this is bbc news 7 welcome if you're watching here in the uk or around the globe. our top stories. russia warns the us and its allies against supplying further weapons to ukraine — saying it's adding fuel to the conflict. missile attacks resume near kyiv. moscow says it targetted a factory making anti—ship weapons — and threatens more to come. russia has banned boris johnson, the uk foreign secretary liz truss, and defence secretary, ben wallace from entering the country. disaster teams in south africa are on high alert forfurtherfloods as more rain is expected over the weekend... our correspondent is there. actually it is turning out to become a humanitarian disaster actually.
we have got relief agencies and government agencies involved trying to assist. plans to send asylum seekers from the uk to rwanda are a breach of international law, according to the un's refugee agency. harry and meghan make a rare public appearance — as the invictus games get underway in the netherlands. prince harry founded the event to aid veterans from around the world. hello and welcome to bbc news. russia has formally warned the united states and its allies, against supplying further weapons to ukraine. the kremlin said, the arms shipments could lead to what it called, �*unpredictable consequences�*. (mix
screen 2 00v)speaking speaking during an interview, president zelensky, has acknowledged that up to 3,000 ukrainian soldiers have died — and as many as 10,000 have been left injured, since russia invaded his country in february. meanwhile, there have been reports of new strikes on the outskirts of the ukrainian capital, kyiv — and explosions have also been heard in the western city of lviv. and earlier today — the russian foreign ministry, has said that it's banning the british prime minister, borisjohnson — and other senior ministers from entering russia, over the uk's �*hostile' stance on the war in ukraine. danjohnson has this report. russia threatened more attacks and they seem to be coming. a missile factory was hit yesterday and there were more explosions on the edge of the l in this morning. emergency teams are responding there. —— edge
of the capital. further west there was another irate alert in lviv. 0fficials here say to russian jets attacked the city last night having full from belarus. apparently four metals were fired but they were shot down by eared defences. it is a reminder of the thread here, even hundreds of miles away from the front line fighting in the east. kharkiv has been under intense shelling. it is the lives and homes of ordinary people that are caught in the crossfire. vladimir putin has warned other nations supplying ukraine with weapons would fuel the conflict and risk consequences. the ukrainian president sees it differently. translation: the more and the sooner we get all the weapons requested, the stronger opposition will be understood there
will be peace. marier paul still sees intense fighting. russian has said it has taken a steelworks. ukraine claims it has held off russian attempts to finally take the city everyday more evidence is uncovered about what people suffered during the russian occupation. the un has reported over 900 civilian deaths since the invasion and it says the true number will be higher and more are dying every let's go live to ukraine and get the latest from our correspondent in lviv, danjohnson. hello, it looks like you're on the beach but you are not, are you? i am beach but you are not, are you? i am not, this is— beach but you are not, are you? i am not. this is a — beach but you are not, are you? i am not, this is a military _ beach but you are not, are you? i —.n not, this is a military training range. this is where the ukrainian territorial defence forces are training the latest volunteers. we are seeing their fire practice and drills. they wanted to show as they still have people volunteering to come forward and take part in the
territorial defence force, some have only been training for two or three weeks. they wanted to show their capability and determination to defend their towns and cities and they have had the remainder overnight of why that might be important with fresh attacks on the edge of the city which were successfully defended by ukrainian area defences and on the edge of kyiv as well with the response there this morning, emergency teams still dealing with the aftermath of that attack on the edge of the capital city. we know that may has warned other countries not get deeper involved in the conflict. he told the americans if they kept supplying weapons that would only fuel the conflict and would potentially have unpredictable consequences but that warning went to the americans earlier this week and they responded by announcing a further package of military support to ukraine. so it looks like president biden has
ignored vladimir putin's warning. we know there are difficult situations and east of the country especially their desperate attempt to get people out of mariupol. we have seen renewed shelling in kharkiv as well. right across ukraine people are still on edge underwear the conflict, whether close to them are rafah, still means they are at threat. —— and are aware the conflict. threat. -- and are aware the conflict-— threat. -- and are aware the conflict. ., ., _, , ., conflict. following comments from president zelensky _ conflict. following comments from president zelensky about - conflict. following comments from president zelensky about the - conflict. following comments from i president zelensky about the number of people killed and injured, returning to the attacks on kyiv, there had been the assumption there would be less attacks from russia on the capital. we have seen diplomatic missions announcing they would return to the capital so why have they strikes resurfaced on kyiv by russia? it they strikes resurfaced on kyiv by russia? , ., , .,
