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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. 100 days since russia began its invasion of ukraine, we have a report from a town in the donbas region which is in russia's sights. the world food programme warns that more than 80 million people in east africa are facing a few food shortages because of the fighting in ukraine. a thanksgiving service at st paul's cathedral marks the queen's 70—year reign, but the queen herself was absent. police in hong kong police warn people against taking part in events to mark the anniversary of the tiananmen massacre in beijing. and an apology from uefa after the chaos that marred the champions league final
between liverpool and real madrid. hello, and a warm welcome to bbc news. good to have you with me this hour. we begin with ukraine. it's 100 days since russia began its invasion. president zelensky marked the occasion by praising the country's resistance. but he's admitted russia now controls one fifth of his country, that nearly 1a million people have been forced to flee and that thousands of civilians have been killed. 0n the ground, vladimir putin's focus is now on the donbas region in the east, where his forces continue to make gains. but the governor of the luhansk region says ukrainian troops have recaptured parts of severodonetsk.
if confirmed, it would mean russian forces control only half the city. 0ur international correspondent 0rla guerin has been with ukrainian troops near bakhmut, one of the next towns in russia's path. a dirt track that leads to a grinding war. we're in donbas, the key battleground. the russians are two miles down the road. this area, around bakhmut, is still in ukrainian hands, for now. but the enemy is approaching from two sides. troops prepare to face one more day of war, seasoned veterans, tempered by fire. they've been fighting russian—backed separatists
here in the east since 2014. among them, anton. explosions well, we just had to take more cover, get more protection inside our armoured car. there was an incoming attack. the troops say it was a cluster bomb, and it landed less than a mile away. now, the last half an hour or so, there have been constant warnings about incoming fire. we've had to run and take cover, the troops have taken cover, and we've heard plenty of outgoing fire. it's very clear the war in this area is extremely active, and the russians are trying hard to push forward. and as ukrainian forces try to hold their ground, the trenches turn to graves.
have you lost many friends? "yes," says ivan, "quite a lot." and he says the russians have already captured an area half the size of italy. troops here say president putin's men learned lessons from their defeat outside kyiv. anton tells me they changed their tactics and now rely on massive artillery fire. take cover! once again, it was coming our way. and as the russians advance, civilians flee from towns and cities here. it's now 100 days and counting of wrenching separations. vladimir putin calls this liberation. if he succeeds here, his ambitions
may not stop at ukraine. 0rla guerin, bbc news, donbas. 0 rla 0rla guerin their reporting. now, what could moscow's next move be? it's thought russia wants to push south and west which would cut off vital access to the black sea coast. putin's forces tried this in march and failed. but attacks in the region have increased in the last week and there are fears that his forces may try again. laura bicker reports on the battle for the south of ukraine from the key port city of mykolaiv. the farewell scenes have become agonisingly familiar. ludmila holds her children for as long as she can, trying to put a brave face on it. "i'll see them again when the bombs stop," she tells me. but no—one knows how long that will be. we've been hearing quite a few thuds
in the distance, but in theory, this village should be out of range for now. the ukrainians have already pushed the russians out of the city, but the fear is, they're going to have to do it again, and that's why many people have made the decision to leave. they're fleeing a war of rockets and artillery. a cruise missile tore through the regional administrative building in march, killing 36 people. this rubble is a reminder that mykolaiv is key to russia's strategy to seize the entire southern coast. the wail of the siren a prelude to yet another exchange of firepower. for ukraine, holding the line here is crucial. if it was defeated but it wasn't.
