this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. from the heart of the european project, an offer to kyiv. eu officials formally recommend ukraine be made a candidate member of the bloc. on a surprise visit to kyiv, britain's borisjohnson announces a military training programme that he says could change the war. vladimir putin accuses western powers of provoking catastrophe around the world. we will look at some of the problems facing passengers during the peak summer holiday period.
who will host eurovision? the uk's in talks to host the singing spectacular, hello, iam hello, i am shaun ley —— shaun ley. in what is the fastest decision in eu history, the european commission has formally recommended candidate status for ukraine — but with conditions. for ukraine, this has been a long—time ambition, and president zelensky was quick to react — hailing it as an �*historic�* moment which will bring �*victory�* in the war against russia �*closer�*. meanwhile, president putin said he was not against the idea because the eu wasn't a military bloc, but couldn't see how it would benefit kyiv. here is commission president ursula von der leyen speaking in brussels.
we all know that ukrainians are ready to die for the european perspective. we want them to live with us the european dream. let's look at where ukraine is in its eu application. the application has broadly three phases. phase 1 is the application to become a candidate for eu membership. ukraine submitted their application in march. first, they need the european commission to recommend them, which they did today. then the application needs to be approved by european council and parliament. phase 2 is where it gets more complicated. ukraine must meet three conditions to join the eu. they must have stable and democratic institutions, they must be a functioning market economy and they must implement eu law. this is a lengthy process, as eu law applies to a huge variety of areas, from taxation to transport policy. that's why this phase of the application can take several years.
once ukraine is seen to meet all these conditions, they submit a final application — known as a treaty of accession — which will need to pass a vote in the council, the european parliament, and be approved by all 27 member states. some of those states have legal requirements that such applications have to be subject to a full parliamentary procedure, and can't just be recommended and improved by the incumbent government. one of the treaties was nearly scuppered by belgium's regional parliament objecting to it. thomas de waal is a senior fellow at the carnegie europe think tank. he explains what hurdles ukraine will face before realistically being able tojoin the eu. being able to join the eu. let's not forget that there are actually four balkan countries ahead of ukraine in the queue and they've been there for more than ten years. i think the last enlargement country
was croatia back in 2004, if i got that right. it took almost ten years. even a more sophisticated country like croatia, there's a political tide. there's an economic site about the market economy, and there's a massive administrative and technical side, there's a massive administrative and technicalside, converging there's a massive administrative and technical side, converging with all standards. ukraine was far behind on the second and third and is falling further because if the economy is taking a devastating... by the war, which is why president macron and the leader of the european council have been talking in the last month about some kind of transitional status being offered perhaps to these out tear countries. the british prime minister, borisjohnson, has arrived in kyiv on his second visit in a show of support for ukraine in the war against russia. he met president zelensky to discuss
the uk's support and announce a major training programme for ukrainian forces. borisjohnson earlier tweeted to say it was "good to be back" in the ukrainian capital. speaking at a joint press conference with president zelensky, he said russia still hasn't achieved what it set out to do. our correspondent nick beake was there when borisjohnson arrived. well, the prime minister was on this very spotjust a few moments ago. you can see the burnt—out russian tanks and vehicles that have been brought back from the front line — they're now i really, sort of, a tourist detection, testament to the battle that's raging. the prime minister's visit was completely unannounced. we got word that he was here, came down to this place in the heart of kyiv, half of the capital, the minister walked into the complex of that magnificent building saint michael's cathedral and made his way outside and walked along the couples here alongside president zelensky and they then walked over to where a large crowd had gathered. we tried to get a few words with both president zelensky and the prime minister,
really tight security and we were told that they were not here to talk to us, they were here to talk to the ukrainian people and certainly that the uk is with ukraine. we know that the prime minister may have been facing some problems at home when it comes to his leadership but here there is certainly a feeling in the sense that he is amongst friends and president zelensky has said just as much. now yesterday we had the leaders of france germany and italy here. now yesterday, we had the leaders of france, germany and italy here. today, the british prime minister, this is a show of defiance and i think they want to be sending a message to president putin. the americans and british are sending longer range missiles. the problem is if you listen to ukrainian commanders and eastern donbas region they say they're not arriving soon enough and they're losing hundreds of men every day on the front line in this brutal war. but for today, this visit,
the second trip to kyiv by borisjohnson, it's sending a message that united kingdom is with ukraine. nick beake. heavy fighting is continuing in the east of ukraine, and the war is taking a terrible toll. hundreds of ukrainian troops and civilians are being killed or injured every day, mainly as a result of russian shelling. ukraine's medical services are under enormous pressure, and one british surgeon, david nott, who has decades of experience treating war injuries, has been on the front line, helping to train ukrainian doctors. our correspondent wyre davies has sent this report. the other thing to do is to look at the light, look up here. at a hospital in eastern ukraine, well within range of russian rockets, british surgeon david nott calmly carries out a complicated skin graft, saving the leg of a woman who suffered catastrophic injuries in a russian shelling. now we need to bandage... but such difficult surgery is beyond many less experienced doctors. patients were put in the posterolateral position and the chest opened, so this was the wrong treatment.
