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the us presidentjoins calls for a war crimes trial as evidence emerges of killings of civilians and mass graves in ukraine. the ukrainian president volodomyr zelensky visits the town of bucha where bodies lay in the streets — he accuses russian troops of murder and torture. russian soldiers treat people worse than animals. there is real genocide, what you've seen here today. russia has denied any involvement in the killings, saying the pictures of dead bodies are fake. our other main story tonight... an apocalyptic warning on climate change — the un says global emissions must have peaked within just three years. the level of pain, you just, you just want it to stop. how the waiting list for gynaecological treatment in england has risen more sharply than for any other treatment in the nhs.
new symptoms are added to the list for covid in england — have you had them? 0h, oh, i 0h, isay. and june brown — or the much—loved dot cotton to millions in eastenders — has died at the age of 95. and coming up on the bbc news channel. a glorious weekend for iga swiatek. the new women's number one speaks to us about life from the top, good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. the ukrainian president, volodymyr zelensky, has visited the town of bucha near kyiv where evidence has emerged of russian troops killing civilians.
he once again accused russia of war crimes and genocide and said local people had been treated "worse than animals". as russian troops withdraw, a picture of what civilians have had to endure is becoming clearer. the us presidentjoe biden has joined calls for a war crime trial. but russia is denying it has been involved in the deaths, claiming that pictures of bodies in the streets are staged and fake. foster has this report. you may find her report upsetting. today as he walked among the wreckage, president zelensky saw for himself this scenes of horror in bucha. destruction and death now inhabit these once quiet streets. it is a town that has been scarred forever. , , ., ,., , ., forever. russian soldiers treat --eole forever. russian soldiers treat peeple worse _ forever. russian soldiers treat people worse than _ forever. russian soldiers treat people worse than animals. i forever. russian soldiers treat - people worse than animals. there is a real genocide, what you have seen here today. we know thousands of
people have been tortured and killed with cut—off hands and legs. it is very difficult to talk when you see what they have done here. dimitro esca -e what they have done here. dimitro escape from _ what they have done here. dimitro escape from bucha, _ what they have done here. dimitro escape from bucha, he _ what they have done here. dimitro escape from bucha, he showed - what they have done here. dimitro| escape from bucha, he showed me what they have done here. dimitro - escape from bucha, he showed me his diary and a few pictures he dared to take. we saw the russian tanks, and we understood that one good shot might finish everything. we saw the bodies that were in the cars. the body of a man on a bicycle, who didn't hurt anybody. every day, dmitro wrote what he saw and heard. and how he felt, even when he feared death was close. "i'm lucky to be alive," he told me. so you thought that you would be leaving this behind, and these would be your final words? yes.
while ukraine has taken back many towns around kyiv, other cities are still in the grip of fierce fighting. tens of thousands are still trapped in the southern port city of mariupol. so the pictures you saw, and we see that russian, russian army, they are not human beings. i don't know who they are. are they animals, are they orcs, or who they are? i don't know how it is possible to do this, i cannot even imagine. the battle for the south and east of ukraine goes on. and while the conflict rages, it is hard to know the full extent of the horror that will be left behind. anna foster, bbc news, lviv. ina in a moment we'll hear more from anna foster western ukraine. jenny hill is in moscow. the us, the eu and the uk are gearing up for further sanctions
against russia following what's emerging in towns like bucha. but russia is denying any involvement in the killings. the kremlin denies it all. it dismisses the footage you have seen, the witness accounts you have heard, as fake news, fabricated by ukraine and spread by western journalists. officials here say that no one living in the town of bucha was subject to violence while it was under russian control, and they also say the condition of the bodies you may have seen reports suggests that the scenes were staged, once russian troops withdrew. this is by no means the first time the kremlin has sought to dismiss allegations of atrocities as fake news. it sought to do so just last month following a strike on a maternity hospital in mariupol, but its allegation now is that ukraine has faked evidence of civilian killings in order to escalate violence and to disrupt
