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this is bbc news — welcome if you re watching here in the uk or around the globe. i'm samantha simmons. our top stories... armoured vehicles and new missiles — borisjohnson pledges more support to ukraine after talks with president zelensky in kyiv. there is a huge amount to deal to make sure that ukraine is successful, that ukraine wins and that putin must fail. in other news, angry scenes in pakistan's parliament between supporters and opponents of the prime minister, imran khan, ahead of a vote of no confidence.
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hello. we'll start with the uk prime minister, because borisjohnson has travelled to kyiv — to hold face to face talks with the ukrainian president volodymyr zelensky. downing street says they are discussing the uk s long term support to ukraine and the prime minister will set out a new package of financial and military aid which includes 120 armoured vehicles and new anti—ship missile systems. it comes as ukrainian officials say ten humanitarian corridors to evacuate people from regions besieged by russian forces have been agreed for today. it's thought around 10,000 people have escaped from cities in the south and east through those means over the past two days. president zelensky says a "firm global response" is needed after yesterday's missile strike on a railway station in kramatorsk, which killed at least 50 people. borisjohnson said that this was an opportunity to ensure that ukraine was never invaded again. heraclitus, i think, said war is the father of all things. i mean, that was an exaggeration,
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war isn't the father of everything, but what this war is certainly producing is a clarity about the vision of a future for ukraine where, together with friends and partners, we, the uk and others, supply the equipment, the technology, the know—how, the intelligence, so that ukraine will never be invaded again. so that ukraine is so fortified and so protected that ukraine can never be bullied again, never be blackmailed again, never be threatened in the same way again. in the meantime, there is a huge amount to do to make sure that ukraine is successful, that ukraine wins and that putin must fail. president zelensky thanked the uk government for its support
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and called on other nations to follow suit. we are especially grateful for this to happen. this is a true reflection of the decisive and significant support to ukraine from the united kingdom. we are always grateful for that, we shall always remember that. just recently we had a meeting in kyiv and you recall this, we draw some conclusions in ourjoint work and the frames of strategic dialogue, we were planning future projects, we were wondering around kyiv, and today you can see in your own eyes how our country looks like, how our villages, our settlements look like, because of russian aggression. there could be only one conclusion, our common conclusion, we have to exert even more pressure on the russian federation, to exert pressure through supporting ukraine in defending itself. we have to exert pressure in the form of sanctions and i am grateful to the united kingdom that
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continues and intensifies the sanctions and also provides significant support of ukraine by reinforcing our defence capacities. the other democratic western countries should follow the example of the united kingdom. earlier our correspondent yogita limaye told us how significant this meeting was. well, with prime minister, borisjohnson, now coming here after the european commission president, this is a european show of solidarity for ukraine. it is significant in the sense that, you know, the prime minister also announced something for ukraine, which is those armoured vehicles, the anti—ship missile systems. yesterday, there was an announcement of £100 million in the weapons
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to this country, which include anti—tank missiles and anti—aircraft missiles. and basically discussing the road ahead. prime minister borisjohnson very clearly saying that, yes, russian forces have been withdrawn from some areas in ukraine, from kyiv, in the north, where we are. he clearly sees this as a tactical move and not the end of russian aggression, which he says continues in the east. yesterday, of course, we saw that attack at the train station where more than 50 people who were waiting for trains to get out to safety were killed. the kremlin says it didn't launch missiles, they rejected that it was the one that launched missiles at this train station, but you know, there has been a harsh condemnation from the president of this country. this visit today sort of reinforces a show