nott has been in ukraine notjust operating, but passing on his depth of knowledge and experience. and you would cut it in a longitudinal axis... his foundation runs courses in war zones from syria to yemen to south sudan, and now the war in ukraine. i know what it's like to be under fire, i know what it's like to be in an operating theatre which is being shelled. you are trying to do your best to try and save the life of the patient in front of you, but here, what we can do here is we can train, i think we've trained 70 surgeons in six days and they have seen exactly what to do. some of those here are front line doctors. where was this? momentarily back from the fighting where ukraine is losing too many soldiers. others are civilian medics learning new skills because their hospitals are full of people with new kinds of injuries. it's a horrible situation when you see the young guys with mangled extremities, with shrapnel wounds,
with amputation. it'sjust disaster. the big draw might be david nott, but the star of the show is heston, a lifelike medical dummy with 50 separate surgical procedures replicating complicated war wounds. costing tens of thousands of pounds, it is unique, part of a system that allows nott and his team to teach life—saving skills. travelling across ukraine, it's tiring work for these veteran war surgeons. their last destination — the front line city of kharkiv, battered by russian shelling, with thousands of casualties being treated by overstretched local doctors. i wanted to bring the teaching to them, i wanted them to really understand why you should do these sorts of operations, how you can do them and if you do them properly, you will get a good result. most rewarding for dr nott — medics here putting complex
techniques learned on his course into practice. now you do it. in this case, david handing control of a limb—saving operation to the ukrainian surgeon. it might be more front of class than front line these days for david nott, but it's the quickest way of passing on his breadth of skills to surgeons here who need them most. wyre davies, bbc news, kharkiv. russia's president vladimir putin has accused the us and the eu of provoking humanitarian catastrophes around the world. he defended his decision to invade ukraine and dismissed suggestions that it had anything to do with causing global food shortages. he's been speaking at an economic forum in st petersburg. translation: i reiterate, these are fundamental, i truly revolutionary and inexorable changes. it would be a mistake to think that
during these tumultuous changes you can simply sit it out, biding yourtime, that everything is going to get back to the circus, that everything is going to be as it was. it won't, and yet it seems as if the ruling elites of certain western countries are labouring under precisely these very illusions, choosing to ignore the obvious, persistently clinging to the ghosts of the past. in particular, they think that the domination of the west in global politics and economics is a constant, but nothing is pre—emptory. nothing is eternal. vitaly shevchenko from bbc monitoring says vladimir putin was trying to send a message when he said russia was entering a new era as a "powerful sovereign nation." it was a message of defiance and denial. clearly, president putin's objective is to present russia, or turn russia, into a major force in the international arena,
because when he came to power more than 20 years ago, russia was weakened after the collapse of the soviet union. and looking back at president putin's career, it seems as though his key objective, his ambition, was to make it the respected, feared internationally, was to make it respected, feared internationally, and what he said just now i think is meant to highlight the fact that he's confident in achieving that objective. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. china's navy has launched its third aircraft carrier, and the first entirely designed and built in the country. the 80,000—tonne fujian is almost as big as the largest us carrier. new technology will help it to quickly launch planes from its deck. although it's likely to be some years before the vessel enters service, the launch is symbolic of china's rapid military advance.
