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this is bbc news with the headlines.... russian forces are accused of mass killings in mariupol. translation: they | killed 20,000 people. they did it on purpose, this is what i think. they intentionally prevented people from leaving mariupol. pa rents of parents of madeleine mccann who disappeared more than a decade ago welcome the news of portuguese authorities have declared a german national, he is a formal suspect in her disappearance. borisjohnson her disappearance. boris johnson insists he her disappearance. borisjohnson insists he will still be in charge insists he will still be in charge in this country in six months�* time afterfacing questions in this country in six months�* time after facing questions about his premiership following trade talks in india. a seven—year—old boy who died after an asthma attack, his mother
accused of prior tires using her drug addiction over herrick his care is convicted. the final day of campaigning in france for marine le pen and emmanuel macron in a tight presidential contest. the outcome will be known on sunday night. the most prestigious exhibition in the art world as the venice be an opens on saturday with work by ukrainian artists. the united nations says there is growing evidence that war crimes have been committed in ukraine. this described the situation isa is a horror story. you are satellite images show mass areas of 200 graves near the besieged city of mariupol.
russian force and trying to capture the city for weeks and they do control most of the area but hundreds of ukrainian troops have been holed up in the sprawling steel plant and much of it is underground. president putin has been accused of refusing to allow them to surrender. we have more from southern ukraine and a warning that her report contains upsetting images. haunting, apocalyptic scenes in mariupol. russia has bombarded this city into near submission. this once home to about half a million people, thousands are believed to have been killed. emergency workers from russia are filmed here, retrieving the dead. moscow has repeatedly denied that its troops are responsible for the mass killings of civilians in ukraine, but mariupol�*s mayor says some of the worst war crimes
have been committed there. translation: they | killed 20,000 people. they did it on purpose. this is what i think. they intentionally prevented people from leaving mariupol. they set this genocide up by closing the city down and using land artillery and air strikes first, and then the warships arrived later. but russian forces have been accused of hiding civilian bodies in mass graves. these satellite images show them appearing over the course of a month. the civilians have been buried in the village outside mariupol, the southern city which has been besieged and encircled by russian forces for weeks, seen here in red. the last ukrainian troops in the city are holed up
inside the azovstal steelworks, a mariupol�*s coast. 1000 civilians are still said to be in this sprawling industrial complex. on this missing persons wall, most of the faces and names that you can see our people from mariupol, and now, with the ongoing blockade and with communications cut off, it�*s almost a miracle for people to get out. these women escaped mariupol together on thursday, just a handful of people who made it through with a humanitarian convoy. a friendship born out of the horrors of this war. translation: people are risking their lives under fire. _ they have to do because there is no running water, gas or electricity. there is a mosque with a well nearby. a lot of people got killed there. they got cut up in shelling. they were just looking for water in the city. but they�*re safe now and able to rebuild their lives in new cities and countries.
the three women we met her safely on their way to live in the west of the country. but what about the conflict for the rest of ukraine? the government has said that comments by a russian general that russia wants to take control of the southern part of the country and eastern parts of moldova show that its invasion was about making territorial gains, but must�*s plans are far from being guaranteed. its troops have been blocked from reaching the key port city of odesa and its flagship carrier sank there last week. miles of defensive trenches have been dug around the ukranian capital, kyiv, as a precaution should russian troops return. life is a little less precarious now, after the city was successfully defended few weeks ago. our correspondent, mark lowen, has been spending time with ukrainian troops, in the capital. gunfire: for the defenders of kyiv, the battle isn�*t over.
this time, it�*s training, but while the enemy has retreated to the east, the danger still looms. vlad was a phd law student until the russians tried — and failed — to seize his city. do you think it is possible that they could come back? let�*s say we lose our positions on donbas or luhansk region, and then they see that we don�*t have enough troops and resources to protect kyiv, they would come back for their initial aim to take over our capital and take over our government. in the forests of kyiv — we can�*t disclose where — the isist battalion is dug in, a crucial line of defence for the capital. how many kilometres of the trenches? i don't know. ten kilometres, 20 kilometres, i don't know.
