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using the might of the funding, using the might of the city of— funding, using the might of the city of london and our security capabilities to provide better alternatives than those offered by malign regimes. you are watching bbc world news. we live in new york where the new petition prime minister liz news. we live in new york where the new petition prime minister liz truss news. we live in new york where the new petition prime minister liz truss is news. we live in new york where the new petition prime minister liz truss is addressing delegates at the un general assembly. delegates at the un general assembly-— delegates at the un general assembl . �* , , ., assembly. and being prepared to use unprecedented _ assembly. and being prepared to use unprecedented sanctions, - use unprecedented sanctions, diplomatic action and rapid military support. there's been strength of purpose, we've spoken many times on the phone and we have made things happen. now we must use these instruments in a more systematic way, to push back on the economic aggression of authoritarian regimes. the g7 and our like—minded partners should act economically like
nato, defending our prosperity. if the economy of a partner is being targeted by an aggressive regime, we should act to support them. all for one and one for all. through the g7�*s $600 billion partnership for global infrastructure and investment, we are providing an honest and reliable alternative around the world free from the debt with strings attached. we have to go further to defend our supply chains and end strategic dependence. this is how we will build collective security, strengthen our resistance and safeguard freedom and democracy. but we cannot let up on dealing with the crisis we face today. no—one is threatening russia. yet as we meet here this evening, in ukraine, barbarous weapons are being used to kill and maim people. rape is being used as an instrument of war. families are being torn apart. and this morning, we have seen
vladimir putin trying to justify his catastrophic failures. he is doubling down by sending even more reservists to a terrible fate. he is desperately trying to claim the mantle of democracy or a regime without human rights or freedoms. and he is making yet more bogus claims and sabre rattling rates. this will not work. international alliance is strong and ukraine is strong. the contrast between russia conduct and ukraine's brave, dignified first lady olena zelenska, who is here today, could not be more stark. ukrainians are not only defending the country, they are defending the country, they are defending our values and the security of the whole world. that is why we must act on why the uk will spend three depend expect readers ——3% on gdp on
defence by 2030, maintaining our position as the leading security actor in europe. and thatis security actor in europe. and that is why at this crucial moment in the conflict, i pledge that we will sustain or increase our military support to ukraine for as long as it takes. new uk weapons are arriving in ukraine as i speak, including more rockets. we will not rest until ukraine prevails. in all of these areas, on all of the fronts, the time to act is now. this is a decisive moment in our history. in the history of this organisation, and in the history of freedom. the story of 2022 could have been that of an authoritarian state rolling its tanks over the border of a peaceful neighbour and subjugating its people. instead, it's a story of
freedom fighting back, in the face of rising aggression, we've shown we have the power to act and the result to see it through. but this cannot be a one—off. this must be a new era where we commit to ourselves, to our citizens in this institution, that we will do whatever it takes, to deliver for our people and defend our values. as we mourn our late queen and remember her call to this assembly, we must devote ourselves to this task. written's commitment to this is total. we will be a dynamic, reliable and trustworthy partner. together with our friends and allies around the world, we will continue to champion freedom, sovereignty and democracy. in together, we can define this new era is one of hope and progress. thank
you. of hope and progress. thank ou. of hope and progress. thank ou, �* , you. so the british prime minister _ you. so the british prime minister liz _ you. so the british prime minister liz truss - you. so the british prime| minister liz truss making you. so the british prime - minister liz truss making her first address to the un general assembly. the time to act is now, she says. she cited the death of queen elizabeth and the values that she represented. liz truss saying that britain represented those same values in the written would support ukraine until the end of this war. until ukraine prevailed. she said the world was pacing a battle between democracies and autocracies, and it was the world's responsibility to show the democracy is delivered. her address to the un general assembly followed that of volodymy zelenskyy. he received a standing of the nation in a pre—recorded video speech which was delivered in english. he
said russia deserve to be punished for in a pre—recorded video speech delivered in english, mr zelensky said russia deserved to be punished for stealing ukrainian territory and murdering civilians. he also said a tribunal should bring the perpetrators to justice. a crime has been committed against ukraine and we demand just punishment. the crime was committed against our state borders. the crime was committed against the lives of our people. the crime was committed against the dignity of our women and men. the crime was committed against the values that make you and me a community of united nations. and ukraine demands punishment for trying to steal our territory. punishment for the murders of thousands of people, punishment for tortures and humiliations of women and men,
punishment for the catastrophic turbulence that russia provoked with its illegal war and not only for us, ukrainians, but for the whole world, for every nation that is represented in this whole of the un general assembly. i am speaking on behalf of the state which is forced to defend itself but has the formula for peace. joe biden accused russia of violating the un charter with its invasion. the us president also accused mr putin of making irresponsible nuclear threats. this war is about extinguishing ukraine's right to exist as a state, plain and simple, and ukraine's right to exist as a people. whoever you are, wherever you live, whatever you believe, that should not... ..that should make your blood run cold.
