this is bbc news — welcome if you're watching here in the uk or around the globe. our top stories: civilians flee the besieged ukrainian city of mariupol, but 160,000 people are estimated to be trapped inside. the red cross renew their evacuation attempts afterfailing on friday. we can facilitate the safe passage for civilians once both parties come to agreement, and unfortunately, until now, this has not materialised. today marks a0 years since the start of the falklands war — when argentina invaded and occupied disputed islands they call the malvinas. hollywood actor will smith resigns from the oscars academy after slapping the comedian chris rock.
more than 3000 citizens from mariupol have managed to flee to safety, after suffering weeks of bombardment with no food, fresh water or power. however, a larger evacuation and aid convoy planned by the international committee of the red cross failed on friday. this morning — the red cross says more teams have set off to rescue more of the tens of thousands of residents still trapped in the besieged city of mariupol. dan johnson reports. these are among the fortunate few to have made it to safety from the ruins of mariupol. around 3,000 of the city's residents arrived in zaporizhzhia last night on 30 buses, 300 followed in their own cars. more buses brought people from melitopol. this is what they
are leaving behind. bombed out neighbourhoods, shelled for weeks by russian artillery. a red cross effort to evacuate people was delayed again yesterday. an aid convoy still unable to reach the city. ijust cannot imagine how it feels like and what they are going through but again, this, we can facilitate the safe passage for civilians once both parties come to agreement and unfortunately, until now, this has not materialised. there will be another attempt today to get more of these people to safety. over 150,000 are still stuck in mariupol, and the ukrainian deputy prime minister gave this promise. translation: we know how much you want to be saved. _ every day we will try to break through until you get a chance to leave the city and most importantly, to live peaceful life.
last night, president zelensky said the russian withdrawal from areas around kyiv was easing the conflict there. but he said he expected further strikes in the east of the country as russia focuses its military effort. places close to the capital like irpin now stand as monuments to ukrainian resistance and russian retreat. over the russian border, this explosion at an oil depot in belgorod has been blamed on a ukrainian attack. ukrainian officials have denied being responsible, hinting it could instead be a russian false flag operation. today, once again, buses will head to mariupol in the hope of giving more families this chance to make it out of the city. dan johnson, bbc news. let's get the latest now — and go live to lviv in western ukraine, and our correspondent anna foster. 0n on this red cross mission to mariupol, what chance of success
today? mariupol, what chance of success toda ? ~ . , mariupol, what chance of success toda ? ~ ., , , ., mariupol, what chance of success toda ?~ ., today? well, as you had there, there were hepes — today? well, as you had there, there were hopes yesterday _ today? well, as you had there, there were hopes yesterday morning - today? well, as you had there, there were hopes yesterday morning of- were hopes yesterday morning of success but that kind of into trouble really quite early in the day. the icrc said they are going to try again today. i think part of the problem at the moment is the number, the sheer number of people who are trapped in mariupol. we believe 160,000 or so and if you think of it that way even a convoy of buses, fleet of buses would only be able to rescue really a very small number. what the red cross are trying to do, they are saying, is be a neutral intermediary in all of this. what they want to do is be able to read out a convoy of buses, of people in their own cars following behind but their own cars following behind but the problem is mariupol is such a hotly contested city. neither side wants philly to pause the fighting long enough to provide a safe humanitarian corridor and of course, without those guarantees, nobody wants to bring those people out. the
condition that they are an absolutely terrible. unimaginable, frankly, for most of us to even comprehend what they been through over the last few weeks but even despite that the idea bringing them out in a convoy, very visible, obvious convoy of buses and cars would be potentially a target for forces in that area so until they know for sure that they have every single security guarantee that they need that is something that they will not do until they know that it can happen successfully.- will not do until they know that it can happen successfully. were still seen repeated _ can happen successfully. were still seen repeated calls _ can happen successfully. were still seen repeated calls on _ can happen successfully. were still seen repeated calls on president . seen repeated calls on president zelensky for more support. what is the wider picture across the country in terms of where the most intense fighting is at the moment? weill. in terms of where the most intense fighting is at the moment?- fighting is at the moment? well, it is really concentrated _ fighting is at the moment? well, it is really concentrated in _ fighting is at the moment? well, it is really concentrated in the - fighting is at the moment? well, it is really concentrated in the east . is really concentrated in the east of the country. russia said at the start of the week after the peace talks that it would focus its military operations away from kyiv and we saw early ambition to take the capital city but they stored
very quickly. they want to focus on the east, the donbas region. there are many russian troops in many areas across ukraine. we keep hearing about russian push backs. with a local ukrainian mayors are saying they're managing to repel russian forces and take those towns back of course it is very difficult to know exactly what is happening. you claim and counterclaim on the russian and ukrainian sides but it does appear that, at the moment, as president zelensky was saying there in his nightly speech that he makes to the ukrainian people, he is always dead, very visible and talking about what is happening, he says he believes the russian vocalist is on the east of the country. that is the area they really want to hold onto and try to take. . ~ ,, really want to hold onto and try to take. . ~' ,, , really want to hold onto and try to take. . ~ ,, , . thank you very much indeed. tomson phiri is global spokesperson for the un world food programme, hejoins me from lviv.
