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tonight — hundreds of men, women and children are still trapped in the steel plant in the southern ukrainian city of mariupol, after a ceasefire breaks down. those who managed to get out safely yesterday say living conditions in the plant were brutal. translation: for a month we are eating, over 40 - of us, six food tins. we boiled two buckets of soup out of them, and that was it for the whole day. we'll bring you the latest on the evacuation attempts. also tonight. a record 2.7 million people were referred for cancer checks last year but nhs england say at least 30,000 people are still waiting to start treatment. at least 350 people crossing
the channel on boats have been brought ashore in the past two days, according to witnesses and officialfigures. reunited after two years — new zealand relaxes further its strict pandemic rules and welcomes more international visitors. good evening from the ukrainian capital kyiv. the attempts to evacuate more civilians from the devastated city of mariupol have stalled. ukrainian officials say russia has ended a ceasefire and is blocking humanitarian corridors. hundreds of women and children are still trapped in bunkers beneath the city's huge steelworks, alongside tens of thousands of civilians elsewhere in mariupol.
ukrainian fighters are still holding out at the azovstal steelworks, where they are besieged by russian troops. the ukrainian military says russia resumed its bombardment there shortly after yesterday's successful evacuation of about 100 people from the plant. 0ur correspondent laura bicker reports. a short break to feel grass under theirfeet, after weeks a short break to feel grass under their feet, after weeks of concrete. the survivors from mariupol are allowed a break in the long awaited journey away from the front line. for a month we are eating, over a0 of us, six food tins. we boiled two buckets of soup out of them and that was it for the whole day.— was it for the whole day. there is no house any _ was it for the whole day. there is no house any more. _ was it for the whole day. there is no house any more. of _ was it for the whole day. there is no house any more. of course i was it for the whole day. there is i no house any more. of course there
isn't _ no house any more. of course there isn't. , , ., ., isn't. this is mariupol after two months of _ isn't. this is mariupol after two months of war. _ isn't. this is mariupol after two months of war. heinz, play - months of war. heinz, play parks and cafes are now child and blasted rulings. tens of thousands of people are thought to have died. many of the survivors came here, the azovstal steel plant. as the city fell, pounded into smouldering ashes, ukrainianfighters fell, pounded into smouldering ashes, ukrainian fighters used the underground chambers to stay and fight. underground chambers to stay and fiuht. , ,., fight. there were five very powerful bomb shelters _ fight. there were five very powerful bomb shelters that _ fight. there were five very powerful bomb shelters that according - fight. there were five very powerful bomb shelters that according to - bomb shelters that according to soviet standards at the time could withstand a direct nuclear strike. all people, if they were injured during the bombing, could come to us. we thought it was possible we would be shelled, but we did not expect such a genocide and such an inhumane war. for expect such a genocide and such an inhumane war.— expect such a genocide and such an inhumane war. ., ., . inhumane war. for weeks, women and children lived — inhumane war. for weeks, women and children lived in _ inhumane war. for weeks, women and children lived in these _ inhumane war. for weeks, women and children lived in these maze-like - children lived in these maze—like tunnels. they use them as a refuge. appeals to get them out were ignored until now. yesterday, for the first
time in more than 60 days, they clambered out of their dark refuge and were led through the rubble out of what many had described as hell. this is where they will come. 0thers this is where they will come. others have made it out of mariupol today after scrambling for parts to rebuild their wrecked car. daniel was living on a tug boat. we were brinuain was living on a tug boat. we were bringing food _ was living on a tug boat. we were bringing food from _ was living on a tug boat. we were bringing food from the _ was living on a tug boat. we were bringing food from the tug - was living on a tug boat. we were i bringing food from the tug boat. the russians had been assaulting people for ten days and we had been sheltering. we couldn't even raise our heads. it was scary to be there. this car park is a crossroads. after days of terror and chaos, there is help, but the lives and city each one of these people once knew is now gone. mariupol officials told us the steel plant was bombed not long after those civilians left. we don't know
what the hold—up getting them here has been but that road from mariupol is pretty difficult and we understand parts of it have been reduced to rubble as well as having to go through a number of russian checkpoints. meanwhile, talks are continuing to try to get out several hundred people still trapped in the plant including, we understand, 20 children. but those negotiations are proving to be difficult. thank you, laura. the ukrainian military says its continuing to prevent russian forces from advancing in parts of the donbas region in the east of this country. the town of lysychansk is besieged on three sides by russian troops. most of the town's residents have fled. those who are still there are living in desperate conditions, with constant russian shelling. andrew harding sent this report. the russians are getting closer. their missiles landing
to our left and right, as we take the last road into lysychansk. a farming town under siege. we are following a ukrainian army medic. pointing out the town's latest lacerations. look here. he is taking us closer to the front lines, to a hidden base from where his teams scoop up casualties. yes, every day, it is blood, blood, blood, blood. the russians are making a big push now. yeah. very, very. so the fighting is getting a lot worse now? yeah, very extreme, very extreme and very danger. the army have taken over the local hospital. a soldier is brought in by ambulance with a head wound. his injuries are severe, says the medic. there is not much hope for him.
