welcome to newsday. reporting live from singapore, i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines: russia says more than 1,000 ukrainian marines have surrendered in mariupol. kyiv says it still holds the key port. more allegations that russia carried out warcrimes in ukraine. we report from bucha, where investigators are collecting evidence. the challenge for prosecutors will be to establish a line of command, from the grave to the top of the russian state, to show that crimes were not just committed but ordered. also coming up on newsdsay: a desperate search for survivors in south africa as the president calls the flooding there a catastrophe of enormous proportions.
police in new york arrest the suspected gunman behind tuesday's subway shooting, bringing to an end a 24—hour manhunt. in the uk, a government minister quits, after borisjohnson becomes the first sitting prime minister found to have broken the law. live from our studio in singapore, this is bbc news — it's newsday. it's 8:00 in the morning in singapore, and 3am in mariupol where russia is claiming more than 1,000 ukrainian troops have surrendered. but kyiv says the beseiged southern port city is still in its control. gaining full control of mariupol would be a major win for moscow, creating a land bridge between crimea — which russia illegally annexed in 2014 —
and areas held by russian—led separatists in the donbas region. it would enable thousands of troops to be deployed to the east, for a new offensive planned there. but caught in the middle is mariupol, its mayor says around 21,000 civilians have been killed, and a 120,000 remain trapped. 0ur correspondent tom bateman reports now from the city of zaporizhzhia where some people displaced from mariupol have ended up. i want to warn you, his report contains upsetting images. this is a city reduced to darkness and death. russia's troops now occupy the theatre that was bombed as hundreds sheltered. their six—week siege of mariupol has brought it to the brink of falling. state tv in moscow showed these unverified pictures, claiming they are ukrainian soldiers surrendering. but the city's defenders
posted their own videos, holed up in the port and a factory, still fighting, but their position seems desperate. "we won't give up," says this marine, "but we're encircled "with no resupply of ammunition or food." 100 miles north, just over the russian line, europe's 21st—century war is fought amid mud and rage in the trenches. mariupol�*s capture could see a push north, here. if mariupol falls, what will happen here? translation: well, we won't let this place turn into mariupol. - they're holding on. vitali shows me their soviet—era launchers. they also have brand—new western weapons but they want more, with the war about to move to a decisive phase. they're completely dug in here, as you can see.
and the russians are that way. about 11—5 miles from here, within artillery range. and you can see they're ready for a long and grinding fight. they've been entrenched for 45 days. translation: we are on our own soil. - we expect them, to bury as many of them as possible. the more troops they send our way, the more fertile our land gets. russia's siege has killed thousands of civilians in mariupol and unleashed an appalling struggle for survival for the residents that remain. and these are the children of president putin's war. this hospital, north of the front line, is taking patients from mariupol and, like those in this ward, from elsewhere in
the south and east. the doctors tell me they're treating children with injuries they usually see in soldiers, straight from the battlefield. for mariupol�*s survivors, whole lives are packed into a few bags. and they carry the fresh horrors of this war. lena and timothy are homeless. their apartment block obliterated in an air strike. ukraine's leaders call mariupol the "heart of their war effort," but they fear soon it could stop beating. tom bateman, bbc news, zaporizhzhia, in south—east ukraine. russian state media are reporting that the mostimportant ship in russia's black sea fleet, the flagship moskva missile cruiser, has been badly damaged after ammunition on—board blew up, causing a fire. quoting the russian defence ministry, interfax says the crew had all been evacuated and the cause of the fire was being investigated. earlier, a ukrainian official said the ship had been hit
by two missiles but this has not been confirmed. the moskva gained notoriety early in the war when ukrainian border guards defending an island refused its demand for their surrender. meanwhile, president biden says the evidence appears to suggest that russia is committing genocide in ukraine. he says it's becoming "clearer and clearer" vladimir putin wants to wipe out the idea "of even being ukrainian". over the past two weeks, russian forces have been withdrawing from the north around the capital, after failing to enter kyiv. their retreat from the areas, shown here in purple, has allowed a clearer picture to emerge, of the terrible damage and destruction left in their wake. 0ur correspondent, mark lowen, has visited the towns of bucha and borodianka, travelling with those trying to document evidence of war crimes committed by russian troops. his report contains upsetting details.
ten more — the numbers, the mass graves, the contempt for life. some so badly charred, they're just the pieces for ukraine to pick up. the man and the inhuman. what happened here in bucha and elsewhere are notjust sins, says ukraine, but war crimes. french investigators and other international teams are helping prepare a lawsuit against russia. ukraine's prosecutor general says they've already opened more than 6,000 cases. a lot of people speak about genocide of ukrainian people, and actually, they have all grounds to speak about genocide. vladimir putin himself, he is president of aggressor. do you believe you will ever see him judged in an international war crimes court? it is very important, actually.
