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tonight at 10:00, surviving putin's war. the civilians cowering underground, in eastern ukraine. this, the subterranean existence of those who couldn't escape. they just want the war to end, not caring who wins. translation: two idiots are fighting, two old men. all of them are guilty, all of them. in russia, there are two huge explosions at an oil depot, not far from the border with ukraine. on a day when russia attacked five train stations in ukraine, we'll be assessing the state of the conflict, almost three months on. also tonight... a young star in the making, but sophiejameson is one of several british gymnasts, now accusing a top
coach of mistreatment. the world's richest man, elon musk, has his multi billion bid accepted for the social media company twitter. and a sound—video installation from britain's sonia boyce, wins top prize, at the prestigious, venice biennale. and coming up in the sport, on the bbc news channel, neil robertson fires the 12th maximum in world snooker championship history. but will his 147 break be enough to beat jack lisowski? good evening. five train stations in central and western ukraine have been hit by russian missiles. ukrainian officials say at least five people have been killed and 18 others wounded. the railways have become a key target for russian forces, as they're crucial for both bringing in supplies
and evacuating civilians. today's attacks follow last month's strike on a station in eastern ukraine, which left 50 people dead. meanwhile, unrelenting russian attacks continue in the eastern donbas region. there's been fighting there since 2014, between ukrainian troops and separatists backed by moscow. russian artillery has been targeting towns and cities, where mainly women and children, the sick and elderly, have been sheltering in basements, short of food and water. 0ur defence correspondent jonathan beale has travelled close to the front lines and sent us this report. birdsong. explosion. the first sounds of spring, now drowned out by heavy shelling. in eastern ukraine, their battered flag still flying. but signs of life are vanishing fast in the face of a renewed russian offensive. russia is making small gains but creating widespread chaos and devastation right
across the region. most have already fled the towns and cities of the donbas. it's the few, like valentina, who've stayed behind. we found her trying to find food during a lull in the fighting. translation: of course it's dangerous. _ everybody is scared. now we are even afraid of silence. you never know what will happen next. this is now her home. lysychansk has become an underground city. she shares a dark, dank shelter with another 50 people. they say they're running out of clean water and food, and some don't even care which side is winning. translation: my brain hurts. two idiots are fighting, two old men. all of them are guilty. all of them. distant bangs.
but there is no peace from the constant barrage of artillery. it's becoming yet another russian war of attrition. they're trying to break ukrainian forces along a front line that stretches for 300 miles. we have bomb attacks, rocket attacks every day. every day, every time, every day, every house, all day. if we lose, lose not only ukraine, lose all world. and your countries, and other countries too. here, they're still relying on mostly old soviet weaponry. they proudly show off their one british—supplied anti—tank missile, the nlaw. they've already used the other one to destroy a russian tank. we need that weapon for our freedom, for a win, for that war.
we need that weapon. and when we have more that weapon, war is ending. do you have enough of them? that position? yeah. this position? no. ukrainian forces have been holding the line here since 2014 against russian—backed separatists. they're still holding the line, but this time against the russian army. and what has been sporadic fighting over the last eight years has now turned into a full blown war, and they are being pounded by russian artillery. this war is grinding down life in the donbas. deserted towns and cities slowly being destroyed as we travel through the region. from lysychansk to slovyansk, to lyman in the north. the only certainty — this will be costly and brutal for whoever wins this war. jonathan beale, bbc
news, eastern ukraine. in russia, there've been at least two huge explosions at an oil depot, around 95 miles from the border with ukraine. the cause is still being investigated but it follows moscow's claims in recent weeks that ukrainian attack helicopters have been hitting targets on russian soil. there's been no official comment from either side about the explosions, which happened not far from the frontier in the city of bryansk. from there, our russia editor, steve rosenberg, hasjust sent us this report. caught on cctv, the prelude to an inferno. the russian fuel depot was engulfed in a fireball. flames lit up the night sky over bryansk. then, over to the right, you can see a second explosion.
