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today at1:00... intelligence chiefs in the uk and us say president putin is being misled by advisers about how badly the war in ukraine is going. the head of gchq - the uk's cyber and security agency — says those around mr putin are too scared to tell him the truth about the situation on the ground. we've seen russian soldiers, short of weapons and morale, refusing to carry out orders, sabotaging their own equipment and even accidentally shooting down their own aircraft. in the southern ukrainian city of mariupol, a one—day ceasefire has been declared to try to help residents flee from the bombing. we'll bring you all the latest on the situation in ukraine. also on the programme...
as free covid testing ends in england today people are warned to stay vigilant about the virus. comedian chris rock makes his first public comments since being slapped by actor will smith at the oscars. and england are through to the women's cricket world cup final after victory over south africa. and coming up on the bbc news channel: revving up for the city of lights. formula one have announced that las vegas will be the latest city to host a grand prix. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc�*s news at one. american and british intelligence officials say president putin is not
being given an accurate picture of events on the ground in ukraine. a white house spokesman said mr putin was being misled by advisers who were too scared to tell him how badly the war is going for russia. that view was echoed by sirjeremy fleming, the head of the uk's security and intelligence agency gchq - he also said that mr putin had overestimated the abilities of his military to secure a rapid victory. our security correspondent, gordon corera, reports. what is really going on inside the kremlin? and just how isolated is russia's leadership from the reality of events in ukraine? western spies say they believe vladimir putin is not getting the full picture. speaking in australia, the head of britain's gchq intelligence agency said that putin had got things badly wrong. it’s said that putin had got things badly wronu. �* , ~ . said that putin had got things badly wronu. �* , . . , wrong. it's clear he mis'udged the resistance of the h
wrong. it's clear he misjudged the resistance of the ukrainian - wrong. it's clear he misjudged the | resistance of the ukrainian people, he underestimated the strength of the coalition that his actions would galvanise, he underplayed the economic consequences of the sanctions to the regime, and he overestimated the abilities of his military to secure a rapid victory. morale in the motion military was low, he said, troops sabotaging their recruitment and even accidentally shooting down their own aircraft. but putin had been shielded from the full reality. essen shielded from the full reality. even thou . h we shielded from the full reality. even though we believe _ shielded from the full reality. even though we believe putin's advisers are afraid to tell him the truth, what is going on and the extent of these misjudgments must be crystal clear to the regime. the these misjudgments must be crystal clear to the regime.— clear to the regime. the gchq director's _ clear to the regime. the gchq director's comments _ clear to the regime. the gchq director's comments echo - clear to the regime. the gchql director's comments echo those clear to the regime. the gchq - director's comments echo those of us officials, who said they thought putin was being misled and that there was growing tension between him and russian defence officials. we would concur with the conclusion
that mr_ we would concur with the conclusion that mr putin has not been fully informed — that mr putin has not been fully informed by his ministry of defence at every— informed by his ministry of defence at every turn, over the last month. western_ at every turn, over the last month. western spies seem to have had real insight into the kremlin. they warned well in advance the invasion would take place, and that putin was misjudging how it would play out. now they think he is still not being told the full truth about what is really going on in ukraine, and that worries them, because it means he might make further misjudgments which could extend the war. on the ground, the war has not gone according to vladimir putin's original plan. what is not clear is how far he understands that, and what he will do next. gordon parreira, bbc news. the ukrainian government has sent 45 buses to evacuate civilians from the devastated southern port of mariupol, where tens of thousands of people have endured weeks of russian bombardment. russia has agreed a one—day
ceasefire to allow people to leave, although there is scepticism that it will hold. this is the latest map of russian positions in ukraine. the us says only a fifth of russian forces around the capital kyiv have actually moved from the area — despite a declaration by russia earlier in the week that it would pull back from there, and focus on the east of the country. from lviv, our correspondent, anna foster, sent this report. five weeks into this war, ukraine is bracing itself for a new offensive. its forces are now preparing to resist a fresh assault on the eastern donbas region. days after russia said it would move troops away from the capital, kyiv, the city still reverberates with the sound of shelling. translation: we do not believe anyone. - we do not trust any beautiful verbal constructions. there is a real situation on the battlefield and now this is the most important thing.
