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the united nations secretary general is here in ukraine to meet president zelensky. antonio guterres says the war in this country is evil. two days after he met president putin in moscow, the secretary general tours scenes near kyiv of alleged russian war crimes. war is an absurdity in the 21st—century. the war is evil. and we hearfrom a red cross volunteer who tells us how he was taken captive by russian forces and deported to russia. in our other main news this lunchtime... the death of four members of one family in south london —
a man has appeared in court faced with four charges of murder. a damning report from the cqc — england's worst performing mental health trust has been told it must improve. and, england's men's cricket has a new captain — all—rounder ben stokes will be test captain, succeeding joe root. coming up in the sports later in the hour on the bbc news channel: we will look ahead to another night of european football. west ham and rangers are both facing german teams in the europa league semifinals. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one o'clock. well, for the last few hours, the united nations secretary general has been seeing for himself the horrors inflicted on towns
near here by russian troops — irpin, borodyanka and bucha — places where the russians are accused of war crimes. antonio guterres visited a mass grave and seemed shocked by what he saw and heard. the war here in ukraine is evil, he said — an absurdity in the 20 first century. meanwhile the russian leader vladimir putin has warned that countries intervening in this conflict will face military retaliation. this afternoon, the un secretary general will meet ukraine's president, volodymyr zelensky — in talks expected to focus on how to establish safe, humaniatarian corridors to evacuate thousands of civilians from the besieged city of mariupol, including those trapped underground in a steelworks there with ukrainian fighters. joe inwood has this report.
this is the trip the ukrainians said should have come first. borodyanka is said to be the scene of russian war crimes. much of the city was destroyed by artillery. over the last few weeks, 41 more bodies have been pulled from this rubble. when i see those destroyed buildings, i imagine my family in one of those houses that is now destroyed and black. i see my granddaughters running away in panic, part of the family eventually killed. so the war is an absurdity in the 21st—century. the war is evil. and it is in bucha where some of the worst crimes were allegedly committed. antonio guterres visited the site
of a mass grave found after the russian withdrawal. this trip is not about finding a solution to the wider conflict. no one thinks that is on the table. but there is talk of opening a humanitarian corridor secured by the un to get people out of the azovstal steelworks. the last holdout of ukrainian resistance in the besieged city of mariupol. but this is increasingly not just a war taking place inside ukraine. moscow has cut off gas supplies to two eu nations. there are fears of escalation in a pro—russian breakaway region of moldova. the kremlin has even raised the spectre of nuclear war. translation: if anyone from the outside intends to interfere in what is happening, then they should know this. if they create threats for us, threats of a strategic nature, our retaliation, our counter strike will be instantaneous. over the last few days
there have been a series of fires and explosions inside russia's borders. it has not been officially established what was behind them, but for the uk government, oil depots, arms dumps and logistical hubs would be legitimate targets. it is perfectly right for ukraine to use those weapons to defend itself and part of defending itself in this type of invasion is obviously where ukraine will go after the supplied lines of the russian army. we seem to be reaching a crucial stage in this war. not necessarily on the battlefield but on diplomatic terms. the rhetoric from all sides has been heating up and there is now a real risk of this could spiral in a way that nobody can predict. antonio guterres will want to do everything he can to avoid that but it will not be an easy task. joe inwood, bbc news, kyiv. let's get the latest from moscow and
from our correspondentjenny hill. the kremlin really ratcheting up its rhetoric. , ., ., rhetoric. yes, we heard from the kremlin spokesman _ rhetoric. yes, we heard from the kremlin spokesman who - rhetoric. yes, we heard from the kremlin spokesman who said - rhetoric. yes, we heard from the kremlin spokesman who said the western arms supply was a threat to european security and was provoking instability. he was responding to comments made by the british foreign secretary yesterday, the comment specifically in which she urged the west to double down on its supply of weapons, not only to ukraine but to countries like georgia and moldova. you do get the sense here that the rhetoric is intensifying but so too are preparations for what they call here victory day, may nine, a big day in the russian calendar, it is when they commemorate the soviet victory over nazi germany in world war ii. decorations are up on the shops, the streets are being prepared for a huge military parade
with tanks and soldiers. this was the day many analysts thought vladimir putin was keen to present to russians with a victory of his own, and perhaps he still will but at the same time, he has been preparing his people for the idea, the possibility that his special military operation in ukraine might go on a bit longer than expected and for that, as far as brad may putin is concerned, there is only one place, one set of people to blame and that is the west. the government here in ukraine says more than 500,000 of its civilians have been forcibly deported to russia, including 120,000 children. moscow claims they are willingly moving to russia. our correspondent yogita limaye has been hearing from families of some of those taken captive by russian forces — and civilians who've been returned from russia on prisoner exchanges, who all deny those claims by russia.