great britain sent us these weapons. it says anti—tank missiles from britain. yes, yes. and when was the last time that you used this weapon here? secret. translation: the russians were three or four kilometres from us, _ firing with mortars and artillery. if they return, without our resistance, they could storm through, and they will make an effort to do so again. but i think the residents of kyiv can sleep more soundly knowing that we are here. a whole infrastructure is in place. spots where kyiv families would picnic now have new dwellers. soup? it still feels astonishing to see how a modern european capital has suddenly been taken back to the trench—filled warfare of decades ago, and they�*re in this for the long haul because they now know that the threat to the very existence of their country will continue.
forthose dug in, reminders of the life they left behind two months ago, when russia thought it could barge into kyiv with little resistance, and when ukraine�*s residents became its protectors. mark lowen, bbc news, kyiv. and we�*ll find out how this story and many others are covered in tomorrow�*s front pages at 10:30 and 11:30 this evening in the papers. our guestsjoining me tonight are susie boniface, who�*s a columnist for the daily mirror, and ali miraj, a columnist at the article. a man has been declared an official suspect, in the disappearance of madeleine mccann, nearly 15 years ago. she went missing during a family holiday in praia da luz in portugal, in may 2007, shortly before her 11th birthday. madeleine mccann�*s parents kate and gerry said they "welcome
the news" adding: "even thought the possibility may be slim, we have not given up hope that madeleine is still alive and we will be reunited with her." our correspondent, jon kay, is in the algarve. her face and name are known around the world, but what happened to madeleine remains a mystery. it was on the third may 2007 that she vanished from the mccanns�* holiday apartment in praia da luz — the moment her family�*s lives changed forever. please give our little girl back. overnight, portuguese prosecutors announced that they�*d declared a new "arguido", or "formal suspect", in the case. it�*s understood to be this man, christian brueckner. the 45—year—old is currently in prison in germany for rape and drugs offences. he�*s known to have been living in portugal around the time madeleine disappeared, and german investigators say mobile phone records place him in praia da luz.
but he has denied any involvement in the mccann case and has not been charged. you know, you have proximity, you have opportunity and you have a profile, with regards to an offender that absolutely fits in the way that no others have. the last decade and a half have seen many potential breakthroughs come and go. madeleine disappeared from her family�*s apartment while her parents were dining at a restaurant in the complex, and in the early days of the investigation, the portuguese authorities made kate and gerry mccann official suspects, but that status was later withdrawn. injuly 2013, the uk�*s metropolitan police reviewed the case, saying they had new witnesses and new evidence and they searched areas close to where madeleine was last seen. it was injune 2020 that german police said they�*d identified a prisoner as a suspect and the timing of christian brueckner now being made an arguido appears significant.
next month, it will be 15 years since madeleine was reported missing, and under portuguese law, it�*s not possible for someone to be given arguido status after 15 years. but the authorities here say the move was not driven by timing but by what they call "strong indications" of the practice of a crime. at least 33 people have been killed in a suicide bombing targeting a sufi religious gathering in the northern province of kunduz in afghanistan. more than forty others were wounded by the explosion in the imam sahib area, which took place soon after friday prayers. boris johnson says he still expects to be prime minister by the time the uk hopes to sign a new trade deal with india in six months time. he�*s been speaking on a visit to new delhi, after talks with the indian prime minister, narendra modi. mrjohnson is facing a commons investigation, into whether he misled mps, over what he knew about
lockdown parties at no 10. our political correspondent, ben wright, has more from new delhi. the sun shone, the soldiers saluted and the ceremony never flagged. it was the red carpet treatment for boris johnson, who was here for talks with his indian counterpart, narendra modi. after yesterday�*s torrid day of political turmoil at home, mrjohnson seemed pleased to bask in the welcome. a joyful reception, i wouldn�*t get that necessarily anywhere in england. this is when the visit got down to business. it�*s 75 years since india gained independence from britain and both countries say a free trade deal can be signed this year to mark the moment. next week, we�*re telling our negotiators, get it done by diwali in october. they had a long discussion about ukraine. india has held a neutral position on russia�*s invasion and borisjohnson did not come
here to jab or pressure, but mr modi did call for peace. translation: we emphasised on an immediate ceasefire - in ukraine, and on the use of dialogue and diplomacy for resolving issues. while borisjohnson later confirmed the uk intended to deepen its military commitment to the crisis. so, we�*re looking at sending tanks to poland. that�*s to allow warsaw to send its tanks to ukraine, and the prime minister also said british diplomats would soon be returning to the capital. i can announce today that we will very shortly, next week, reopen our embassy in ukraine�*s capital city. it�*s been a difficult couple of days for the prime minister, who�*s now facing an inquiry by mps into whether he misled parliament. you said there�*ll be a free trade agreement with india by diwali, but considering the number of party investigations going on back home, are you absolutely sure you�*ll still be prime minister then?