the border with ukraine is less than 100 miles from here. so, was this the result of a ukrainian strike to disrupt logistics for russia's military offensive? was it sabotage? neither moscow nor kyiv are saying. all day, plumes of thick, black smoke hung over the city, making bryansk feel like a war zone. this never happened before, she says. at 3am, we heard explosions. we were amazed. i don't know what this is, he says. is it war here? i suppose we're on the front line. i wonder if ukraine did this. we've seen something similar. early this month, in belgorod. russia claimed that ukrainian helicopter gunships had opened fire. kyiv wouldn't confirm it.
whatever the cause of today's fire, it sparked concern in this city. when the kremlin launched its so—called special military operation two months ago, for many here it was a case of out of sight, out of mind. this was a conflict playing out on tv screens. but that's changing. and, for many russians now, hostilities are starting to feel much closer to home. back in moscow, president putin accused the west of prolonging hostilities in ukraine. translation: to our surprise, senior diplomats in europe - and the us are ordering their client state ukraine to do everything possible to achieve victory on the battlefield. this is impossible. so now they plan to destroy russia from within. vladimir putin claims he sent his troops into ukraine to bring russians security.
but there is little sign of that. steve rosenberg, bbc news, bryansk. there's been another failed attempt to evacuate civilians from the last pocket of ukrainian resistance, in the devastated southern city of mariupol. the government in kyiv says a humanitarian corridor announced unilaterally by moscow to get civilians out didn't provide enough security. mark lowen is in kyiv for us tonight. as we near the third month of this war, how do you gauge where we are in the conflict? i war, how do you gauge where we are in the conflict?— in the conflict? i think we are at a lace, in the conflict? i think we are at a place. frankly. — in the conflict? i think we are at a place, frankly, very _ in the conflict? i think we are at a place, frankly, very little - in the conflict? i think we are at a place, frankly, very little hope, . place, frankly, very little hope, with close to 3000 ukrainian civilians known to have been killed. the real number is likely to be far higher than that. 11 million people displaced, and the war intensifying in the east. today, ukraine accused russia of continuing to attack the steel plant in besieged mariupol,
even while claiming to offer a humanitarian corridor out of it. ukraine says it is the united nations that needs to initiate and guarantee humanitarian corridors. that is likely to be discussed by the un secretary general, who goes to moscow tomorrow to try to talk president putin into peace. he'll be here in kyiv on thursday. his visit comes off the back of the us secretaries of state and defence, who were here in kyiv and left for poland yesterday by train, just hours before the ukrainian railway was attacked, a thinly veiled warning shot by russia. the fundamental problem, clive, is for three things, for diplomacy, for ceasefires and humanitarian corridors, there is one essential ingredient, and that is trust between the two sides. tonight, as the war enters its third month, there is not a shred that around. mark, many thanks. the independent review into abuse in british gymnastics, is due to be published next month
and the governing body has promised widespread reform following its publication. but the bbc has learned that just weeks before last year's tokyo olympics, a high profile coach was removed from the squad after a serious allegation was made against her. british gymnastics had been aware of other complaints about the same coach, made almost a year earlier. here's our sports correspondent, natalie pirks. these skills from amelie morgan helped britain's women land their first olympic team medal in gymnastics since 1928. oh, wow! what a routine! but missing from her side as she celebrated bronze last summer was her personal coach, liz kincaid. a wonderful team. kincaid, a hugely successful coach, was all set to be in tokyo, but just a few weeks out from the opening ceremony, a very serious allegation was made surrounding the mental health of one of her former gymnasts. a british gymnastics investigation was launched and she was pulled from the coaching squad.