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of solidarity from europe, a continued sense of support, notjust in words, but also in actions, in terms of providing weapons, which is the primary thing that ukraine is asking for at the moment, in addition to more pressure in russia intensifying sanctions against the country. the pakistan parliament is beginning a vote to decide whether to remove imran khan as prime minister, days after he blocked a similar attempt. there have been angry scenes in parliament between mr khan's supporters and opponents. last monday, the supreme court ruled that he acted unconstitutionally when he asked the president to dissolve parliament before the vote could take place. ayesha siddiqa is senior fellow at kings college london and an expert in civil—military relations in the south asia region. she described how the impact of the relationship between the military and the government is having on the situation. it's generally believed that the worsening of this relationship that has led
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to the crisis or the situation where the political opposition was encouraged to raise their voice against harm. —— their voice against khan. thus creating the conditions which now have the lead to where khan and pakistan stand. imran khan is claiming this vote of no confidence is, as he called it, a foreign funded drama saying that the us is behind this. what do you make of that? is there any evidence of that? see, basically what he has done and wrongly manipulated an internal communique between pakistan's investor in the united states and the foreign office. it's internal communication. it's just like, for example, a british ambassador in moscow, what would he be telling, say, the russian government or the russian government if they were meeting uk's ambassador. they would be expressing, you know, their anger or their dissatisfaction
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with the borisjohnson government. this is exactly what happened. assistant secretary of state probably met the ambassador and said, love, as long as imran khan is there, i don't think we are going to have good relations. and this is exactly, you know, the state of relations. it wasn't two—sided. imran khan's government is using that internal communique illegally leaking it and saying, basing its claim and that there is a conspiracy to remove when there is no evidence whatsoever to remove and mankind. —— whatsoever to remove imran khan. they make it look like regime change. which is an atrocious claim. live to the pakistani parliament where that vote is getting under way. that vote on a no—confidence
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motion against prime minister imran khan which was supposed to begin more than 13 hours ago, just minutes before it started, the speaker of the national assembly also resigned. stay with us, we will bring you more on that. you are watching bbc news. more now from ukraine and civilians in the east of the country have been urged to leave the area immediately, because russian forces may be planning a mass assault. (map)two missiles hit a train station in the city two missiles hit a train station in the city of kramatorsk on friday, killing more than 50 people, trying to escape fighting in the area. at least four of the dead are children. 0ur defence correspondent, jonathan beale, has sent us this report, from the city. they were supposed to be taking a train to safety, but instead they were leaving kramatorsk by ambulance. most of the severely injured in the attack had already been taken west to larger hospitals. these, the walking wounded. still needing surgery to remove the pieces of shrapnel from their bodies. and still clearly traumatised.
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translation: | heard a lot | of explosions and i fell down. when i got up, a lot of people were already dead. it was only me who stood up from the floor. it is a wonder, god saved me. i have a penetrating chest injury on one side and my legs are wounded, like everywhere. i got the shrapnel into my groin, into my artery, i fainted twice, lost a lot of blood. medical staff work day and night to save the lives the dozen injured, —— medical staff work day and night to save the lives the dozens injured, not all made it, six died before they had the chance to operate, including a young child. translation: there were life threatening injuries, _ amputations, torn limbs, torn feet, stomach wounds and brain injuries. those were the severe cases.
