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this is bbc news with the latest headlines. finland says it will apply for nato membership in response to russia's invasion of ukraine — sweden is also expected to apply. their membership in nato would increase our shared security, demonstrate that nato�*s door is open, and that aggression does not pay. british military intelligence assessment suggests russia may have lost a third of its ground forces since the start of its invasion of ukraine. president biden says america must do all it can to end hate—filled domestic terrorism — after ten people are killed in a shooting in buffalo. the uk government says it wouldn't be deterred from taking action over post—brexit trading arrangements
in northern ireland to try to help restore power—sharing at stormont. and, a triumphant ukraine wins the eurovision song contest — after claiming the popular vote. finland's government has announced it will apply to join nato. its parliament is expected to approve the application within days. sweden is likely to do the same. nato foreign ministers, who are meeting in berlin, say they want a rapid accession because of the crisis in ukraine. the secretary general of nato, jens stoltenberg, welcomed finland's application, and said it would increase nato�*s shared security. president putin has already called finland's move "a mistake." from berlin, our europe
correspondent, nick beake, reports. a fresh aerial attack lights the sky above the besieged mariupol steelworks. this is where the last of the city's defenders have been holed up, a final ukrainian stand against a relentless russian bombardment. but as well as by land and by sea, russia continues its assault from the air, focusing its fight on the donbas region. here in the german capital, foreign ministers from nato countries shoulder—to—shoulder, pledging support for ukraine. and now preparing to welcome two new members with finland confirming today it will seek to join the alliance. we have reached today an important decision in good cooperation between the government and the president of the republic. we hope that the parliament will confirm the decision to apply for nato membership during the coming days.
it will be based on a strong mandate. the uk is among the countries giving their full backing. we were very pleased to be joined by our friends, finland and sweden. if they do apply to join nato, the uk is strongly supportive of that. sweden and finland joining the western military alliance is not just about the symbolism of two more flags being planted here. it would double the length of the land borders between russia and nato countries. it's the sort of expansion vladimir putin was desperate to avoid. but turkey has said it could block any enlargement, although its foreign minister has been stressing solidarity this weekend and prompting hopes any opposition could be overcome. nick beake, bbc news, berlin. lets hear a bit more from jens stoltenberg at that news conference
in at the last hour. if they decide to apply, this would be a historic moment. their membership in nato would increase our shared security, demonstrate that nato's door is open, and that aggression does not pay. today, allies discussed our strong support for ukraine, the further strengthening of nato's deterrence and the longer term implications of the war, including our future stance towards russia. russia's war in ukraine is not going as moscow had planned. they have failed to take kyiv. they are pulling back from around kharkiv. their major offensive in donbas has stalled.
russia is not achieving its strategic objectives. president putin wants ukraine defeated, nato down, north america and europe divided. but ukraine stands, nato is stronger than ever, europe and north america are solidly united. our correspondent, maddy savage, is in stockholm and has been telling me about discussions taking place there about possible nato membership. there have been talks going on throughout the weekend. the executive board of the ruling social democrat party, they are the ones who will make the final decision on whether the party will support a policy shift in favour ofjoining nato. all signs suggest that is what is to happen but we won't know until a couple of hours from now.
if the party formally says it is happy withjoining nato, then i think we could be on quite a rapid process towards the application beginning. there is already a debate scheduled for parliament on monday and most of the opposition parties are strongly in favour ofjoining nato. according to swedish media, that could mean sweden puts its bid in formally in just the next couple of days. we will have to wait to see whether the ruling party are definitely going to go ahead with that policy shift. a policy shift, hugely significant of course. just how quickly this turnaround in lots of public sentiment has been also. this would have been unthinkable six months ago, but following russia's invasion of ukraine, opinion polls have really indicated a rise in support forjoining nato. not so much here in
sweden as in finland. just under 50% in a recent opinion poll suggesting they would like to join nato. that is compared to about 30% at the end of last year. there is a feeling among supporters ofjoining nato that it would enable sweden to feel more secure, that it would enhance the security situation across northern europe. that was also the conclusion of a cross—party group of politicians in parliament who reported back on friday. they concluded that membership would not be likely to provoke a military attack from russia in the imminent time and that it would improve security. ministers on friday did not come out formally from the social democrats saying whether they supported joining nato or not. but they said they would after the party announcement a little bit later. i think people would be very surprised
if there was not that shift. that said, there are those here who feel that sweden, a country who has been at peace for more than two centuries, has always had a reputation for being a very neutral place, would in some ways really shift its identity if it chose to become a member of this currently 30 strong military alliance. so it would be a very historic moment if sweden decide to jump in. in the last hour, the us secretary of state antony blinken has been talking at the nato meeting in berlin. here's what he said about sweden and finland's application to join the alliance. nato's unified response, which we affirmed once more today, will continue. allies were joined here in berlin by the foreign ministers of sweden and finland. both countries are close and valued defence partners of nato and the united states. the united states would strongly support a nato application by either sweden or finland, should they choose to formally apply to the alliance.