ongoing peace negotiations. russia invaded ukraine, and yet it is determined to betray its neighbour as the real aggressor, here. —— to portray its neighbour. in as the real aggressor, here. -- to portray its neighbour.— portray its neighbour. in the last half hour we _ portray its neighbour. in the last half hour we have _ portray its neighbour. in the last half hour we have had _ portray its neighbour. in the last half hour we have had the - portray its neighbour. in the last. half hour we have had the foreign secretary liz truss talking about offering more weapons and greater sanctions against russia for ukraine. . �* , ,, , ukraine. that's right. she is in warsaw, meeting _ ukraine. that's right. she is in warsaw, meeting her- ukraine. that's right. she is in - warsaw, meeting her counterpart, the ukrainian foreign minister and the narrative is very different from what you have heard from the kremlin. she said it is clear that war crimes took place in bucha, and she is determined to do something about it. she talks about the g7 talks, the nato thoughts, due to happen later this week, and she also talked about the pressure put on sanctions. she said money is still flowing in her words from europe to president putin's war machine, so she is calling on her counterparts
around the world to do more. also, in terms of those weapons, again, she says that ukraine needs the weapons that it is calling for, because while we see those scenes in places like bucha, those images of bodies lying on the streets, and the places that russian troops have pulled away from, it is perhaps easy to forget that heavy fighting is still taking place in many other parts of this country, particularly around the east of ukraine and the south of ukraine, places like mariupol, where we know that thousands of civilians are still trapped, while the fighting continues, ukraine needs those weapons and liz truss says she will try and make that happen. puma try and make that happen. anna foster in lviv, _ try and make that happen. anna foster in lviv, thank _ try and make that happen. anna foster in lviv, thank you - try and make that happen. anna foster in lviv, thank you very i try and make that happen. anna foster in lviv, thank you very much. the us presidentjoe biden says president putin is a war criminal and has called for a war crimes trial following the discovery of killings and more mass graves outside kyiv. but how challenging is it to gather proof of war crimes — and what are the chances of prosecutions? here's our special correspondent allan little.
as russian forces retreat, the evidence accumulates, of atrocities against civilians. new gear, a man attempting to theses a tank and get out of his car. seconds later, he is shot dead. nearby a woman has buried her only son with her own hands. it falls into a pattern of behaviour which is consistent with anti—partisan warfare or mopping up operations, that the russian military has conducted in a number of conflicts in the past, and essentially it is aimed at terrorising the population in response to insurgents or resistance fighters operating from their communities, and so the intent is to make the population pay a collective price for sustaining resistance. the precedent for holding political and military leaders responsible was established at nuremberg in 1916. this was the founding moment of international criminal law and the new concept of the crime of
aggression acquired legal force. including crimes against humanity. during the war in former yugoslavia in the 1990s, that concept was invoked again with his setting up of a special war crimes tribunal in the hague. it took many years but, in the end, prominent military and political leaders were brought to justice. this is the bosnian serb leader radovan kaladjdzic, nobody thinks he killed with his own hands, but he was convicted of committing the crimes of others, of command responsibility, and will never be released from prison. could vladimir putin face a similar fate? only, says one prominent war crimes prosecutor, if he is charged specifically with the crime of aggression, and no international court in existence today yet has the legal competence to do that. ﬁx, legal competence to do that. number of governments are closely examining how we would create a special tribunal. unlike war crimes and crimes against humanity because of the crime of aggression is relatively straightforward to establish. after all, mr bruton has
declared his objectives and his rationale, and there is no legal basis —— mr putin thought there is no legal basis for what is going on in ukraine today.— in ukraine today. russian and chinese vetoes _ in ukraine today. russian and chinese vetoes at _ in ukraine today. russian and chinese vetoes at the - in ukraine today. russian and| chinese vetoes at the security council would make this impossible today. the yugoslav tribunal needed regime change in former yugoslavia, new governments, ready to collaborate with the international court in gathering evidence and arresting and handing overformer leaders. it is hard to imagine a post putin achab opening its doors to western backed criminal investigators, far less to western backed criminal investigators, far any members of and handing over any members of today's ruling elite. and handing over any members of today's ruli in elite. and handing over any members of today's killed elite. and handing over any members of