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it is surreal what has happened, itjust cannot be explained. i cannot imagine what kind of person takes a decision to launch a missile into a place where civilians are gathering. these were the chaotic scenes after the strike. thousands had gathered at kramatorsk station, hoping to get a train to safety. many of them women and children. they were among the dozens of bodies lying on the ground. aleksei was still looking through the wreckage this morning. normally, he helps recover the bodies of ukrainian troops killed in battle. but, yesterday, he was having to gather the remains of unarmed civilians. the innocents of this war. translation: when you see our future i being killed, the future of ukraine, i you cannot control your emotions, you understand it is genocide and they are killing us just because we are ukrainian
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and you see that when you look at the bodies of the women and children. investigators were still examining the remains of a missile nearby. eyewitnesses say they saw multiple explosions, raising the possibility that it may have contained cluster munitions. it is still not clear what exactly happened here, whether this missile might have been shot down and that is why some of it is still intact, but the state railway company says that a number of missiles were fired at the railway station, and despite russia's denials of responsibility, people here think it was a deliberate attack. jonathan beale, bbc news, kramatorsk. for more on the attack at the trains station, i spoke to louise callaghan, correspondent at the sunday times who was in kramatorsk. i arrived yesterday afternoon, about eight hours after the attack. by the time i got up to the train station, the bodies had already been cleared away. but what i saw was the remnants
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of an enormous attack. i saw the remnants of what happens when a huge missile slams into a crowd of 1,000 civilians waiting at a train station. there was blood smeared all over the floor, toys, packed lunches, packed lunches, scattered across the station concourse. then i went to the hospital and spoke to the doctors and the nurses there who described what they saw. i spoke to people who had survived who had suffered shrapnel wounds. then i went to the morgue and saw the bodies of some of those who have who have been killed, including a 12—year—old girl. absolutely horrific to witness in the hours immediately afterwards. what more did the medical staff there try to save lives and help those many injured. what did they say to you about how they were coping? they were massively overstretched. they were rushing around,
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surgeons were operating at once, —— they were rushing around, surgeons were operating only several people at once, it was just this huge overwhelming surge of casualties. a lot of people had already evacuated kramatorsk after being told to leave in recent days, but many, many people were still trying to make it onto these trains, so there were huge numbers of people there. those who could go by car did, but a lot of these people didn't have access to their own transport and they thought the trains would be safe. as you say, the train station there in kramatorsk, a hub for ukrainians fleeing the violence and the fighting in donbas and eastern ukraine. are people still trying to leave that way? is the train still up and running? it is not up and running but many people are still trying to leave by road. as we drove out of kramatorsk this morning, there were just buses and buses going the other way, going in there, trying to pick up civilians and trying to bring them out,
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because i think the people who stayed there, they are tough, they have lived with work for eight years nearby and a lot of them wanted to stay with their houses and their properties who didn't have anywhere else to go. but now they know that they have to leave. a lot of people will have made that decision overnight after this attack on the train station. the kremlin has denied responsibility for this attack and as a journalist who is reporting on this, what is your assessment of what you saw and how this may have unfolded? well, everyone there believes that it was the russian forces, you know, whether they were in russia itself or in the people's republican who fired, russia says they didn't. what i will say is that just after the attack, pro russian telegram channels which are close to the kremlin posting saying there has been a successful attack by russia on the train station, in kramatorsk, then once the extent of the civilian casualties became clear, that was deleted, and russia has
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since claimed that they did not in fact perpetrate the attack. they say it was the ukrainians who did this. here, labour have accused the chancellor, rishi sunak, of failing to be transparent about his household's financial arrangements as millions of people face a living standards crisis. mr sunak�*s wife says she will now pay uk taxes on her overseas income, after the political row over her non—domiciled status. 0ur political correspondent, rajdeep sandhu, reports. reporter: is there more pain to come, chancellor? - he's in charge of our taxes, but questions have been raised about his taxes — and his wife's. akshata murty owns shares in an indian company founded by her father. last year, she received more than £11 million from it. because she has a special non—dom tax status she was not required by law to pay uk taxes on her overseas income. but, after criticism, she's going to pay more uk tax, adding millions to the treasury every year, all so her finances don't cause