ok, the second answer is yes, but... all trade agreements are tricky, to get to your point about trade, ben, and there will be tough asks of both sides, but i�*m sure we can do it. boris johnson bristles at any mention of parties and the political problems he faces back at westminster. he is clearly irritated that it�*s taken the focus away from his efforts to deepen britain�*s ties with this surging economy. but it�*s where the party saga goes next that could determine borisjohnson�*s future as he returns to domestic political strife. ben wright, bbc news, delhi. the number of people who have coronavirus in the uk is continuing to fall in every nation of the uk, according to new data from the office for national statistics. it suggests around one in 17 people were infected last week. retail sales in the uk, have fallen for the second
consecutive month, as the rising cost of living hits consumer spending. sales were down 1.4% in march, a much larger drop than expected. online sales also fell by 7.9%, as consumers cut spending on non essential items. and there was a big fall in demand for petrol and diesel. the cost of filling up an average family car with petrol, now stands at almost £90, 32% higher than a year ago. the headlines on bbc news... russian forces are accused of mass killings, in the besieged port city, of mariupol. madeleine mccann�*s parents welcome the news that portuguese authorities have declared a german man a formal suspect in her disappearance — which happened nearly 15 years ago. borisjohnson insists he�*ll still be in charge in six months�* time — afterfacing questions about his premiership following trade talks in india.
a mother was found guilty after being responsible for the death of her son. being responsible for the death of herson. he being responsible for the death of her son. he was severely asthmatic and coventry count court found he was never that is inhaler. phil mackie has that story... hakeem hussein was a frail young boy who died because his mother cared more about getting her next fix than looking after him. laura heath smoked heroin and crack cocaine. her addiction had spiralled out of control in the months before he died. she even used her son�*s inhaler as a makeshift crack pipe. they lived in squalor. their lives were chaotic. on the night he lost his life, hakeem had a severe asthma attack, went outside for some air, but collapsed and died. his mother couldn�*t help because she�*d passed out after taking drugs, but later, she wrote her dead
son a letter in which she appeared to blame him for not waking her up. evidence showed that he was simply neglected. his mum prioritised her drug use over him. hakeem wasn�*tjust failed by his mother, but also by the agencies who were responsible for him. they�*d had plenty of warnings over a period of two years that culminated in a meeting on a friday afternoon at which a nurse said if he wasn�*t taken into care immediately, he would die. no action was taken. 36 hours later, his body was found here. at the time, birmingham children�*s services had already been rated inadequate for nearly a decade, during which time seven—year—old khyra ishaq, two—year—old keanu williams and keegan downer, aged 18 months, were among more than a dozen children known to the authorities who lost their lives. six months after hakeem died, a new trust was appointed to take over, and since then, inspections have shown things have improved. all of the agencies working together had not shared our sort
from each other enough information. —— or sort... one of the things that would happen today that didn't happen then is that that would have triggered an immediate response that afternoon. a serious case review into hakeem�*s death will be published within the next two months, but new systems have already been put in place to help minimize the risk of another death like hakeem�*s. phil mackie, bbc news, birmingham. it�*s the final day of campaigning in france�*s presidential election, with voters going to the polls on sunday. the choice is between the incumbent, emmanuel macron, and marine le pen. reeta chakrabarti is in paris, and we canjoin her now. good evening. it looks glorious in paris this evening. it is good evening. it looks glorious in paris this evening.— paris this evening. it is glorious. it is springtime _ paris this evening. it is glorious. it is springtime in _ paris this evening. it is glorious. it is springtime in paris - paris this evening. it is glorious. it is springtime in paris but - paris this evening. it is glorious. it is springtime in paris but the l it is springtime in paris but the french have a big decision to make