still in disbelief that he's back home. volodymyr khropun, a red cross volunteer, was deported to russia, captured as he was evacuating people from war hit areas near kyiv. translation: we were beaten i with rifles, punched and kicked. they blindfolded us and tied our hands with tape. they used tasers and kept asking for information about the military. after six days in a crowded basement in ukraine, we were taken to belarus. they thought we couldn't see, but i saw our car crossing the border. he showed us the identity slip made for him there. it's issued by the military of the russian federation. and what does it say on the top? from belarus, he says, they were
driven to a russian prison. when we went to the plant we found evidence of men being taken. this is the basement at chernobyl, where 169 ukrainian national guard were held for weeks when it was occupied. other staff saw them being taken from here by russian forces as they withdrew from northern ukraine. in a village nearby, we met the family of one of the missing men. we're hiding their identities to protect them. the guard's wife last spoke to him on the 31st of march, just before he was taken. "he told me, i am ok physically, but not emotionally. "i could hear the anxiety in his voice," she said. "our son keeps asking where his father is.
"he's very worried and he's scared that i might disappear too, "so he keeps following me around everywhere." from different parts of ukraine, we've spoken to the families of more than a dozen civilians who have been taken. only a few have been released. most are yet to return. this includes a family of four with two young children, who've managed to contact their relatives here to say they're not being allowed to leave russia. the kremlin says civilians are willingly going across the border. but everything we've heard strongly contradicts those claims. ukraine's prosecutor general iryna venediktova says they're hearing testimony of war crimes from the people who've returned. we interview everyone who can come back from russian federation or from occupied territories. almost all of them were tortured in russian prisons.
and again, we have a case about the departure of children, only children, from the donetsk region to the russian federation, and for me as a prosecutor it's very important. and as the war rages on in ukraine's east and south, every day there are new reports of people being forced into russia. yogita limaye, bbc news, kyiv. those talks between the un secretary general and president zelensky are expected to get under way here in kyiv in the next few hours. to be honest, no one is expecting antonio guterres to be able to negotiate a peace deal between russia and ukraine or even a ceasefire, but as a minimum he will try to establish humanitarian corridors to get civilians out of danger from places like mariupol, under un and red cross auspices.
and you can follow all the latest developments on the war here in ukraine by going to our online live coverage. follow it on bbc.co.uk/news or the bbc news app. jane, over to you in london for the rest of the day's news. the rest of the news this lunchtime. a 28—year—old man has appeared in court to face four charges of murder, after a family was found stabbed to death at a property in south london, on monday. our home affairs correspondent tom symonds is at westminster magistrates court. what happened in court? an extremely short hearing. joshua jacques, who was in the dock, wearing grey prison clothing, stood up to confirm his
full name. he is 28 and his address in south london. he was told that his case would next be heard at the old bailey on the 3rd of may and that was pretty much it. this case follows the first discovery of what happened in that house in south london in the early hours of monday morning. police were called after neighbours heard screams, they broke in and found four members of the same family had been stabbed. they were dolet hill who were 64, denton burke, 58, tanysha ofori—akuffo, 45 and samantha simmons, 27. this was a case which has touched several generations of the same family. joshua jacques is charged with all four murders. since that first discovery we have heard many tributes paid to the family, especially to dolet hill who was described to us by her niece as someone who was very loving, kind, generous and would do anything for
you. a man has appeared at blackburn magistrates' court accused of the murder of katie kenyon. andrew burfield was remanded in custody, and is due to appear at preston crown court tomorrow. 33—year—old katie kenyon, who is a mother of two, hasn't been seen since last friday. police are continuing a search in gisburn forest, in east lancashire. the mother of a seven—year—old boy found dead in a freezing garden after an asthma attack has been jailed for 20 years — after being convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence. hakeem hussain was found lifeless at the home in birmingham in november 2017. a court heard laura heath had prioritised her drug addiction over caring for him. the attorney general for england and wales, suella braverman, has said that a small number of mps "behave like animals" after one of her conservative colleagues allegedly watched porn on the commons backbenches.
