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we're live in ukraine, as russia strikes targets nationwide. in the city of lviv, in the west, seven people die as parts of the country previously unscathed come under fire. ukrainians believe this is a reminder from russia that it still has firepower and is prepared to use it. ukrainians believe this is and in the east — residents prepare as president zelensky say a new offensive has begun. we have a special report from inside the donbas region. the other main headlines tonight at 10... scotland's first minister apologises for failing to wear a face covering, just days before the rules there changed. mps get ready to return to
westminster with the prime minster due to address the commons for the first time since his fine for breaking lockdown rules. to have them here is extraordinary. and prince harry speaks to the bbc about the invictus games, and what ukraine's presence there means. good evening. we're in the ukrainian capital kyiv, on a day when russia expanded its bombardment of several cities, hitting sites right across the country. it comes as the united nations estimates nearly five million people have fled ukraine, because of the war. in the western city of lviv, which has been relatively unscathed throughout the conflict, missile strikes have killed at least seven people. our correspondent, danjohnson, has been to the site of one of the attacks,
and sent us this report. this is how the people of lviv found that there is that it wasn't as safe as they thought. missile strikes across the skies on a clear morning hitting buildings right in the heart of the city and bringing the conflict closer to the west. an industrial unit was hit. firefighters filmed their efforts to put out the blaze and save the lives of the people inside having their morning coffee before work when the missile landed. the families of those caught up in this country back. and i tried to code their only son and got no answer. he was 26. —— tried to call their only son. he son and got no answer. he was 26. -- tried to call their only son.— tried to call their only son. he was auoin to tried to call their only son. he was going to marry _ tried to call their only son. he was going to marry and _ tried to call their only son. he was going to marry and now _ tried to call their only son. he was going to marry and now we - tried to call their only son. he was going to marry and now we have i tried to call their only son. he was| going to marry and now we have to bury him. going to marry and now we have to bu him. ~ . ,,,
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is of course the western border arms are reaching ukrainian forces, and russia needs to disrupt that supply? absolutely, yes, lviv has become an important staging post on the route for those weapons and that heavy armour coming into ukraine and there are signs that at least one of those missiles that hit the city this morning may have been destined for the ukrainian railway network. we are also hearing that there are people caught up in this attack today who were refugees fresh into this city, people from the east who had fled the intensifying conflict further into the country. there was a hotel caught up this morning with its windows smashed. we know there were families there taking shelter who were injured in the attack, and there are also people who have been coming into lviv from other countries, from poland, from other places, thinking it was safe to spend a few days here, maybe being reunited with friends or family. they have all had a reminder that it is not as safe here as they thought
it was, and it is also worth remembering we arejust it was, and it is also worth remembering we are just 50 miles here from the polish border. that is the european union and it is nato and the strikes have reminded everybody that whenever you are in ukraine, whoever you are, you are not safe from the air strikes. indeed. danjohnson, many thanks. live in lviv in western ukraine. ukrainian president volodymr zelensky says that russian forces have begun a new offensive in the east of ukraine, in what he calls the "battle of donbas". russia is massing troops in the region, where ukrainian forces have been fighting russian—led separatists, for the past eight years. our defence correspondent, jonathan beale, reports now from eastern ukraine. this is now the sight and sound of the donbas. severodonetsk, another city and another target for russia's unrelenting bombardment. we tried to enter to speak to families taking shelter but the thump of artillery
was steadily coming closer. explosions let's go. well, we just came here to go to a shelter but there's shelling a bit close to us, and so we've had to move out. a lot of crump of artillery going on at the moment. nothing appears to be sacred when russia wages war. this, one of the holiest sites in the donbas, but that didn't save svyatogorsk�*s historic monastery from being scarred by a russian air strike. this was once a popular tourist destination. now it's just another town from which people flee. translation: what can i say? i'm overwhelmed with grief. i'm 70 years old and
i've nowhere to live. the few who've stayed behind have to queue for food. they're notjust hungry, though, they're scared. translation: i cry every day. what kind of god would allow this to happen? i cry every day — what kind of god should be asked to stop all this. there is now a strong military presence in this town. just a few miles down the road, russian forces are advancing from the north. a ukrainian soldier shared this drone footage of how they were trying to slow down the russian columns, blowing up a bridge. but they know more will be coming. translation: we know that russian forces are bringing i reinforcements into this region, but we're doing everything possible. we are ready to repel the russian occupiers and prevent the capture of our cities. we will stand to the last and defend our homeland.