thank you for speaking to us today. how concerned are you about the food shortages that we have heard many people are suffering from in ukraine? . ., ., , ., ., ukraine? the humanitarian situation is uuite ukraine? the humanitarian situation is quite dire — ukraine? the humanitarian situation is quite dire and _ ukraine? the humanitarian situation is quite dire and it _ ukraine? the humanitarian situation is quite dire and it is _ ukraine? the humanitarian situation is quite dire and it is getting - is quite dire and it is getting worse with this day of fighting. since the onset of this crisis almost 7 million people had been internally displaced and formally never left the country. more and more people have been caught in besieged areas. they are out of options, they're running out of money and are struggling find food particularly in areas which are witnessed intense fighting such as kyiv and mariupol. i teams are provided assistance to elderly women and women living with disabilities and women living with disabilities and others who are terminally ill. how are your teams on the ground able to get to these people amidst the fighting.
able to get to these people amidst the fiaahtin. , able to get to these people amidst the fighting-— the fighting. there is a lack of access to _ the fighting. there is a lack of access to conflicted _ the fighting. there is a lack of access to conflicted areas - the fighting. there is a lack of access to conflicted areas and i the fighting. there is a lack of. access to conflicted areas and a lack of humanitarian partners on the ground. these are some of the biggest obstacles to providing life—saving assistance here. we are in discussion with ngos, civil societies and even churches to find ways to fee fill the gap. we must use humanitarian convoys to reach areas in need but that does not always take place and we are struggling to reach places such as mariupol. in my experience working in conflict zones, starvation begins. in conflict zones, starvation beains. ~ ., , in conflict zones, starvation beains. . , , . , begins. we are seeing consequences on a ulobal begins. we are seeing consequences on a global scale _ begins. we are seeing consequences on a global scale of— begins. we are seeing consequences on a global scale of this _ begins. we are seeing consequences on a global scale of this war- on a global scale of this war because ukraine produces wheat. what are the most worst affected parts of the world in your view at present and what is coming in the future month? ~ ., , and what is coming in the future month? ~ . , ., , ., :: month? ukraine is a country of 40 million but — month? ukraine is a country of 40 million but it — month? ukraine is a country of 40 million but it is _ month? ukraine is a country of 40 million but it is a _ month? ukraine is a country of 40 million but it is a powerhouse - month? ukraine is a country of 40 million but it is a powerhouse and | million but it is a powerhouse and produces a staggering 400 million.
exports of food from ukraine have ground to a halt and if the war goes on, global commodity markets will soon miss this food. there are no fewer than 45 countries in africa and some of those are developed, that rely on this region for imports of grain and wheat. hose that rely on this region for imports of grain and wheat.— of grain and wheat. how do you allocate your— of grain and wheat. how do you allocate your resources, - of grain and wheat. how do you allocate your resources, your i allocate your resources, your personnel when you have an act of war here in europe but you've also got massive demand, food shortages and other parts of the world. it is and other parts of the world. it is an ongoing _ and other parts of the world. it 3 an ongoing challenge. we face challenges re—sourcing our programmes globally. even before the outbreak of this war here in ukraine, the needs of a staggering. we were preparing for the worst. 2022 was going to a year of unprecedented challenges. sometimes
we are prioritising, it is heartbreaking. some knows we have to take food from those who are hungry just to make sure that those who are starving just do not fall over the brink. starving 'ust do not fall over the brink. ., ~' , ., starving 'ust do not fall over the brink._ thank - starving 'ust do not fall over the brink._ thank you - starving 'ust do not fall over the brink._ thank you so | starving 'ust do not fall over the - brink._ thank you so much brink. thank you. thank you so much for havin: brink. thank you. thank you so much for having me- _ thank you so much for having me. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. shops have reopened under tight security in the sri lankan capital, colombo, a day after a state of emergency was delared. the city has spent two nights under curfew following unrest on thursday when hundreds of people attempted to storm the president's home. there's growing anger at shortages of fuel, medicine and other basics caused by the country running out of foreign currency to pay for imported goods. president biden has welcomed a un—brokered truce in yemen as a long—awaited reprieve for the yemeni people. but he said the war must end. the two—month truce agreed between the saudi—led coalition and iranian—backed houthi rebels has now begun — on the first day of the muslim holy month of ramadan.