this weekend between emmanuel macron and marine le pen. in a way, it is the same run—off as it was five years ago. it is the same candidates but the two of them stand for different things than they did five years ago. in 2017, emmanuel macron was the new kid on the block, he was fresh, he had new ideas and his audacity was to try and take people from both the left and right to create this new political party with himself at the head. now, five years later, he is the incumbent, he has a record that he has to try and defend and it is a patchy record. he is pitted against marine le pen who he fought against five years ago. she has had several years in which to work on a project of softening her image. she no longer speak so much about immigration and security and law and order and she cast herself instead as the candidate of the
working people with the cost of living being very high on her list of policies. but she still attracts controversies and she is still in some quarters attracting fear. my colleague lucy williamson has been following the two candidates during the last days of their campaigning in this election. it�*s a bit late for tips on how to learn to punch on his opponent. after five divisive years in power, what emmanuel macron needs is to persuade voters who�*d quite like to punch him to give him their vote instead. florentine and chloe are both teachers here in the suburbs of paris. they voted for mr macron last time. now, they�*ve come to give him a hard time. le pen isjust...huge disaster, but macron is still a disaster, i think, for school and for public services in france. he�*s killing that, step—by—step. florentine says she�*ll abstain on sunday rather
than vote for macron again. i�*m still hesitating. i think if i do it, i might really get sickjust after. he�*s a good talker, he knows how to try to seduce people, but we�*re not stupid. chloe gets close enough to shout her question. through the scrum, macron grips her hand, and locks in her vote. translation: he gripped my hand and said, "we're going to do - "something about that, i promise." so, i will vote for him, - but i want something in return. there�*s a real choice on sunday about where france is heading. marine le pen is promising huge tax cuts and to take back control. emmanuel macron wants a global nation, set on economic reform. divisions here are deepening with every election cycle and voters are now split between two radically different views of the world —
with one candidate presenting herself as the spokeswoman of the people, and the other saying he�*s protecting france from her. dylan says he voted far left in the first round of this election. on sunday, he�*s voting far—right. translation: it's not that i like the idea - of voting for marine le pen, but we have to choose between the two, and when you�*re choosing between cholera and the plague, you choose the lesser of two evils. at herfinal rally, here in arras, marine le pen said voters should choose her to block mr macron. both say the other is dangerous. both spark loyalty in their own fans and loathing in those of rival. but most voters belong to neither camp, and in this battle over france�*s future, they�*re being asked to choose a side. lucy williamson, bbc news, paris.
there you have it, the choice for french voters. it is always elections in france that in the first round people vote with their heart and in the second round they vote with their head. but you can see that there is a great deal of head scratching going on this time round. forthe head scratching going on this time round. for the time being, for me here in paris, and from all the team, it is now back to you in london. at the end of the french presidential election campaign. sophie and edward are currently on a seven—day tour of the caribbean nations and is part of visits to what are known as the realms of the queen.