russia? it is a good question because kyiv _ russia? it is a good question because kyiv itself _ russia? it is a good question because kyiv itself had - russia? it is a good question because kyiv itself had been| because kyiv itself had been relatively calm for the last few days and weeks. we have seen western leaders visiting the capital city. if we spin round here, we can see one of the drills they are starting well i tell you more about that. the areas around kyiv where the russians have withdrawn from, we have seen independent teams going to investigate allegations of war crimes but in response to russia says ukrainian attacks on his own villages across the border, that is why it has pre—empted strikes on the capital city, it said ukrainian helicopters have been flying across the border and attacking villages which is something ukraine denies. it says russia is embarrassed about the loss of its flagship this week and once to send a message that its firepower is not diminished by the loss of that ship. the truth of that will perhaps never really be known,
the fact russians targeted a missile factory on the edge of kyiv which makes the very weapon that ukraine says it used to think that ship is perhaps indicative of why the russians are targeting that, even if they are not prepared to admit what went into that attack, the sinking of that ship. but in terms of morale, these guys are determined to invert —— defend their towns and cities. they have taken great heart from the sinking of that ship this week, it has become a symbol of ukrainian resistance, ever since the start of the invasion when it was told to go away by those ukrainian soldiers who were stationed on a rocky outlet in their black sea. the visual symbol of that move and the way that ship has now sunk means it is an image which has appeared on t—shirts and strange souvenirs that are sold in cities but it has also
become a rallying call and motto for people determined to defend this country. lord amir zelensky has praised the effective defence that ukraine has put up so far. —— volodymyr zelensky. ukraine has put up so far. —— volodymyrzelensky. but ukraine has put up so far. —— volodymyr zelensky. but he has emphasised again and again that they need weapons so this defence can continue. everybody expects the intensity of the conflict are heightened in the east which is why the president says he needs international support and the weapons to come in, the very sort of thing vladimir putin claims will escalate the conflict further. thank ou ve escalate the conflict further. thank you very much. _ escalate the conflict further. thank you very much, dan _ escalate the conflict further. thank you very much, dan johnson. - michael hopkins is an expert in in american foreign policy at the university of liverpool, hejoins me from bradford. thank you forjoining us. can we start off with the latest development concerning the politicians here in the uk and that
move by russia to ban the prime minister, the foreign secretary and the defence secretary, is it significant or unexpected? i think it is a tit-for-tat, _ significant or unexpected? i think it is a tit-for-tat, gesture, - significant or unexpected? i think it is a tit-for-tat, gesture, he - significant or unexpected? i think it is a tit-for-tat, gesture, he did it is a tit—for—tat, gesture, he did the same with president biden under number of senior officials in the united states, the director, national security adviser. i would put no higher, i would regard it as no more important than that. could we see more _ no more important than that. could we see more of— no more important than that. could we see more of these _ no more important than that. could we see more of these moves - no more important than that. could we see more of these moves as - no more important than that. could we see more of these moves as we head towards that all—important may the 9th date for president putin, that narrative has to suit him? it does, what he really wants it sums sort of military victory, if you can secure a corridor from the black sea coast, if he can secure more of the donbas province, he will claim those as a victory. those are the substantial things he wants to talk
about rather than banning politicians. the news in russia regularly ridicules british ministers and will continue to do that on their news programmes but the military successes what he really wants.— the military successes what he really wants. how is that looking for him? from _ really wants. how is that looking for him? from the _ really wants. how is that looking for him? from the point - really wants. how is that looking for him? from the point of- really wants. how is that looking for him? from the point of viewl really wants. how is that looking i for him? from the point of view of his overall — for him? from the point of view of his overall aim _ for him? from the point of view of his overall aim of— for him? from the point of view of his overall aim of decapitating - for him? from the point of view of his overall aim of decapitating the | his overall aim of decapitating the government in kyiv and putting in a puppet government, it has been a total failure puppet government, it has been a totalfailure but puppet government, it has been a total failure but that is not something that is being presented to the russian public. the russian public see all the world against them, denying them the opportunity to liberate the russian speakers in the eastern ukraine and they keep getting told operations are going well so if he manages to show some kind of success, the russian population will be happy i suspect, most of them. there are lots of