today's killed here. and even then, we'd still need new technology to suck carbon dioxide out of the skies by the middle of the century. in their latest report, un scientists are warning we are on course for devastating changes to our climate. and the head of the un called out government and business leaders
for saying one thing on reducing emissions and doing another. put simply, he said, they are lying. and the results will be catastrophic." here's our climate editor, justin rowlatt. what are you and has published today is a road map for saving the world from the worst of climate change, but it comes with a massive warning. it is now or never. there can be more —— no more broken promises on climate, says the un. more -- no more broken promises on climate, says the un.— climate, says the un. some government— climate, says the un. some government and _ climate, says the un. some government and business i climate, says the un. some - government and business leaders are saying one thing but doing another. simply put, they are lying. and the results will be catastrophic. but there is some _ results will be catastrophic. but there is some good news in today's report, so let's start there. the cost of renewable technologies, wind turbines, solar panels, batteries, have been falling far quicker than anyone expected. as a result, the world is rapidly building solar and wind plants. in fact last year 10%
of global electricity was generated from renewables, according to a report last week. but, says the un, harnessing the power of the sun and the wind will not be enough. the report details how we will also need to change the way we get around, what we eat, how efficient our homes and businesses are, how we farm, how we produce the goods we buy, how we move those goods around, and how we protect the natural world. in short, pretty much everything has to change, because pretty much everything we do produces carbon dioxide. it is possible, says today's report, but time is almost out. we have got peak carbon emissions before 2025 says the un and then put them back by at least 43% by the end of 2030, and then we need to take them all the way down to net zero by 2050. it is a tall
order, especially given that emissions are currently going up, not down. ~ ., , ., ., ,, , not down. what needs to happen is that we need _ not down. what needs to happen is that we need to _ not down. what needs to happen is that we need to use _ not down. what needs to happen is that we need to use all— not down. what needs to happen is that we need to use all of- not down. what needs to happen is that we need to use all of the - that we need to use all of the available tools we have in terms of policy, technologies, and we need to start to use them immediately. if that happens, then it is still possible, just possible, to limit warming —— warming to 1.5 degrees. we will also need to develop technology to take carbon out of the atmosphere to balance out those emissions we cannot eradicate. trees are one way, but we will need high—tech solutions also, and they have yet to be proved, at scale. making all these changes will cost money, but it will also deliver huge benefits, says the un. that money, but it will also deliver huge benefits, says the un.— benefits, says the un. that is one ofthe benefits, says the un. that is one of the key results _ benefits, says the un. that is one of the key results because - benefits, says the un. that is one of the key results because there l benefits, says the un. that is one i of the key results because there are many benefits with these measures that are needed, the air quality, better health, more active lifestyles, healthier food systems.
the authors of today's report are very clear. they say that the fossil fuel era has to end, and end very soon. that conclusion, indeed all the conclusions in this report, have been approved by all of the governments of the world, so the big question now is, will they enable the radical action today's report demands? and our climate editor justin rowlatt is here. the un has produced many reports on climate change but this is surely the strongest? i think it is. what we are seeing here, in a sense, is the un grabbing the world by the shoulders and shaking it and saying that you get it? time is running out, you have to act now. they are saying that it is possible, we have the technology, we can do this, but it is a tough call. you saw the huge gap between the direction emissions are going and where we need to go. really challenging. on the plus side, this