upstairs, a sombre silence on the wards. you can see here the impact of this intense russian bombardment, which we are still hearing outside now, in fact. room after room of young men with concussion. faces dazed and haunted. "i've got three young children," he says. "i wish the shelling would just stop. "we have all watched our brothers die in front of us." so, what do this town's torments tell us about the wider war in eastern ukraine? there are signs that russian troops are being methodical and therefore perhaps more effective in their offensive in this region. they are pushing slowly forwards against this town and a dozen others in the donbas region. but there is still no sign that the kremlin's forces are about to deliver some kind of knockout blow.
even here, a few civilians cling on. these parents saying they can't afford to flee. and nine—year—old masha is trying to take it all in her stride. speaks ukrainian you're not scared? speaks ukrainian she says, "because i'm the oldest girl, i'm not scared." good for you. inevitably, those left behind here have moved underground. this couple still wait for good news from their radio. speaks ukrainian so, they are disagreeing here. she wants to go, but has no means of getting out. her husband wants to stay.
"have you seen what's happened here? "i don't know if we'll survive this," she says, voicing the fear that now hangs over this whole region. andrew harding, bbc news, lysychansk. just to bring you some news breaking in the last hour or so. uefa have announced a series of bans for russian football teams because of the war here in ukraine. russia won't be allowed to bid to host the men's euros in 2028 and 2032, and no russian clubs can compete in european competitions next season. the women's team will be able to play in the european championship injuly and can't qualify for next year's world cup. that's the latest from me and the team here in ukraine — back to you in the studio, victoria, with the rest of the news.
a record 2.7 million people were referred for cancer checks in the last year, according to nhs england. it comes after a dramatic fall during the pandemic. but senior doctors say while progress is being made in seeing more patients, at least 30,000 people in england are still waiting to start their treatment. dominic hughes reports. the earlier cancer is detected, the better the chances of a good outcome. that's why the drop—off in referrals at the height of the pandemic caused so much concern. doctors knew there were thousands of people who had cancer who were not being identified or treated. the real challenge we have with cancer is that it's critical that we are able to diagnose it early enough. if we diagnose cancer early, it gives us the best chance of finding curative treatment or the best options for patients, and that's critical to improving cancer survival. the latest data shows how,
as covid pressures have eased, cancer referrals have bounced back. nearly 2.7 million people have been referred for cancer care in the past year. that's an increase of 16% on pre—pandemic levels. but while there has been progress, around 30,000 people are still waiting to start treatment, a legacy of the pandemic. we know the pandemic has disrupted cancer care, but the nhs is working absolutely as hard as we can and going as fast as we can to recover the backlogs that have been created. nobody in the nhs wants to see potential cancer patients not being treated. that's why we are expanding community diagnostics, that's why we're ensuring that we get through as many treatment cases as we possibly can. 0ne—stop shops for tests, mobile clinics and telephone hotlines have been setup to work through the backlog. but a shortage of qualified and trained cancer specialists and radiologists who can interpret scams remains a big stumbling block.