mrs braverman told woman's hour that if the claim was proven the person should have the conservative whip removed and no longer be an mp. let's get the latest from our political correspondent helen catt. explain more about everything that is being said here and various allegations.— is being said here and various alleuations. . . . ~ , , allegations. once again westminster and the culture _ allegations. once again westminster and the culture here _ allegations. once again westminster and the culture here is _ allegations. once again westminster and the culture here is under - and the culture here is under scrutiny. earlierthe and the culture here is under scrutiny. earlier the defence secretary ben wallace talked about the long hours, the some say yes, it is. a female mp has come forward to bbc wales to describe an incident where she says she was a senior labour mp, a member of the shadow cabinet had told her she was a vote winner because women wanted to be her friend winner because women wanted to be herfriend and men
winner because women wanted to be her friend and men wanted to sleep with her, although we are told the language used was stronger. sir keir starmer said he was deeply concerned to hear this, he wants to get to the bottom of that. the attorney general has been speaking about this today as well. she said she didn't think there was a pervasive culture but she was critical of what she described as a small minority of male mps and she did stress she was talking about male mps who she said were out of order and behaved like animals. the prime minister's spokesman said there was a lot to do to improve the culture in parliament and some of the recent reports shocking. he didn't report comment on reports of that mp watching pornography in the commons, that should be referred to the independent process for investigating misconduct. helen catt, investigating misconduct. helen catt. thank _ investigating misconduct. helen catt, thank you. _ england s worst performing mental health trust has been told it must improve after failing another inspection. the norfolk and suffolk nhs foundation trust has again been rated inadequate by the care quality
commission. the trust has apologised, but local campaigners claim at least 1,000 lives have been lost because of poor services — and that more are at risk. our health correspondent sophie hutchinson reports. abigail henry loves performing in the privacy of her own bedroom but she struggles with her mental health and has attempted suicide many times. it's got to be about 15 times that her life has seriously been in danger. her mum say things got worse when the trust stopped mental health support in the community and last year abigail was rushed to the hospital with an overdose but rather than being treated in a psychiatric unit she ended up being sedated in intensive care.— intensive care. there wasn't any beds available _ intensive care. there wasn't any beds available locally _ intensive care. there wasn't any beds available locally and - intensive care. there wasn't any beds available locally and so - intensive care. there wasn't any. beds available locally and so they kept her under sedation for six days
because the intensive care unit was the only safe place to keep her. abigail's care comes under the norfolk and suffolk mental health trust, the worst performing trust in the country. today, hospital inspectors rated it inadequate once again. they found that care on the psychiatric ward for children and young people had deteriorated so severely it had to be closed to new admissions. that support in the community for children and young people and adults was inadequate. and that crisis care was so poor it was putting patients at risk. local campaigners and bereaved families estimate over the past nine years 1000 patients have died unnecessarily. caroline aldridge's son tim was bipolar and had complex needs. he died in 2014 while waiting for an appointment at the age of 30. ifind it really for an appointment at the age of 30. i find it really heartbreaking to sit with people who are newly bereaved and people find their way to me and hear their stories of how they've just lost someone really
precious to them and know that that was utterly preventable. i precious to them and know that that was utterly preventable.— was utterly preventable. i continue to apologise _ was utterly preventable. i continue to apologise for — was utterly preventable. i continue to apologise for people _ was utterly preventable. i continue to apologise for people who - was utterly preventable. i continue to apologise for people who have l was utterly preventable. i continue l to apologise for people who have not -ot to apologise for people who have not got the _ to apologise for people who have not got the service they want. that's not the _ got the service they want. that's not the reason why any of us come into work_ not the reason why any of us come into work every day. i don't want to put forward — into work every day. i don't want to put forward excuses of why that's the case, — put forward excuses of why that's the case, i— put forward excuses of why that's the case, i want to absolutely focus on what _ the case, i want to absolutely focus on what do — the case, i want to absolutely focus on what do we need to do now to make this better— on what do we need to do now to make this better so _ on what do we need to do now to make this better so people get the services _ this better so people get the services they are entitled to. this is the fourth _ services they are entitled