of three caribbean nations, to mark the queen�*s 70—year reign. buckingham palace said the decision had been made after consultation with the government of grenada and on the advice of the governor general. and he represents the interests of the queen of the island. our royal correspondent sarah campbell explained the circumstances that led to today�*s decision. this is the second time in a month that a royal couple has travelled to the caribbean for a tour and is the second time thatjust as it started the itinerary has had to change. you will remember that prince william and catherine travelled to belize one month ago and there were protests on their day one, so one of the engagements had to be shifted location. this time round, prince edward and sophie, due to land in seleucia today and we heard that the grenade leg has been cancelled so they are going to london to st lucia and still do island hopping but the statement was released by buckingham
palace and the wording of no real reason but that it is in consultation with the government of grenada and of the advice of the government general and she is the queens representative in granada. what is to be now? we know that the grenade national reparations committee have requested to the governor general last week a meeting with the couple to talk about compensation that they believe is due due to britain�*s links with slavery. they asked for that meeting and have suggested that protest may have been planned so is that perhaps the reason behind this postponement of the grenade leg? we don�*t know but certainly what we can say is that the palace would have been very keen to avoid any negative headlines which were the case from the tour of prince william and catherine last month and they will be keen to avoid that and perhaps that is why this decision has been taken. joining me now to talk about the postponement of the royal
visit to grenada is chairman of the grenada national reparations committee, arley gill. he isa he is a former minister in government, culture minister. thank you very much for being with us on bbc news. were you surprised to hear this? to bbc news. were you surprised to hear this? ., ., , . ., , this? to an extent, we expected, as the have this? to an extent, we expected, as they have done _ this? to an extent, we expected, as they have done in _ this? to an extent, we expected, as they have done in the _ this? to an extent, we expected, as they have done in the bahamas - this? to an extent, we expected, as they have done in the bahamas and| they have done in the bahamas and jamaica and belize that the would visit grenade which is most beautiful island in the world. so of course, we are a bit surprised that they have suspended their visit. [30 they have suspended their visit. do you think it was a fear, i mean, the government is a very long standing politician, the governor, she sat on the list of councils the same year queen elizabeth became queen so she has been around for some time. do you think it was simply her instinct that this could become an
embarrassment?- that this could become an embarrassment? ~ ., , , ., ~ embarrassment? well, i cannot speak for dame cecile _ embarrassment? well, i cannot speak for dame cecile as _ embarrassment? well, i cannot speak for dame cecile as she _ embarrassment? well, i cannot speak for dame cecile as she has _ embarrassment? well, i cannot speak for dame cecile as she has an - for dame cecile as she has an outstanding grenadian and she has served this country well both in private and public life but i can say that we as a grenadian national reparations committee wrote a letter to the dame cecile to seek an audience with the royal couple, these oligarchs from great britain, to request a meeting to talk about reparations and we were looking forward to have a discussion with herfor forward to have a discussion with her for two things. forward to have a discussion with herfor two things. one, we now know that based on the bank of england publications and research that the bank of england financed two plantations here for a great amount
of time and it is now under the offices and control of the management of her majesty and we know that great britain and the monarchy this time that they accept that the slave trade, the atlantic slave trade and slavery of crimes against humanity and the exploitation of the enslaved africans and the caribbean islands as colonies that we deserve compensation so rip out ofjustice. and we were looking forward to having a conversation with the royal couple. it having a conversation with the royal coule. , , ., �* couple. it is interesting and i'm sure very _ couple. it is interesting and i'm sure very consciously _ couple. it is interesting and i'm sure very consciously you - couple. it is interesting and i'm sure very consciously you use l couple. it is interesting and i'm i sure very consciously you use that word oligarchs from britain and part of the case, i guess for your committee and for similar committees in other parts of caribbean is that the royal family now is descended from royal that in its own way not