we'll respect whatever decision they make. we've long supported nato's open door policy and the right of all countries to decide their own futures, their policies, their security arrangements. the ministry of defence says russia is likely to have lost a third of the ground combat forces it committed to the invasion. the intelligence assessment said the russian offensive had stalled and fallen behind schedule. overnight, a russian missile strike hit the western region of lviv, from wherejoe inwood reports. it was last nightjust as the sounds of the celebration of ukraine's eurovision victory were dying down. they were replaced by the sounds of air raid sirens, not an unfamiliar sound in this part of the country. when we woke up we were told that six missiles, maybe more, had come over. two had been shot down, about four hit a military installation just near here. often when it is a military
target we are not told what happened but we know it was destroyed completely. the authority said there were no casualties however. let's move on to this military intelligence assessment that russia could have lost a third of its ground combat forces it has committed in this invasion. given what you have seen since you have been there, is it credible? absolutely. if you have seen some of the images coming out, for example, the satellite and drone images of the attempted russian crossing of the siverskyi donets river a few days ago, it should not come as much of a surprise. there were between 70—80 vehicles destroyed, tanks, armoured personnel carriers and trucks completely wiped out by artillery fire. it sounds a lot, a third, and it really is was that i think and it really is. i think it is extraordinary it is credible. they have lost a vast number of troops. with these things it is hard to know exactly the truth of the matter.
of course the british ministry of defence is not impartial matter, a lot of the damage done to russian forces has come from weaponry that they have provided. the full bloodied retreat from around kyiv and around kharkiv now, there have been a large number of military blunders, even disasters, for russia in this campaign. there are other areas where they have advance and succeeded, but in the main this has not been a successful campaign, either in tactics or strategy for the russians. professor michael clarke is the former director general of the royal united services institute, and now a fellow at king's college london. he said with conservative estimates of 15,000 russian soldiers already killed, it was likely that at least a third of russian ground troops were now out of action. normally, in a modern battle, for every dead soldier there are three wounded.
so if there are 15,000 dead, that is something like 40,000—45,000 wounded, so that is 60,000 troops off the battlefield one way or another. it looks as if about 60,000 of that original 180,000 have been taking off the field of battle. yes, they have lost about a third, which in conventional military calculations is pretty disastrous. given that is the disastrous state of play from a russian perspective right now, what do you expect them to do next? some commentators say that they have been surprised to see them effectively continuing with the same tactics. do you expect more of the same or will it be a change? in one sense, it has to be the same because they can't retrain whilst they are in the middle of a war. so, the inadequacies of their battle tactics, their inability to mix armour and infantry properly, particularly to mix the air and ground forces properly,
thatjust continues in any case. in terms of the offensive itself, the general in charge is trying to be more coherent. one of the reasons the ukrainians have recaptured areas right up to the russian border is because the russians have withdrawn. the battle group is around 15,000 — 20,000 troops, and they are not committed yet. they have got the troops they have withdrawn from kharkiv, plus these 15,000 in belgorod, who they will certainly feed into the offensive and at the donbas region. undoubtedly they are losing troops and equipment at the front of the offensive. what they want to try to do is get some momentum going forward and then feed in more troops to build on that
momentum, that is that next obvious tactic. given that, how do you think ukrainians should be preparing or responding to the feeding in of these increased troop numbers? they have got a choice to dig in as much as they can and go to toe with the russians, or to fall back, let the russians use up their ammunition and fuel, and essentially punch themselves out a bit and then counter attack. there is no right answer on how they should do it, that depends on circumstances. one thing the ukrainians will almost certainly do because of the victory in kharkiv is to try to keep cutting the russian communication lines. the russian main line of communication for this offensive offensive runs from belgorod, further eastwards into the northern anchor of this attempt to capture the donbas.