is a document signed by governments. the governments of the world come at a time when cooperation is in short supply, have all signed up to this. they are saying we get it, we recognise the signs, we will take this action so as i said in report, the big question now is, will they do it? will they take action? justin rowlatt, do it? will they take action? justin rowlatt. thank— do it? will they take action? justin rowlatt, thank you. _ the ukrainian president visited bucha. still to come is it california, australia? no, devon, which has just california, australia? no, devon, which hasjustjoined california, australia? no, devon, which has justjoined the list of world surfing reserves. coming up in sportsday, could it be the ultimate come back for tiger woods? he says he will make a decision on whether to play at the masters follow willing a career threatening car crash last year. the actressjune brown who played
dot cotton in eastenders. she was 95. one of the show�*s best loved and most memorable characters, she joined the cast in 1985, the year the show was created, and stayed for 35 years. david sillito has been looking back at her life. i've got to face facts, with my nerves, i've got to smoke. you silly little man! she was albert square's god—fearing, chain—smoking, hypochondriac gossip. my own son. all right, you made your point. dot cotton was, forjune brown, the role of a lifetime. i hope you know that tate has got a bit of a reputation. give us a tea and a glass of water. whenjune brown arrived on eastenders she already had a0 years of acting experience. but my head feels as though a circular saw�*s going through it. but it was dot who made her famous. religious men who collect bibles can only think of the one thing. however, they didn't have a lot in common. ., ,
however, they didn't have a lot in common. .,, ., a ., however, they didn't have a lot in common. ., ~ common. people ask me if i am like dot. hello common. people ask me if i am like dot- hellojim- _ common. people ask me if i am like dot. hello jim. it— common. people ask me if i am like dot. hello jim. it is _ common. people ask me if i am like dot. hello jim. it is me. _ common. people ask me if i am like dot. hello jim. it is me. dorothy. i dot. hellojim. it is me. dorothy. the only way i am like dot is in my feelings about spirituality. only they are rather advanced for dot. but apart from that, i'm not... really like dot at all, i don't think. you want to tell your children what i tell my nick. dot was walford _ children what i tell my nick. dot was walford born and bread. june grew up new suffolk. she trained at the old vic and appeared in dozens of productions. she also had six children. i of productions. she also had six children. ., , ., ., , children. i love the stage. you see it is alive. — children. i love the stage. you see it is alive. it _ children. i love the stage. you see it is alive, it has _ children. i love the stage. you see it is alive, it has had _ children. i love the stage. you see it is alive, it has had live _ children. i love the stage. you see it is alive, it has had live words i it is alive, it has had live words spokenin it is alive, it has had live words spoken in live reaction, everything has the been live. just don't stand there norman.— has the been live. just don't stand there norman. . there norman. there were tv and film role bus dot— there norman. there were tv and film role bus dot changed _ there norman. there were tv and film role bus dot changed everything - there norman. there were tv and film role bus dot changed everything it - role bus dot changed everything it is all oozing. sorry _ role bus dot changed everything it
is all oozing. sorry ma. _ role bus dot changed everything it is all oozing. sorry ma. among - role bus dot changed everything it| is all oozing. sorry ma. among the tributes john _ is all oozing. sorry ma. among the tributes john altmann _ is all oozing. sorry ma. among the tributes john altmann who - is all oozing. sorry ma. among the tributes john altmann who played | tributesjohn altmann who played her son nick. she was he says a fantastic actress and a dear friend. confess to jesus, what fantastic actress and a dear friend. confess tojesus, what began as a few weeks work turned into a role that lasted 35 years. dot few weeks work turned into a role that lasted 35 years.— that lasted 35 years. dot cotton could have _ that lasted 35 years. dot cotton could have come _ that lasted 35 years. dot cotton could have come and _ that lasted 35 years. dot cotton could have come and gone - that lasted 35 years. dot cotton could have come and gone but. could have come and gone butjune brown turned her into an indispensable part of albert square. the actressjune brown who's died at the age of 95. the pandemic has caused long waiting lists for nhs treatment, but one specialty has seen the sharpest increases — gynaecology. before the pandemic, 66 women were waiting longer than a year for treatment in england. now it's almost 25,000 — many suffering agonising chronic pain. the royal college of obstetricians and gynaecologists says "gender bias" is partly to blam, and that women's health is "consistently overlooked".
