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tv   Our World  BBC News  May 29, 2022 3:30am-4:01am BST

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this is bbc news, the headlines: france and germany have urged president putin to engage in peace talks as russia continues its ukranian offensive in the donbas. the russian ambassador to the uk has told the bbc that moscow will not use tactical nuclear weapons in the battle for ukraine. president biden has renewed his appealfor tighter gun controls, following the texas elementary school shooting. mr biden is due to visit the town of uvalde — where 19 children and two teachers were killed — as the families prepare for the first of this week's funerals. real madrid have won the champions league final, after a 1—0 victory over
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liverpool in paris. the spanish team took the title for a record 14th time. kick off was delayed by 30 minutes, as fans struggled to get into the stade de france. more than 60 people were arrested. now on bbc news, our world. on the 24th of february, russian president vladimir putin ordered a military invasion of neighbouring ukraine. reporter: russian troops i are closing in on the capital, and in the last few hours multiple exposures have been reported. the invasion triggered the largest refugee crisis in europe since the second world war, almost 6 million ukrainians have fled the country. reporter: more than half - of those who have left are now in poland, where local people are providing accommodation, food and other support. reporter: the population | of warsaw is nearly at nearly
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20% in just two weeks. the mayor saying they can't handle the millions more that are expected to come here into poland. we are at capacity, we cannot accept another wave of hundreds of thousands of refugees in just one city, alone. we spent time with the city's mayor, rafal trzaskowski, as well as refugees and volunteers living through the crisis. i need to help the refugees in this tragic situation, but we need a system. we cannot do it alone, we cannot improvise any more.
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the mayor had invited a group of local and geo leaders to his office to discuss the city's response to the influx of refugees.
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just a month ago, five weeks ago, poland was 120th when it came to countries supporting refugees, now we are the second in the world, and we might become the first in the world. warsaw is overwhelmed, we have more than 300,000 ukrainians in warsaw alone, and over 600,000 passed through my city, a city of 2 million. there are no refugees on the streets of polish cities because they're in our homes. people simply opened their hearts and opened their homes to our ukrainian friends. since the war began, zofia has been co—ordinating housing for refugees.
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her parents have opened up their home to a ukrainian family. it's a mix of polish and russian because i don't speak russian but i am trying to learn. they have been staying with my parents for two weeks and a half. they're from kharkiv, so kind of one of the worst places you can come from. they are less and less housing opportunities and more and more people coming, and also more and more people coming who don't know what's next. it's impossible to find apartments for larger families these days, which are affordable for ukrainians. and, yeah, they have no
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idea what to do here, how to — where to send their children to school, what work they can do, you know? but, ukrainians are very much like poles, and since we're so close culturally, linguistically and historically, it's so much easier for them to start a life in poland quite quickly. of course, you know, with its challenges and with its tragedy of the whole situation but, i mean, ithink it is doable in poland, at least for now. i don't know about the long—term. it's probably going to be a challenge. first day of the invasion, second day of the invasion, we saw those incredible crowds. most of those people, for the first few days, they were taking care of by their families and by their friends. but, then it changed. in a few days there were 30—40,000 people
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asking for accommodation, and so on, and so of course the reality was slowly sinking in. we started adapting our own city facilities in order to be ready for the numbers that were coming through the border because, i mean, we knew this was going to be a crisis of a huge magnitude. every corner of warsaw has had to be adapted to house the city's new guests. in the centre of town, a high school is accommodating 22 ukrainian refugees in one of its unused buildings. single mother vera and her daughter, eva, arrived here three weeks ago from the city of volodymyr—volynskyi in the west of ukraine.
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the school has said that vera
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and her daughter can but, across town, the burden for providing for refugees are starting to show. 0n the second day of the war, polish engineer rafaljoined the small army of volunteers to co—ordinate deliveries of aid across the border to ukraine. with rafal�*s paid work on hold, his full—time aid operation is rapidly eating into his savings. how long can you continue doing this?
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now we drive. rafal and his friends have created an orphanage in a disused country house near warsaw. it now hosts 16 children and three carers from central ukraine.
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this is incredible that there are no pitched tents in parks, or there are no huge reception centres, because those people are with us, but of course it took an enormous effort of the society. without the volunteers, the system would have broken down long, long ago.