we will not give up anything, and we will fight for every metre of our land and for every person. here in lviv, and across ukraine, there is real anger towards the russian invaders. emotionally, how do you feel about russia? emotionally? i just hate them. we are ukrainians, we have our own country, our own culture and we will keep it. for millions of people, this city has been a gateway — a route out of this war. those who stayed behind share their pain. i don't feel these people are strangers. they are sisters and brothers, truly painful. it tears me apart and today it is 4 million people and there is a possibility it will be 6 million people tomorrow, and it also can come to my family and my home. in the besieged city of mariupol, thousands have been trapped for weeks. there's no power and medicine,
food and water are hard to find. this satellite image shows hundreds of people queueing outside a supermarket. stranded and cut off, getting hold of food has been tough. translation: we are dog poor, standing by the fire, homeless. i how long is it going to take? we have nowhere to take a shower, we're drinking water from god knows where. the ukrainian government has now sent 45 evacuation buses to mariupol. today russia says it will briefly ceasefire there so people can finally leave but that promise has been made before and broken. anna foster, bbc news, lviv. let's go live now to jenny hill in moscow. has there been any reaction from the russian government to this analysis from the uk and us? we have had a very dismissive
response from the kremlin spokesman, who said these intelligence agencies don't understand the kremlin, they don't understand the kremlin, they don't understand the kremlin, they don't understand vladimir putin and they don't understand how decisions are made in russia. the kremlin, as you know, continues to insist that everything is going according to plan. state media continued to parrot that line. if you watch state tv here, and for many people it is the only source of information, you probably do believe that russian troops are currently involved in a special operation, an honourable and necessary one, to rescue russian speaking populations of eastern ukraine, but also to protect russia itself from the aggressions of neo—nazis and nationalists next door in ukraine. and you probably do also believe that it is going very well. we have regular, upbeat briefings from the defence ministry here. another one this morning, talking about the advances made by russian troops. last night, on one tv programme, a military pundit said not only is it going very well, but
this will go down in the military textbooks of the future, that future armies will look to the russian troops as a shining example of best practice. troops as a shining example of best ractice. . ~' , ., troops as a shining example of best ractice. ., ~ , ., , troops as a shining example of best ractice. ., ~ i. , . g , practice. thank you very much, jenny hill reporting- _ oil prices have fallen sharply after reports that the us is set to take new steps to bring down the cost of fuel. the war in ukraine has rocked global energy markets in recent weeks, over concerns that supplies would be cut. the cost of brent crude — the benchmark for oil prices — is still almost 70% higher than it was a year ago. with me is our business correspondent katie prescott. what is the us going to do, and what will this mean for consumers? well, the context for all of this is that the oil price has soared since the conflict in ukraine because russia is such a key supplier. it is the second biggest in the world, after saudi arabia. at one point this year we saw the oil price hit $140 a barrel, as anybody filling up the car will have noticed. this is a global issue. so what president
biden is doing, we expect, later, is to announce that the american government will put1 million barrels extra per day into the global system to push up supply and try to bring the price down. will it work? well, we saw the price of oil drop about 6% when reports of this announcement came out earlier. analysts are saying it probably will be effective in the near term, certainly for this year. but what needs to happen in order to increase supply, needs to happen in order to increase supply, to match what we are losing from the russian market will be for other countries to follow suit, and we will have to watch that in the coming days. today is the last day of free coronavirus testing for most people in england, as the government moves ahead with its living with covid plan. the move has been criticised by some scientists who say the change is coming too soon — but ministers insist the money can be better spent elsewhere. our health correspondent, jim reed, reports. two years on from the start of this pandemic and scenes like this may soon be part of history.
access to both covid testing sites and free fast tests taken at home will end for most people, part of the government's plan to live with the virus. so what clothes for next week, then? that could affect people like diane and her son, wesley, in hull. wesley lives with cerebral palsy, putting him at higher risk from covid itself. we've no other choice but to pay. as far as we know, we don't know any different that the tests stop from friday, the free tests stop from friday. it's more the worry of making sure they have got them when we need them and we willjust have to be careful with them and where will we get the money? we don't have a choice. you've just got to find it. from tomorrow, in england and wales, there will be no more mass testing centres with scotland and northern ireland following soon after. free testing will continue for health care workers, hospital patients and those with a weakened
immune system if they have symptoms. instead, most people will have to start paying for a lateral flow kit, used at home from £2 each at a local pharmacy. as with other respiratory viruses, such as flu, it's not the same disease but it's a similar sort of comparison. at some point we have to come to terms with that. as long as people receive the boosters, come forward for vaccination, then we have very high levels of population immunity. covid infections here in hull and across much of the uk have been rising sharply recently, driven by a new offshoot of the omicron variant. in the city's indoor market though, people seem to accept free testing cannot continue forever. we've got to get used to living with it and accept things and the government hasn't got a never—ending pot of money. i personally think if somebody can't afford to buy them, they should be provided... it should be provided. personally, i'm happy to pay for it.