it's very important to the whole world to stop dictators. the challenge for prosecutors will be to establish a line of command, from the grave to the top of the russian state, to show that crimes were not just committed, but ordered. perhaps that will help give ukrainians a sense of accountability, and that from such suffering can comejustice. the long road to that goal, past a landscape of horror, is led notjust by the state, but by volunteer investigators, a grassroots army fighting for the truth. they come to borodyanka, gutted from the air in a relentless assault tearing out its heart. amidst the ruins, banned cluster bombs. the destroyed ground is fertile for the team building their case. we're trying to tell the world the truth, and we are trying
not to let russia formulate their lying narratives about the war in ukraine. we are trying to show to people that those war crimes which russian troops are committing became, like, a pattern of their behaviour. among the shattered sea of victims are 0xana and her husband, nikola. they escaped — their apartment didn't. with the need to tell this story comes the duty to collect it. translation: our home was our cosy nest. - we were planning our children's birthday here. my mother got outjust before the strike. it's hard to describe our terror. it's more like hate. it's very important to say what happened because these are notjust war crimes. russia will not stop until it destroys our country. freedom and safety,
what ukrainians held dear, has been destroyed. their solace now would be punishment for those who have broken this country. mark lowen, bbc news, borodyanka. president biden has authorised an additional $800 million worth of military aid for ukraine. the biden administration has now provided more than $3 billion worth of military aid to ukraine. pentagon officials gave more details about the equipment being sent to ukraine. all of them are designed to help ukraine into the fight they are in now and in the days and weeks to come in east of the country. the united states is now committed more than 2.8 billion dollars since the beginning of the inaudible. joining me now is our north america correspondent,
david willis. more military aid from the united states. what is the equipment if they are standing and what is it intending to help them do?— and what is it intending to help them do? and what is it intending to hel them do? ., ., , help them do? the pentagon says that this latest _ help them do? the pentagon says that this latest package _ help them do? the pentagon says that this latest package of- that this latest package of military aid is a sign to help ukraine fight, as they put it, the battle that is coming, namely the battle in the east of the country, over the disputed donbass region. this package differs from previous ones because as well as drones and armoured personnel carriers, the us is this time sending heavy weaponry. this is the first time the us has sent artillery to ukraine, forfear of ratcheting up the conflict with russia, but this comes as a result of a direct appeal from president zelensky and today he spoke for nearly an hour with president biden on
this very topic. it is going to require the training of ukrainian soldiers. some of this equipment, particularly the heavy weaponry, it is expected that will take place outside of ukraine but the message really that the us is sending is that this is going to help ukraine fight off the expected assault in the east from russian forces.- from russian forces. david, what is the _ from russian forces. david, what is the reaction - from russian forces. david, what is the reaction to - from russian forces. david, what is the reaction to the i what is the reaction to the military spending in ukraine in the united states? i mean, $3 billion, it is not small change, is it? it billion, it is not small change, is it?- billion, it is not small change, is it? billion, it is not small chance,isit? , ., ., ., change, is it? it is not at all and if the — change, is it? it is not at all and if the polls _ change, is it? it is not at all and if the polls continued i change, is it? it is not at allj and if the polls continued to show support for sanctions, support for sending this sort of military aid to ukraine but not for direct us intervention in ukraine. unless, of course, there is evidence of the use of chemical or nuclear weapons. as far as president biden himself
is concerned, he gets a much more mixed review for the way he has run all of this and, indeed, it seems that more pressing on the minds of americans at the moment is the conflict a little closer to home, the conflict with that thing called inflation. at 8.5% here, and we have seen food and gasoline prices rise quite dramatically in recent weeks. all of that of course is significant because we are just six months away from the crucial mid term and elections in the us which could decide who controls the senate and the house of representatives. daeid house of representatives. david willis, house of representatives. david willis. always — house of representatives. david willis, always great _ house of representatives. david willis, always great to _ house of representatives. david willis, always great to get - house of representatives. david willis, always great to get you . willis, always great to get you on newsday. we are grateful for your thoughts. i want to turn now to south africa, which has been hit by a catastrophe of enormous proportions — they're the words of south african president cyril ramaphosa after he visited some of the most badly hit flood areas of kwazulu—natal.