young people who are highly critical. ., young people who are highly critical. . ,, ., young people who are highly critical. . , , ., , ., , critical. the rate -- russian people really think— critical. the rate -- russian people really think a _ critical. the rate -- russian people really think a lot _ critical. the rate -- russian people really think a lot of _ critical. the rate -- russian people really think a lot of life _ critical. the rate -- russian people really think a lot of life is _ critical. the rate -- russian people really think a lot of life is worth - really think a lot of life is worth liberating russian speakers, as abbott comes down to? i liberating russian speakers, as abbott comes down to?- liberating russian speakers, as abbott comes down to? i don't think the are abbott comes down to? i don't think they are getting _ abbott comes down to? i don't think they are getting the _ abbott comes down to? i don't think they are getting the whole _ abbott comes down to? i don't think they are getting the whole picture i they are getting the whole picture about russian soldiers and civilians. they're constantly told civilians. they're constantly told civilians are not being targeted. when pictures of atrocities are shown, they claim they are wrecked. a large portion of the population rely on tv news in russia together information and do not believe the things we are seeing in the west. let us return to the donbas region, obviously failure is not an option for president putin, no matter how he portrays it in russia, he needs to come away with something in the world political stage, at what point will you be willing to step back to youth in? it will you be willing to step back to outh in? , ., , will you be willing to step back to outh in? , . , ., will you be willing to step back to outh in? , ., , ., ., ~ ., youth in? it is really hard to know, i think he youth in? it is really hard to know, l think he has— youth in? it is really hard to know, i think he has boxed _ youth in? it is really hard to know, i think he has boxed himself - youth in? it is really hard to know, i think he has boxed himself into l youth in? it is really hard to know, i think he has boxed himself into aj
i think he has boxed himself into a corner. —— do you think? the only way to get out of this is to accept some kind of limited success and i don't see any success in the near future, i cannot see what he could get out of this. in the next few weeks there is a major risk assault and he manages to push the ukrainians out of the donbas region, that would be a major success for him but the problem is that would not be the end, he would want to build on that and push further into ukraine so i am not sure there is any easy solution for him in the future. ~ ., ., . ., future. where are we on the nuclear 0 tion? future. where are we on the nuclear option? this — future. where are we on the nuclear option? this is _ future. where are we on the nuclear option? this is something _ future. where are we on the nuclear option? this is something a - future. where are we on the nuclear option? this is something a right i future. where are we on the nuclear option? this is something a right at| option? this is something a right at the beginning _ option? this is something a right at the beginning of— option? this is something a right at the beginning of his _ option? this is something a right at the beginning of his special - the beginning of his special military operation as he calls it. on the 27th of february he said if 0n the 27th of february he said if the west interfered in their liberating action, there would be consequences you had never seen the like of before so i think it is a device that he uses from time to time, hinting at the possible
escalation to nuclear weapons. we need to take it very seriously. i am not sure there is any prospect of it in the immediate future but the other .2 billion mind is soviet after soviet... russian military doctrine allows for escalation from ever more powerful weapons to nuclear weapons and the worry is they might use nuclear tipped missiles for example. i do not think thatis missiles for example. i do not think that is likely to happen in the near future, that is my best guess but we don't really know. we future, that is my best guess but we don't really know.— don't really know. we certainly do not. don't really know. we certainly do not- michael— don't really know. we certainly do not. michael hopkins, _ don't really know. we certainly do not. michael hopkins, thank i don't really know. we certainly do not. michael hopkins, thank you | don't really know. we certainly do i not. michael hopkins, thank you for your assessment.— not. michael hopkins, thank you for your assessment. from the university of liverpool- — your assessment. from the university of liverpool. thank _ your assessment. from the university of liverpool. thank you. _ rainfall has started again after a few days of respite for residents in kwa—zula natal, south africa. the region is still reeling from flash floods earlier this week
which officials say damaged more than 13000 homes, leaving many destitute, without shelter, food or water. the bbc�*s vumani mkhize has more: iam i am north of derby and and this river was raging, it watched away large parts of the road. many houses were washed away. such was the force of the water, it eroded apart this road exposing the water pipe. the community has run out of water. they are utilising this particular pipe which is providing waterfor them. they have been collecting water here since tuesday. as you can see, there is a large amount of people who have been collecting water throughout the day. it has become a lifeline for
the community who have been able to collect a vital resource. but this situation is basically an indication of the depravity many people are facing in the community and other areas who are facing a dire situation as a result of this flood so it is actually turning out to become a humanitarian disaster essentially and we have relief agencies and government agencies as well trying to assist but such is the number of people who are being impacted by this disaster, it is really going to take a monumental relief effort from government and other agencies. as you can see, people are trying to do their best in a very bad situation. it's emerged that the uk government formally instructed civil servants to press ahead, with an overhaul of the asylum system — before they could estimate how much money would be saved by the scheme.