to. this is the fourth time _ services they are entitled to. this is the fourth time in _ services they are entitled to. ti 3 is the fourth time in eight years that the norfolk and suffolk trust has been rated inadequate, time and time again efforts to improve care have failed. there are now undoubtedly big questions for ministers hear about the trust's future and about how long it can be allowed to keep putting patients at risk. ., ~ ,,, ., ,, ., ,, risk. howe, mr speaker, can i make it clear to the _ risk. howe, mr speaker, can i make it clear to the secretary _ risk. howe, mr speaker, can i make it clear to the secretary of _ risk. howe, mr speaker, can i make it clear to the secretary of state - it clear to the secretary of state for health that enough is enough and that he must take direct control of this failing service, provide emergency funding to do so, and rebuild it from the bottom up with
patience and hard working dedicated staff who work in the service. inspectors say they'll return to the trust in the next few months and one if there is no improvement further action will be taken. sophie hutchinson, bbc news. our top story this lunchtime... on a visit to ukraine the un secretary general antonio guterres has called war in the 21st century an absurdity and "evil". still to come on the programme. the company that's got high hopes of making flying car a reality. coming up in the sports in the next 15 minutes on the bbc news channel, we'll have the latest from the semifinals at the world snooker championship. judd trump, one of fourformer champions, in action at the crucible theatre in sheffield. severe toothache is forcing some children in england to take time off school, because they haven't been able to
get an appointment with a dentist. 40 million fewer appointments took place during the pandemic, according to the british dental association. now one school in west yorkshire is relying on a charity to help their pupils. our correspondent luxmy gopal reports. jenna is popping out of lessons to visit the dentist... ..in a van at her school. hi, jenna, how are you? good. and you? she has an abscess and needs fillings. it was constantly painful and, like, i couldn't sleep. i would put something cold on, like, to try to ease the pain. it affected my learning because there were a constant pain and i couldn't concentrate. some pupils here have had such severe toothache they've had to miss days of school.
we've had to take students to the hospital because the tooth decay has been that bad. having to intervene at this level is taking resources away from the rest of the school. and, like i say, frustration when it doesn't really feel it should fall with schools. the school brought in the charity dentaid, which operates mobile surgeries inside a van run by dentist volunteers. after screening all 800 pupils, the team discovered that one in ten needed treatment. we've seen a lot of children with high carious problems, they've got a lot of holes in their teeth and they need to have some teeth removed. the charity dentaid was originally set up to help people in developing countries, but demand for its services here in the uk has increased over the past few years, made a lot worse by the pandemic. the british dental association says the pandemic has led to a backlog of more than 12.5 million nhs dentist appointments for children in england. around 1,000 dentists left the nhs
in england last year. that's an 8% drop in the total workforce. all of this could be prevented by a joined up approach by government input and improving services within the nhs. we shouldn't have to rely on a charity to provide levels of basic healthcare in a 21st—century country. the department of health says it provided unprecedented support for nhs dentists during the pandemic, is tackling the covid backlog and says there were nearly 300 more dentists registered last december than the previous year. it's no long—term fix, but at least for now, the charity is ensuring these children's dental issues aren't leaving them in pain and aren't hurting their education. luxmy gopal, bbc news, sowerby bridge. the conservative mpjamie wallis has been charged with failing to stop following a road traffic collision and driving without due care and attention. south wales police has been
investigating a collision which happened in cowbridge in november. mr wallis is scheduled to appear before cardiff magistrates' court in may. the labour mp liam byrne has been found to have bullied a now former member of staff, and will be suspended from the commons for two days. an investigation found the former cabinet minister and mp for birmingham hodge hill ostracised a then assistant, after a minor office dispute. mr byrne said he had apologised and was "profoundly sorry". sainsbury�*s, the uk's second biggest supermarket, has reported a big recovery in annual profits — they've more than doubled as the company benefited from a boom in grocery sales during the pandemic. but the chain has added that tougher times lie ahead, as the cost of goods continues to rise. our business correspondent emma simpson is with me. what has sainsbury�*s been saying? clearly they had a good year but