the sri lankan government has asked staff in nonessential services to work from home and schools to switch to online lessons for two weeks. the country has been struggling to import fuel as it has run out of foreign currency reserves. hundreds of petrol stations have run dry and public transport has been severely disrupted. thailand is doing away with pre—registration and prior proof of covid vaccination for foreign visitors from the start ofjuly. the wearing of facemasks in public will also become voluntary. thailand's important tourism sector has complained that restrictions for foreign visitors have impeded its recovery from the pandemic. stay with us on bbc news. still to come, the eurovision song contest could be coming to the united kingdom, but ukraine also wants to host the competition. there was a bomb in the city centre.
a code word known to be one used by the ira was given. army bomb experts were examining a suspect van when there was a huge explosion. the south african parliament has destroyed the foundation of apartheid by abolishing the population registration act, which, for 40 years, forcibly classified each citizen according to race. just a day old, and the royal baby is tonight sleeping in his cot at home. early this evening, the new prince was taken by his mother and father to their apartment in kensington palace — germany's parliament, the bundestag, has voted by a narrow majority- to move the seat of government from bonn to berlin. _ berliners celebrated into the night, but the decision was greeted - with shock in bonn. the real focus of attention today was valentina tereshkova, the world's first woman cosmonaut. what do you think of the russian woman in space? oh, i think it's a wonderful achievement. and i think we might be able to persuade the wife it would be a good idea, if i could, to get her to go up there for a little while!
this is bbc news. the latest headlines. the european commission recommends that ukraine be given official candidate status, in its application to join the european union. president putin says is not against the idea, but doubts kyiv would benefit from moving closer to brussels. gatwick, britain's second busiest airport, says it will limit the number of flights across the peak summer period because of staff shortages. usually 900 flights run a day, but only 825 services will run injuly, and 850 in august. it follow similar moves by amsterdam's schiphol, which is limiting the number of travellers this summer because of huge queues there. and in the us, major airlines announced they were cutting their summer schedule. our international business correspondent, theo leggett, is at gatwick airport. you have to remember what the airline industry has been
going through over the past couple of years since the start of the covid pandemic. for long periods, there were virtually no flights operating, certainly in europe as countries went into lockdown. now, that put operators under an enormous amount of cost pressure. here in the uk, for example, there was a period when planes were... only a limited service was able to operate, but at the same time the government's safety measures, paying furlough payments to different companies so that they could keep their staff on had come to the end, so a number of companies decided that they were going to lay off staff. and now they're recruiting them back because the industry is recovering, but they can't recruit people back quickly enough, and it is notjust a question in this country — or in other countries — ofjust going out and getting people and them a job and starting to pay them. if you work in the aviation industry, you need things like security clearances, and those tend to take time, so the industry is trying to ramp up services. there's huge amounts of demand. people want to travel, people want to go on holiday, but the problem is within
the airport the ground handling services — so, for example, baggage handling, check—in staff, people to refuel the planes, they're not there, or at least not in sufficient numbers, and that means that we're starting to see extensive delays in airports, people having to queue for long periods of time and flights having to be cancelled. so what we're seeing here at gatwick today, and at schiphol, is an attempt to pre—empt that happening over the summer. july and august in europe are the peak months, and that's why we're cutting services now because the gamble that companies like gatwick airport are making is that you can take a bit of pain now and it saves potential chaos occurring later in the year. so that's what they're trying to do — minimise disruption by taking a hit now, but preventing lots and lots of short—term cancellations when people are trying to get away on holiday. theo legget there. police in brazil have confirmed that one of the two bodied found one of the two bodies found