just by virtue of being the ultimate symbol of authority of the british empire, but also materially and indirectly and directly benefited from the slave trade and so on. it is so on the at them? or is it really end of the british government because we are now in a situation where it is a constitutional monarchy and presumably it can�*t move any further than the politicians in the united kingdom will allow it to?- than the politicians in the united kingdom will allow it to? well, of course. kingdom will allow it to? well, of course- the _ kingdom will allow it to? well, of course. the queen _ kingdom will allow it to? well, of course. the queen from - kingdom will allow it to? well, of course. the queen from time - kingdom will allow it to? well, of course. the queen from time to i kingdom will allow it to? well, of- course. the queen from time to time she does have an audience with the prime minister and she can advise the prime minister mrjohnson who he is in india now and when he speaks he speaks about genocide and speaks about the crimes that the russian government is committing in ukraine. he must know, not prime minister johnson must know that crimes
against humanity were committed in the caribbean and in grenade so it is twofold. the monarchy cannot be removed and she is not sanitised from the crimes against humanity committed here in the caribbean. the transatlantic slave trade. there can be no real historical attempt by the british public or government to sanitise the british monarchy. they have benefited directly from slavery and the slave trade, but also, of course, many british institutions, banks, a lot of wealthy families and the uk government, so it is for the british government and monarchy and public to accept that what they have committed a historical wrong and that the slave trade and slavery has benefited society economically and financially. we in the caribbean really and truly sparked the industrial revolution in great
britain. and we provided the basis and foundation for britain to have and foundation for britain to have an economic take—off through the atlantic slave trade and we believe that it atlantic slave trade and we believe thatitis atlantic slave trade and we believe that it is not too much to ask for compensation, an apology to begin with by accepting that you have done wrong of course and to contribute to the caribbean society that has independence since 1974 and the british never gave his assent after years of excitation. it's it�*s very interesting book that has been published a harvard academic legacy and findings which makes a direct argument that much of the empire was sustained by the ease off a and it was almost a tool of policy in the empire. that debate is a very live one and a continuing one and
the reparations to pay is alive and genuine one to demonstrate tonight in his current position that the duke and duchess should not visit grenada attests but i wonder in the and the cream is at the very last two years hopefully her last few years that if that long but it could be less of her rain, what at the moment prince charles i sent the british throne would you want to be because that could be a step change, that could be a moment of where we could go from this was our position to do this is our position. i could go from this was our position to do this is our position.— to do this is our position. i know that prince _ to do this is our position. i know that prince charles _ to do this is our position. i know that prince charles and - to do this is our position. i know that prince charles and the - to do this is our position. i know. that prince charles and the british monarchy have a lot of excellent political and public relations advisers so that prince charles can decide to grip with their traditions and old principles and the oppositions of his mother. as a matter for
oppositions of his mother. as a matterfor him but you in britain and the british public and the bbc can play a critical role when ensuring the powers that be in great britain? accept that they have committed a hysterical wrong. and from that i believe prince charles can be emboldened and be brave and be honest and accept that this has been around, lets us go correct that wrong. i believe if that is done the caribbean will have a different look at the british monarchy because i can say to you now that throughout the region barbados started last year there is a call for republicanism. i know you have commonwealth games, who is the coming into is the wealth? in this whole empire that great britain once in the united kingdom once and where the sun never sets on the united and
on the british empire, the days for thatis on the british empire, the days for that is over and the british must face the reality and accept the fact that they have committed some atrocious things in its past and now is a good time to begin the writing those wrongs. is a good time to begin the writing those wronge— is a good time to begin the writing those wrongs. thank you very much for “oininu those wrongs. thank you very much forjoining us- _ let�*s return now to ukraine and throughout the conflict, ukraine�*s president zelensky has repeated his calls for european and nato powers to provide offensive weapons such as planes and tanks so that his troops can combat russian forces more effectively. until now, the west has mainly delivered defensive weaponry such as anti—aircraft systems. however, that may be about to change. france�*s president macron said today that his government has agreed to deliver heavy artillery, including anti—tank missiles. and here, the ministry of defence had been thought to be �*looking at�* sending tanks to poland so that warsaw can provide its own tanks to ukraine. well for more on this, let�*s speak to professor malcolm chalmers, who�*s the deputy director of rusi. he joins us live from