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i, as the mayor of the city, i have a responsibility, i need to help the refugees in this tragic situation, but i also need to make sure that this city functions properly, because if it doesn't, then this incredible solidarity and energy of the polish people might be sapped. when the city services are going to be overwhelmed, people are going to start complaining, that's normal. in ukraine, vera worked as a masseuse. and although she has some savings from her business, she has started to work in warsaw.
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like hundreds of thousands of ukrainian refugees
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in warsaw, vera is starting to confront the reality that she may not be going home any time soon. we have guaranteed ukrainians a citizen—like status, they have access to free education, to free healthcare and social policy. so now, the biggest problems are the problems of long term. most of these people are going to stay with us for months or years. there are thousands of ukrainian refugees looking for accommodation in warsaw, so the mayor is taking a major step to reclaim russian owned property which can then be used to house refugees. that is the property of the russian embassy, it is called a spy building, in warsaw, because that is where most of the russian diplomats were housed for years. this building is in a very bad state, but the idea is to give it to the ukrainian refugees. it is symbolic. we sometimes need symbols, and of course this
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building should also serve the ukrainian community in warsaw, i hope as soon as possible. the mayor was meeting with the ukrainian ambassador to formally claim ownership of the building.
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the russians are preparing for an offensive in the east and in the south, and there are 7 million displaced ukrainians in ukraine. so whatever happens, if there is an escalation, we might expect another million crossing the polish—ukrainian border. and of course we are at capacity, so that is worrying. so there is a second wave, we will keep on helping, but the conditions will deteriorate, and then we will have to create reception centre or camps for refugees, because we are at the limit. we need to share that responsibility with our friends in europe and elsewhere, because we cannot simply carry the burden alone. the mayor has asked the eu to come up with a relocation scheme, in a bid to ease the pressure on cities like warsaw. in the meantime, vera and millions like her will remain in poland until the ukrainian president says it is safe to return.
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hello there. on saturday, the lion's share of the sunshine and warmth was found across the south and the west of the uk. temperatures were above 20 degrees in a few places, and at newquay in cornwall, beautiful blue skies overhead. further north and east, there was a bit more cloud and it did feel quite a lot cooler. and as we move through sunday, with high pressure to the north—west of us and low pressure to the north—east, that'll be driving quite a brisk northerly wind. and that will bring a rather cool feel for many. temperatures will be a little disappointing for the time of year. so, generally speaking, it will be rather cool through sunday, particularly where we have areas of cloud and some showers, which could be heavy and thundery. equally, there will be some spells of sunshine in between, but we'll see showers from the word go across parts of wales, the midlands, some north sea coasts as well. showers drifting towards the south west of england,
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where they will turn heavy and thundery, and for many places, it will be rather cloudy. not least in the north east of scotland, where that cloud will produce some spots of rain. coupled with quite a brisk north or north—westerly wind, it will feel decidedly cool, just 9—11 degrees. maybe 14 in glasgow. not too many showers for southern scotland or for northern ireland. scattered showers across england and wales, especially for south west england and south wales, where some of the showers will be heavy and thundery into the afternoon. top temperatures 15—16 degrees. now, as we head through sunday night and into the early hours of monday, many of the showers in the south will clear, but at the same time will bring areas of cloud down across scotland. some showery rain with that, a few showers running down the east coast of england as well. and it's going to be quite a chilly night. temperatures widely down into single digits. one or two places 3—4 degrees briefly around dawn on monday. for monday, yes, we'll see some spells of sunshine, but often quite large amounts of cloud and some heavy, potentially thundery showers breaking out.
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just about anywhere could catch a shower. and those temperatures still a little below par, 11—16 degrees. now, as we look deeper into the coming week, this area of low pressure is going to wobble its way westwards, so that will bring some showers at times once again on tuesday, some heavy, thundery ones in places. signs are it will slowly dry out a little through the week, but there's still a bit of uncertainty about the jubilee weekend forecast.
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this is bbc news. i'm chris rogers. our top stories: france and germany urge president putin to engage in peace talks as russia continues its offensive in the dombas. the russian ambassador to the uk tells the bbc that moscow will not use tactical nuclear weapons in the battle for ukraine. we have a very strict provision on the issues of the use of tactical nuclear weapon, and it is mainly when the existence of the state is in danger. president biden renews his appealfor tighter gun control following the texas elementary school shooting as the parents prepare to bury their children. and protests erupt in rio de
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janeiro after a video of a black man being asphixiated in the back of a police car causes shock and anger.


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