the home secretary, priti patel, had to personally approve the policy — which could see immigrants who've arrived in the uk unofficially flown to rwanda. 0pposition parties have condemned the proposals. i've been speaking to our political correspondent, jonathan blake, who explained how it is that a minister is able to override a policy — if it doesn't meet the usual criteria. it is relatively rare for the so—called ministerial direction to be used to get things done, certainly not unheard of. as far as we can make out, this is the second time in 30 years it's been used at the home office. what it means effectively is the home secretary instructs officials to carry out a policy, in effect overruling or despite the concerns or objections of a senior official. it happens when a policy doesn't meet the usual criteria. in this case, it was all to do with the cost and whether it
would represent value for money. civil servants were not able to say or work out or quantify how much money this would cost the taxpayer in the long term or how much it would save compared to what the government is currently spending on processing asylum seekers and the refugee system. the home secretary pushed ahead with it despite those concerns, sources close to priti patel saying just because the modelling wasn't available, they weren't able to quantify the cost, doesn't mean they shouldn't act and put a plan in place to tackle an urgent issue already costing the taxpayer huge sums of money, up to £5 million per day at the moment. putting people up in hotels that cannot be processed. and ongoing logistical costs as well. it shows another example of the unconventional nature of what the government is trying to do, flying people to rwanda on arrival across the channel
and how much it is testing the limits of the powers the government has. what will happen next? many are saying this is not going to take place. is there going to be debate, to be signed off? the plans are there, it has been signed off, government has the policy ready to go, thinks it can do it under existing powers it has. it says despite the criticism from the un refugee agency and others about it being against international law that it actually does comply with uk and international law. we have heard the prime minister saying he expects legal challenges, that could slow this policy down or stop it in its tracks before it actually gets going at all. then there will be more political debate as well because the legislation underpinning the powers which the government is attempting to use here is still going through parliament and still some debate over what should and should not be included. that's coming back to commons over the coming week, more flashpoints come.
the government won't mind discussing the sensitive political issue, it wants to be seen to be trying to do something for what is for a lot of people the channel boat crossings being a big, pressing problem. if it has to argue its case, so be it. the duke and duchess of sussex are both due to speak at the opening of the invictus games in the netherlands on saturday evening. they arrived in the hague on friday after stopping off to visit the queen in windsor near london. it's the first time prince harry and meghan have appeared in europe in public together since stepping back as senior royals in 2020. earlier i spoke to team uk competitors, lieutentant commanderjames rogers and raf veteran laura powell. it was such a long time ago. it was at the back of the summer
of 2019 when we did the trials in sheffield. and the announcement back in october 2019. so about 900 days ago. just getting that kind of news that you had been selected to represent your country in such an inspirational environment is utterly astounding and fantastic. it is overwhelming, an overwhelming sense of pride. laura, obviously these events are adapted. how difficult or challenging is that? is it fairly obvious when you sit down and you see what needs to be done? for example how is your sport adapted? so i have picked sports that are not necessarily adapted. i picked sports that i have adapted to in my own sense as opposed to an official sense. me trying to run previously to being ill, i was younger, it was easier. it was a lot more fun. i played football.
trying to run with breathing difficulties and the issues that i have that is where my adaptability comes from and the advice given from the coaches of how to make the best of that. that is my adaptability. ok, that is interesting. what does it mean to have prince harry there with you both? james? it has been fantastic. it was a nice surprise when he turned up for the welcome reception. and we were really fortunate this morning to be hosted by the british embassy, a group where himself and the duchess of sussex came along and had brunch with us. it was a smaller gathering with the duke. we had that one—on—one interaction. that was_ we had that one—on—one interaction. that was lieutenant commanderjames rogers speaking to me earlier.