we know now that covid is not going away. this next step, the ending of free testing, feels like a significant moment though as we start to live alongside this virus. jim reed, bbc news. and with me is our health correspondent, nick triggle. free testing is about to end in england, but daily cases have gone up england, but daily cases have gone up significantly. how will the government keep tabs on the virus question on it government keep tabs on the virus question 0— government keep tabs on the virus auestion o ., , , , ., .,, question on it does represent almost the entire dismantling _ question on it does represent almost the entire dismantling of— question on it does represent almost the entire dismantling of the - the entire dismantling of the testing infrastructure that was set “p testing infrastructure that was set up at the start of the pandemic. of the element that is being retained is this surveillance programme run by the office for national statistics. now, that random testing of people in the community will provide regular updates for how much virus is circulating. we are one of the few countries to have a system like that, so in that sense we are
well placed. what is changing is that most of us will not be able to access tests unless we are willing to pay for them. what the government is asking people to do is, if they have symptoms of a respiratory illness, a high temperature, to stay at home and avoid contact with others if we can, and then, obviously, when we are feeling better we can return back to our normal lives. i think what is important to remember, with this change, is that not everyone he was in fact it was coming forward for testing. only about half of infections were getting picked up by the daily testing system up until the daily testing system up until the turn of the year. in recent weeks, it has dropped to under a quarter. lots of people were already using their own judgment, just from tomorrow virtually all of us will have to. the organisers of the oscars say they asked will smith to leave sunday's ceremony after he slapped the comedian chris rock on stage, but he refused. disciplinary proceedings have now been launched
by the academy against the actor, who has since apologised for his actions. it comes as chris rock returned to the stage last night for the first time since the awards. our correspondent, sophie long, reports from los angeles. chris rock, arriving in boston for his first show since being slapped by will smith. he got, like, a huge standing ovation. for like, it was like a five minute one, i mean. it went on and on and on. he, like, got all teared up and stuff. like, can you imagine being him as a performer, and coming out and you don't know if you are going to be ridiculed or applauded or what, and people gave him a standing ovation for forever, and then it died down, and then another standing ovation, then tears came out of his eyes. the comedian told the audience he was still processing what had happened. he didn't say whether he accepted smith's apology. was it acceptable for the actor to strike another man in the name of protecting his wife? that's the question that's prompted an outpouring of passionate polarised opinion
in hollywood and beyond. some, who were in the room, say it was a deeply shocking, traumatic event that overshadowed the historic achievements of others, like the cast and crew of coda, the big winner of the night. when i was in the room it felt quite shocking and quite violent, and i felt like it took away the energy of the room. but now i feel like people should sort of let the academy deal with the consequences, and we should actually celebrate the films that won. the academy has apologised to chris rock for what he experienced on the oscars stage, and thanked him for his resilience. and it said will smith could be suspended or even expelled from the academy, a sanction only ever applied to a few of its members. sophie long, bbc news, los angeles. our top story this lunchtime. intelligence chiefs in the uk and us say president putin has massively
misjudged the situation in ukraine out with the old boiler and in with the new electric heat pump, along with a £5,000 government grant. coming up on the bbc news channel. england have beaten south africa to reach the women's cricket world cup final, where they will face australia on sunday. that great british institution — the fish and chip shop — is under threat because of the rising cost of living. as prices go up for fuel, energy and food, the pressures are such that among the many businesses feeling the pinch is the chippy. it's feared that thousands could close in the next couple of years. ben boulos sent this report from fleetwood, near blackpool. people say cheap as chips.