people thought it was defeated, but it wasn't. they could have a chance to move forward to 0desa, to the centre of ukraine. life has become increasingly difficult. water is a precious resource — supplies were cut off after russia seized the neighbouring city of kherson. but many are choosing to stay. this may be a kremlin target, but it's also home. we travelled the path of russia's retreat to the south of mykolaiv. nearly half this village have returned after the invading forces were pushed back, but most are reliant on aid. "this place is for children to play, not for shells to explode," natalya tells me. she planted flowers in the bomb craters. translation: thank god we're holding on. - sometimes i'm very scared that they mightjust kidnap me and take me away. 0n the other hand, i'm sure —
and i keep telling this to everyone else — that they have no business here. they should know better than loitering on our land. natalya tells me that when i leave, she'll sit down and cry. she's lived 100 days in both defiance and dread. russian tanks have been at her door once, she's determined they will not be back. laura bicker, bbc news, mykolaiv. un agencies meeting in geneva have issued dire warnings about the war�*s consequences both for ukraine and the world. they said nearly 16 million ukrainians urgently needed humanitarian assistance. the head of the world food programme said there were more than 80 million people acutely food insecure, acutely hungry in africa, up from about 50 million people this time last year. speaking at the white house on the rising cost of living, president biden described the crisis as "putin's price hike". he said ukraine had 20 million
tonnes of grain it hadn't been able to export. but president putin says russia is ready to guarantee the safe export of ukrainian grain via ports on the azov and black seas it controls. he denied moscow was preventing ukrainian ports from exporting grain. mr putin was speaking after talks in sochi with the head of the african union, who told him that africa was an indirect economic victim because of its reliance on ukrainian and russian cereals and fertiliser. translation: you're quite welcome to export wheat via seaports - under ukrainian control, first of all, the black sea ports — 0desa and the nearby ports. we didn't mind the ukrainian ports. it was ukraine. i've told our colleagues many times — let them clear the mines so the ships loaded with wheat can leave these ports. we will guarantee their safe passage with no problems. president putin speaking in sochi a
little earlier today. members of the british royalfamily, politicians and other guests have attended a special service at st paul's cathedral in london to honour queen elizabeth's 70 years on the throne. it was the main event on the second of four days of celebrations to mark the platinum jubilee. however, the queen herself did not attend. it's also been confirmed that she will also miss the derby horse racing meeting at epsom on saturday. 0ne one of her regular go to events. 0ur royal correspondent nicholas witchell reports. a service of thanksgiving at st paul's cathedral without the person for whose long years of service those thanks were being offered. the queen was absent, but other members of her family were present, as were political leaders and others. the prime minister had arrived with his wife to a mixed reception. mixed booing and cheering there was a largely warm greeting
for the duke and duchess of sussex, appearing together in public for the first time in britain since they withdrew from royal life and moved to california more than two years ago. there have been well documented family tensions since then, exacerbated by sharp comments from the sussexes in interviews, but this was a day for the family to come together. harry and meghan made their way down the length of the central aisle in st paul's to their seats with other members of the family, a family with which the couple have had only limited contact since they chose to leave britain. music plays with the queen absent, it was the duke and duchess of cambridge, the prince of wales and the duchess of cornwall who processed through the cathedral to represent the queen and lead the thanksgiving for her reign. the congregation included 400 members of nhs staff and other key workers from around the country.
but it was the service of one person over 70 years that was highlighted. in his sermon, the archbishop of york recalled one of the queen's principal private interests. we all know that the queen likes horse racing. and, your majesty, i'm rather assuming perhaps you're watching this on the television. and i'm afraid i don't have any great tips for the derby tomorrow. your majesty, we are sorry that you're not here with us this morning. but we are so glad that you are still in the saddle, and we are glad that there is still more to come. and finally, a service of thanksgiving for a monarch who is showing the signs of her 96 years, concluded with the national anthem.