more than 1,000 protestors have been arrested in cities across russia — according to a human rights organisation — after president putin announced that hundreds of thousands of military reservists could be called up to fight in ukraine. it's the first mobilisation of russian civilians since world war ii. russia has been losing ground in eastern ukraine in recent weeks as ukrainian troops recapture some parts. in his televised address mr putin accused the west of occupying ukraine and engaging in nuclear blackmail. and he again warned he'd use all means to protect russia — including nuclear weapons. our russia editor steve rosenberg reports from moscow. under pressure in ukraine, russia's president has chosen the path that is most familiar to him — escalation.
translation: to defend our motherland, its sovereignty l and territorial integrity, for the security of our people, and on the liberated territories, it is necessary to support the proposal of the defence ministry and chief of general staff to announce a partial mobilisation of military reservists. seven months after invading ukraine, the kremlin is calling up 300,000 reservists to support what it still calls the "special military operation". and from russia's commander in chief, this threat to the west... translation: our country, too, has l different weapons of destruction. in some cases, they are more modern than those of nato. if the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, then to defend russia and our people we shall, of course, use all means at our disposal. i am not bluffing.
so, why the threat, and why now? well, in a few days' time, the kremlin will try to annex a whole swathe of ukrainian territory. vladimir putin's sabre—rattling sends a message to ukraine and to the west — "don't attack, don't try to take those areas back." as news of mobilisation spread, there were reports that flights out of russia were selling out fast amid concern that men of fighting age would soon not be allowed to leave the country. "i'm worried this is just the start," sergei tells me, "and that there could be full mobilisation." but margarita says, "if our leaders demand this, we must do our duty. "i trust putin 100%." later, the president
met his defence minister. they have decided on mobilisation because they are short of troops. 50 short, that in prison camps across russia, this mercenary chief, a close putin ally, has been recruiting inmates to fight in ukraine, promising them their freedom if they serve six months with his group, wagner, and survive. when vilena went to visit her husband in prison a few days ago, she was told the husband, a convicted murderer, wasn't there. translation: i said, - "what do you mean, not here? "he has been here 13 years and suddenly he's gone?" they told me they had no more information. a few days later he called me from a ukrainian number. i know for sure that my husband is in ukraine.
even if he agreed to go there, he was sent illegally. sending convicts into combat is against the law. now the kremlin will be sending reservists to ukraine. but in moscow tonight, a protest against mobilisation. hundreds have been detained across the country. not everyone in russia is willing to stay silent about vladimir putin's invasion of ukraine and his war with the west. steve rosenberg, bbc news. liam collins is a retired colonel and special forces officer who worked in multiple combat operations. he also trained and worked to reform the ukraine military post crimea. he's a seniorfellow at new america. and hejoins us now from wisconsin. thank you forjoining us on the programme. will this call up bring about the breakthrough that moscow wants? absolutely not. this that moscow wants? absolutely not- this is _ that moscow wants? absolutely not. this is just _ that moscow wants? absolutely not. this is just the _ that moscow wants? absolutely not. this is just the most - not. this isjust the most obvious in recent sign things are going badly for russia.
this is an act of desperation and simply calling 300 reservists to support the operation, it is not going to help stop it will take time to train them and what training other going to get? we have seen russia's best trained forces perform horrendously at the start of the conflict. supplies and logistics systems have been suspect as well. it will take weeks, most likely months to get them ready to the lowest level. but these are people who've had military experience in recent years. are you saying they will not slot into the military operation as it stands at the moment is to mark i mean, no matter how, if you make up new battalions or just build them in, make them decimated and fill the gaps, the results will be the same. these will still be relatively poorly trained russian forces. if they had a year to get ready for this and fought so poorly
in the conflict, why would we expect different results for soldiers who haven't been training for the past year? i guess more people doesn't mean better, more equipment, more ammo dumps and things like that as well because there are real structural problems was seen with russia's operation in ukraine, in terms of supply lines. , , . , ., lines. they might be able to outfit them _ lines. they might be able to outfit them on. _ lines. they might be able to outfit them on. they - lines. they might be able to outfit them on. they will. lines. they might be able to i outfit them on. they will have the same logistical problems they've had throughout the seven months of this conflict, trying to supply arms, ammunition, food, the basic supplies a been a challenge for russia throughout the conflict. mass is the only advantage that is in the favour of russia, that favours them, but even that favours them, but even thatis that favours them, but even that is not going to be enough. you helped train ukrainian forces post— crimea. they have good morale, even though a lot of their army is not made up of trained fighters like the ones you are involved with, but surely those elite italians
