this is bbc news — welcome if you're watching here in the uk or around the globe. i'm ben boulos. our top stories... ukraine says russian forces have resumed attempts to storm the azovstal steel plant — the final pocket of ukrainian resistance in the city of mariupol. campaigning ends in france's presidential election — with emmanuel macron and his far—right rival marine le pen urging people to turn out and vote on sunday. 26 passengers and crew are missing after a tourist boat reportedly sinks off the northern island
of hokkaido injapan. have and a very warm welcome to the programme. there are reports that russian forces are trying to storm the azovstal steel works in mariupol, where ukraine's remaining forces in the city are holding out. russians are said to have resumed air strikes on the plant in the south east of the country. ukraine has called on the united nations to provide urgent help to evacuate civilians from mariupol. these are the latest positions of russian forces in ukraine, with much of the fighting now in the east and in particular the south—east. parts of south—western port city of odesa have also been targeted by russian rocket—fire, including a iii—storey residential tower block. from ukraine, danjohnson sent this report. more ukrainian homes are coming underfire. shelling's intensified in kharkiv and across the east of the country, but intelligence assessments say the russians aren't gaining much ground.
still, the ukrainian president is warning of the fight he believes is to come. translation: the russian invasion of ukraine was intended _ as only the beginning. then, they want to capture other countries. of course, we will defend ourselves as long as necessary to break this ambition of the russian federation. the ukrainians are fighting back. they claim this shows one russian helicopter evading attack by firing flares as another is brought down close to zaporizhzhia. near mariupol, there's more evidence of mass graves. satellite pictures show how another existing cemetery is claimed to have been extended over the last month — the ukrainians say to hide evidence of war crimes. those who escaped mariupol are trying their best to celebrate easter this weekend.
katya and her mum offered to bake traditional cakes and have been inundated with orders. it's a distraction from what's happening at home. the houses around ours were almost all destroyed or burned down. they took direct hits. we are fortunate to have connection still with relatives. apart from one grandmother, ourfriends and relatives recently started to reconnect. because they bought new sim cards from the russians and now they have internet access. we're checking new photos every day and see what happens to the places when you were born, where you grow. we get the pictures of my school. it's out of windows. it was directly hit to the...to the flat. the roof?
the roof — roof, yes. so it's damaged? yeah, but the building is staying, but it's destroyed. in the east, there's little chance of peace this weekend. no respite from this relentless war. explosions. dan johnson reporting there. campaigning has ended in france ahead of what's expected to be a close run— off between president emmanuel macron, and his far—right rival, marine le pen, on sunday. opinion polls suggest macron still has the upper hand, but his challenger could perform better than she did when the pair went head—to—head in 2017. david eades is in la courneuve, just outside paris, with the latest. interesting that both those things you say are going to play out here, but emmanuel macron, it is difficult to see how he wouldn't win the election given the pinion pulse at this stage. it is also difficult to
see how marine le pen will do better than she did last time round. that said, a lot item places like this, like a nerve, about five miles to the north of the centre of paris. 63% of voters here rejected both those candidates and went for the left—wing candidate who nationally do something like 22% of the votes and was just pipped by marine le do something like 22% of the votes and wasjust pipped by marine le pen and wasjust pipped by marine le pen and his one message has been i'm not going to tell you who to vote for, i'll just tell you going to tell you who to vote for, i'lljust tell you not going to tell you who to vote for, i'll just tell you not to vote for marine le pen so people have to make up marine le pen so people have to make up their own mind and to try and help us work out what that might mean i'm joined now by bruno, the vice presidents, president of the pollsters, opinion way. thank you very much forjoining us. is that a fair comment on what your own figures suggest that it is hard to see how emmanuel macron doesn't win this relatively comfortable? yes.