our health correspondent catherine burns has this report. in pain, their lives on hold. more than 500,000 women across the uk are on waiting lists for gynaecology treatment. the bleeding over time, over that year got heavier and heavier and the pain got worse and worse. i'm pretty much house bound now, due to the pain. i have another year—and—a—half to go, before i can— have my hysterectomy. the biggest impact for me so far has been on my mental health. it's just — it's just got worse. i'm sick of feeling at 44 like i'm 94. like so many other women, pain is a constant companion for lucy reading. she has endometriosis, which means tissue like the lining of the womb grows in places it shouldn't, including the ovaries. i'll be honest, i've felt suicidal at times with this condition. the level of pain, you just, you just want it to stop. you just want it to go away. for lucy, endometriosis
means she has not been able to have children. now she needs a hysterectomy. she was referred for help in march last year, but is worried she still has a long wait ahead of her. i can't even put it into words, because my life is not my life as it is at the moment. it is cruel. it's cruel to leave somebody waiting there, for that long. you wouldn't do that to a dog. there were problems with gynaecology waiting lists before covid. in february 2020, almost 290,000 women in england were on a waiting list. the latest figures bring it closer to 460,000, an increase of 60%. before the pandemic, 66 women were on the list for more than a year. now, there are almost 25,000. the nhs is dealing with a record backlog of people waiting for care, and the priority is often on patients with conditions that could kill them. the women on these gynaecology waiting lists aren't dying, but their doctors say many of them are barely living.
hundreds of thousands of women, young and old, often with conditions that can be extremely painful impact their fertility and damage their mental health. i believe that women's health and gynaecology has been significantly affected by this, because there is an element of gender bias in the system at the moment. the priority that they urgently need is not being given to them. the government is publishing a women's health strategy later this year, and ministers accept that health services must listen to women's voices. nhs england says waiting times across the system are more than six weeks down on their peak in the pandemic. the impact of this condition is devastating, almost soul—destroying. i can't enjoy my life properly. and i want it back. ijust continue to just...
catherine burn, bbc news. nine new signs of illness have been added to the list of coronavirus symptoms in england. now having a sore throat, fatigue or a head ache could mean you have covid. it comes just days after free covid tests in england ended. our health editor, hugh pym is here. these symptoms seem could easily be for a cold orflu, what are we all to make of it? this is in line with official thinking, that society needs to move towards living with covid, and it should really be treated long term, like flu. 50 should really be treated long term, like flu. ., ., ., like flu. so until now, we have had three key symptoms, _ like flu. so until now, we have had three key symptoms, quoted, - like flu. so until now, we have had three key symptoms, quoted, in l like flu. so until now, we have had| three key symptoms, quoted, in all the official guidance, and you a new cough, a high temperature or loss of taste and smell. now on the official remember sites nine other symptoms have been added, feeling exhausted, or a headache and the guidance is if you have some of these symptoms of,
and a high temperature, or you don't feel well enough to go into work, then you should stay at home. now, of course, in england universalfree lateral flow tests are no longer available so there is an accuse knowledge. there won't be more testing, that people need broader guidance and covid levels are pretty high relatively at the moment, there have been staff silences affecting public transport and flights round the uk at the moment. 50 public transport and flights round the uk at the moment.— the uk at the moment. so that is encland, the uk at the moment. so that is england. what — the uk at the moment. so that is england, what about _ the uk at the moment. so that is england, what about scotland, i the uk at the moment. so that is - england, what about scotland, wales and northern ireland. if england, what about scotland, wales and northern ireland.— and northern ireland. if you look the websites, _ and northern ireland. if you look the websites, there _ and northern ireland. if you look the websites, there is _ and northern ireland. if you look the websites, there is no - and northern ireland. if you look| the websites, there is no change, and northern ireland. if you look- the websites, there is no change, no extra symptoms have been added. and of course lateral flow testing, freely available, is continuing, a bit longer in scotland, wales and northern ireland. so, a difference of approach there. in scotland, i should add, though, that the legal requirement to wear a face covering in places of worship, or marriage or funeral services will end from today, though it will continue a
little bit longer in retail and other indoor spaces.- little bit longer in retail and other indoor spaces. little bit longer in retail and other indoor saces. . ~ , ., thank you huw. a new report says some babies can't recognise facial expressions and toddlers are struggling to socialise, partly due to interacting with people wearing facemasks during the pandemic. ofsted inspectors visited 70 early years providers — including pre—schools, nurseries and child—minders — in england at the start of the year. the chief inspector, amanda spielman, says it is clear the lockdowns have left "lingering challenges" for the youngest children. the price of a first class stamp has gone up to 95p. royal mail has blamed the increase on higher delivery costs. it says the number of letters being sent has fallen — but it is delivering to more addresses than ever. second class stamps have gone up to 68p. the bbc children's programme, newsround, is celebrating its 50th birthday. the show, initially commissioned as a six—week experiment by the bbc�*s children's department, was first broadcast in 1972 — and was one of the world's first tv shows which aimed to tell children about the big news
stories of the day. north devon has joined an exclusive list including malibu in california and the gold coast in australia to become a world surfing reserve. it's the twelfth in the world and the first in the uk to be selected. jon kay is in woolacombe. jon i am not sure it looks like surfing weather behind you? hot surfing weather behind you? not exactl , surfing weather behind you? iirrt exactly, fiona, no, more kind of grey watch than baywatch today. cold, and miserable, but that doesn't matter, because this 20 mile stretch of coastline now has international recognition. now it is partly a reward for the great surf but people hope it will be help them protect this coastline and help them improve water quality and safety. ok, so the weather wasn't exactly malibu today. but the mood was ecstatic, in the uk's first world surfing reserve. what do you love about this place?
