welcome to newsday. reporting live from singapore, i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines... on our exclusive visit to volodymyr zelensky�*s wartime bunker — ukraine's president tells the bbc, countries still buying russian oil have blood on their hands. russia says the flagship of its black sea fleet, the moskva, has sunk after an explosion. ukraine claims it hit the moskva with missiles. we'll get the view from a military analyst who'll explain what this means for both russia and ukraine. also coming up on newsday... a british man whojoined the islamic state group in syria is convicted in the us over the beheading of six westerners. shocking scenes in shanghai — clashes between the police and the people
as the city's strict covid lockdown enters its third week. live from our studio in singapore... this is bbc news. it's newsday. it's seven in the morning in singapore and one o'clock in the morning in ukraine, where president and two o'clock in the morning in ukraine, where president volodymyr zelensky has said european countries that continue to buy oil from russia are aiding the country's war against them — and they will have blood on their hands. he's urged western leaders to speed up the delivery of military aid to help ukraine. he's been talking to the bbc�*s clive myrie, who sat down with president zelensky in his wartime bunker. mr president, clive myrie, a pleasure to meet you. good to see you... for the entirety of the war, volodymyr zelensky has called this heavily fortified building
home in the centre of kyiv. and how difficult has it been for you to be here throughout all this, without your family? it's myjob. i have to do it, and it's difficult without family to be anywhere. his wife and children are safe at an undisclosed location. his companions here, heavily armed troops, sandbags and minds. there was no light at all? at the start of the war, they walked around in the darkness here, afraid of russian shelling. like our country, our country going through the dark to victory, i hope so. as we enter what's labelled the situation room, the president gets a text. from macron. oh, it's emmanuel macron? we have connections, that's it! he's dropped you a message, i can see.
just tried to reach you, my friend — when you have some time. so, we're holding up mr macron. i can see the plus 33, that's paris. that's true! a few minutes later, he returns. his preoccupation — a renewed military onslaught about to begin in the east. are you getting the right weapons you need from the west? translation: we need weapons today so we can fight. _ we cannot wait until some country decides to give or sell us weapons. some have still not decided on this, and we cannot wait for two or three weeks or a month. the united states, the united kingdom and some european countries are helping, but we needed sooner, we need it now. is it enough? we don't think so. the priority word is sooner,
the priority word is quickly, the priority word is now. he's a president who's been cut off from his people, a citizenry suffering unimaginable horrors at the hands of a ruthless adversary. he's full of hate, he says, for russia's troops and their leaders, gradually limiting the scope for peace talks. how do you sit across the table to try to stop the war? how do you do that? putin is, in this process, closing these possibilities. bucha, borodyanka, mariupol. so, i don't have... you know, it's not about me, it's more about russia. they will not have so many chances, in the long period, to speak with us.
and european countries, despite other sanctions, still sending billions to russia in oil and gas revenues. translation: we don't understand how you can | make money out of blood. unfortunately, some european countries have done this. before the war began, i spoke to chancellor angela merkel and said if a full—scale invasion of ukraine happens, they will go further into poland and after that they will be on the border with germany. if that happened, would you say to your people, it's fine, it is just business? how do you maintain hope in the future given everything that's happened? it's not hope, it's certainty. that you'll win? yes, of course. mr president, thank you. thank you so much.