this relatively comfortable? yes, our oll this relatively comfortable? yes, our poll is _ this relatively comfortable? yes, our poll is at _ this relatively comfortable? yes, our poll is at 5796 _ this relatively comfortable? yes, our poll is at 5796 and _ this relatively comfortable? yes, our poll is at 5796 and 4396 - this relatively comfortable? yes, our poll is at 5796 and 4396 from | our poll is at 57% and 43% from marine le pen and we don't really see when reading the maths from the first round the second round how she can really win because she has of course votes but it is only 7% and emmanuel macron has many more votes coming from other moderate candidates. probably it is going to be a large victory but how large it will be is the real question for sunday. ﬁgs will be is the real question for sunda . �* , will be is the real question for sunda . ~ , ., , ., sunday. as you mention, there is an extreme right _ sunday. as you mention, there is an extreme right candidate _ sunday. as you mention, there is an extreme right candidate who - sunday. as you mention, there is an extreme right candidate who got - extreme right candidate who got about 7% so one would expect a lot of those votes to go to marine le pen. taking this as an example, 63% wanted left—wing candidatejean—luc melenchon. what do they do? it is a melenchon. what do they do? it is a real question _ melenchon. what do they do? it is a real question for _ melenchon. what do they do? it is a real question for sunday. _ melenchon. what do they do? it is a real question for sunday. five - melenchon. what do they do? it 3 —. real question for sunday. five years ago 83% of the second round voted for emmanuel macron. i guess tomorrow will be low and probably because what we have seen between the five years is that we have more
jean—luc melenchon voters voting for marine le pen now and we have a lower level of voters for emmanuel macron, 50% now, it was 65 years ago so we are expecting that half of them will choose emmanuel macron and will vote for omicron but also about a third of a quarter will go to marine le pen, which is new and shows the fact that they are quite upset about not one's presidency. make them very much indeed. i should say opinion wave gets a pretty close on the second round is in the presidential election and he was saying there it would point to a fairly comfortable win for emmanuel macron at this stage but, as he pointed out, his last words, virtually, in his campaign, opinion polls do not win elections so get out and vote on the second round is in the presidential election and he was saying there it would point to a fairly comfortable win for emmanuel macron at this stage but, as he pointed out, his last words, virtually, in his campaign, opinion polls do not win elections so get out and vote, so he david there for us infants. —— in france.
voting takes place on sunday in france, and we will have a special programme bringing you the result, starting at 17:30 gmt on sunday. join us for that as france decides. some breaking news now from japan, where coastguard vessels and patrol aircraft are searching for 26 passengers and crew of a sightseeing boat missing off the northern island of hokkaido. the authorities lost contact with the vessel — the kazu one — after its crew told the coastguard that it was taking on water and had started to sink. the area where the boat ran into trouble, hokkaido's shiretoko peninsula, is a world heritage site known for its unique wildlife, including the endangered steller�*s sea lion. all those on board are reported to have been wearing life jackets. local media say the passengers included two children.