pope francis is making his first visit to malta. he is expected to call on the catholic—majority country to do more to help migrants who have arrived there after risking their lives to try to get into europe. will smith has resigned from the academy of motion pictures, arts and sciences — the organisation that hands out the oscars. the actor described slapping the comedian, chris rock, at this year's ceremony as �*shocking, painful and inexcusable'. the academy have accepted his resignation, but are continuing with disciplinary proceedings.peter bowes reports from los angeles. wow! this is the moment will smith will forever regret, retaliation for a joke by chris rock that he did not like, a violent response that stunned the audience and almost had
the actor thrown out of the theatre. now he is accepting the consequences for his conduct, days after the body that puts one the oscars launched disciplinary proceedings, smith says he is leaving the organisation. speculation about how the academy would deal with smith had reached fever pitch in hollywood. it's the biggest controversy in the history of the oscars. resigning from the academy is a big deal, membership of this illustrious invitation—only body is seen as a mark of achievement in itself. the academy was quick to respond.
the fallout from the saga continues to reverberate around the world of entertainment. chris rock, back on the comedy circuit, said he was still processing what happened. will smith will no longer be able to vote for the oscars. but it is not known yet whether he will face further consequences, whether he will be allowed to keep his academy award or whether he will ever be invited back to take part in hollywood's biggest night. you're watching bbc world news. the headlines: a convoy of buses carrying residents of the besieged southern ukrainian city of mariupol reaches the relative safety of the nearby city of zaporyzhzhia. ukraine's president zelensky says the military situation in the east remains "extremely difficult", saying russia is preparing for new strikes.
a bbc team has gained access to a highway outside kyiv where russian troops have been pushed out. a stretch of the e—40 highway was where shocking images from the early days of the war emerged — showing russian troops firing on civilians trying to escape. jeremy bowen and his team reached the scene of the attack, and found evidence that raises the possibility that war crimes may have occurred. a warning, this report lasts for around five minutes and has graphic and distressing images throughout. on a stretch of road that runs between two villages with names that translate as "dream" and "sweetheart" is all the savagery and waste of war. ukrainian forces had just recaptured it, their troops moving in after a heavy bombardment from their artillery. this was only a few hours after the russian retreat.
in the early hours of this morning, this was recaptured? absolutely correct. so, basically, around 2am today, our reconnaissance team report that they start to see movement. 0leksandr, a ukrainian volunteer who's back home from england to fight, showed a position where a russian tank had been dug in. so that's where the russian tank was and that's exactly where he... this is the line of fire, that's how they shoot. on 7th march, 0leksandr�*s drone unit filmed the tank in action. the drone showed civilians trying to get to kyiv to escape the russians. and then they saw the tank. one of the cars was forced to stop. the driver tried to show he was harmless. and the russians shot him dead. they also killed his wife. the dead couple were maksim and his wife, ksenya. they were travelling with their six—year—old son
and a friend, who both survived. she said maksim had been shouting that they were with a child when he was killed. almost four weeks later, maksim's badly burned body lies next to the hulk of their car. his wedding ring is still on his finger. ksenya's remains are inside. her mouth is open, as if in a scream. the car and the back seat are riddled with bullets. the vehicle and their bodies were not burnt when they were killed. the hypothesis is that russian soldiers tried to destroy the evidence of what they'd done. the drone operator who filmed their death says the russians must have known maksim's car was not a threat. so they were trying to say that they were civilians? yes, yes, they know it. you can see it, the whole car is civilians, not an army car, and they shoot it. in the woods near the road,
there's evidence the russians left in a hurry. you can see the place where, in the trees, the russians were living. there's a dug—out. there's beer bottles. it's like the marie celeste, half—finished meals. they were here for a month. the camp is full of the soldiers' rubbish. on a front line, that is usually the sign of an ill—disciplined unit. they tried, unsuccessfully, to hide another tank in the trees. that was punished by the ukrainians, who destroyed it. a much bigger question is whether there will be a reckoning for what happened on the highway. maksim and ksenya were not the only ones who were killed near the tank dug into the roadside. more bodies here? yes. one, two, three bodies, ithink. yes.