ikley in west yorkshire. thank you for being with us. at the start on the question, has something changed? i start on the question, has something chan . ed? ~ start on the question, has something chanced? ~ ., ., .,, . ., changed? i think a lot has changed is that at the _ changed? i think a lot has changed is that at the beginning _ changed? i think a lot has changed is that at the beginning of - changed? i think a lot has changed is that at the beginning of this - is that at the beginning of this conflict most analysts and most governments thought that russia would have been much more successful by now largely the war would have been finished to a russian�*s advantage but that is not by no means indicates. the ukrainians have fought remarkably well and the russians are marked to be bia—bi and the ukrainians of course managed to push the russians out of northern ukraine and out of the area around kyiv and we now have the centre of gravity of the conflict is in the southeast of ukraine times the two sides are equally matched in many respects and the ukrainians now have
not —— more tanks in ukraine and the russians do and not partly because of supplies from a broad but more than that because they have actually been captured quite a number of times from the russians so in that context of military balance a campaign which is relatively balanced between two sides on the ground and external supplies from the list in the case of the ukrainians and from russia�*s on stocks and russia itself will be absolutely critical. the stocks and russia itself will be absolutely critical. the position in terms of the _ absolutely critical. the position in terms of the west _ absolutely critical. the position in terms of the west attitude - absolutely critical. the position in terms of the west attitude to - absolutely critical. the position in | terms of the west attitude to what russia is doing hardened and excreted perhaps a greater willingness to take this risk that a few weeks ago seems unimaginable. the risk that russia might say you are now adding weapons that are not defensive weapons and cannot in any sense be described as defensive weapons, you are throwing fuel on the fire and you are effectively creating a situation where you are now come in this war.—
now come in this war. there is an element of _ now come in this war. there is an element of response _ now come in this war. there is an element of response to _ now come in this war. there is an element of response to the - element of response to the atrocities which we are increasingly seeing on tv screens each day. as i have said the most important factor is ukrainians have shown they can put up a very credible fight. that�*s the most important factor. as for this distinction which an our offensive and defensive weapons has some validity but the ukrainians launched a counter offensive against the russians from kyiv using weapons they have and be used aythami artileseye and measure and anti—tank weapons proved very important offensive weapon. what is true in a different terrain of the donbas main battle tanks will be important and aythami artileseye will be vital so that uk move is important but at the uk is important because we aren�*t supplying tanks directly to ukraine of course. we are going to be as i understand from the announcements
this evening the uk is going to be departing some of these tanks with british personnel on a temporary basis to allow poland to transfer more of its own tanks. we basis to allow poland to transfer more of its own tanks.— more of its own tanks. we are backfilling _ more of its own tanks. we are backfilling behind _ more of its own tanks. we are backfilling behind them? - more of its own tanks. we are backfilling behind them? yes, more of its own tanks. we are - backfilling behind them? yes, they have signed _ backfilling behind them? yes, they have signed a _ backfilling behind them? yes, they have signed a deal— backfilling behind them? yes, they have signed a deal from _ backfilling behind them? yes, they have signed a deal from a - backfilling behind them? yes, they have signed a deal from a supplier| have signed a deal from a supplier of 250 moderate tanks from the united states but until those arrive the polls require some degree of protection externally. it�*s also important, this is a build—up of foreign forces and furry nato forces from the united states and the uk and others in eastern europe to level which will be much greater thanit level which will be much greater than it was before this invasion took place. than it was before this invasion took place-— than it was before this invasion took lace. , ., ., took place. the first worldwide a tank made _ took place. the first worldwide a tank made its _ took place. the first worldwide a tank made its war _ took place. the first worldwide a tank made its war -- _ took place. the first worldwide a tank made its war -- marked - took place. the first worldwide a tank made its war -- marked as| took place. the first worldwide a l tank made its war -- marked as a tank made its war —— marked as a weapon of war. he mentioned the