nicholas witchell, bbc news. # god save the queen #. and we will have more in the course of this half hour and the queen's long reign and how it's affected australia. uefa have apologised to liverpool and real madrid fans affected by the chaos at the champions league final in paris last saturday night. in a statement, they said, "no football fan should be put in that situation, and it must not happen again." french president emmanuel macron says ticket holders who were blocked from entering the stadium should be reimbursed "as fast as possible". here's 0lly foster. there's been a lot of anger directed towards the french authorities and european football's governing body uefa, because they were very quick to push the narrative that this was down to the late arrival of fans at the stadium. remember, kick—off delayed in that final by 35 minutes between real madrid and liverpool. then they pointed towards thousands
of counterfeit tickets, and the french interior minister sort of pointed towards the fact that this was an english football problem. well, real madrid havejoined liverpool in demanding some answers. you mentioned the word chaos. it certainly was incredibly chaotic, and now this is a more conciliatory tone from uefa six days on. they say that they want to apologise to all those spectators who had to experience or witness frightening and distressing events in the build—up to that final at the stade de france. and they certainly were very distressing for hundreds. the fans not completely blameless. we were on the ground there, and there were some sets of supporters who did force their way through turnstiles, but certainly uefa know that there have been huge misgivings about the organisation, the staging of the final, the way that fans were funnelled and kettled, in some instances, through narrow walkways on the way to that final, and then inadequate, perhaps,
turnstiles were failing with all those counterfeit tickets or certainly genuine ticket holders could not make their way in. they've commissioned an independent review, uefa, and they'll be looking at all these things. but certainly, six days on, they have apologised to those two sets of supporters, knowing that they did indeed suffer all sorts of failings around that final. 0lly foster. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: why hong kong police are closing the city's victoria park for the day. the queen and her husband began their royal progress to westminster. the moment of crowning in accordance with the order of service by a signal given, the great guns of the power. tributes have been paid around the world to muhammad ali, who's died at the age of 7a.
0utspoken but rarely out—fought, ali transcended the sport of boxing, of which he was three—times world champion. he was a good fighter and he fought all the way to the end, even through his illness. yes, he did. uefa imposes an indefinite ban on english clubs playing in europe. today is the 20th anniversary of the release of the beatles�* lp sgt pepper's lonely hearts club band, a record described as the album of the century. welcome back. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: 100 days since the russian invasion of ukraine and a warning of severe food shortages around the world due to the fighting.
a thanksgiving service at st paul's cathedral marks the queen's 70—year reign. hong kong police have warned that people risk breaking the law if they gather to commemorate china's tiananmen massacre, and particularly on victoria park, the site of a once annual candlelit vigil. public commemorations of tiananmen are all but forbidden in mainland china. hong kong had been the one place in the country where large—scale remembrance was still tolerated, until beijing imposed a wide—reaching national security law two years ago, in reaction to citywide pro—democracy protests. on that, i'mjoined now by sophie richardson, china director of human rights watch. and shejoined us and she joined us from the united states. sophie richardson, thank you very much for talking to us on bbc news. the commemoration, the anniversary, is saturday. it is now, as we speak, friday in the uk, but
saturday already in hong kong. how chilling do you think this warning will be? because there has been, even over the last couple of years, people who have so try to express their desire to commemorate tiananmen and what it stood for. i think the important piece of the puzzle is that no matter how hard the chinese government tries to erase the tiananmen massacre from the history books, and prevented people from marking the occasion, they continue to do so. even in the face of activists like joshua they continue to do so. even in the face of activists likejoshua wong getting four months to 1a month sentences for marking the anniversary. people are not giving up, and it is today has been all about the clever ways people in hong kong have managed to mark the occasion —— the news today has been.