president zelensky speaking to my colleague, clive myrie. russia's ministry of defence says that the flagship of its black sea fleet — the moskva — has sunk while being towed back to port in stormy weather. the warship had been badly damaged by a fire and explosion, according to officials. they said ammunition on board exploded in an unexplained fire on wednesday. ukraine says it struck the moskva with cruise missiles fired from the coast — a claim moscow denies. the sio—crew vessel has led russia's naval assault on ukraine, making it an important symbolic and military target. so, what are the russians saying about this? our russia editor, steve rosenberg, gave us this update from moscow. as the symbol of russia's black sea fleet, the moskva, was an enormous symbol, a symbol of russia's military might. and the fact that this symbol has been engulfed in fire, has been put out of action,
has now sunk while being towed back to harbour — that, i think, is a major blow to the prestige of the russian armed forces. and it kind of goes against what president putin was saying just a couple of days ago when he declared that what he calls his special military operation was going according to plan. talking of president putin, a couple of things struck me, clive, when i was listening to your interview. the first thing is how different the presidents of russia and ukraine are. on the one hand, you've got president zelensky trying to get his message out to the world, giving interviews to western journalists. vladimir putin hasn't given interviews to the western media since russia attacked ukraine. but there's one thing the two men have in common — publicly, at least, they both insist they're going to win. i'm joined now by dr robert farley from the patterson school of diplomacy and international commerce, and is author of the the battleship book.
it's great to get you on the programme, doctor farley. i just want to get your reaction to the sinking of that black see flagship. whether it's caused by mistake, how significant is this in terms of the conflict in ukraine? this is an enormous _ the conflict in ukraine? this is an enormous symbolic . the conflict in ukraine? ti 3 is an enormous symbolic victory for the ukrainians, whether the ship sank because they had it with missiles or whether it should think out of russian incompetence. the name of the ship is moskva. would suggest an enormous political importance. it was involved in the attack on snake island, the most famous moment but thus far. this is a tremendous victory for ukraine, even if they didn't contribute to the sinking, and it's an enormous defeat for russia. the armed forces simply aren't up to snuff in terms of modern
military capabilities. how do ou see military capabilities. how do you see russia _ military capabilities. how do you see russia reacting - military capabilities. how do you see russia reacting to i you see russia reacting to this, both in terms of the messaging on the ground and about their next steps in terms of action? i about their next steps in terms of action?— of action? i don't think they have a good _ of action? i don't think they have a good response - of action? i don't think they have a good response for i of action? i don't think they i have a good response for this. the reports right now are that the rest of the black sea fleet has moved farther away from ukraine, and this probably indicates that them moskva was hit by missiles. but the russians can still undertake a long—range blockade of ukrainian ports. they weren't going to launch a successful invasion at this point. the ukrainians have odesa locked down. but the biggest implication is mass one —— moskva was... they won't have that kind of coverage of the southern coast of ukraine in the future. i5
southern coast of ukraine in the future-— the future. is it fair to say this is a — the future. is it fair to say this is a sort _ the future. is it fair to say this is a sort of— the future. is it fair to say this is a sort of defining . this is a sort of defining moment in this war? is that the point at which the russians begin to retreat and acknowledge some kind of defeat in their action? i acknowledge some kind of defeat in their action?— in their action? i don't think so. i in their action? i don't think so- i think _ in their action? i don't think so. i think the _ in their action? i don't think so. i think the ukrainians i in their action? i don't think. so. i think the ukrainians have to defeat russians on the ground. the russians are giving every indication that they will mild mac launch an invasion in the donbas region. i don't think the loss of moskva, humiliating it may be, will transform the military situation or convince president putin that it's a bad idea to continue. putin that it's a bad idea to continue-— putin that it's a bad idea to continue. ., ., , continue. doctor robert farley, thank you _ continue. doctor robert farley, thank you for— continue. doctor robert farley, thank you forjoining _ continue. doctor robert farley, thank you forjoining us - continue. doctor robert farley, thank you forjoining us on - thank you forjoining us on newsday with your thoughts. in other news from ukraine, a british man has reportedly been captured while fighting against russia. the family of aiden aslin has appealed for him to be treated humanely after russian media said he had been captured in the besieged city of mariupol. he has appeared in photos and videos, restrained and in handcuffs.