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a distraction for her husband. and it's notjust her affairs but his own. it's emerged that the chancellor had a us green card, giving him the right to live permanently in america, where he also had to pay taxes. he gave it up about six months ago, but even in the united states, there's questions about the arrangement. does the president see it as a problem that it's possible for someone to serve at a high level in a foreign government and maintain lawful permanent resident status in the us? i mean, what if this were someone who was serving in the russian duma? it wasn't, but i would also, again, point you to the portions of the government that oversee green cards. labour say the chancellor needs to be transparent. the chancellor has told people that they've got to have this tax hike at the moment, and it sounds like him and his immediate family have been using whatever tax ways they can to, you know, not pay as much as they possibly should do,
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and this is a moral issue more than anything. despite the bad headlines, the prime minister said he was backing his chancellor. i would just stress that the chancellor rishi is doing an absolutely outstanding job and, as far as possible, as i think i said yesterday, i don't think people's families should be brought, should be dragged into things. scrutiny of the chancellor's personal finances comes in the week he raised taxes and everyone is watching the pennies. rajdeep sandhu, bbc news, westminster. campaigning has ended in the first round of france's presidential election, which takes place on sunday. emmanuel macron is likely to come out on top, but his closest rival marine le pen is gaining ground. the bbc�*s tim wilcox is in paris and has been explaining what is different for marine le pen at her third run for the presidency. marine le pen has tried very hard over the past ten or so years to basic de—demonise the national rally party. you will remember it was her father jean—marie le pen who set
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up the front national, the national front, here. that was associated with very extreme views on immigration, racist policies, there were jackbooted supporters. now, she has worked very hard this time around to focus on other areas, for example, the cost of living crunch, the economy, but again, there are still policies there which are anti—immigrant. she has been helped a lot this time by another, far more extreme far right candidate, eric zemmour. eric zemmour is a pundit on tv channels here and he has helped detoxify some of the marine le pen message. it's interesting also that emmanuel macron, who came to this race very late officially, now, when he came injust after the beginning of the ukraine war, he was some 20 points ahead of marine le pen. that lead has now dwindled to maybe three or four points.
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and if she does get through to the second round, which is what happened in 2017, a lot of pundits here are saying that it could be much tighter. let me just explain why. because not only have you got the far right but you've also got the far left here. you got a character called jean—luc melenchon. he's 70 years old, this is his third attempt at the elysee palace, as well. now, it's believed that if he doesn't make the second round — he's saying, obviously, publicly he thinks he will — but if he doesn't make the second round, is he saying to his supporters, which we understand he is, "do not vote for macron, you should give your vote to marine le pen"? which might make things much, much tighter this time than 2017, when emmanuel macron smashed marine le pen in the second round. now — a moment of space history — as the first all—private crew has arrived at the international space sation. this is their arrival a few hours ago.
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the male crew — called axiom—1 — are the first all—private mission to the international space station.they are led by a former us astronaut, michael lopez—alegria. the passengers are us entrepreneur and aerobatic pilot larry connor; israeli investor eytan stibbe; and canadian entrepreneur, mark pathy. the mission set off from florida's kennedy space centre on friday and is expected to last eight days. it's been reported that the three passengers paid about fifty—five million dollars for the trip. earlier, i spoke to former nasa astronaut and iss commander leroy chiao who explained why he thinks this space flight is significant. this mission is a first in that it's the first of all commercial crew to fly to and dock to the international space station. this is something that's been coming for a while. nasa has been wanting it for many years, and now this is the beginning. nasa is looking, as you know, to decommission the international space station in 2030,
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so between now and then nasa would like commercial companies to build and operate space stations so that nasa can in the future, board the space stations as much as it is now leasing these missions aboard space x space crafts. so completely different change in model, if you will, about how operations will be conducted. this is the beginning of the space station part of that. that private individuals on board, while not being described as space tourists, because they will be conducting experiments themselves, they have had to fork out $55 million each for a seat on board. that's not within reach of many people, is at? how sustainable is this? that's a very good question. there's always been a debate on how sustainable space tourism if ul is, you can argue it one way or the other, but the bottom line is we will have to wait and see.