we headed south, the roads eerily empty. four, five... we soon found out why. plumes of smoke — once again, we were within range of russian artillery. turn, turn. staying put is like russian roulette but with heavy shelling. this lady's home was nearly hit overnight. they were still replacing the blown out windows. inside, her 11—year—old granddaughter anastasia, too frightened to come out... ..cowering under a desk that's become her bedroom. anastasia's mum svetlana fears they're now trapped. the constant bombardment�*s also taking its toll on the city of avdiivka.
here, they're praying for divine intervention. pastor oleg offers a blessing and food for those who've stayed behind. but in a heated discussion, one man tells him, "it's the russians who'll bring salvation." pastor oleg tells him, "i'm not against russia — i'm against its invasion of ukraine." nowhere is safe within range of russian artillery. and as we have seen, russia is pushing forward from the north, from the east and from the south. and there's a real danger that ukraine's forces here could be surrounded. for now, ukrainian forces are holding out. so, too, are the remaining citizens of avdiivka, hiding in bunkers. but for how long? jonathan beale, bbc
news, eastern ukraine. well, the family of a former british army soldier, allegedly captured by russian forces while fighting in the ukrainian resistance, has called on his captors to treat him as a prisoner of war, in accordance with international law. shaun pinner appeared alongside another british man, aiden aslin, on russian television, asking to be freed in a prisoner swap. it is not clear if they were speaking under duress. the foreign office called on the kremlin to treat prisoners humanely. president putin says sanctions imposed on russia designed to cripple the country's finances have instead caused the deterioration of western economies. it comes as a picture has emerged reportedly showing the russian warship the moskva shortly before it sank last thursday in the black sea. from moscow, jenny hill reports. it's been a good morning
for the russian army. state tv celebrating overnight strikes on ukrainian positions. every day, presenters insist this is an honorable and successful mission to defend russia. and vladimir putin has everything under control. earlier, he met his economy team, dismissed the impact of unprecedented western sanctions. "the west's economic blitzkrieg has failed," he said. but mr putin has suffered a humiliating loss. he'd rather you didn't see this unverified picture of his flagship, the moskva, on fire after what ukraine said was a successful strike. and he wants you to believe there was no loss of life. officials released this footage of sailors apparently safe on dry land, but reports of dead and missing servicemen continue to emerge.
the russian war machine continues its assault on ukraine, but near moscow they're rehearsing for next month's victory day parade. the event commemorates the historic soviet defeat of nazi germany. it would be a good day for mr putin to present russians with a victory of his own. there is now here a sense of increased urgency, of increased aggression. vladimir putin has stated his aim, to take the whole of the donbas region. that leaves two big questions — the first, can his troops achieve it? and the second, if they can, would it be enough to satisfy his ambition? jenny hill, bbc news, moscow. and you can follow all the latest developments on the war here in ukraine by going to our online live coverage.
follow it on bbc.co.uk/news, orjust go to the bbc news app. that's it from me and the team here in kyiv, and now back to you, martine, in the studio in london. clive, thank you. police scotland says officers have spoken to the first minister nicola sturgeon to remind her of the importance of wearing a face covering when there is a legal requirement to do so. the snp leader was reported to police after being filmed on saturday, without a mask, indoors in south lanarkshire. the video emerged hours before a legal requirement to wear masks in public places in scotland was lifted for the first time in nearly two years, bringing scotland into line with the rest of the uk. our scotland editor james cook reports. this is the image nicola sturgeon likes to project — caution in the face of covid — just hours before the restrictions she imposed were due to be lifted. instead, it was this maskless moment which went viral.
her opponents say she's a hypocrite. the police have spoken to her and she's now apologised. my understanding of that incident — i haven't spoken my understanding is, it was a matter of seconds, she realises the place is crowded, puts a face covering on. which is actually what we're asking people to do. but at this cafe in perth, they're anxious to get back to normal. it's been a tough two years here, economically and emotionally. we are ready for it and i think notjust us — every small business in perth, as well. are you personally worried about covid any more? not really. and you think it's time to get back to normal... yes. ..and to open up and get rid of the masks? yes, take these facemasks off and just show the beautiful smiles. but for charmaine dodds, covid will never truly be over. last april, she lost her husband, lee, to the virus. this was us going to a wedding and this is our children, - craig and amelia, there's lee there. he wasjust 32.
when you look at these i pictures and you can see he is a young, fit, healthy man. i've got to cuddle my kids to sleep every night crying for their dad, i so that's their way of dealing with it, trying to grieve - but you're trying to help your children as well. i and trying to put on a brave face. i think that's what's hard. yeah... and we're opening up now, do you think that's a good idea? no. i feel it's far too soon. i feel quite nervous knowing - the fact that everywhere's opening up and everyone's feeling they can just move forwards as if _ covid's never existed. charmaine wants to know why it took six days to admit her husband to hospital. the nhs says it can't comment on individual cases. but there will be many more questions to come, as public inquiries ask — how well did we cope with covid? so can we assess scotland's performance during the pandemic?