the official reason given was her retirement, but that complaint was not the only one the governing body had received about liz kincaid. sophiejamieson on the beam for the academy. three—time british champion sophiejamieson was one of liz kincaid's child stars. she remembers training on a broken ankle, taken out of its cast too early at kincaid's request. other mismanaged injuries followed. i dislocated my knee on beam. i looked down, and i rememberjust screaming in the gym. it was quite a horrific experience. i was in a big knee brace. she wanted me to carry on upper body training, swinging on bars and stuff. your legs still have to come up and ijust, i do remember that being absolutely excruciating. poppy says this footage of her at nine years old, when kincaid started coaching her, was the last time she truly loved gymnastics. many injuries followed, but her most disturbing
came at the age of 12, when she fell from the bars in splits and tore her perineum. i went to liz, obviously i had blood dripping down my leg, she then took me into the office and gave me sanitary pads to effectively, like, mop up the blood, i guess, and sent me back into the gym. poppy says her mum wasn't called, but when she collected her hours later, she realised something was badly wrong. poppy ended up spending the night in hospital. my mum had been told i'd just started menstruating and i didn't. i told my mum i had some sort of injury or accident, so she took a look and she was horrified by what...she said it was worse than childbirth. liz kincaid categorically denies all of the claims made in this piece and says... "the health, well—being and safety of the gymnasts under my care
and tuition was of paramount importance to me and a matter close to my heart. to suggest i would mistreat the gymnasts goes against every principle i live by and is very upsetting." both poppy and sophie are now part of a civil claim against british gymnastics. they have a clear message for the governing body. you need to take these investigations a lot more seriously and speed up the process because i see no change. she is still very capable of walking into a gym and coaching other gymnasts, and right now, i really don't think she should be. british gymnastics told the bbc it will embark on a programme of reform after next month's independent review looking into abuse in the sport, and added it is determined to learn from all those who bravely come forward and raised concerns. "we are deeply sorry to those who have had a poor experience in our sport where we have fallen short." it's now been two years since the gymnastics abuse scandal was exposed. the wait for answers, though, has lasted much longer for too many.
natalie pirks, bbc news. the social media company, twitter, has agreed to a $41; billion takeover offer from the world's richest man, elon musk. the tech entrepreneur says twitter has "tremendous potential" that he can unlock. he's calling for a series of changes to the firm. our technology editor, zoe kleinman, is with me now. if he does take over, what could it mean for twitter? he if he does take over, what could it mean for twitter?— mean for twitter? he is looking at takin: mean for twitter? he is looking at taking over _ mean for twitter? he is looking at taking over at _ mean for twitter? he is looking at taking over at the _ mean for twitter? he is looking at taking over at the end _ mean for twitter? he is looking at taking over at the end of- mean for twitter? he is looking at taking over at the end of the - mean for twitter? he is looking at taking over at the end of the year| taking over at the end of the year and his one big changes he wants to see more dip eight. he says twitter is a great town square, we want to see more freedom of speech, people able to express their views. in reality this means less moderation and what he may well find is in order to run a social network moderation is key because it doesn't take long for things to tip into the kind of speech and content that is very harmful or even illegal in some
countries. ., ., ~ , ., ., countries. zoe, thank you. zoe kleinman- _ the speaker of the house of commons, is to meet with the editor and political editor of the mail on sunday newspaper, as well as the chair of parliament's press lobby, after the publication of what many have called "mysogynistic" claims concerning labour's deputy leader, angela rayner. the paper reported that some tory mps believe she crosses and uncrosses her legs to distract borisjohnson in the commons. there's been loud condemnation from across westminster, including from mrjohnson. here's our deputy political editor, vicki young. angela rayner. so, prime minister, how's it going? are you ok? their confrontations in the commons are eagerly anticipated events. but today borisjohnson was offering labour's deputy leader support after a newspaper story that's been widely condemned as misogynistic. the mail on sunday the reported that unnamed conservative mps had said angela rayner tried to distract the prime minister by the way she sat opposite him. mrjohnson denounced the report.
i have to say, i thought it was the most appalling load of sexist, misogynist tripe, and i immediately got in touch with angela and we had a very friendly exchange. and if we ever find who was responsible for it, well, i don't know what we'll do with them, but it'll be the terrors of the earth. the speaker of the commons said he was arranging a meeting with the editor of the mail on sunday. i express my sympathy to the right honourable member for ashton—under—lyme for the subject of this type of comment in being demeaning, offensive to women in parliament, and can only deter women who might be considering standing for election to the detriment of us all. there have, of course, been huge changes over the years as women joined the commons, but many female mps today face abuse, much of it threatening. misogynistic language needs to be stamped out, says this senior mp. it's notjust a casual aside — it's actually trying to shut women
up, to belittle them, and actually women in the house of commons are not going to be shut up. but i think it ought to be in breach of the code of conduct for any mp to do a briefing to a journalist which is misogynist. many mps think all this could simply put a new generation of women off entering public life. vicki young, bbc news, westminster. emmanuel macron has vowed to unite france and be a "president for all," after his re—election. he won a convincing victory over his rival, marine le pen, with 58% of the vote, the first french incumbent to win a second term in two decades. but he acknowledged that france is divided, and protests against his presidency have already begun. from paris, here's our europe editor, katya adler. after a presidential vote full of passion and tension, it was back to everyday life in paris today, which the french see as full of challenges
for their president at home and abroad. "the world is burning," according to this graffiti. many we spoke to today here said they do feel insecure. global warming and everything, it's a big problem, especially for young people. the problem is the inequality. social issues. security. international policy as far as ukraine is concerned and europe. last night, emmanuel macron arrived at his victory gathering to the sound of the eu anthem. for him, foreign and domestic priorities are clearly intertwined. translation: with me, - you have chosen an ambitious plan for france and for europe. there is a lot for us to do. the war in ukraine reminds us that we live in tragic times and france must make its voice heard. the war in ukraine has had a big impact here too.