everything. i'm so proud. kevin cook has lived here all his life. he started surfing at the age of six, and hasn't stopped. he's led the campaign for north devon to get special status. it's absolutely massive. we are just so stoked that it's come about in this way. it's a culmination of about five or six years work, to try and put all this together, so it's amazing. it's the combination of the waves, with the environment, with the culture, and with the economy. it all meets here in north devon to make it such a special place. only one place in the world is awarded this reserve status every year. but now this stretch of coast, which includes croyde, saunton and lynmouth joins the like of santa cruz in california and australia's gold coast.
my dad taught me to surf when i was three. rosie is from a local farming family. but she swapped muddy fields for riding waves, and she's now a surf ininstructor. all of the uk's best surfers, people on the gb squad, they are all from devon, like woollacombe and croyde, so i'm not surprised it's on par with, like, these amazing breaks. feeling proud? yes, really proud. yeah, love it. oh, just to get that feeling, to get the energy, just, just amazing. lovely place, very friendly people here. just absolutely amazing. just gets you in the soul. it makes you feel like you're coming home when you come here. - with the season just getting started, international recognition could bring even more visitors, and could help protect this coastline for the future. one, two, three... jon kay, bbc news, north devon. time for a look at the weather. here's darren bett. shame the sun didn't come out there.
yes, we have had days of cold weather but today, we had something a lot milder but it came with a good deal of cloud and for many parts of the country it has been a cloudy day today, butjust a bit of sunshine, here in hampshire for example, saw the temperatures getting up to 16 degree, we will keep cloudy skies this evening and overnight and there is still some rain and drizzle, particularly in western area, heavier rain in northern ireland, into scotland as well, and there is a few wintry showers up to the northern isle, it is colder in the far north of scotland, otherwise, those temperatures probably staying in double figures overnight. a mild start to tomorrow. much of the country are in this chunk of warmer air but there is colder airjust to the north and along that boundary, between the two air masses with have this weather front. that is producing the wet weather. we could see some early rain in northern ireland, and across nhs england but most of the wet weather will be in scotland, and has the wetter weather moves its wane north into the colder
air we could see sleet and snow falling, mainly over high land and grampian and that cold weather will stick round overnight as well but it's a fine line between rain and snow and for much of scotland it is raining. 11 degrees in glasgow. we may get rain later in northern ireland, but mild day for england and wales, and a brighter day than today, we may see a bit more sunshine giving those temperatures a boost to 15 degrees, but, as we head into wednesday, there is more low pressure, more weatherfront, it is unsettled. the front will push away hiring temperatures and along the boundary up to the north of scotland we still have colder air in the far north, threatenening sleeted and snow, for many it will be a brighter picture with sunshine but also showers, some could be heavy, blustery winds round and so temperatures are not going to be as high —— on wednesday but the cold air, at the moment, is in the far north of scotland. but look what happens as we head through thursday this and continuing into friday, that colder air is going to push southwards and it could be a few