well, it's notjust restrictions that matter — age, population, density, vaccination rates, they will make a difference — but we can try. overall, scotland has recorded fewer covid deaths per head than england and wales. but at 230 per 100,000, scotland has the uk's highest level of excess deaths from all causes during the pandemic. england's figure is 214 excess deaths per 100,000 people. what about countries that did things differently? the estimate for sweden, with no lockdown in the first wave, is 133 excess deaths per 100,000. while in new zealand, which shut itself off, estimated deaths were actually below normal, —43 per100,000. of course, the virus is still here but life is picking up pace again. and the state, which reached into our lives like never before in peacetime, is retreating. returning some measure of freedom to the individual.
james cook, bbc news, perth. tomorrow the prime minister boris johnson will face mps for the first time since he was fined for breaching covid rules, as politicians return to westminster following the easter break. our political correspondent nick eardley is in westminster tonight. and nick, what can we expect tomorrow? i don't think there are many expecting an easy first day back for borisjohnson. his critics make two key arguments. one, he should resign because he broke the very coded laws he introduced in two, he misled parliament when he told mps all the rules had been followed at all times in downing street. in his statement tomorrow, expect the prime minister will apologise again. his team say he understands the strength of feeling in the country. but it is also clear that mrjohnson doesn't
think he misled mps. a close source said tonight he always spoke in good faith, even if he had sometimes been badly advised. remember, boris johnson said in parliament he had been assured the rules had always been assured the rules had always been followed. that language could prove important. but the broader strategy from number ten tomorrow will be to say, we got some things wrong, but maintain a sense of perspective. the war in ukraine and the cost of living crisis are what should be occupying this government's time. it is a strategy that has won over some tory mps already, there hasn't been a clamour from his own party for him to stand out. but remember, even if they do not say it publicly, there are some tory mps who are deeply uncomfortable with this situation. there could be more fines to come for the prime minister and others around him. and the story has shown time and again, that number ten
isn't always in control of what happens next. isn't always in control of what happens next-— isn't always in control of what hauens next. ., , ., ~ happens next. nick eardley, thank ou ve happens next. nick eardley, thank you very much- — more than 11,000 people, including some volunteers, who signed up to help deliver covid—19 vaccinations have now taken permanent roles with the nhs in england. they include former airline cabin crew members, gym managers and chefs. anisa kadri reports. by helping to deliver the covid vaccination programme, people like kazeem felt they were making history. he was previously a gym manager before adding vaccinator and now assistant service manager at guy's and st thomas nhs foundation trust to his cv. if you had asked me about three years ago, would i be working under the health sector? i probably would have said no. but when the pandemic hit and i was made redundant, i just chose that opportunity to showcase my skills and, of course, my level of customer service and human skills. the nhs says it recruited more than 71,000 people for paid roles for its covid vaccination programme since december 2020, as well as thousands of unpaid volunteers clocking up more
than 2.5 million hours in that time. more than 11,000 have now taken up permanentjobs with the health service. nhs england says this will help to tackle delays caused by the pandemic, but it comes at a time when the health service is facing staff shortages and record waiting times. i welcome these volunteers joining the nhs and i hope that we'll see many more volunteers choosing careers in the nhs. it will be a contribution, but only a small contribution to the overall workforce crisis. we have 110,000 vacancies in health and many more in social care, and that's why we have such big delays at a&e. the department of health says it has record numbers of staff working in the nhs, including thousands more doctors and nurses compared to january 2021, and that it's commissioned the nhs to develop a long term workforce strategy. in east cowd rey. anisa kadri, bbc news. let's take a look at some of today's other news. a canadian investigative group says computer systems
in both downing street and the foreign office were infected with spyware in 2020 and 2021. citizen lab said it didn't know if any data had been compromised by the pegasus software sold by the israeli—based nso group to governments around the world. a spokesperson for the uk government said it did not routinely comment on security matters. the chinese city of shanghai, which has been under lockdown for three weeks, has reported its first official covid deaths since 2020. three elderly, unvaccinated people died on sunday. until now, the authorities had insisted there had been no deaths in this latest wave, despite tens of thousands of new daily infections south africa has declared a national state of emergency following the deadly floods that swept through parts of kwazulu—natal province last week. at least 440 people have died with more than 60 still missing. over 10,000 troops are being deployed to help with the rescue operations.