you're absolutely right. in a couple of hundred yards, with 0leksandr from the ukrainian army, we counted 11 other dead bodies. it's ukrainian. three were wearing recognisable ukrainian military uniform. the others wore civilian clothes. some of the dead were piled up and surrounded by tyres. they deliberately burned them. they set on fire to hide their... to hide what they did. in the desolation are a mass of questions about who they were and how they were killed. it's hard to imagine the fear these people must have gone through in the last few moments of their lives or, indeed, the anguish survivors, families, must be feeling now. but this is more than just a collection of terrible deaths. it's a crime scene. because under the laws of war, civilians are supposed to be protected.
we drove to the next village to confirm a ukrainian claim that they'd destroyed more russian tanks. the russian armour was broken and, except for soldiers, the village was deserted and still. the russians could be redeploying to the eastern battlefields, butjust a few hours after they had left this strategic area close to the capital, it was clear they were being forced out. many civilians are mourning relatives and friends they say were killed by russian troops. as and when they retreat, they might leave behind more evidence that could add up to war crimes. jeremy bowen, bbc news, outside kyiv. its the beginning of the holy month of ramadan — where muslims around the world will be fasting between sunrise and sunset. muslims will not be allowed to eat
or drink at all during the day — and traditionally open their fast with family and friends. it is also a month where those taking part are encouraged to give to charity. shaista ayesha tariq is the ceo of seed ventures — and they're doing just that in pakistan. thank you very much forjoining us. just initially before we talk about your charity can you just explain the significance? your charity can you 'ust explain the significance?— your charity can you 'ust explain the significance? hello and thank ou for the significance? hello and thank you for having — the significance? hello and thank you for having me _ the significance? hello and thank you for having me on. _ the significance? hello and thank you for having me on. ramadan i the significance? hello and thank| you for having me on. ramadan is the significance? hello and thank. you for having me on. ramadan is a very special time here in pakistan, you no. ithink very special time here in pakistan, you no. i think pakistan and specifically this city is one of the most philanthropic cities in the world and we love to give so this is a time and generally life kind of slows down and professionally and personally people are looking for opportunities to get back to society either through their businesses or at a personal level. it's about feeding the poor, it is about community engagement, it is about
empathy and it is about feeling the needs of others so it is a wonderful time. it is festive and somehow we slow down during this month and think about, you know, reflect on how we are leading our lives. tell us about your charity and what you are doing to encourage people to donate at this time. so are doing to encourage people to donate at this time.— donate at this time. so our organisations _ donate at this time. so our organisations are - donate at this time. so our| organisations are launching donate at this time. so our l organisations are launching a campaign called give back and essentially, you know, in the last two years we were unable to do anything because of the pandemic but this year we have launched this campaign and the idea is to not only contribute charity in terms of an institution but also to encourage all the entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs that we have helped to give back to the community through their enterprises so they will either be donating to their cells are providing key services and products to people and as an institution, what we are doing is
collectively we have a young team and we have decided to feed about 500 people during this month and also to contribute our services and time to the underprivileged. thank ou ve time to the underprivileged. thank you very much _ time to the underprivileged. thank you very much indeed _ time to the underprivileged. thank you very much indeed for - time to the underprivileged. thank you very much indeed for talking to us today. thank you. thank you. 40 years ago today — argentinian forces landed on the falkland islands also known as the malvinas, after a long running dispute about sovereignty. it sparked an unexpected war with britain which lasted 74 days. 225 british servicemen lost their lives — as well as three falkland civilians and 649 argentinian troops. the foreign minister of argentina says relations with britain will remain stifled so long as no discussions about the future sovereignty of the islands are taking place. argentina has seized the british falkland islands, whose ownership she's been disputing
with britain for two centuries. it was the news that stunned the world after weeks of rising tension. argentina's military dictatorship ordered the invasion of the falklands. they celebrated in buenos aires, malvinas, argentina, say the placards, while the british public were surprised mrs thatcher and her ministers were not. mrs thatcher, do you have a statement to make to us on the falkland islands? several days before intelligence reports said the invasion was imminent. they said that they think they do mean business, | they will invade one of the lesser islands probably— during april. the navy had some good fortune, 18 warships were already at sea, involved in an exercise based in gibraltar. they were under the command of admiral sandy woodward and in the year before he died, we chatted about what had happened at his home in west sussex.
