to her sister in moscow, asking why she hadn't been in touch.
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the next exchange of messages was the last time the sisters spoke.
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it's one small example of the damage this war is doing. rina made it to platform 5 with her children and her mother.
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she's now in poland, on her way to germany. doha finally reached morocco. jenia is with friends further east in ukraine. his wife and children are hoping to reach their aunt in london. and boris is still making the journey to and from kyiv. and on platform 5, the arrivals
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and departures go on. the relentless separation of families by the war. hello. scattered showers just about describes our weather for the rest of today across the uk. in some areas, though, the showers will be more
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scattered than others. some will stay largely dry, other areas could see some longer, more persistent spells of rain. certainly some wetter weather still to come in the next few hours across eastern—most england, some more persistent showers for the south—west of england, wales and eventually western scotland, too. onto this evening and overnight, many of the showers clearing, however, but some of the wetter weather shifting off into the north sea. but the centre of our area of low pressure that brought the showers through the weekend stays to the north—west, so some more wet weather into the night across western scotland and northern ireland. we'll see some showers approaching the south—west of england too, and there is the potential for the odd rumble of thunder out of those as we go into the early hours of monday. through monday daytime, the remnants of the weekend's low pressure bringing showers to scotland and northern ireland. showers drifting across into northern england as the day pans out, then these showers in the south—west breaking up a little, but tending to drift along the south
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coast, pushing inland into southern england, south midlands and east anglia into the afternoon. many areas seeing some decent spells of sunshine. lighter winds than we've had through the weekend. temperatures pretty springlike, actually — highs of 13 or m degrees. skies clear overnight monday into tuesday, could turn quite chilly, but we will see a generally dry day on tuesday. fine weather to come through the remainder of the week. light winds first thing on tuesday after a chilly night, could mean stubborn fog to contend with in the morning, and a weather front pushing into north—west as the day goes on. it will mean thicker cloud as the hours go by across northern ireland and scotland, maybe some rain into the west late on. england and wales, though, should see a lot of sunshine, particularly once any fog has burned off, and highs up to m or 15 degrees. potentially even warmer still for some parts of the south—east of england on wednesday as we pull up warm air from the continent. but it looks like that warmer air could cause heavy rain to develop
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across a central swathe of the uk on wednesday. that's 10—12 millimetres of rain possible across parts of wales, the midlands and northern england. but becoming much more settled from then on into next weekend.
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this is bbc news — welcome if you're watching here in the uk or around the globe. our top stories... at least 35 are killed and dozens injured in a missile attack on a ukrainian military base near the polish border. according to preliminary data, more than 30 missiles were fired. the air defence system worked and a number were shot down. the facility is used for training with nato instructors — it's not clear if any were at the base when it was hit. poland's president tells the bbc that if russia used weapons of mass destruction in ukraine, it would likely change nato's stance on the conflict. translation: if he uses weapons of mass destruction, _ it will be a game—changer in the whole thing. because it will be dangerous not only for europe,
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for our region, central europe, but for the whole world.


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