evading beijing's scrutiny. and i think the more the chinese government tries to stop people from marking the occasion, the more it shows how frightened it really is of actual accountability for what is the big lie of the chinese communist party in recent years. ﬁnd the big lie of the chinese communist party in recent years.— party in recent years. and as you sa , it party in recent years. and as you say. it has _ party in recent years. and as you say, it has been _ party in recent years. and as you say, it has been evident - party in recent years. and as you say, it has been evident on - party in recent years. and as you say, it has been evident on the l say, it has been evident on the mainland for so long. people have thought of hong kong as somehow different. this is a reminder of how that difference is slowly slipping away. that difference is slowly slipping awa . ~ y that difference is slowly slipping away. absolutely. victoria park used to be the place _ away. absolutely. victoria park used to be the place where _ away. absolutely. victoria park used to be the place where the _ away. absolutely. victoria park used to be the place where the annual - to be the place where the annual vigil was held, huge numbers of hong kong people from all walks of life would turn out to commemorate the occasion. if you ask people, some would say they have very good memories of listening to the news at that time. some quite young people would say that they were there is a way of demonstrating solidarity for the ideas of human rights,
pro—democracy, but the stakes are realfor pro—democracy, but the stakes are real for people. pro—democracy, but the stakes are realfor people. an pro—democracy, but the stakes are real for people. an activist was given a sentence of two and a half years this past fall for staging a single person commemoration in the mainland, sojust these past single person commemoration in the mainland, so just these past few days, we know that the tenant and mothers, surviving family members of the victims of 1989... tiananmen —— teoman mothers... just the victims of 1989. .. tiananmen -- teoman mothers...— teoman mothers... just on the auestion teoman mothers... just on the question of _ teoman mothers... just on the question of the _ teoman mothers... just on the question of the security - teoman mothers... just on the question of the security log, i teoman mothers... just on the i question of the security log, there has been some controversy, a prominent lawyer in a us law firm based in hong kong accepted the invitation to appear on a panel discussion about the security law. how big is this debate, do you think, perhaps behind the scenes among the western companies who operate or have bases, some for decades if not longer, in hong kong,
about whether they can remain operating under the restrictions that china now imposes on hong kong? foreign firms certainly cannot say they are not aware of these realities. certainly, they should have been watching the peaceful provocative protesters and bf figures, for example, being arrested, that the national security law actually identifies companies as possible violators of the law. for a number of reasons, including covid restraints, some companies have quietly slipped away, captivating it is too difficult to do business there. we are about to see, for example, in the united states a new law come into effect that places the burden of proof of not using forced labour on importing companies, rather than... the chinese government has on numerous occasions
110w government has on numerous occasions now unleashed consumer iron on particularforeign firms, now unleashed consumer iron on particular foreign firms, feeling they have taken the wrong political position, so it is a worrying time, but firms have had a long time to make choices about which side they want to be on. make choices about which side they want to be om— want to be on. sophie richardson, for: ive want to be on. sophie richardson, forgive me — want to be on. sophie richardson, forgive me for— want to be on. sophie richardson, forgive me for interrupting. - want to be on. sophie richardson, forgive me for interrupting. we i want to be on. sophie richardson, | forgive me for interrupting. we are out of time. sophie richardson, china director at human rights watch, thank you for speaking with us. let's get some of the day's other news. a former top white house official has been taken into custody for defying a subpoena from the committee investigating last year's attack on the us capitol building. peter navarro is the second adviser to donald trump to be charged with contempt of congress for refusing to cooperate. the panel is seeking testimony from him about his public support of mr trump's call to overturn the 2020 presidential election. myanmar�*s military government says it intends to execute two prominent dissidents after rejecting their appeals. these pictures released by myanmar�*s
military show kojimmy, a veteran activist, and phyo zeyar thaw, a former rap singer and member of parliament. they were sentenced to death for terrorism injanuary after being accused of helping organise armed opposition to last year's coup. myanmar has not carried out any executions since the late 1980s. un secretary—general antonio guterres has condemned the junta's decision, calling it "a blatant violation to the right to life, liberty and security". at least four people are dead and about 15 others were injured when a train derailed in bavaria in south—eastern germany. the train, carrying many students returning home for the long weekend in germany, was heading for munich when three of carriages came off the tracks around 65 miles south of the city. local police say the cause of the derailment is unclear. let's return now to the queen's platinum jubilee. while the most lavish celebrations are taking place in the uk, the event is being marked overseas too — especially in commonwealth countries. in australia, the queen remains head of state — and in the capital canberra, a small island visited