the other things the ulrainians will do... the ukrainians have effectively drawn a perimeter around kramatorsk and looks like they will try to make it into a fortress. the more time they gain themselves, the more chance they have of making that impenetrable. to the us now and the latest on that shooting which killed ten people. president biden says the united states must do everything in its power to end what he called hate—filled domestic terrorism. the shooting happened in a supermarket in the city of buffalo in new york state. most of the victims were black. an 18—year—old man, who's white, has been charged with murder in the first degree. from new york, nada tawfik reports. a busy grocery store in a predominantly black community — this was the shooter's intended target. the horror started immediately in the parking lot. as the gunman emerged from his car heavily armed
and wearing tactical gear, he shot four people, killing three of them. to eyewitnesses, it was clear he came to do maximum damage. when i first saw him shooting, he shot a woman, he shot a deacon, he shot another woman. and then, he went in the store and started shooting again. a retired buffalo police officer was working security, and shot the gunman. but he was unharmed because of his armour. the shooter then returned fire, killing the security guard. the entire horrific episode of people being killed in cold blood in the store was streamed live online. the suspect was taken into custody alive, after putting his gun to his neck and threatening to shoot himself. he has been identified as an 18—year—old white male, and has been charged with murder in the first degree. officials said evidence showed the attack was racially motivated. we are investigating this incident as both a hate crime,
and a case of racially motivated, violent extremism. a white supremacist who has engaged in an act of terrorism _ and will be prosecuted as such. in a cold—hearted, cruel, - calculating way, a military—style execution targeting people - who simply want to buy groceries. distraught community members have been gathering at the scene, trying to come to terms with the fact that a toxic mix of guns and racism has ended their neighbours' lives in an instant. nada tawfik, bbc news, new york. the headlines on bbc news: finland says it will apply for nato membership, in response to russia's invasion of ukraine. nato says the application would be an "historic move." a british military intelligence assessment suggests russia may have lost a third of its ground forces since the start of its
invasion of ukraine. president biden says america must do everything it can to end hate—filled domestic terrorism, after ten people are killed in a mass shooting in buffalo. sport and for a full round up from the bbc sport centre, here's holly hamilton. it's another fa cup final day, this time it's the women as holders chelsea attempt to claim the double after winning wsl title last weekend. and they took the lead — their goal came from mille bright's cross in the 33rd minute — city keeper ellie roebuck missed it and sam kerr bundled the ball in at the far post. it's the fourth consecutive final that she's scored in. but manchester city struck back before half time — an excellent goalfrom lauren hemp. this match is live on bbc one. let's get the latest from wembley —
this match is live on bbc one. they're just coming up to half—time. 55,000 expected — which would be record for english club game. first time these two powerhouses of women's football have met in the fa cup final. 1-1 at 1—1 at the minute. the second half coming on bbc one and on the bbc iplayer. back to the premier league now and tottenham have moved into the top four for the moment with a narrow 1—0 win over burnley. it was a penalty that settled it, given for a handball from ashley barnes on the stroke of halftime. referee kevin friend awarded the spot kick after consulting with var and having a second look. up stepped harry kane to slot the ball home, his 21st penalty in a row for spurs.
in to the champions league places then for the time being, with arsenal in action tomorrow. to stay in this race with the possibility of taking a place in the champions league, in england it means you're doing a really good job. my players are doing really good job. job. my players are doing really goodjob. i job. my players are doing really good job. i think to imagine this possibility in november was very, very difficult. my players that they followed me since my first day in tottenham. nobody in the 18 yard box has appealed for a penalty. you could go inside _ appealed fora penalty. you could go inside an_ appealed for a penalty. you could go inside an 18 — appealed for a penalty. you could go inside an 18 yard box and put a camera — inside an18 yard box and put a camera not— inside an 18 yard box and put a camera not there before the ball comes— camera not there before the ball comes in— camera not there before the ball comes in and you could properly pick up comes in and you could properly pick up 16— comes in and you could properly pick up 16 files _ comes in and you could properly pick up 16 files. that is a corner coming in at _ up 16 files. that is a corner coming in at your— up 16 files. that is a corner coming in at your 18 — up 16 files. that is a corner coming in at your 18 yard box. ijust don't
understand — in at your 18 yard box. ijust don't understand how far to go back. how far do— understand how far to go back. how far do you _ understand how far to go back. how far do you go back for every corner, every— far do you go back for every corner, every free _ far do you go back for every corner, every free kick? itjust doesn't make — every free kick? itjust doesn't make sense. liverpool fans will be watching the action at the london stadium very closely right now, where west ham lead manchester city 2—1, narrowing that gap at the top for the moment. also, if west ham win and go sixth, that moves manhcester united down to seventh. elsewhere this afternoon, in the battle to avoid the drop, leeds trail at home to brighton and everton could avoid relegation with a win later, thanks to burnley�*s slip up earlier. cricket australia said it was "shocked and saddened by the death of former australia cricketer andrew symonds who has died after being involved in a car crash. the 46—year—old all—rounder played 26 tests matches and nearly 200 one—day internationals between 1998 and 2009.