like in the uk, it has pushed up fuel and food prices, a huge worry for france's most vulnerable. they mainly voted for macron�*s nationalist rival yesterday, or didn't vote at all. macron knows he has a lot to prove, in france — but not in brussels, where macron is beloved. after angela merkel left, that grande dame of europe, france has taken the leadership role, pushing for more eu independence in food production, energy, and defence, to complement not rival nato. and when it comes to ukraine, macron believes he and his diplomatic relations could be key. the ukrainian and russian presidents called to congratulate him quickly last night. first, he has a real strategic vision. a lot of other actors are now going to kyiv, of course, to show solidarity,
but there aren't so many leaders who are able to talk also to vladimir putin. so i think he has a special role. kyiv and berlin are tipped to be macron�*s first trips abroad. at home, his sights are on parliamentary elections next month. he needs a good majority. if not, his grand plans for france could be scuppered. katya alder, bbc news, paris. families impacted by maternity failings in nottingham have rejected nhs england's newly—proposed chair for the review and asked them to decline the offer. in a statement the families said they now feel "let down, confused, and further traumatised" after nhs trust chairjulie dent was appointed. they had called for donna ockenden, who led an inquiry into failings in shropshire, to take over. the review was launched following dozens of baby deaths at nottingham university hospitals nhs trust. a man has been arrested on suspicion of murder,
after four people were stabbed to death in a house in south london. police were called to the property in bermondsey in the early hours of this morning. tom symonds has more. about quarter to two this morning we were woken by the helicopter, and a load of flashing lights and that. other neighbours heard screaming. very quickly the street was filled with police who forced their way into the house where four people had been stabbed. a large team of paramedics were unable to save them. venecia reid is a close relative. she said her aunt, dolet hill, was one of those who died. she's very loving, very kind, very generous. she would do anything for you. yeah, she worked very hard in this country to support her two girls, and her two grandkids. so she doesn't deserve this. the victims haven't been formally named. officers have been speaking to other family members today. police appear to be investigating killings within an extended family. a man and woman in their 60s, a woman in her 40s,
and a third in her 30s. and significantly they have said two things about the man they have arrested — he knows the victims, and they're not looking for anybody else. i want to offer my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of all those concerned. this is a deeply shocking incident, and we will do everything we can to provide support to everyone affected. the search for clues continues. in the street outside the house, these evidence tents are likely protecting items found inside or dropped during the incident. police described this as a rare and terrible event for which they're now seeking an explanation. tom symonds, bbc news, south london. borisjohnson, has promised voters more value for money and better services, as he took to the local election campaign trail. next week millions of people in england, wales, and scotland, will pick who they want to run local services.