in the remote amazon rainforest is that of the missing british journalist, dom phillips. a second body, believed to be that of indigenous expert bruno pereira, is still under analysis. two suspects have been arrested for the murder, but police believe more people were involved. for more, i'm joined by katy watson. she's been following the case. almost every day has brought a new revelation. this is so far the saddest of all.— saddest of all. that's right. according _ saddest of all. that's right. according to _ saddest of all. that's right. according to the _ saddest of all. that's right. according to the police - saddest of all. that's right. - according to the police through forensic dentistry, they identified the remains of don phillips. they still haven't identified the remains of bruno perera. they are still waiting to find the location of the boat that was sunk by the suspect. they have still failed to locate it. they have still failed to locate it. the police also said they don't
believe there was any higher urbanisation involved in this, and that the men acted alone in terms of criminal organisations, but they're not ruling out the involvement of other people. but the indigenous communities have refuted that, saying there was no criminal organisation behind it and calling for more investigation. don phillips had received _ for more investigation. don phillips had received death _ for more investigation. don phillips had received death threats, - for more investigation. don phillips had received death threats, he - for more investigation. don phillips had received death threats, he wasj had received death threats, he was obviously prominent in the work he did. bruno pereira had obviously, because of his work, new a lot of the bad activities that happened in the bad activities that happened in the heart of the amazon. some of the drug smuggling, illegalfaking all my fishing and so on, you can see why people might be on that —— unhappy —— illegalfishing. just why people might be on that -- unhappy -- illegal fishing. just to clari ,
unhappy -- illegal fishing. just to clarify. bruno _ unhappy -- illegal fishing. just to clarify, bruno pereira _ unhappy -- illegal fishing. just to clarify, bruno pereira was - unhappy -- illegal fishing. just to clarify, bruno pereira was very i clarify, bruno pereira was very known in the area. it was bruno that got the death threats. shortly before they disappeared, don was with bruno, accompanying him, and bruneau received another death threat. he was loved by people in the community, but his wanting to protect the engine indigenous communities. , that did make him an enemy. but these two knew the terrain very well. they were experienced journalists, so the men knew what they were doing. bruno most of all. knew what they were doing. bruno most of all-— most of all. one last thought. you mentioned — most of all. one last thought. you mentioned there _ most of all. one last thought. you mentioned there were _ most of all. one last thought. you mentioned there were restrictions | most of all. one last thought. you i mentioned there were restrictions on motive. these aspects of the case, we won't know perhaps until trial happens? we won't know perhaps until trial ha ens? ,., .
we won't know perhaps until trial hauens? . happens? so, the police said in the press conference _ happens? so, the police said in the press conference that _ happens? so, the police said in the press conference that they - happens? so, the police said in the| press conference that they would... the motive is under investigation and cannot be made public, but that is still ongoing. that's something they were still investigating and looking at the forensic analysis of the remains that were found. this is a process that could go on. they're still searching for the boat. there are still concrete pieces of evidence. as well as potentially more people that they might arrest going forward. kat? more people that they might arrest going forward-— going forward. katy watson, thank ou ve going forward. katy watson, thank you very much- — priti patel has signed order to extradite julian assange. priti patel has signed order to extraditejulian assange. wikileaks called the decision a dark day for press freedom. mr assange's white about to fight it.— about to fight it. we're going to fiuht this.
about to fight it. we're going to fight this- -- — about to fight it. we're going to fight this. -- vowed _ about to fight it. we're going to fight this. -- vowed to - about to fight it. we're going to fight this. -- vowed to fight - about to fight it. we're going to fight this. -- vowed to fight it. | fight this. —— vowed to fight it. we're going to fight. i'm going to spend every waking hourfighting we're going to fight. i'm going to spend every waking hour fighting for julian until he's free, until justice... is served. the eurovision song contest could be held in the uk next year after organisers confirmed that they are in talks with the bbc about hosting the 2023 song contest. ukraine won this year's competition, and would normally host the following year — but they've been ruled out as hosts because of the ongoing war with russia and have condemned the decision. because the uk's sam ryder came second this year, the european broadcasting union are now hoping the uk can stage it instead. it would be the ninth time eurovision has been put on here. earlier, i spoke to dr pauljordan, a eurovision expert and media commentator on the eurovision song contest.