will be exhausted by now as well. and is morale enough to get ukraine through? i well. and is morale enough to get ukraine through?- get ukraine through? i mean morale, get ukraine through? i mean morale. by — get ukraine through? i mean morale, by itself, _ get ukraine through? i mean morale, by itself, is - get ukraine through? i mean morale, by itself, is not - morale, by itself, is not enough to get ukraine through but what they have as good leaders, good military drops, well—trained forces, a national culture of volunteerism. we've seen tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands volunteer to defend the country. russians, they having to constrict —— and script them, take prisoners, put them into a battle to fight a war that putin has never explained to his population why they are even fighting it so that is one factor in it but there are a lot of reasons why ukraine is performing so well. just finally on _ performing so well. just finally on the _ performing so well. just finally on the veiled - performing so well. just finally on the veiled repeated nuclear threat from president putin, how should the west react to that?— putin, how should the west react to that? this is pure and simle react to that? this is pure and simple russian _ react to that? this is pure and simple russian rhetoric. - react to that? this is pure and simple russian rhetoric. if- simple russian rhetoric. if there was a threat to russia
proper, no doubt that putin might consider using nuclear weapons. for a newly annexed territory in ukraine, putin is making this veiled threat out of desperation but he would not use nuclear weapons to defend territory that he just took in another nation. that is just russian rhetoric. another nation. that is “ust russian rhetoric.�* another nation. that is “ust russian rhetoric. thank you for 'oinin: russian rhetoric. thank you for joining us- _ russian rhetoric. thank you for joining us. globe _ russian rhetoric. thank you for joining us. globe to _ russian rhetoric. thank you for joining us. globe to the - russian rhetoric. thank you for joining us. globe to the un. i barbara plett—usher is our un correspondent in new york. a standing ovation for president zelenskyy, his wife in the audience as we saw and heard, but how much support is there for his demands, for example, for the peace plan, and for the un to strip russia of the powers it has within the un? ., . ~ of the powers it has within the un? ., ., ~ , un? you are right. mr zelinsky not a un? you are right. mr zelinsky got a standing _ un? you are right. mr zelinsky got a standing ovation, - un? you are right. mr zelinsky got a standing ovation, strongl got a standing ovation, strong support was shown for his appearance, and he had to have appearance, and he had to have a special vote, in order to be able to do so, remotely. he was the only leader he was able to
give a video address, because of the circumstances. there is a strong feeling here that people want the war to end. world leader of the world leader said that should be the case. many of them called for a negotiated solution, but as you saw from the speech, mr zelinsky made pretty clear he didn't think a negotiation with the right time right now. he said that they had to be conditions for peace to prevail, there had to be punishment of russia, and he called on the un to set up a tribunal to hold russia accountable, to set up a fund to make it compensate, to prevent russia from exercising its veto in the council and other things. its veto in the council and otherthings. is its veto in the council and other things. is there going to be a strong widespread united support for this action? i don't think we will see that very easily, because the un doesn't change it's sort of protocols very quickly. they do have strong support from many of the western nations to
continue helping ukraine in the fight. president biden himself said there should be a just solution to the war, and made clear he didn't think now is the right time to negotiate in order to get a just solution, but there was a real effort by mr zelinsky and by president biden to get a strong sense of resolve to continue backing ukraine in the coming months. obviously everyone wants an end to this war, barbara, but what about the support for example for france's position to give president putin some sort of mmp president putin some sort of ramp down from the situation now? how much support would that have?— that have? that is among discussions _ that have? that is among discussions and _ that have? that is among | discussions and proposals that have? that is among - discussions and proposals being made here. there is a lot of talk happening amongst allies here who are thinking about how to deal with the conflict as it looks like it is going to continue for quite a long time, especially as you head into the winter, with higher prices, food and energy prices, and probably hard times ahead.