by her majesty more than 50 years ago will be renamed in her honour. the bbc�*s shaimaa khalil has been to take a look. in a few moments, the bells will be ready to play. their harmony will be a reminder of the enduring ties of kinship between britain and australia. applause in 1970, on her third visit to australia, queen elizabeth ii opened the national carillon, a bell tower on lake burley griffin here in the capital, canberra. bells ring it was a gift from the british government to mark 50 years since canberra was established. now, as australia celebrates her platinum jubilee, the island on which the carillon stands is being named after the queen. music gliding through sydney hedge,
the sleek liner brings her majesty the queen and the duke of edinburgh to the threshold of australia. she arrived at the shores of sydney in 1954, becoming the first reigning british monarch to visit australia. with her husband, the late prince philip, by her side, canberra was one of the many cities she visited on her historic commonwealth tour. for four nights this week, old parliament house and the new building that replaced it as the seat of government are being bathed in purple, as well as dozens of other landmarks across the country. the queen made her last trip to australia in 2011. in total, she visited 16 times. there is a growing sense that australia will inevitably become a republic one day. just this week, the new government appointed an official to start looking at this transition. but the queen's popularity is still going strong here. you can certainly feel the respect and admiration for the head of state as the country marks her 70 years on the throne. shaimaa khalil, bbc news, canberra.
and those are the main stories. do stay with us here on bbc news. it's always great to have your company. bye—bye. well, friday was the warmest day of the year for wales and for scotland. not elsewhere in the uk. in fact, over the next couple of days, we'll see increasing amounts of cloud and the possibility of downpours and thunderstorms. and we've been advertising this for days, thisjubilee bank holiday weekend will be a very mixed one for some of us. and the shower clouds keep on drifting in from the south. so, through the early hours of the morning, i think it's south—western portions of the uk, but all along the south coast, there is a chance of downpours, perhaps thunder and lightning. some of these downpours could drift a little bit further north into the midlands, but many areas — from, say, merseyside northwards — looking dry and clear. and actually quite chilly underneath the high pressure in scotland. could be only around five degrees
first thing in the morning. so, the big picture shows that high pressure across the northern half of the uk, so lots of fine, windless, sunny weather, particularly western scotland. beautiful in northern ireland, but here in wales, the midlands, the south west and also some of these other southern counties at risk of catching some showers both in the morning and the afternoon. doesn't look like it's going to be a total wash—out, but if you do catch a downpour and it's slow—moving, it could last for a while before the sunny spells return. notice also how cool it is on that north sea coast. a breeze dragging in low, grey skies, so a nip in the air. now, saturday night into sunday, this is when we'll start to see storms drifting in from the south. they could be widespread. they could be heavy. now, the thinking is that in the morning, they'll be in the south. come lunchtime, possibly drifting into east anglia, the midlands and wales. and then probably stalling just before northern england through the course of the afternoon, but even where it clears up in the south, there's
a chance of some showers. all the while, northern ireland, scotland looking absolutely fine on sunday with lots of sunshine. and then next week, the weather is going to turn quite unsettled. we'll see weather systems sweeping in off the atlantic. this big low pressure parks itself very close to us, so we'll see bands of rain sweeping our way. and this is the outlook for next week. you can see lots of weather icons here, changeable weather. temperatures stabilising, though. 20 in the south, high teens in the north.
hello, and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. with me are aletha adu, who is political correspondent at the daily mirror, and john stevens, deputy political editor at the daily mail. ican i can confidently say that we have all the front pages and now. 0ne story dominates most of the front pages of the morning papers, and it's the thanksgiving service for the queen in st paul's cathedral. the telegraph highlights how she's "stayed the course", a horse racing metaphor she'd probably approve of. the express picks up on the thanksgiving theme, but points out that her majesty wasn't there herself because of her mobility problems. the times says her absence was keenly felt, but the archbishop
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