they have been warning about significant external pressures and uncertainties ahead. that's shorthand, of course, for the soaring costs in every part of the food supply chain and of course the squeeze that's now under way on household incomes. that covid boom you mentioned is ebbing away, shopping patterns are getting back to normal. sainsbury�*s says it's also absorbing some of the costs of this inflation to stay competitive as its ceo, simon roberts, explained to me this morning. well, clearly we've got above all else to do the best job we can for our customers and that's why we expect profits this year to be lower than last year. we're going to be really investing to make sure that we keep our prices low and saving as much as we can in how we run our business so again we can invest in lower prices. it's one of the things we've been doing over the last 18 months. tesco and morrisons have also said that profits will be lower and here's a thing, prices are going up
everywhere but there is a battle in the supermarket aisles on the everyday essentials to try and keep prices as low as possible, because of course food price inflation hasn't been this high since a decade ago and back then the big four but the prices that can be in much and allowed aldi and lidl to steal customers and they can't afford for that to happen this time round, so that to happen this time round, so thatis that to happen this time round, so that is why the supermarkets, the main supermarkets, are really trying to absorb as much as they can. but it's a really tricky balancing act because of course today, you had unilever saying, that's the company behind some big brands like dove and domestos, putting up prices by 8% but that lead to customers buying fewer products.— but that lead to customers buying fewer roducts. . ,, , . ,, fewer products. emma simpson, thank ou. the government has released a white paper about its plans to privatise channel 4. they say the plans will allow the broadcaster to raise funds
in a way that it can't do at the moment as an nationalised organisation. channel 4 is currently funded by advertising but is publicly owned — it says it's disappointment by the plans. the prince of wales and the duchess of cornwall have visited the bbc�*s headquarters here at broadcasting house this morning. prince charles and camilla met staff to mark the 90th anniversary of the bbc world service. they were shown how the bbc is maintaning operations across ukraine, russia and afghanistan in order to provide first—hand reports from conflicts. ben stokes is the new captain of the england men's cricket team. he's been appointed by the england and wales cricket board to succeed joe root, and becomes the team's 81st captain. here's our sports correspondentjoe wilson. the man approaching is the cricketer who stepped back from his sport last year to restore his well—being. the man who is now england captain. it's ben stokes. well, he does everything. there was his trial.
he was cleared of affray in 2018 after the brawl in bristol. there was his monumental innings to beat australia the following summer at headingley. ben stokes. he was sports personality of the year. stokes is unquestionably england's best all—round cricketer, but is being captain too, too much? well, here's a man who led england in 32 test matches. originally i would have said that ben is so important to the team just as a figure, as a presence in that dressing room. i think now there are two things. one, he is more mature, and i know he's had problems in the last couple of years and hopefully, we all hope he's through those completely. he's done thejob in bits and pieces. he's done it temporarily before. he's captained the one—day side. and he's looked good doing it. so i think and hope he's ready for it. each cricket generation produces a charismatic all—rounder. ian botham was captain briefly — didn't work. the same goes for andrew flintoff. free spirits can be
restrained by responsibility. england need ben stokes at his very best. he's got the respect of the dressing room. he has been a leader in that for the last however long he's been in it, almost coming in as a young man he was someone that people follow. he's not one of these great players who just goes off and does his own thing, he is someone that's constantly thinking about the people around him and how he can make them better, and i think they're alljust great traits for being a captain, really. to haul england up from rock bottom — after all ben stokes has done, his hardest work starts now. joe wilson, bbc news. now, are flying cars just a sci—fi fantasy? or could they one day be lifting off to appear in our daily lives? a dutch company that makes them has set up a base at coventry airport — phil mackie reports. for as long as there have been cars and planes, someone's been trying to combine the two. this italian model was built in the 1940s. the trouble is they've never
been really practical, but now things could be about to change. so we have to stop dreaming and we're now at the very last stage of processing the regulations within permissions for flight with this vehicle. so it's getting so close. the pal—v liberty is made by a dutch company which is nearing the end of the long process to get everything licensed and approved. the question is, who's going to buy one. well, they've already got lots of orders. this is the fastest way to become a pilot so there's always a small james bond seat in every heart of every guy and every girl, so that's where we are selling to. it takes less than ten minutes to turn it from a plane to a car. you could land it at any airfield and then drive home. if you want to buy one of these it's going to cost you 300,000 euros. sounds a lot, but probably a snip if you want to be at the forefront of what they're promising will be a new motoring and aviation revolution. you'll need a private pilots licence but you can learn both here in coventry and in oxford.