well, there's lots more on this story on our website, including extensive reporting on that interview with president zelensky talking to my colleague clive myrie. just head over to bbc.com/news or download the bbc news app. let's take a look at some other stories in the headlines. plans to send some asylum—seekers who arrive in the uk to live in rwanda have been described as "absolutely chilling" by charities and politicians. britain's home secretary, priti patel, who travelled to rwandan capital kigali to sign the deal, said the "vast majority" of those arriving in the uk "illegally" would be considered for relocation to rwanda. the government says the system would reduce people—smuggling and discourage people from trying to reach britain in small boats. but the united nations' refugee agency said people fleeing conflict and persecution deserved compassion and empathy, and should not be traded like commodities.
scores of people are still missing in the philippines following floods and mudslides triggered by tropical storm megi. more than 130 are now confirmed to have died. the islands are battered by more than 20 storms a year and scientists have warned the number could rise because of climate change. the un world food programme has dispatched 47 trucks with humanitarian aid to the troubled northern tigray region of ethiopia. a truce agreed last month by rebel forces and the ethiopian government appears to be holding. the i7—month conflict has created a humanitarian crisis and sparked fears of a famine in tigray. the world's richest person, tesla boss elon musk, has offered to buy the social media platform twitter. mr musk said he would pay 5a dollars a share for the company, valuing it at $40 billion. he said he was the right person to �*unlock�* what he called twitter�*s �*extraordinary potential�*.
let's turn to china now, where there are signs of growing tension in shanghai after video emerged of a confrontation between police and people being forced out of their homes as the city enters its third week of a covid lockdown. clashes occurred as police forcibly moved people out of residential compounds, which are being turned into temporary quarantine centres. our correspondent robin brant reports from shanghai. crowd shouts. three weeks into lockdown, some here in shanghai are angry. in broad daylight, a confrontation. the police up against the people. horns honk. woman screams. scenes like this have become increasingly unusual here, but then, so is locking down almost 25 million people. head to toe in protective suits, in an eastern district of the city, officers were forcing
people out of their rented apartments... ..so they could turn them into temporary quarantine facilities, all in the name ofa waragainst a resurgent covid. but for some, it was just too much. their homes sequestered, their desperation easy for all to hear. woman cries. a few miles away, there was an organised protest — a bold stand as the lockdown takes hold. in a country where you can be arrested for picking quarrels, they're angry about a local school being turned into another quarantine facility. police with riot shields forced them off the streets in the end. this was on a small scale... ..but it's a sign of anger and frustration as this lockdown goes on. larger scale social unrest is what the ruling
communist party fears the most and would likely tolerate the least. robin brant, bbc news, shanghai. for more on this, i'm joined now by dali yang. professor of political science at the university of chicago. it's great to get you on the programme, professor. just look at that report by my colleague, those are astonishing images that we're seeing out of shanghai. i know that you have been tweeting about this extensively. talking to people on the ground. what are they telling you?— telling you? certainly in this particular— telling you? certainly in this particular case, _ telling you? certainly in this particular case, it's - telling you? certainly in this particular case, it's a - telling you? certainly in this particular case, it's a mad . particular case, it's a mad rush by the authorities in shanghai to free more space to take people in, people who are infected, because they want to achieve zero social covid within the communities. so this is actually a strangled by the local authorities in order to
feel targets set by authorities of the upper level. the situation is stabilising, so there is a lot of... across the communities of. there is a lot of. .. across the communities of.— there is a lot of... across the communities of. professor, we are seeing _ communities of. professor, we are seeing these _ communities of. professor, we are seeing these images - communities of. professor, we are seeing these images of- are seeing these images of anger and frustration amongst chinese citizens on social media. have you been surprised by the scale of emotion that we're seeing from chinese people about this, anger directed at the authorities? not at all, because we've seen it before, especially anger directed at the local authorities. in this case of shanghai, many people do feel like the lockdown is imposed on the city by the central authorities, so there is quite authorities, so there is quite a bit of anger in that regard as well. overnight, there have been very loud reports that have been extensively censored,
talking about the people who have died because they were locked down. also the many other suffering happy ending in the communities. senior professors were crying online, seeing their running out of food. that's very unusual, but we have seen it before. professor, how much of a challenge is this to the stability that she jim challenge is this to the stability that shejim king, the leader of china, has often said is the hallmark of chinese society —— xijinping. no vow for him, and for the bulk of the country, we still see control of the virus is right. keeping the pandemic at bay, but also for stability. of
course, for the people who are calling the lockdown, who are deprived of theirjobs, they are suffering. this is a case whereby chinese society is very split and communities are very angry. they are continuously significant support. professor dali yang- — significant support. professor dali yang. thank _ significant support. professor dali yang. thank you - significant support. professor dali yang. thank you so - significant support. professor| dali yang. thank you so much forjoining us on the programme with your thoughts. still to come in the program— program— investigation is under way in michigan after a video emerges of a police officer fatally shooting a black man as he lay face—down on the ground. 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 a 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 seemedj just to slide away under i the surface and disappear.