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yes, these people who have flown to the space station will be conducting some scientific research. it will be of limited value because they are only going up there for eight days as opposed to six months, which is what a normal space station crew would be up there for. also, it is hard to say that they each paid 55 million each in order to do this research. the fact is, of course, they really wanted to have this experience. there's nothing wrong with that. that's part of the commercialisation of space. we really should call it what it is. i was going to ask as answer not yourself who i imagine had to train for many years to achieve this extraordinary privilege. how does it make you feel to see people who have got the cash and can afford to just go up there with, i imagine, not nearly as much training as you had. these folks did go through several months of training, to their credit, it's notjust a matter of buying a ticket and going, so they had to learn about nominal or normal operations as well as emergency procedures and how to take care
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of themselves if there were to be some kind of mishap in space. 0n the other hand, yes, of course, they are not professionals, except for mike lopez who is actually a good friend of mine. he and i flew a space shuttle mission together some years ago, but the other folks are paying their way to go and they get a significant amount of training, so they are not specifically speaking "a tourist", but at the same time, they are kind of in the middle of what we call space flight participant, which is a good way to describe it. how do you feel the other astronauts on board the international space station will feel about these new astronauts joining them? do you think they feel like they are kind of having to babysit them? this is nothing new. since international space station began operations almost from the beginning, we had the first so—called space tourism, space flight participant in dennis tito, a nasa employee many years ago, and then left nasa and became quite wealthy.
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bought a seat to go fly with the russians, and from that point on in the early 2000's, we have seen a number of these space flight participants pay their way flying aboard russian spacecraft to the iss. this is the first non—russian commercial flight, if you will, to take nonprofessionals to the iss. so the people on board, they are fine with it. this is part of the evolution. government builds the infrastructure and then commercial businesses kind of start taking that over. a reminder of our top story.... the british prime minister, borisjohnson, has become the latest european leader to visit ukraine. he met president volodymyr zelensky in the capital, kyiv. mrjohnson�*s office said the visit was a show of solidarity with the ukrainian people. it said mrjohnson would set out a new package of financial and military support. mr zelensky also met the austrian chancellor, karl nehammer, on saturday.
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that's it for me for the moment. time for the weather now. hello there. there's warmer weather on the way for next week, which i'm sure will be a welcome change. this weekend, though, has been cold, and it's going to be frosty again tonight, before we see cloud amounts tending to increase during tomorrow. that cloud is coming in from the west. this swirl cloud eventually arriving across some western areas of the uk. ahead of that, though, we've got the clearer skies, a few showers around today, and they will continue across northern parts of scotland, a bit wintry over hills. otherwise for many, we will have clearer skies. that means a frost quite widely as well. temperatures could be down to “4 or —5. it won't be as cold, though, as you head towards the western coasts, particularly into northern ireland, with more cloud arriving here by morning. and we'll continue to see that cloud thickening across western areas as the breeze picks up. further east, some patchy fair weather cloud will develop, still some sunshine at times, the oddd shower perhaps across more northeastern parts of scotland. as the wind picks up
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across these western areas, we see the cloud thickening, a bit of rain for northern ireland, otherwise most places will be dry with temperatures 12 degrees, an improvement on today, but not by much. we will find an area of low pressure sitting to the west of the uk as we move into monday. the winds will be stronger, and we've got some more rain trying to come in from the west. it won't be as cold to start with on monday. many places starting with some sunshine. where we have got this threat of showery rain for southwest england, wales and northern ireland, it could be heavy and thundery. it may well drift its way further northwards and eastward through the day. until late in the day, though, eastern scotland and eastern england are likely to be dry. those temperatures getting up to 17 degrees with some sunshine in the southeast of england. it has been cold for quite a while, but it looks like things are set to change. instead of the northerly wind
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that we have seen recently, it's going to be more of a southerly wind, and that will bring with it warmer air, lifting those temperatures perhaps as high as 19 degrees in the southeast by tuesday. but at the same time as this warmer air, we have got the threat of some rain. we've got pulses of rain coming all the way from spain and portugal over biscay and into the uk as well. that rain can be a bit heavy at times, but outside of the rain, there will be some warm sunshine. this is what it does for the temperatures, though. you can see how we are climbing day on day, but that rain could be heavy across some parts of the uk. that's it. goodbye.
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