you can find more about this story on our website. downing street has confirmed that borisjohnson has not received any further fixed penalty notices for breaking lockdown rules. the british prime minister has returned to the uk after a two—day trip to india. it was been overshadowed by the controversy over lockdown parties in downing street — with his leadership under increasing strain. jonathan blake, our political correspondent, told me about the significance of the british prime minster not receiving any more fines yet... there have been reports in the last 2a hours or so that some more fixed penalty notices have been issued to people at an event in the downing street gardens in may 2020, when staff were invited to "socially—distanced drinks," as they were described in an email from a senior civil servant,
and people were told to bring your own booze. but the prime minister was there. he's apologised in parliament saying at the time he thought it was a work event, he should have, in hindsight, found another way to thank people for their hard work and told everyone to go inside, but up until now, at least, he is not one of those who've received a fixed penalty notice. that's not to say he won't in due course, for that or other events, but it's tricky to establish how the police investigation is taking its course because the met police had said they won't issue any further confirmation of major developments in their investigation until after the local elections across much of the uk at the beginning of may and these fines are being issued to individuals, so while downing street has said it will say publicly if borisjohnson gets any more finds, for officials and others, it is up to them individually to come out and say so in public if they wish. and then in terms of where we finish this week, it has been
quite a tortuous week for the prime minister, hasn't it? i mean, where does this leave things in terms of his security in the role? well, if he was hoping his two—day trip to india was going to shift the focus away from the partygate saga and onto substantial issues such as a free trade deal that's in the works between the uk and india, britain's response to the war in ukraine and other subjects, well, he may have done that briefly but he's coming back, if anything, to a worse situation than the one he left. parliament has in his absence now voted in favour of launching an inquiry into whether he misled mps with his statements in the house of commons the no rules were broken during the pandemic in downing street at gatherings in other government buildings and there are signs that support among his own backbenchers is, if anything, slipping away rather than being strengthened. one prominent backbencher, steve baker, said in the house of commons this week the gig was up for the prime minister. in an interview with the telegraph today she said that the party
will "reap the whirlwind" of all this on polling day at those local elections. jonathan blake speaking to me a short time ago. jonathan blake speaking to me a short time ago. supermarkets across the uk are limiting how much cooking oil customers are able to buy, as supplies are hit by the war in ukraine. the british retail consortium says the restrictions are a temporary measure "to ensure availability for everyone." restaurateur, author and home cook asma khan spoke to me earlier about the importance of sunflower oil in food preparations for ramadan and eid. for us, ramadan is, of course, you know, we don't eat from sunrise and sunset but the tradition as we all have become a resource it is a big feast. you know, you haven't eaten fori6 feast. you know, you haven't eaten for 16 hours. finally after two years we are able to have friends and family than to break bread and
then you have this crisis. it is quite serious and in the build—up to eat it will be a big problem because you can, you know, you can all remember the beginning of lockdown there is no flour and eggs but you can do other things. the problem is with out cooking oil it is really hard and indian food, you know, a lot of eastern food you cannot have flavoured oil because it impacts the spices so full of sunflower oil is what all of us used to cook because all other oils have a very distinct flavour. . .. , all other oils have a very distinct flavour. . ..,, , .,, flavour. 0k, in which case, people watchin: flavour. ok, in which case, people watching at— flavour. 0k, in which case, people watching at home, _ flavour. 0k, in which case, people watching at home, perhaps - flavour. 0k, in which case, people i watching at home, perhaps preparing the meals to have their families and they are wondering what can we do instead, as a restaurateur and as a cook but if your advice and if they can't get hold of oil? i cook but if your advice and if they can't get hold of oil?— can't get hold of oil? i think we all have to _ can't get hold of oil? i think we all have to bite _ can't get hold of oil? i think we all have to bite the _ can't get hold of oil? i think we all have to bite the bullet - can't get hold of oil? i think we all have to bite the bullet and l can't get hold of oil? i think we i all have to bite the bullet and try and find as neutral and alternative low because we can't cook with olive oil so we got to actually have a flavourless oil and of course there