this is newsday on the bbc. i'm karishma vaswani in singapore. our headlines... 50 days into the war in ukraine, president zelensky tells the bbc his heart is now filled with hate for russia and says each alleged russian atrocity reduces any hope of peace. russia's defence ministry says the flagship of its black sea fleet, moskva, has sunk, a day after ukraine said the cruiser had been hit by its missiles. a former british national who joined the islamic state group in syria has been found guilty in the united states of hostage—taking and conspiracy related to the murders of four americans in syria. el shafee elsheikh was part of an is militant cell dubbed the beatles by hostages because of their british accents. a warning — you may find some of this report by nomia iqbal distressing. nearly a decade later, el shafee elsheikh will finally pay for his crimes. he has been found guilty of being a member of the gang
who kidnapped and beheaded hostages in syria. the victims were american journalists james foley, steven sotloff, and aid workers peter kassig and kayla mueller. he also conspired in the deaths of british aid workers david haines and alan henning. none of their bodies have ever been found. they were killed in an act of barbarism that shocked the world, and now, theirfamilies have finally got justice. it was a lot more emotional. i expected to be happy, excited but, you know, it's the realisation that, you know, he's guilty, and what he's done to all the families, all the hostages. i've not slept a full night's sleep, probably, since my dad was killed in 2014. so, hopefully, tonight, i'll get a full night's sleep. i wanted him to have a fair trial. he was given the best, in terms of mercy and justice, as opposed to what our citizens and the british citizens went through.
all of them have been in court every day, reliving the nightmare. kayla mueller�*s mother wept on the stand, as she read out ransom e—mails sent by elsheikh, saying the gang wanted millions for her daughter to be freed. former hostages who were released after the ransom was paid described elsheikh and his accomplices as "sadists", who electrocuted, water—boarded and starved them. one said he tried to kill himself to escape. the defence tried to make out this was a case of mistaken identity, relying on the fact he always wore a full mask around hostages. when the verdicts came through, elsheikh showed very little reaction. the families quietly wept, held each other�*s hands, and there was an audible sigh of relief. it's taken them nearly ten years to getjustice. in the us, police in michigan have released video footage of a white officer shooting dead a black man
during a confrontation. it shows patrick lyoya being shot in the back of the head as the two men wrestle after a traffic stop. our correspondentjohn sudworth has the story. a warning, his report contained some of images. it began as a routine police matter, with 26—year—old patrick lyoya pulled over in his car by a white officer in a michigan suburb. do you have a driver's licence? do you speak english? yes. but what happened next has once again put the question of racialjustice and policing right back in the national spotlight. 1915, we've got one running. as mr lyoya tries to get away, there's a struggle over the police taser. .. ..before mr lyoya is forced to face down to the ground. let go of the taser! and then, as the struggle continues, the police officer draws his gun...