russians have been having problems in the large number of their tanks ended up being captured by ukrainians. is there a sense in which that tank is an increasingly outdated weapon of war? i which that tank is an increasingly outdated weapon of war?- outdated weapon of war? i don't think that's _ outdated weapon of war? i don't think that's the _ outdated weapon of war? i don't think that's the case. _ outdated weapon of war? i don't think that's the case. what - outdated weapon of war? i don't think that's the case. what i - outdated weapon of war? i don't. think that's the case. what i think think that�*s the case. what i think is the case is anything single weapon system whichever one you talk about in isolation is vulnerable and about in isolation is vulnerable and a tank has great protection but it�*s not invulnerable. it has to be operated alongside aythami artileseye and alongside infantry and alongside electronic warfare and very good communication between all those different elements within a broader line and a lot of it fuel and ammunition to keep it going and the russians have proven very bad at combined arms warfare self find out they may be getting better now that they�*re operating closer to their own frontier logistic chains but the ukrainians have proven very good at coordinating all of those to those
elements for making sure they know where the russians are so they can focus their forces in real where the russians are so they can focus theirforces in real time on those targets so it�*s a battle of where and intelligence and networks. what we are having is an increasing network and competition of networks of which tanks are an important part but i think ukraine needs tanks in its arsenal and sodas russia but we should not be thinking of warfare tanks against tanks.— it is the oldest and most prestigious exhibition in the art world the venice art biennale opens tomorrow. this year? its happening against the backdrop of the war in ukraine. the ukrainian art works on display are taking on a special significance our culture editor, katie razzall met ukrainian and russian artists in venice. serene venice has been
shaken by world events. first it�*s international art show was delayed a year by covid—19 and now it�*s taking place in the shadow of war. all of which means unusually the art world is focused on ukraine. there is a new damien hirst for a show defending freedom. and works by maria pryachencko who is a symbol of the countries national identity. it�*s about showcasing ukrainian culture. one artist depicts her husband and others who have joined the army painted as reports of war crimes against civilians in the kyiv suburb bucha were revealed. we were on the phone and i thought ironically connected because the painting connected to my tears. russia�*s pavilion is shot, the artist and curator behind this year�*s show pulled out when the invasion happened. the only thing to see was an anti—war protest
by a russian artist. he was surrounded by supporters and then swiftly by police. he is the sole voice of protest but he does speak for many russian artist and this russian pavilion is closed and in a sense those closed doors symbolised quite how isolated russia is. but some russian art is being shown including tapestries. it�*s screaming, it�*s crying, all of my feelings here. she opposes the war. we should stop it and everyday i want that it stops but it�*s hard to face each day it�*s getting worse. the ukrainian pavilion is now centrestage in venice. the artist behind this work called the fountain of exhaustion says that it�*s important that his country
is represented here because the russians are attacking notjust ukraine but it�*s culture. they want to level and demolish ukrainian culture because it does not exist because it�*s part of russia. as they say openly and the war is a punishment for them and those who don�*t want to go and understand this is only part of russia they have to be physically eliminated. so whether it�*s photographs of mothers who have lost sons in the conflict or a 17th—century icon these works on show here now reflect the country, a culture that is fighting for its very survival. the headlines on bbc news... russian forces are accused of mass killings, in the besieged port city, of mariupol. madeleine mccann�*s parents welcome the news that portuguese authorities have declared a german man a formal suspect in her disappearance — which happened nearly 15 years ago.
borisjohnson insists he�*ll still be in charge in 6 months time — afterfacing questions about his premiership following trade talks in india. now some breaking news. belgian has granted the former ecuadorian president as item after he fled his country in a dispute of a presidential election. now on bbc news it�*s time for newswatch. hello. well continues watch. the bbc key correspondents tell us about the challenges of reporting from the conflict zone. and is it accurate to describe marian as the far right president in the french election. the suggestion this week by starmer
borisjohnson criticised the bbc coverage of ukraine was dismissed by the prime minister and later retracted by the labour leader. it�*s a sign that while politicians are quite happy to attack the bbc and other subjects the corporation coverage of ukraine is so widely respected that criticism of it is seen as beyond the pale. particular praise has been given to the team of reporters on the ground in ukraine. among them kyiv correspondents. below ground and have a bombshell to that a gentleman has run out. people are visibly tired. visibly upset from everything going on. and when you come up its case. empty. you can feel the tension. moscow has average people living here to leave as it lists new targets but for so many people that�*s not an option. a former professional rugby player james waterhouse only arrived for his praise for posting in mid—january. little more than a month later he found himself
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