is rape seed oil and people can try and see if there were other alternative oils we can get from the supermarkets because that is what we need to do because, you know, without oil we can't cook. i need to do because, you know, without oil we can't cook. i suppose without oil we can't cook. i suppose without oil we can't cook. i suppose without oil you _ without oil we can't cook. i suppose without oil you can't _ without oil we can't cook. i suppose without oil you can't cook _ without oil we can't cook. i suppose without oil you can't cook things - without oil you can't cook things that need to be fried as easily. what about, perhaps, shift away from things that are fried. it is not an option? things that are fried. it is not an 0 tion? ~ . things that are fried. it is not an otion? ~ . ., things that are fried. it is not an otion? ~ . , ., ., things that are fried. it is not an otion? ~ . ., ., ., option? whatever, the base of all of our rave option? whatever, the base of all of our grave eases _ option? whatever, the base of all of our grave eases fried _ option? whatever, the base of all of our grave eases fried onions. - option? whatever, the base of all of our grave eases fried onions. we - option? whatever, the base of all of| our grave eases fried onions. we use oil to infuse spices, to fibre gender in gaelic. it is not addressing. we don't use oil for that. we use the oil as a base to fry the spices and the base of all our gravies is you actually start off with oil so actually this is a very important part of our cooking. of course when supplies are limited inevitably prices go up and presumably notjust inevitably prices go up and presumably not just for inevitably prices go up and presumably notjust for businesses like yours but for families as well with the cost of living pressures, paying more for cooking ingredients for somejust is not paying more for cooking ingredients for some just is not an option,
paying more for cooking ingredients for somejust is not an option, it's just not affordable. it for some just is not an option, it's just not affordable.— just not affordable. it is. of course. _ just not affordable. it is. of course. it — just not affordable. it is. of course, it is _ just not affordable. it is. of course, it is going - just not affordable. it is. of course, it is going to - just not affordable. it is. of| course, it is going to change just not affordable. it is. of- course, it is going to change the choices that people make and families make of what they are having the id gift which is the break new break your fast. others can be rational and rational oil that we have and i also think that people should not be going to the supermarkets and stocking up, because that really makes people panic more and we need to be reasonable about it. yes, it is ramadan, yes, it is eat, we can all be reasonable and make sure everybody has enough oil because we understand how important it is but i think that we will just understand how important it is but i think that we willjust mean making different choices of what dishes they're going to cook for their family. asma khan speaking to me a short while ago. good afternoon. arsenal have moved up to fourth in the premier league after a 3—1 win at home
to manchester united, whose champions league hopes are fading fast now. nuno tavares put arsenal in front after only three minutes following errors from raphael varane and alex telles after david de gea saved bukayo saka's shot. arsenal doubled their lead through saka's penalty shortly before cristiano ronaldo pulled one back for the visitors — who were looking dangerous in attack. and they had a chance to equalise in the second half — but bruno fernandes wasted that opportunity much to the home fans relief. and mikel arteta's side made them pay. granit xhaka lashing home arsenal's third. three other games are underway in the premier league. with liverpool playing tomorrow, manchester city can stretch their lead to four points with a win against watford at home. gabrieljesus has given them an early lead. leicester v aston villa norwich v newcastle (pres)the top two in the championship are meeting you can see the late kick—off is at brentford and spurs, if they win, would fit into fourth on the table above arsenal on goal difference.
the top two in the championship are meeting on the south coast — fulham who won promotion to the premier league in midweek are looking to all—but—seal the title as they travel to second placed bournemouth — who have guaranteed a play—off place at least, they have games in hand but are only a point above third, earlier, luton missed the chance to strengthen their position in the play—offs with a 1—1 draw at home to blackpool. elijah adebayo gave them an early lead. but gary madeen equalised from the penalty spot in the second half. luton are fourth but nottingham forest could go above them. for all the latest scores, go to the bbc sport website. (pres)rangers have cut celtics lead to three points rangers have cut celtics lead to three points in the scottish prmiership after winning 3—1 at motherwell srangers had taken the lead early on but were reduced to iomen
when liam balogan was sent off for an awful tackle on dean cornelius by the break motherwell had drawn level, but goals from scott wright and james tavernear saw rangers take the win, celtic play tomorrow. it's a formula one weekend, the emilia romagna grand prix is tomorrow, and a shorter sprint race, which starts in about 15 minutes, will decide the grid positions at imola the drivers have been out practising again today after rain curtailed track time yesetrday. lewis hamilton will start from thirteenth with mercedes team mate george russell eleventh. the world champion max verstappen is on pole in his red bull ahead of ferrari's championship leader charles leclerc. a huge crowd is expected at wembley stadium later for the all british world title fight between tyson fury and dillian whyte. fury is defending his wbc heavyweight belt and is 12 pounds lighter than his last fight against deontay wilder in 0ctober...but at 18 stone 8 pounds he's still a stone heavier than whyte.