more than 300 people are known to have died and dozens more remain missing in the heaviest rains to hit the country in more than 60 years. shingai nyoka reports from durban. the aftermath of days of torrential rain, a month's worth of rain fell in a single day in some parts a month's worth of rain fell in a single day in some parts of kwazulu—natal. floods and mudslides destroyed key infrastructure. communities are in disbelief. some were lucky to escape with their lives, but the flood walters took everything else. i've got nowhere to go now. i've got no house, i've got no nothing. these are my family's now, my neighbours. we try to give them a place to sleep last night. we never sleep last night. the situation is very, very bad. floods are fairly common here, but rescuers say these are some of the worst they've ever witnessed. they have already retrieved the bodies of three people
from a single family, and there is a desperate search for a fourth — a 10—year—old child. more than 300 people have died and it is expected that number will rise. rescue teams are overwhelmed and still trying to locate those who are missing. everything was a mess. we don't have food, clothes, even my id was damaged. we survived. but unfortunately, my child... ..did not survive. today, south africa's president, cyril ramaphosa, toured to the affected areas to comfort the grieving and the displaced and to see for himself the areas destroyed, left
without water or power. the president blamed climate change for the scale of the devastation. locals have said poor drainage is also to blame. the floods are subsiding and some communities recovering, but with more rain is forecast over the weekend, the province remains on high alert. shingai nyoka, bbc news. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: after a huge manhunt police in new york arrest the suspected gunman behind tuesday's subway shooting. pol pot, one of the century's greatest mass murderers, is reported to have died of natural causes. he, and the khmer rouge movement he led, were responsible for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million cambodians. there have been violent protests in indonesia, where playboy has gone
on sale for the first time. traditionalist muslim leaders have expressed disgust. the magazine's offices have been attacked and its editorial staff have gone into hiding. it was clear that paula's only contest was with the clock, and as for her sporting legacy, paula radcliffe's competitors will be chasing her new world—best time for years to come. quite quietly, but quicker- and quicker, she seemed just to slide away under- the surface and disappear. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm karishma vaswani in singapore. 0ur headlines: russia says more than one thousand ukrainian marines have surrendered in mariupol, but kyiv maintains it controls the key port city.
the search for survivors continues in south africa as the president calls the flooding there a catastrophe of enormous proportions. police in new york have arrested a man after a shooting at a subway station in brooklyn on tuesday. ten people were injured when a gunman fired 33 rounds from a semi—automatic handgun. an fbi official said the suspect, frankjames, could face a federal charge for a terrorist attack on mass transit. here's our correspondent nada tawfik with the latest. less than 30 hours after this massive manhunt by federal and new york officials, they have now arrested the suspect, 62—year—old frank james. and it comes after they really urged the public to phone in with any footage that they may have captured on their phones from the scene, with any tips of the man's whereabouts. and that's exactly how
they were able to locate him. a new yorker called in, gave a tip that he was at a mcdonald's in lower manhattan. when patrol officers went to the scene, he wasn't there, but they kept driving around and, lo and behold, they found him just walking new york city streets. and officials say that the officers arrested him without incident. and, you know, it's really a fascinating situation because they have already now pieced together so much evidence from surrounding businesses, and they've put together this complaint already in federal court. frankjames will appear thursday for an initial appearance on charges of committing a terrorist attack on mass transit. they say he is someone who is known to the authorities, he was born and raised in the bronx, in new york, but then lived in other states. but here in new york, he'd been arrested nine times on crimes ranging from burglary to sex acts. and in this criminal complaint, they outline all the evidence
they have — a search of a rented u—haul truck that he used to get to the scene, a search of a storage facility he has. and they haven't really given an exact motive at the moment, but they've certainly pointed to many videos he's posted on social media commenting about the mayor directly, and about the state of the subway system. let's turn to china now where authorities have warned at least 53 killed looking for survivors invited on wednesday, digging through mud and wading through water. 0fficials digging through mud and wading through water. officials say the death toll is only expected to go up.
a day after sri lanka suspended international debt repayments, its central bank has urged sri lankans overseas to send money home. the bank said foreign exchange was urgently needed to fund food and fuel. in delhi people are sweltering under an early heatwave, with the temperature reaching 39 degrees on wednesday after breaking the ito—mark earlier in the week. india's meteorological department has issued heat warnings for several parts of northern india where temperatures were recorded at six to ten degree celsius above normal. in the uk, a minister has resigned from prime minister borisjohnson�*s government, over the breaking of covid rules in downing street. lord wolfson, who was justice minister, resigned a day after the prime minister and the chancellor were both fined for breaking the lockdown laws. 0ur deputy political editor vicki young has more. he's broken the law, and his own strict covid rules. boris johnson forced to apologise again and again for lockdown partying in downing street.