in northern ireland, votes will be cast for the ruling assembly. mrjohnson says he'll be fighting for every vote. our political correspondent, nick eardley has that story. what could go wrong? keeping on track isn't always easy for politicians. borisjohnson has faced considerable pressure in recent weeks after he broke his own covid laws, but next week he also wants your vote in local elections. well, "come on, bury!" 0r "come on, you shakers!" come on, you shakers. and on a visit to bury this morning, the prime minister said despite rows at westminster, the conservatives weren't taking their eye off the ball. we're the party that does more to empty your bins, does more to fix potholes. what we believe in fundamentally is delivering value for money and getting on with the job. that's what conservative councillors do up and down the country, they do a fantasticjob and we're going to be campaigning right up to polling day. but as well as local issues, next week's elections will also be seen as a judgment on the government at westminster. this is the sort of place where borisjohnson helped win over voters in the last general election,
where promises over brexit helped the conservatives win seats from labour. next week will be a test of that popularity. there are some conservatives who think the public has moved on from rows over parties, that people are more interested in the cost of living. others, though, think that the prime minister's fine will have an impact on their electoral fortunes. senior tories are braced to lose hundreds of seats in england next week. are you an asset to your party in this election? i believe that the greatest asset — i'm not denying that, but i think the greatest asset that the conservatives have are conservative values. the conservatives say they can offer value for money at the local level, but many will be watching for what the results say about the man in charge too. nick eardley, bbc news, bury.
sinn fein has published its manifesto, ahead of next week's voting. polls suggest the party is on course to win the largest number of seats for the first time, in the northern ireland assembly. that means the sinn fein vice—president, michelle o'neill, could become first minister. the party says it will help people battle the cost of living crisis, increase spending on health, and secure a date for an irish unity referendum. we have a section on the issue of unity — that's who we are — but we also focused on all the other issues which we know are weighing heavily on people's minds. that is the cost of living crisis. that is how we're going to put money in people's pockets. that is how we're going to try and fix the health service, which is broken, notjust by the pandemic — by ten years of tory austerity in advance of that, and we have huge work to do. so the only way we're going to be able to turn that tanker around, particularly in relation to the health service, is if all the parties work together. the british artist sonia boyce has won the top prize, the golden lion, at the venice art biennale,
which hasjust opened. she had already made history by being the first black woman to represent britain, at the prestigious international festival. her work, looks at the contribution of black british female musicians to our culture. katie razzall has been speaking to the artist, in venice. the british pavilion at the venice art biennale has been transformed to the sound of five black female musicians. it's a hugely noisy, but hopefully joyously noisy, experience. sonia boyce's work here, called feeling her way, is the latest stage in a wider project that tells the stories of black women singers and musicians. you are the first black female artist to ever represent britain. i wonder what you feel about that? i mean, of course it's an enormous accolade. but i also think, "why has it taken so long?" i mean, there are so many brilliant british female
black artists out there. it should have happened before now. it's her time in the sun now. with a golden lion for the show, she's joined the likes of other famous british names, bridget riley and henry moore amongst them, to the very top biennale prize. boyce have this message. —— boyce had this message. there is a longer arc of people that we need to keep saying, that here. for more than a century, the world's most high profile art exhibition has centred around men. not this year. close to sonia boyce's pavilion, america's has a new temporary thatched roof, and an exhibition courtesy of simone leigh, the first black woman to represent the us here. they want to start this part of the show with this money mental artwork. simone leigh won the other golden lion prize for this 16 foot
bronze sculpture at the central biennale show, curated by cecilia alemani. of the 213 artists featured in what's called the milk of dreams, between 80% and 90% are female. i wanted to give the stage and the platform to many amazing, wonderful artists who also happen to be women. and why has it taken so long, do you think? because we still live in a very sexist society, and it's very, very hard to advance. 0c advance is happening in scotland's exhibition. this tapestry looks at slavery under the stories we're told. the artist, alberta whittle, is the first black woman to represent scotland in venice. i think the world's more ready to accept women artists, possibly. black women artists, i don't know. i'd like it if people weren't so scared to work with ideas of race or to kind of open up these conversations. but change is afoot here. certainly when it comes to whose art gets a place on the wall. katie razzall, bbc news, venice. that's it. now on bbc one, time for the news where you are. have a very good night.
hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. with me are the former fleet street editor, eve pollard, and the author and journalist, emma woolf. tomorrow's front pages, starting with... elon musk�*s is pictured on many of tomorrow's front pages after confirmation that he is to buy twitter — the metro says he's paid a �*tweet�* £35 billion pounds for it the independent looks at the row around the mail on sunday's article about angela rayner — reporting harriet harman�*s call to suspend mps guilty of misogyny the guardian leads with the row over some women having to travel long distances to get hormone replacement medication