he told what plans could be put in place next year. eurovision is a mammoth event, and the planning for eurovision starts literally the next day after the country wins. i used to work on eurovision as part of the commerce team, and literally that sunday is when the planning begins. and you can't plan for an event when you don't know whether the city's going to be safe, so it's really unfortunate. it's really sad for ukraine as well. they should host it. they've hosted it very well in 2005 and 2017, but the reality is theyjust can't next year. the uk have been offered the chance. let's hope they take the chance. the uk have stepped in before, bbc have done before. we've hosted it eight times, we've won five. let's hope it's a ninth time, and maybe scotland will host it again. are there ways of making this feel like it's a ukrainian—led programme even if it's not physically coming from ukraine? absolutely, there are many ways they can do that. they can have ukrainian interval acts, they can ukrainian presenters,
they can have ukrainian interval acts, they can have ukrainian presenters, and the statement was quite interesting from the eurovision organisers. they said that there would be a ukrainian flavour to the contest next year regardless of where the contest is held. so, that's a fair compromise, and i think... you know, these things are not without precedent. the uk has stepped in before, as i said, with other countries when they didn't want to host it. it's the first time since 1980 that the previous year's winner hasn't hosted it. that was israel, wasn't it, that couldn't host it because of the conflict that was going on at the time, so the netherlands stepped in on that occasion. indeed, it was in the hague. and then in 1974, it was in brighton, and that was when abba famously won, even though the year before, luxembourg won. so, the uk have stepped in before, and i think it will be a fitting tribute, if it's in the uk, but with a nod to ukraine as well and with full respect to them. i can imagine the director general of the bbc, tim davie, breaking out in a cold sweat at the thought of this i can imagine the director general of the bbc, tim davie, breaking out in a cold sweat at the thought of this because there's always a sly nervousness among broadcasters. i imagine they love it, but it does cost quite
a lot of money to stage. you actually know yourself as a broadcaster television is expensive, and strictly is a £1 million an episode. and so, you know, eurovision gets huge audiences, and it's very important. it's actually a very important part of our cultural history, so i don't think we should dismiss it, i don't think we should write it off as too expensive. it's a really, really important thing. before we go, here's a view that could take your breath away. it's a new suspension bridge in georgia that has opened nearly 800 feet above a canyon and river below, but it's the diamond—type structure in the middle of the bridge that officials hope will draw the tourists. it doubles as a viewing platform. and if that is still not enough of a thrill, there's a bicycle zipline that runs parallel to the bridge. just don't look down! amazing guys who used to do that. i'm sure some of you are getting vertigo, but i do think that is the way to ride through the skies. let's
hopeifs way to ride through the skies. let's hope it's not like a cartoon character where you think you're going so well, you look down and you suddenly realise you cannot possibly be there at all. those of the headlines. ask for your company. hello there. friday brought the peak of the heat that's been building over the last few days. the highest temperatures we saw across the uk were very close to 33 degrees, but look at these temperatures on friday across the south of spain, the south of france, 43—44 degrees. 35 was the top temperature in paris. that heat being scooped northwards into parts of england, wales and indeed the channel islands. in fact, jersey had its hottest june day on record. 33 degrees or very close to it across parts of east anglia, through the london area as well. whereas further north and west, with these westerly winds, we had some cooler conditions. temperatures in western scotland, for example, no higher than 16 degrees. and more and more of us are going
to get into those cooler conditions as we head through saturday. we've got this frontal system pushing southwards, a cold front, introducing that cooler air. so, these are the temperatures as we start saturday morning. 9—10 degrees for scotland, northern ireland, the far north of england. whereas further south, we're still in the grip of those warm, even hot conditions. 18 to start the morning in london. and across this south east corner, where we see spells of sunshine, it will be another hot day. across parts of the west country, wales, the midlands, east anglia, we'll see cloud bringing outbreaks of heavy, potentially thundery rain at times. to the north of that, some spells of sunshine. showers into north west scotland, maybe the odd one for northern ireland. temperatures for most of us 15—16, maybe up to 18 degrees. whereas down towards the south, highs of 27—29 once again. and with that heat, well, we could see the odd thunderstorm popping up across the south east of england as we go on into the evening, and then through the early hours of sunday, we see this heavy rain still swarming across the channel islands and the south west of england. and again, that could produce some
thunder and lightning into sunday morning. so, there certainly will be some thunderstorms rumbling around, mostly just to the south of us on sunday. some could just clip into southern england, but for most of us, sunday is a mainly fine day, some spells of sunshine, some areas of patchy cloud, just the odd shower in the north. but with these northerly winds, we're cutting off the supply of heat from the continent, so temperatures by this stage 14—19 degrees. it will feel significantly cooler. now, for some, those temperatures will climb again as we head through next week. a bit of rain at times, decent amount of sunshine, but it certainly won't be as hot as it has been.
this is bbc news. the headlines — the european commission has recommended that ukraine be given official candidate status in its application to join the european union, but the bloc says the kyiv still needs to make further important reforms. the british prime minister has paid a surprise second visit to kyiv to offer president zelensky a major training programme for ukrainian forces. borisjohnson pledged an operation to train up to 10,000 soldiers every four months. the british government has ordered the wikileaks founder to be extradited to the united states, where he's facing espionage charges. the home office said julian assange has 14 days to appeal over the decision.