irish travellers suffer some of the worst discrimination and poverty of any ethnic group in europe, according to eu research. members of the community say that s causing a mental health emergency. for at least the last decade, around eleven per cent of deaths in the traveller community in ireland have been suicides. chris page has been hearing about the impact of the crisis. you may find parts of his report upsetting. sue ellen was my sister—in—law, she was 32 and she died by suicide. my brotherjohn was 3a, he died by suicide. a roll call of despair. each name bearing testament to a community fighting for its soul. my second little cousin, marlene, she was 13, she died through suicide. mags casey has witnessed generational devastation — a mental health crisis amongst ireland's travellers. more than one in ten
take their own lives. ten years ago, on the 2nd ofjanuary, i got a phone call to say my sister—in—law has committed suicide. two years after that, her husband committed suicide, which was my brother. and then after that it was kind of like it became, unfortunately, it was nearly every month, 28 members of my family would have committed suicide. # i was born a tinker and i'll tell you no lie...# travellers say their horrific suicide rate is a consequence of being one of the most discriminated against and poorest ethnic groups in europe. they're pleading for society to care more about statistics like these. our suicide rate's seven times higher than non—travellers. only 3% of us live past the age of 65 years of age. 80% of us are unemployed, and only 1% of us reach third level education.
if that was a stat of any other community within ireland, there would be international attention. families in traditional halting locations now often live in substandard, static accommodation — sometimes without basic utilities. they explain that preserving their home life on these sites is about protecting memories. we want to help to design the site, that's what we want, and we want proper homes. history, identity and customs run deep in the travelling community. they value being distinct but hate feeling separate. yeah, they deliberately put that wall around us to fence travellers in completely, away from society — out of sight and out of mind. so if you and your husband or one of your children wanted to go out for, i don't know, a cup of tea or a meal, would you have to sort of pick where you went to know that... 0h, definitely, definitely. and i'd have to have a relationship
with that service to be able to book it and that they'd know me and my family. you just couldn't randomly say i'm thirsty or i'm hungry and i need to go and get something to eat, it doesn't work like that for travellers. campaigners believe anti—traveller sentiment is the last socially acceptable form of racism. the irish government says it has a wide range of policies to encourage inclusion. travellers are longing for the cycle of prejudice and poverty to be broken. chris page, bbc news. for details of organisations which offer advice and support you can go online to bbc.co.uk/actionline. prince harry has hailed the courage of the ukrainian national team at the invictus games, the international sporting event for injured servicemen, women, and veterans. he was speaking to the bbc as the competition
continues in the hague. from there, our correspondent anna holligan reports. each competitor bears the scars of conflict. for many, who thought they wouldn't make it, sport has provided a lifeline. in an interview with the bbc, prince harry highlighted how far the ukrainians had come. i think what people need to remember, or perhaps don't even know yet, is a vast majority of the ukraine team were serving in some shape or form. so they removed their uniforms, put their team strips on, jumped on the coach, came over here, slept for a couple days, tried to decompress and then were straight into it. and then they've got to go back. so i think to have them here is extraordinary. their presence has added poignancy. many will be returning to the battlefield. translation: we don't have another choice. - it's simply the question of survival of our nation and our people.
all of us must fight. our government decided we should be here, despite the difficult situation and talked to the world show that we are getting killed, but we are fighting and staying alive. his attitude embodies the spirit of these games, but there is a focus here too and repairing lives. invictus athletes are encouraged to bring the people who have been part of their journey to recovery. there is a real family vibe here inside the invictus park. these games are partly designed to recognise and celebrate the vital role that families play as support structures, helping wounded soldiers to rebuild their lives. and this is a mission the prince wants to extend even further, taking invictus into new territories. we are constantly inviting new nations. this is about healing and as the bigger teams, us and the uk
decrease in number will provide an opportunity for more nations to come in who desperately need this opportunity and this place to heal together. anna holligan, bbc news, in the hague. and finally, in today's football, derby county were relegated from the championship after losing 1—0 at queens park rangers. the rams, managed by former england captain wayne rooney, were deducted 21 points at the start of the season after entering administration. they face an uncertain future as they seek confirmation of the club s sale to new owners. that's it. now on bbc one, time for the news where you are. goodnight. hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be
bringing us tomorrow. with me are kieran andrews, who's the scottish political editor at the times scotland and the broadcaster and writer, jemma forte. tomorrow's front pages, starting with... the i paper reports on the ongoing war in ukraine, it has declared that �*nowhere is safe' showing pictures of the western city lviv rattled by bombs. similarly, the financial times has stated that russian missle strikes on lviv has led to the death of seven people. the top story on the guardian claims that number ten has been suspected of being targeted by pegasus spyware — a software that can turn a phone into a remote listening device. the metro leads on the introduction of half price railfares introduced on youtube by the transport secretary grant shapps.