he has a huge night and reach advantage as well. 94,000 are expected to be there, which would be a post—war european record for boxing. being back in england after all these years, four years away and i'm fighting my old pal dillian whyte at home in england for all the belts. fans are going to see a good tear up. i know dillian and he knows me and we are going to throw down a treat you well to a hell barnstormer, don't worry about that. (pres)another busy day at the crucible at the world another busy day at the crucible at the world snooker championship. ronnie o'sullivan needed just the one frame when play resumed to reach the quarterfinals and he took the first frame of the session against mark allen. so he goes through 13 frames to 4. the six time champion will now play stephen maguire these are live pictures from the crucible the first session
between former championjudd trump and anthony mcgill. mcgill has taken the first frame looking at a long pot that mcgill has taken the first frame and he puts it. lovely. long pot from judd trump. you can follow that on the bbc sport website and i'll hazard a guess on bbc two as well. somebody just said yes you can! but why not stay with the news? studio: good advice! thank you very much, ollie foster. just beneath some breaking news for ukraine. a spokesperson from odesa says there have been multiple casualties for missile strikes in odesa and exact numbers and totals of those killed and injured are still not confirmed but there is confirmation that as you can see from these latest pictures there were several missile strikes by russia on the black sea border of odesa and confirmation in the last few minutes that there are
casualties. we know that two missiles hit a facility and another 2—stroke residential buildings, one of them a block of flats and a nearby resident described hearing a huge explosion and we will of course bring new more details as we get them on bbc news. in the meantime we can get more development on the ground —— missile struck a two story residential building. let's get more now on developments on the ground in ukraine. drjack watling is a land warfare expert at rusi, a british defence think tank. i asked him if he thought the humanitarian corridors out of the besieiged city of mariupol, had any chance of being effective. the russians have at times disrupted civilian evacuation. on other times, they allow it. it's a tactic that we've seen on numerous instances, where the russians will terrify people by striking hospitals and other things to, kind of, displace civilians, and will then allow them to get out if they want to reduce the burden of having to feed them, or will prevent them getting out if they want to force the defenders to have to look after those
civilians, so it's really in russia's court. if that is indeed a strategy for russian forces, what is to be gained by targeting civilians in that way? well, as i say, if you're going through a complex urban environment and you have a population that is hostile to you — as they had in syria and as they are now facing in ukraine — then clearing out a lot of those people is a means of simplifying the operation in the city. it also means, if they have captured those parts of the city, then they no longer need to feed or look after those civilians if they've evacuated. conversely, if there are large numbers of civilians on the ukrainian side of the line, then the ukrainians are then obliged to look after those civilians and ensure that they can be fed, which limits the resources available for the defenders. and then, what's your take on what's happening at the steelworks, the azovstal plant, that huge steelworks in mariupol. it seems to be a last, sort of, stronghold for ukrainian forces there. why is that becoming such a focal point?
the steelworks has a myriad of layered industrial basements that means that defenders are able to retreat underground, and thereby avoid being struck by artillery. also, because it's a large industrial site that deals with very high temperatures, the walls are a very thick — it's sturdy construction — and so the defenders are able to shelter there and move around this large, complex facility in a way that means they can survive against the artillery strikes and air strikes that are being conducted. and so it's the part of the city that they have withdrawn to because it is where they are most survivable. mm, and the other interesting point is this idea that, while russia is stepping up its offensive, uk intelligence is saying, actually, very little has been gained by that, certainly in the last 2a hours. so, the russians have started
what we'd call shaping operations. they're using artillery to try and break up the defenders, fix them into positions, but the russians are really struggling with mass — they lack people. a lot of their units have tank drivers and they have the crews for their infantry—fighting vehicles, but they have very few infantry to dismount from them, and so the russians really need to decide when they'd commit. if they commit too early, then they will take heavy casualties and not secure enough ground. they don't have enough troops to do that again and again and again, and so i think what we'll see is the russians try and hold back until they think there is an opportunity to make significant gains. doctorjack watling there. construction is getting under way in california on the world's biggest wildlife overpass. dozens of mountain lions are known to have died on la highways in the past two decades, but now they'll be able to cross safely in the santa monica mountains. the bbc�*s azaday moshiri reports.