some charities are calling for new legislation in england that puts calories on menus to be scrapped, saying it can be incredibly dangerous for people with eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia. restaurants in the us and parts of australia already have similar legislation in place — but there are rising concerns about the effect this could have on those recovering from eating disorders. let's speak now to andrew radford, who is the chief executive of beat, the uk's eating disorder charity. thank you forjoining us on bbc news. what are your concerns? the main concern _ news. what are your concerns? iie: main concern here news. what are your concerns? tie: main concern here is news. what are your concerns? ti2 main concern here is that news. what are your concerns? i““i2 main concern here is that people with eating disorders find this legislation makes their recovery even harder, more painful and slower. now we see that children's menus in these restaurants will also have calories, it is likely to
increase the number who follow l with eating disorders in the first place. this is against the backdrop that there is no evidence this policy will do the job the government claims it will do. let us take the first _ government claims it will do. let us take the first part _ government claims it will do. let us take the first part of— government claims it will do. let us take the first part of this, _ government claims it will do. let us take the first part of this, what i government claims it will do. let us take the first part of this, what is i take the first part of this, what is the best way, this is your speciality, what is the best approach for treating those suffering from anorexia and bulimia, had you obey that? the suffering from anorexia and bulimia, had you obey that?— suffering from anorexia and bulimia, had you obey that? the treatment for eatin: had you obey that? the treatment for eating disorders _ had you obey that? the treatment for eating disorders is _ had you obey that? the treatment for eating disorders is a _ had you obey that? the treatment for eating disorders is a specialist - eating disorders is a specialist subject that is done in the mental health services. part of the recovery from an eating disorder is supporting people to re—engage with normal family life and life with their friends, normal family life and life with theirfriends, being able normal family life and life with their friends, being able to go out and eat in a restaurant and stop considering certain foods is having a two bu and just have, reintroduce
a two bu and just have, reintroduce a normal healthy relationship with food is an important part of treatment and recovery. going to chain restaurants is something considered very useful by therapists because generally speaking people know what kind of food they will get when they get there, they know they will have safe food they are comfortable with. until now they would be free from information about calories which will re—trigger those disorder eating behaviours. hagar calories which will re-trigger those disorder eating behaviours. how do they approach _ disorder eating behaviours. how do they approach the _ disorder eating behaviours. how do they approach the same _ disorder eating behaviours. how do they approach the same problem i disorder eating behaviours. how do | they approach the same problem or issue or aspect of the illness at home because obviously negotiating in supermarkets and most foods now, preprepared especially, have calorie information on there? yes preprepared especially, have calorie information on there?— preprepared especially, have calorie information on there? yes and can be very harmful — information on there? yes and can be very harmful to _ information on there? yes and can be very harmful to people _ information on there? yes and can be very harmful to people with _ information on there? yes and can be very harmful to people with eating i very harmful to people with eating disorders. people who are preparing their own food will have to learn to deal with that. people who are
having food prepared for them by a or carer have less and bash my attention to that and it is a lir of protection. that layer of protection is removed if you go to a restaurant when the calorie is shown. it will trigger eating disorders and slow down recovery. these are serious mental illnesses and it is a mental illness that kills more people than any other sort should not be taken lightly. irate any other sort should not be taken liihtl . ~ ., ., ., lightly. we have run out of time unfortunately, _ lightly. we have run out of time unfortunately, thank _ lightly. we have run out of time unfortunately, thank you - lightly. we have run out of time unfortunately, thank you very . lightly. we have run out of time i unfortunately, thank you very much for that. you are watching bbc news, plenty more coming up, you can get in touch with me on social media. plenty more coming up at the top of the hour. for now, cheerio.
hello there, it is going to stay warm today and tomorrow. with some sunshine as well. later on sunday the weather front will sneak in and bring some rain to the western areas, it is moving very slowly and high pressure is turning to dominate. the area near that high pressure will bring in more sunshine and warmth. hopefully a bit more sunshine for western and northern parts of the uk. the sunnier skies are going to be across the east midlands and eastern parts of england. temperatures, 15, 16. for northern ireland at best. maybe 19 and 20 widely. it will be 22 at wembley. for the fa cup final. it will be a bit sneezy. high pollen levels. it will be a fine end to the day. it will turn cool once the sun goes
down and overnight the cloud will thicken and bring some rain to northern ireland and western isles of scotland. 0therwise clearer skies and in those skies, it will be chilly first thing in the morning across the east midlands, east anglia and the southeast. it could be four or 5 degrees. plenty of sunshine for much of the country on sunday. there will be cloud and rain at times in northern ireland, not getting much further into scotland. late in the day that cloud will increase in wales and the southwest. ahead of that, the temperatures will be about 19, 20 degrees across england. a little bit cooler than today for scotland and northern ireland in particular. the weather fronts will continue to push towards east overnight. not a great deal of rain on them, once they move through, the air will be coming in from the atlantic and it will feel cooler on easter monday. the weather front itself, there it is. it is more a band of cloud, not much rain. it will move through and sunshine
will follow behind but heavy showers will arrive in northern ireland and western scotland driven by blustery winds. not bad if you have sunshine, although it will be cooler for all of us on monday. top temperature of around 16 degrees. heading further into the week and tuesday, we could see some showers, possibly heavy. the rest of the week looks generally dry. it will not be quite as warm with an easterly wind set to develop.
this is bbc news. the headlines: russia has formally warned the united states and its allies against supplying further weapons to ukraine. russia said us arms shipments were adding fuel to the conflict and could lead to what it called "unpredictable consequences". russia has banned borisjohnson, the uk foreign secretary liz truss, and defence secretary, ben wallace from entering the country. moscow says the decision has been made in retaliation to london's sanctions. disaster teams in the south african province of kwazulu—natal are on high alert for further floods — as more rain is forecast in the area this weekend.