chips ain't cheap any more. they are not. regular cod and chips, mushy peas and a ketchup, please. it's notjust chips that are getting more expensive. at tom's family's shop in blackpool, everything is costing them more. peas, potatoes, fish, pretty much everything has gone up. our peas have gone up over 100% a bag. it's gone from around £8 to £18. and that's not including vat. so, your vat on top of that. we've never had anything go up so much in such a short space of time. sunflower oil to fry the fish, fertiliser to help grow the potatoes, and even wheat in the batter. ukraine and russia are big exporters of lots of the ingredients of the nation's favourite dish. fish and chips on the beach. it's a british institution. but most of the cod and haddock in our chippies isn't actually caught in these waters. more than a third of it is imported from russia. so, with sanctions and a hunt for alternative sources,
the price of white fish has soared. we are hoping we don't have to put our prices up too much. there is going to be a small increase, for sure. we've opened all day, every day, for 30 years. we've thrived on being open all day, every day. and we're starting to think that dinner times are going to have to be cut down, maybe 2—4 every day. or we're going to have to start doing something different. and we don't know what that is yet. from tomorrow, fish and chip shops across the country will also have to manage increases to the minimum wage, and higher vat, at the same time as their customers' personal finances are also squeezed further. and what about the vat rise? what does that mean for you? it's catastrophic. our profit margins are already very minimal. and now they're taking another 5%. it speaks for itself, really.
the money's just not there. i want it to carry on. this is my home, this is the only place i've ever lived for 30 years. i don't want to leave. i'd be sad to leave. it would be sad to see somebody else with it. but if somebody else can do it, we can do it, so we'll carry it on. hopefully. energy websites appeared to falter today as customers rushed to submit meter readings before friday's pricejump. the issues — which appeared to be an industry—wide problem — came as experts urged householders to send in readings for gas and electricity to their supplier today — to show exactly how much energy they have used ahead of ofgem's price cap, which goes up from tomorrow. as we've heard, gas prices are rising, at the same time as we are trying to limit our carbon dioxide emissions because of climate change. part of the government's answer is to get homeowners to replace their gas boilers with electric "heat pumps" and, from tomorrow, grants of 5,000 pounds will be on offer to help many people make the switch.
while they do have environmental benefits, there are concerns over the costs, as our climate editor, justin rowlatt, has been finding out. this is what the government wants you to do. tear out your carbon dioxide spewing gas boiler and replace with the electric alternative for heating your home. a heat pump. they are more climate friendly than gas, and don't depend on supplies from despotic dictators. there you go, what do you think? oh, wow. 0k. yeah. i thought it might be wider than that, i don't know why. they may not look much, but heat pumps are superefficient. for every unit of energy you put in, you get three or four units of heat out. the government wants 600,000 of us to be switching to them every year by 2028.
so why aren't we all scrambling to get hold of them now? that is because we care much more about how much things cost than how efficient they are, says leah robson, who has been installing heat pumps in south london for nine years. typically, gas prices are around four times cheaper than electricity prices, so effectively your efficiency, in terms of cost, is pretty much cancelled out. what is more, heat pumps operate at lower temperatures than gas boilers, so you will need to make sure your home is well insulated, consider double glazing and maybe beef up some of your radiators. add in the fact that heat pumps cost more than twice as much as gas boilers, and you realise even at current high gas prices, they work out more expensive for virtually all of us. the idea is the new grant scheme will help level up the costs — just one of the reasons energy companies say lots of people are asking about them. interest�*s really spiked since the invasion of ukraine, because i think people are saying
to themselves, "how do we get off gas? "what can i do to get off gas?" and heat pumps are not only the solution to reducing our gas usage, but over time they will be cheaper too. but they aren't now, so why put one in? i'm not sure we are going _ to save money from doing this, but, you know, at least we will know it is doing less damage to the environment, so it's paying us back in different ways. let's be honest, not everything is about money. you don't expect your new kitchen to turn a profit, do you? justin rowlatt, bbc news, sutton. a review into the windrush scandal has said the home office must make "much more progress" if it is to bring about the "cultural changes required". ministers were forced to apologise in 2018 for deportation threats —
which in some cases were carried out — to people who had been living and working in the uk for decades, but who were told they were here illegally because of a lack of official paperwork. with me is our community affairs correspondent, adina campbell. tell us more about the review and what it says tell us more about the review and what it say— what it says despite the promises made by the _ what it says despite the promises made by the government - what it says despite the promises made by the government right. what it says despite the promises | made by the government right the wrongs of the windrush generation, the review says the home office is still failing to make tangible changes to its culture and there is still a long way to go in terms of ensuring these injustices don't happen again. wendy william, the independent chair of the review and also the report author of the report also the report author of the report a couple of years ago which looked at the causes of the windrush scandal. she pointed to deep—rooted concerns about the windrush compensation scheme. since that scheme was set up three years ago, there have been a number of complaints about the length of time it is taking to ensure that victims get the money they deserve, as quickly as possible and also complaints of how complex the application process is. we know that
£37 million has been made to roughly 1,000 claims, however, 3,500 claims have been submitted in the last three years means two thirds of the claims are yet to be resolved. the review today points to some progress, saying there has been an effective outreach service and the implementation of a national race board, however, going forward, the review says there should be a migrants commissioner, better engagement with the public and a higher level of staff training. the home secretary has welcomed today's report, saying that the home office psi a different department to the one she originally saw, she also wants the home office to be more compassionate and open but says it has laid the foundation for radical change. thank you. the health secretary sajid javid says he is "determined" to "go after the people that were responsible" for the shropshire maternity scandal, after failings may have led to the deaths of more than 200 babies and nine mothers.