gunshot. ..and fires one fatal shot to the back of the head. at a press conference, his mother and father, who'd fled the war in congo eight years ago, spoke of their anger that their son had been killed by a bullet on the streets of america. i'm asking forjustice. applause. i'm asking for justice for patrick. what do we want? justice! protests have already been held over the ten days since the shooting, but now the release of the video has the potential to spark a wider outcry. the officer, whose name has not yet been released, faces an investigation — while america yet again grapples with the questions posed by a police shooting of an unarmed black man. john sudworth, bbc news, washington. lots more on that story on our website. now, if you've ever wondered what more than 1,000
cherry trees in full bloom look like, here's the answer. this is taka—to—joshi park in the city of ina in the nagano prefecture, and it's known as one of the country's best cherry blossom viewing spots. it is home to about 1,500 cherry trees. the trees began flowering ten days later than last year, due to cold weather. they came into full bloom right this week. what a beautiful site that is indeed. i'd love to be there. and finally — let's bring this programme to a close with a wedding. two of the indian film industry's biggest stars, ranbir kapoor and alia bhatt, have tied the knot. the actors got married in a private ceremony in mumbai with family and close friends in attendance. the couple will have a more lavish wedding reception at the weekend. they're considered a power couple in bollywood with millions of fans around the world. and they have been in a relationship for the last few years. the wedding certainly has put an end to any rumours about the future relationship holds.
that's it from us. thanks so much and do stay with bbc news. hello there. the weather this easter�*s looking pretty decent across much of the country. could see a little bit of rain pushing into the far north and west of the uk as we head through easter sunday into easter monday. but i think for many, it will stay fine, dry and pretty warm. temperatures into the low 20s celsius across the warmest part of the south and east of england. we'll have these weather fronts across more western areas, but this high pressure will continue to exert its force and keep them out at bay. so, for good friday, many places will start dry with some sunshine through central and eastern areas. a bit of coastal mist and fog around. further west, closer to those weather fronts, we'll have more cloud — northern ireland, southwest scotland, along irish sea coasts down into southwest england, the odd shower around here.
the odd shower could develop elsewhere as temperatures reach the low 20s across the southeast. most places, though, will be dry, and for many, it's going to be mild with light winds. as we head through friday night, most places will be dry. any showers will die away. we'll see some low cloud, mist and fog returning, particularly across more southern and western areas. for many, it's going to be a mild night, but under clearer skies across the east, could be fairly chilly. so, for saturday, another dry day, plenty of sunshine from the word go across the southeast. after that cool start, temperatures will rise. again, there is a very slim chance of a shower developing here and there. most places will be dry with sunny spells. bit more cloud across the very far west. temperatures, again, mid—to—high teens, low 20s in the warmest spots. now, this is where we start to see a little bit of difference, a little change to the weather through easter sunday into monday. we could start to see our area of high pressure break down. that'll allow low pressure to push in from the west, but pushing weather fronts from west to east. but because these weather fronts will try to bump into this area of high pressure, they will be fizzling as they try to track
their way eastwards. i think easter sunday, the very far west of the country looks like it will see some cloud and rain. elsewhere, most of the country will be dry again with plenty of sunshine, and it'll be quite warm with temperatures reaching 20 or 21 degrees. as we move into easter monday, that front clears eastern areas — barely anything on it. slightly fresher day to come for many, with low pressure to the north of the uk. could be quite windy across northern scotland, one or two showers here. but elsewhere, i think it looks largely fine, dry and settled, with temperatures a little bit lower.
this is bbc news. we will have the headlines and all the main news stories for you at the top of the hour as newsday continues straight after hardtalk. welcome to hardtalk with me, zeinab badawi, in nairobi. my guest is one of kenya's ground—breaking cultural figures, njoki ngumi. she abandoned a promising career in medicine to help set up an arts collective. she believes that creative endeavours can help transform societies. but one of the collective's films exploring homosexuality was banned in kenya. gay sex is a crime here.