he won two 50—over world cups and was part of australia's ashes winning side in 2006—07. i was thinking on the way in affirming of the current australian team grew up with his poster on the wall. he certainly got kids playing cricket who wouldn't play cricket. he gelled communities in australia who didn't necessarily have to be cricket fans, just lovers of all things australia, which he represented. andrew symonds, who's died aged 46. iga swiatek has successfully defended her title at the rome 0pen, with a straight sets win in the final against 0ns jabeur. the world number one came through 6—2 6—2 to extend her winning streak to 28 matches. it also means she's won five tournaments in a row —
victory in rome following wins in doha, indian wells, miami and stuttgart. that's all the sport for now. you can the action on the bbc sport website. the uk government is preparing to introduce legislation to strip away parts of the protocol. the protocol agreed between the borisjohnson and the eu conference trade between northern ireland and at the eu after brexit. here is the business secretary. i don't think there's going to be a trade war, i don't think that's something that... they're talking about retaliation, they're talking about action they will take. there is a lot of talk, as we've seen over the last six years, the vote happened six years
ago, and there's been a lot of talk and a lot of threats about what the eu will or won't do. that's up to them. as far as i'm concerned, our primary the duty as the british government is to look after political stability in northern ireland, and if that means re—looking at the protocol, we absolutely have to do that. today is the final day of the royal windsor horse show. the queen who missed the state opening of parliament due to mobility issues is expected to attend along with other royals. let's join our correspondent helena wilkinson, who is at windsor for us this afternoon. i don't think we are going to find out whether the queen is meant to be coming until probably buy at the last minute. she had suffered from mobility issues but she did come to the horse show earlier this week. she looked happy, she sat in at the royal box enjoying the performances so it's very much how she will be here this evening. this evening will be the first event in thejubilee celebrations and it will be a huge event with around 500 horses, over 1000 performers taking part, and
some a—list celebrities, like dame helen mirren, will be here as part of the acting team. also tom cruse will be here as well. let's find out more about the horses themselves and the logistics. for those who don't know, what is your role here as horse master?— horse master? the main role is makin: horse master? the main role is making sure — horse master? the main role is making sure all _ horse master? the main role is making sure all the _ horse master? the main role is| making sure all the participating countries who bring horses to the uk will be able to arrive safely, we will be able to arrive safely, we will provide the stables and the veterinary care while they are staying. but then allow them to adjust to all that they surroundings. getting used to all the surroundings is quite important, because within days they are in the main arena, and with the lighting, the sound and the music. they have got to be used in those surroundings themselves. got to be used in those surroundings themselves— themselves. logistically, a huge oeration themselves. logistically, a huge operation for — themselves. logistically, a huge operation for you _ themselves. logistically, a huge operation for you in _ themselves. logistically, a huge operation for you in terms - themselves. logistically, a huge
operation for you in terms of- operation for you in terms of leading the horses. tell us what horses will be taking part in the spectacular event tonight. we have not the spectacular event tonight. we have got the republic— spectacular event tonight. we have got the republic are _ spectacular event tonight. we have got the republic are from _ spectacular event tonight. we have got the republic are from paris, - got the republic are from paris, they will be doing a display where they will be doing a display where they will be doing a display where they will show the period of costume. we have got the household cavalry, the musical ride and the mounted band. people will be used to those from trooping the colour. as well as the kings trip with the artillery guns. they will be lots of entertainment with the horses going around. not forgetting the younger elements, where we have got the pony club which will be taking in a good part of the show tonight. haifa club which will be taking in a good part of the show tonight. how long have ou part of the show tonight. how long have you been _ part of the show tonight. how long have you been planning _ part of the show tonight. how long have you been planning for - part of the show tonight. how long have you been planning for the - part of the show tonight. how long i have you been planning for the show this evening? this have you been planning for the show this evening?— this evening? this part of it has been going _ this evening? this part of it has been going very _ this evening? this part of it has been going very strong - this evening? this part of it has been going very strong over- this evening? this part of it hasj been going very strong over the this evening? this part of it has - been going very strong over the last year but as we have gotten closer we had been able to provide more people. those people had been any part of the show before but especially in the last team as it has been really full on. everyone
pulling together as a team. the hope is that her majesty _ pulling together as a team. the hope is that her majesty will _ pulling together as a team. the hope is that her majesty will be _ pulling together as a team. the hope is that her majesty will be able - pulling together as a team. the hope is that her majesty will be able to - is that her majesty will be able to attend the event earlier this evening. she was here earlier this week. what does it mean for you personally to be able to take part in something that will celebrate her reign? in something that will celebrate her reiun? ., ., . , in something that will celebrate her reiun? ., .,. , , ., in something that will celebrate her reiun? ., , , ., , reign? the monarchy has been a very close to me — reign? the monarchy has been a very close to me because _ reign? the monarchy has been a very close to me because i _ reign? the monarchy has been a very close to me because i was _ reign? the monarchy has been a very close to me because i was a - reign? the monarchy has been a very close to me because i was a member| close to me because i was a member of the household cavalry for 32 years. since leaving, i have been very close to royal windsor. i still get the chill on at the back of the net, the heroes will stand up. i'm sure everyone else and it will have that buzz as well. we are hoping she will be able to attend tonight and we will make sure we put a good performance on.— we will make sure we put a good performance on. that performance will be lies — performance on. that performance will be lies on _ performance on. that performance will be lies on the _ performance on. that performance will be lies on the television - performance on. that performance will be lies on the television at - will be lies on the television at this evening, it starts at 8:15pm tonight. it was raining quite a bit early on tonight, it is just starting to rain now, but hopefully it will be clear out later on for what is promised to be a spectacular performance. the hope is that her majesty will be able to come and watch a show.