scans remains a big stumbling block. charities warn this is perhaps the most pressing issue, but it could take years to resolve. dominic hughes, bbc news. more than 100 people have been brought ashore by the border force and lifeboats after trying to cross the english channel in small boats. yesterday, more than 250 people made the journey, the first arrivals for 11 days. simonjones is in dover this evening. simon, why have so many people come in the last couple of days? well, i think it is largely down to the weather. this is the area in dover where people are brought when they are picked up in the channel. today for a second day it has been very calm at sea so for the second day we have seen a large number of people arrive, we have seen women and children being brought ashore but largely it has been groups of young men. numbers for today have yet to be confirmed by the ministry of defence but i think the figure is likely to be similar to those we saw
yesterday, if not higher, when we saw 250 people make the crossing. ultimately, this is largely down to the weather, because we haven't seen any crossings previously for ii any crossings previously for 11 days. but today it has been calm, there have been crossings yesterday, yesterday there were crossings but the ten or ii yesterday there were crossings but the ten or 11 previous days it wasn't calm and there were no crossings at all. in three days' time, polls will open for elections across much of the uk. voters are struggling with a cost of living crisis, the impact of war in ukraine, and what to make of lockdown parties in downing street, but it'll be local issues that will take prominence. 0ur deputy political editor vicki young explains what elections are taking place, and where. may's elections will see votes taking place in each of the uk nations. it's been four or five years since most seats were contested and quite a lot has changed since then. the uk was still in the eu. theresa may was prime minister, jeremy corbyn was labour leader, arlene foster led the dup
and carwynjones was first minister in wales. coronavirus wasn't a word many of us were familiar with. but many of the issues relevant to local elections remain the same, from care for the elderly to bin collections, road maintenance and access to libraries. so let's run through where votes are taking place. we'll start in northern ireland, where 90 mlas will be elected to the assembly. these are the results from 2017, the dup winning one more seat than sinn fein. now, recent polls have put sinn fein in the lead and if they win the most seats, they would get to nominate a first minister for the first time. in england, 1a6 councils are being contested. that includes all 32 london boroughs, plus most other big towns and cities. not many elections in rural areas, so labour are defending most seats. the liberal democrats are hoping to make gains this year. there are also a handful of mayoral elections. in 2018, labour and the conservatives were pretty
level in overall national share in england. this is one of the best ways to measure how recent events have affected voters. in scotland, every local authority, 32 in total, is up for election. last time, the snp retained its position as the largest party in terms of votes and councillors. the conservatives, under ruth davidson then, displaced labour as the second largest party. it will be interesting to watch what happens to that conservative vote this time round. now, in wales, all 22 local authorities are being contested. in 2017, labour suffered losses, but still won the most seats and the most councils. the tories made gains, but were still behind plaid ncymru. also, these will be the first local elections in wales in which 16 and 17—year—olds can vote. so that's where it's all happening. there's plenty more information about elections in your local area. bbc.co.uk/news is, as ever, the address you need.
ronnie 0'sullivan's hopes of winning a record equalling seventh world snooker title are in the balance. starting the day 12—5 ahead, 0'sullivan had his lead pinned back byjudd trump to 1a—11, taking the match into the evening session, as jane dougall reports. ronnie 0'sullivan! with the crucible crowd behind him and needing just six frames, ronnie 0'sullivan had the chance to take the world title early for a record equalling seventh time. but even the best make mistakes. time. but even the best make mistakes-— time. but even the best make mistakes. , ., . ., . ., mistakes. this is a half chance for dad to get — mistakes. this is a half chance for dad to get going- _ mistakes. this is a half chance for dad to get going. that _ mistakes. this is a half chance for dad to get going. that is - mistakes. this is a half chance for dad to get going. that is all - mistakes. this is a half chance for| dad to get going. that is all trump needed. dad to get going. that is all trump needed- eager _ dad to get going. that is all trump needed. eager to _ dad to get going. that is all trump needed. eager to make _ dad to get going. that is all trump needed. eager to make up - dad to get going. that is all trump needed. eager to make up for - dad to get going. that is all trump needed. eager to make up for his. needed. eager to make up for his earlier errors, the 2019 winners stormed to the century and the first frame of the session. his confidence going, trump went on to take the next two, and it was 12—8. but champions never give up. this is
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it's been two years ofjust wondering if and when, never knowing if the moment was even going to come. so pleased to finally be able to get down here. to actually hold this little precious bundle. we missed his brother's wedding as well, because of covid, - because we couldn't come, so it was very hard. - it's very good to be back. i'm sorry! amazing, yeah. the older you get, the more family becomes important, and i'm getting old and family is becoming very, very important. singing in maori that's it. we're back with the late news at 10pm. now on bbc one, it's time for the news where you are. have a good evening.
hello. this is bbc news. let's get more now on the news that more than 350 migrants have crossed the english channel in small boats in the past two days, following 11 days without any crossings. the government is hoping that its plan to send migrants to rwanda will deter them from attempting the crossing. steve valdez—symonds, who's refugee and migrants rights director at amnesty uk says he doesn't think the rwanda migration policy will work in the long term. in terms of whether it is having any impact, i think it is far too early to say what the impact may be. i do think, in terms of crossings, it is far more likely that the immediate impact on crossings is to do with the weather, and i would expect there will be larger numbers of people trying to cross, given a number of days in which nobody