police are now investigating about 600 cases in a probe linked to hospitalfailings. it is right that the government has accepted all the conclusions of the report, the recommendations, all 84 recommendations, to make sure this kind of thing never happens again. but it is also right, and i am absolutely determined to do this, that we make sure that we go after the people that were responsible. of course, there are systematic failures, and we must change systems, but there are individual failures and i want to make sure we leave no stone unturned in finding the people that were responsible for this, and making sure they are held to account too. a private company which provides catch—up tutoring in england, randstad, has lost the contract for the next academic year. the department for education said £349 million in funding for tutoring in the next academic year would now go directly to schools, after there had been criticism of randstad's management of the scheme, and its online portal.
the new royal research ship, the rrs sir david attenborough, has completed trials to prove its capabilities as an ice—breaker during its maiden voyage to antarctica. the £200 million polar vessel — popularly known as boaty mcboatface — has been smashing through thick frozen ice floes. a final assessment of its performance is still awaited, but the attenborough is now very close to being declared a fully serviceable ship for science and logistics at the highest latitudes. and in cricket, england have reached the final of the women's cricket world cup. the defending champions will face australia in sunday's final, after a 137—run victory over south africa. jo currie reports. a week ago england thought their world cup hopes may be over. now they are one game away from lifting the trophy. the joy and relief clear to see. having been put into bat, tammy beaumont showed intent from the very first ball. moments later, however,
a different story. danni wyatt lived life on the edge, getting away with this one... ..before captain heather knight not so lucky. out for one. things weren't going to plan. wyatt, though, continued to ride her luck — those missed opportunities coming back to haunt south africa, as she went on to make her century. a world class performance, albeit against some shocking fielding. and their bowlers were in no mood to mess round. the best one day batter in the world? dismissed for nought. the perfect start. "hello mum", and those smiles continued, as did the wickets. sophie ecclestone ripping through the order, taking six in a breathtaking haul, leading england to victory by 137 runs. we'll prepare well for the final, and, yeah, we obviously really want to win trophy now, after the start we had especially. australia now awaits england in the final, as they will look to defend theirfinal on sunday morning. jo currie, bbc news.
snow has fallen across parts of the uk, as a cold snap hits the country. as these pictures show, people across scotland and the north of england woke up this morning to a blanket of snow, marking a sharp change from last week's weather which saw sunshine and highs of 20 degrees. time for a look at the weather. here's chris fawkes. i suppose we do get snow in march but it's a jolt after last week. a real change in weather fortunes. but it's a jolt after last week. a real change in weatherfortunes. and yes, the snow is —— snowiest place into this morning was west yorkshire, recording six centimetres of snow. just like yesterday, when the snow has been falling from our shower clouds it has been coming down in massive snowflake, temperatures are a couple of degrees above freezing and that helps them to stick together. there is some sunshine round as well, today, and thatis
sunshine round as well, today, and that is is really the story of today's weather. sunshine and some wintry shower, the majority of the showers will continue to affect northern and eastern parts of scotland. eastern england, and for the most part will tend to run through so they be fleeting, we have a line of heavier showers pushing into kent. here we will see some aconsume lakeses on the hills over grassy surface, the other thing we will get is the birth winds, continuing across lincolnshire, east anglia, into parts of south—east england, with gust of 40, everyone 50mph. that will make it feel freezing cold. the temperatures are well below average. on the face of it perhaps not so bad but when the showers come along temperatures drop quickly to one or two degrees, so it is certainly going to feel cold. overnight tonight, as temperatures drop, the showers turn more to snow across eastern areas of scotland, eastern england, there further accumulations in place, there is a few more centimetre, a widespread frost and a risk of sighs o —— icy