to the eurovision song contest now. ukraine says it hopes to be able to host it next year after the country's emotional win in last night's final in italy. their entry, the kalush 0rchestra, topped the leaderboard after winning the popular vote. sam ryder, the uk's entry, finished second but lead after the jury votes with his song, space man. 0ur correspondent, mark lowen, sent this report from turin. in the end, they had it all. the sound, the sympathy, the success. ukraine's carnage 0rchestra went into eurovision is a favourite with a fork and hip—hop anthem to their lead singer's mother. now an anthem for their country, with one member staying home to fight. it is i
almost went the uk's way. sam ryder�*s space man hoping to take his country to the galaxy of winners for the first time in 25 years. 183 oints! the first time in 25 years. 183 points! but — the first time in 25 years. 183 points! but as _ the first time in 25 years. 183 points! but as the _ the first time in 25 years. 183 points! but as the public- the first time in 25 years. 183. points! but as the public votes the first time in 25 years. 183 - points! but as the public votes came in, he was brought _ points! but as the public votes came in, he was brought down _ points! but as the public votes came in, he was brought down to - points! but as the public votes came in, he was brought down to earth, . in, he was brought down to earth, and ukraine's star shone bright. all the way to kyiv, where the winning song warmed hearts broken by war. this meant so much more than music or eurovision kitsch. it was a continent rallying behind a country in darkness, defending is a european identity. we in darkness, defending is a european identi . ~ ., ., , ., identity. we won here in eurovision. now, it's like _ identity. we won here in eurovision. now, it's like we _ identity. we won here in eurovision. now, it's like we will _ identity. we won here in eurovision. now, it's like we will win _ identity. we won here in eurovision. now, it's like we will win also - identity. we won here in eurovision. now, it's like we will win also the i
now, it's like we will win also the war with russia. all that europe is with others, and it was feeling like we are all together. in ukraine, we have war, it is not i time to have fun, but we need to have fun, we need to live and we need to have understanding and feeling of love. backin understanding and feeling of love. back in turin, sore heads but pride for the brits. has sam's restores your faith in the for the brits. has sam's restores yourfaith in the uk eurovision at dream? your faith in the uk eurovision at dream? ., , , , , dream? hopefully this is the beginning — dream? hopefully this is the beginning of— dream? hopefully this is the beginning of something - dream? hopefully this is the beginning of something and | dream? hopefully this is the i beginning of something and we dream? hopefully this is the - beginning of something and we will continue _ beginning of something and we will continue to have success. gur continue to have success. our country and — continue to have success. our country and the _ continue to have success. our country and the rest - continue to have success. our country and the rest of europe starts — country and the rest of europe starts to— country and the rest of europe starts to take _ country and the rest of europe starts to take us _ country and the rest of europe starts to take us seriously- country and the rest of europe . starts to take us seriously again! italy history _ starts to take us seriously again! italy history quite _ starts to take us seriously again! italy history quite the _ starts to take us seriously again! italy history quite the party - starts to take us seriously again! | italy history quite the party here, there was politics too, with russia kicked out for taking europe back to war. but last night at least there was room for fun. war. but last night at least there was room forfun. and so war. but last night at least there was room for fun. and so the war. but last night at least there was room forfun. and so the hopes of bringing peace and eurovision to ukraine next year, though for now in doubt. but europe is dancing to ukraine's tune, and...
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