i want to begin by repeating my apologies. mr speaker, i want to apologise. i once again offer a full apology. but is saying "sorry" enough to save his job? for now, cabinet colleagues think so. it's not defensible, and he has paid that fixed—penalty notice. the question, i suppose, in my mind is, you know, as individuals, none of us are perfect, no—one does... you know, we all err, we're all human. the question in my mind therefore is, did he set out with malice to break the law? answer — no. but not everyone is brushing it off so lightly. tonight, justice minister lord david wolfson resigned over what he called the scale, context and nature of rule—breaking in downing street, and the official response to what took place. the blackmores say what went on amounts to hypocrisy. injune 2020, the uk was in lockdown — the month they lost their
newborn daughter, just four days old. covid restrictions kept the family apart. to know that through that time, when we were literally only getting a section of time with our baby girl and knowing she was going to die, and there were people having parties, and who made the rules? they're the ones who put that in place. we're not the only people that lost somebody. conservative mps insist they understand the public anger, but say ousting the prime minister when there's a war in ukraine would be wrong. the liberal democrats said he wasn't a decent man, and the snp condemned a culture of entitlement in downing street. labour piled in, too. the idea that we can't change leadership now because of the war in ukraine or because of the economic crisis, i think it's actually the other way round, that actually we need fresh leadership and we need leaders who can concentrate on the job in hand, which is tackling russian aggression and supporting ukraine, and also here at home, tackling
the cost—of—living crisis. very few conservatives are publicly criticising mrjohnson. one of his fiercest critics, the scottish leader douglas ross, has retracted his call for him to go. but a colleague disagrees. i think that the prime minister should walk now because, one, he's been shown to have broken the laws of the land that he himself set. because he presided over a culture in number ten where there was persistent lawbreaking. and because he went and told both the parliament and the country that no laws had been broken when they clearly had been. and he knew that they had been. mrjohnson, safe in number ten for now — but the police investigation is far from over. in thailand, the most important buddhist holiday is under way.
a writer explains the significance of why thais who celebrate this festival use water to celebrate, and why they do it. this past year has been tough for all of us, but this year the regulations had been more relaxed and the government allows people to go out and have more fun in the city, but there are still some rules in place like we can still splash water which is one of the most well—known traditions of songkran, it isjust well—known traditions of songkran, it is just away all of the kids pour some water on the adults' hands and ask for blessings. that the original tradition before it had been developed into something more fun for people and the tourists to enjoy. for all of those celebrating,
do have a good songkran. thank you forjoining us on tuesday. stay with us on bbc news. ——0n ——on tuesday. hello there. apart from the odd shower, it does look like many places will stay dry for the run—up to easter. and for many of us, it'll stay quite warm as well — particularly for england and wales, where we'll see the best of any sunshine throughout the day on thursday. we've got a weak area of high pressure tending to build in across the country — that should keep these weather fronts out at bay, which will tend to threaten parts of northern ireland and scotland through the day. however, they will tend to bring thicker cloud some good sunnis does well developed, it will stay murky around the coast. an outside chance a cost east england.
15-19 chance a cost east england. 15—19 degrees, we could see 20 degrees again in the south—east. a repeat performance through thursday night. showers die away and we start to see more low cloud, mist and dark rolling into southern and western areas, and east areas will see lengthier clear spells. again, another mild night. friday, starting off mainly dry, centring from the word go on eastern areas. a bit more cloud across the northern northwest. the odd shower for wales, otherwise most places are dry. it could be the warmest day of the week, friday, we could see 21 degrees in the south—east but even further north, the mid to high teens. as we head through the easter weekend, teens. as we head through the easterweekend, it teens. as we head through the easter weekend, it does look like the area of high pressure could break down and that may allow low pressure and weather fronts to sweep in to the north and the west through easter sunday and easter monday, so some areas in the north could be fairly wet. saturday itself doesn't look too bad, much of england and wales dry with good spells of sunshine. more cloud
across scotland, northern ireland, perhaps irish seacoast. temperatures again between mid to high teens again, highs of 18 or 19 in the south—east. just coming down a little bit. easter sunday at this stage, it could be value—added across the north and west, more active weather fronts try to work their way again, midlands, middle england, southern england could stay dry with good sunny spells and temperatures in the mid to high teens once again. we're starting the easter weekend with a largely fine and will not some sunshine around, most on the east, but an increasing chance of unsettled weather trying to push on in the north and the west for parts of the easter weekend.
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