sheer luck, i think, - it made us probably ten days down there earlier than we would have been. john galway, a radio operator was on one of the ships in his task force. he and his friends on hms sheffield were looking forward to sailing back to portsmouth after six months away from home. as we were going along, there were news stories about scrap metal merchants landing on south george and once we got to gibraltar, they got a bit stronger and stronger and we thought something was going to happen. 40 years ago it was not just the ships being prepared for war, also getting ready were marines and soldiers. some of the men are expected tojoin the task force tomorrow, others have already gone. when the invasion took place, sarahjones was enjoying a family holiday in france. we were skiing. it must've been on. the news, i suppose.
her husband was commanding officer of the 2nd battalion of the parachute regiment, at the time based in aldershot. needless to say, being a soldier, l he was excited, they always felt| that they would definitely be needed and, sure enough, they were. in the spring of 1982, nick williams was based in the falklands. the islanders were extremely hospitable, if you embraced them and their culture. a corporal in the royal marines, he was looking forward to going home to dorset after a year on the islands. his detachment of marines had just been joined by the incoming team who were taking over. with little warning, plans were changed. 0ur detachment was due to leave on april the 5th and we were told that we were staying on the islands we were allowed a two minute phone call to ourfamilies to tell them that we were staying, we did not know when we were coming home
and, don't worry, there is nothing happening, that was the brief. in fact, nick and his fellow royal marines were soon putting up fierce resistance against overwhelming opposition. steve humphrey, bbc news, portsmouth. that is it for this hour. thanks very much forjoining us. much more, of course, on the website if you want to stay up to date. i am on twitter, too. thanks for being with us. goodbye for now. well, the sun is getting stronger, but that wind has sent shivers down our spines in the last couple of days. today the wind won't be quite as cold. it will be a little lighter, but we have showers in the forecast, some of them wintry,
but still a lot of cold air, notjust across the uk, but across many parts of western and central europe, even down to the north coast of africa there and plenty of snow across the alps and eastern parts of europe. but high pressure over us, so that means generally bright weather. here's the forecast for this afternoon, the wind is still blowing out of the north—east around the coasts of east anglia, kent and sussex as well, inland sunny spells, occasional showers and perhaps wintry across the high ground, at temperatures top towards the west around the 10 degrees. crucially, the winds tonight fall very light and with the clear skies it really does mean temperatures will drop like a stone. these are the temperatures in city centres. in rural spots, it could be as low as minus seven celsius, even across southern parts of england, so i think scenes like this, particularly in the countryside, early on sunday morning, but the frost should melt away very quickly, that sun is very strong and then we are in
for a fine sunny start to the day, perhaps a bit of cloud building up in the afternoon across england and wales and certainly northern ireland and western scotland and clearly, you can see here outbreaks of rain to come for places like stornoway, perhaps reaching glasgow later in the day on sunday. that is the weather fronts weeping off the atlantic and spreading across the uk sunday night into monday, sitting on top of us on monday, and you can see the winds are blowing out of the west, north—west, a milder direction, but a lot of cloud with that — outbreaks of rain as well and temperatures will be really high and despite the cloud and rain we will still get up to 14 in london, around 12 or 13 for glasgow and also for newcastle. there is that change in wind direction over the next few days, so monday and tuesday onwards you can see that cold air being pushed to the north, and this milder air on the more southern climes winds all the way from the azores spreading into souther parts of the uk.
this is bbc world news, the headlines: on their way to safety — civilians flee the besieged southern ukrainian city of mariupol — but 160,000 people are estimated to be trapped inside. the red cross renew their evacuation attempts afterfailing on friday. today marks 40 years since the start of the falklands war — when argentina invaded disputed islands they call the malvinas. 649 argentinian troops, 255 british serviceman and three falkland islanders died during the conflict. us presidentjoe biden welcomes a un—brokered truce in yemen as a long—awaited reprieve for the its people.