a cougar kitten taking some of its first steps, but as it continues to grow, it will find that the ground it walks on is not always so safe. us highways have become somewhat of a dangerfor mountain lions. at least 26 are known to have died on la freeways in the last two decades. do it! cheering. but now, thanks to the state of california and several wildlife organisations, construction begins on the world's largest wildlife overpass. we can share this earth instead of claiming it and dominating it. we can coexist side—by—side with all kinds of wildlife instead of paving it over and choking it off. the crossing near la will cover a 10—lane highway, which is used by about 350,000 cars a day. it will allow the mountain lions and other wildlife to cross between two natural habitats and make the highway less dangerous.
from 2016—2020, there were 44,000 reported collisions with wildlife on california roads, and that cost up to over $1 billion in human injuries, injuries to human, human death and property damage. the aim is to have the crossing ready in the next three years, so that these big cats of hollywood can roam safely. azaday moshiri, bbc news. weather now — and chris fawkes. hello, again. the weekend has got off to a pretty decent stat weather—wise. forthe off to a pretty decent stat weather—wise. for the vast majority it has been advised they were just one or two showers dotted around here on there. some sunshine for
most of us. that was edinburgh castle overlooking the blossoms and gardens below. the satellite picture to the north of the uk and north atlantic we have a big bank of low cloud and that is going to be coming towards the painter next week before we get there today we have had some cloud particularly across west wales a nd cloud particularly across west wales and western areas of england and that cloud has produced one or two showers and they will fade away so we could see another batch running into the south of england for a time of night. away from that, cloudier ken from northern scotland but for most it is a dry night with clear skies. temperatures getting down to between 3—7 c, perhaps a few areas of frost and some of the deep valleys in scotland. second half of the weekend, another fine valleys in scotland. second half of the weekend, anotherfine —looking day. lots of fine cloud around and oval will be fewer showers so that the vast majority of you will have a dry day. still pretty cloudy it the north of scotland and otherwise sunny spells. this type of north—easterly winds working was the
chilly waters at the north sea and the sea temperatures are onlyjust coming up from their winter time lows and that does have an effect on the temperatures. eastern areas, 11—14 , highest temperatures the temperatures. eastern areas, 11—14, highest temperatures again across the south and west including highs of 18 for cardiff and london. the monday, still a fair bit of dry weather but we are going to see some showers across central and eastern england, some of which could turn out to be quite heavy for a time during the afternoon. away from that, though, a fair bit of dry weather but starting to turn cloudy and cool across northern areas of scotland. in 11th aberdeen, in the sunshine for the south 14—15. the most part she's days where we see that they area of low cloud i should join the satellite picture. that works down the north sea and then starts to spread inland so quite a bit of dry weather still round but quite a lot of cloud as well and given the cloudy skies is 9 degrees in aberdeen and newcastle, highest temperatures 15—16 for cardiff and london but really the best of the week does look pretty cloudy at
this is bbc world news. the headlines... ukraine says russian forces have resumed attempts to storm the azovstal steel plant — the final pocket of ukrainian resistance in the city of mariupol. campaigning has ended in france's presidential election — as emmanuel macron and his far—right rival marine le pen urge people to turn out and vote on sunday. 26 passengers and crew are missing after a tourist boat reportedly sinks off the northern island of hokkaido injapan. downing street confirms the prime minister has not yet received any further fines for breaking lockdown rules. supermarkets across the uk are limiting how much cooking oil customers are able to buy — as supplies are hit