certainly, president biden as i mentioned, and president zelenskyy indicated that this was not the route they shall —— they thought should be taken right now. as for how much support there is otherwise, i think it is very much the united states who is hoping to set the agenda, in terms of keeping up the military and economic support for russia. they keep saying, the state department and the administration, that they want there to be an end to the war, but they want ukraine to be in the strongest position possible to get a just end to the walkabout they are going to continue to try to do that, and i think britain too. you have just heard liz truss speak now, the new british prime minister, and she very much echoed the things resident died and saying, in terms of giving up that military support and standing by ukraine to the end. so those kinds of powers, britain and the united states and the european union to a degree, are still talking about the kind of military and economic support that ukraine needs to fight the war. barbara
at the un general— needs to fight the war. barbara at the un general assembly, . at the un general assembly, thank you very much indeed. stay with us on bbc news. still to come, painting with words: why these hand—written song lyrics could sell for more than $1 million. benjohnson, the fastest man on earth, is flying home to canada in disgrace. this all the athletes should be clean, going into the games. i'm just happy that justice is served. it is a simple fact that, - this morning, these people were in their homes. tonight, those homes have been burnt down by serbian _ soldiers and police. all the taliban positions along here have been strengthened, presumably in case the americans invade. it's no use having a secret service which cannot preserve its own secrets against the world, and so the british government
has no option but to continue this action, even after any adverse judgment in australia. concorde have crossed the atlantic faster than any plane ever before, breaking the record by six minutes. this is bbc news. the latest headlines — applause a standing ovation for president zelensky at the un general assembly, as he condemns russia's invasion of ukraine. hundreds of protesters have been arrested in russia, after president putin ordered a partial mobilisation to raise more soldiers to fight in ukraine. the new york attorney—general has announced she is suing former
president donald trump, three of his children and his real estate business, the trump organization, for $250 million. letitia james said a three—year investigation showed that mr trump's business repeatedly used false statements to get banks to lend them money on favourable terms. nada tawfik has the details. the new york state attorney—general says i will give you one of the many examples listed in this over 200 page civil complaint. right behind me in trump tower, mr trump owns a triplex apartment. he was putting the square footage of that apartment down as 30,000 square feet, when in
reality it isjust as 30,000 square feet, when in reality it is just under 11,000 square feet. that allowed him to appraise the apartment at around $327 million, and the attorney—general says no apartment in new york as a result of that much. she listed many other examples from his estate in mar—a—lago to his golf courses, and she said that this was notjust a kind of mischaracterisation in good faith, she says this was fraudulent activity. in the somewhat limited canon of pop songs about famous painters, don mclean's vincent is probably the most well known. first released in 1971, it pays tribute to vincent van gogh. now, the hand—written lyrics are up for auction, and they could fetch more than $1 million. the bbc�*s tim allman has the story. # starry, starry night... # unitt paint your palate sb” unitt paint your palate blue # unitt paint your palate blue and grey- -- —
# unitt paint your palate blue and grey- -- if— # unitt paint your palate blue and grey... if this _ # unitt paint your palate blue and grey... if this was - # unitt paint your palate blue and grey... if this was your i and grey... if this was your second best song, you might feel a little pleased with yourself too. this tribute to the troubled mind and timeless genius of one of history's greatest painters has become a modern classic, and these are the lyrics to that poignant, heartfelt ballad. almost indecipherable by the looks of it, but the man who wrote them had a plan. i it, but the man who wrote them had a plan-— had a plan. i said, gee, i know what i'll do. — had a plan. i said, gee, i know what ru do, ru— had a plan. i said, gee, i know what i'll do, i'lljust _ had a plan. i said, gee, i know what i'll do, i'lljust look- had a plan. i said, gee, i know what i'll do, i'lljust look at. what i'll do, i'lljust look at the starry night painting and see if it speaks to me, and lo and behold, it almost wrote the whole song. it told me what to say, and how to say it. # so bye—bye, miss american pie, drove mike sherry to the levy, but the levy was dry. this isn't the first time don maclean has put some of his work up for auction. in 2015, he sold the lyrics to his most
famous song, american pie, for $1.2 million. also up for grabs, some 300 items, including clothes, footwear, and a lot of guitars. i’m and a lot of guitars. i'm really not _ and a lot of guitars. i'm really not a _ and a lot of guitars. i'm really not a collector, i and a lot of guitars. i“n really not a collector, but i ended up having these collections, so there were quite a few guitars that i love, but ijust don't love them enough to want to warehouse them all the time and never play them. the warehouse them all the time and never play them.— never play them. the auction takes place _ never play them. the auction takes place in _ never play them. the auction takes place in november, - never play them. the auction | takes place in november, and never play them. the auction i takes place in november, and a portion of the proceeds will be given to charity. # ,, ., , , ., , # starry, starry night... it will be a — # starry, starry night... it will be a chance _ # starry, starry night... it will be a chance to - # starry, starry night... it- will be a chance to understand the creative process of both painter and songwriter. tim allman, bbc news. a quick reminder of the main story, there has been a standing ovation for president zelenskyy of ukraine, as he addressed via video link and in english delegates at the un general assembly. that was followed by
joe biden and the british prime minister liz truss. the session has come to an end, there will be more speeches tomorrow. more details on the website. hello, there. the weather is going to be changing through the rest of this week. but on wednesday, temperatures reached 22 degrees in surrey. but also in the northeast of scotland, where we had some sunshine for a while. towards the northwest of scotland, things were rather different, and looming large, really, on the satellite picture, is this broad band of cloud that is heading down from the northwest. it's due to a weather front, of course, and that weather front notjust bringing cloud but this band of rain. that wetter weather is pushing further into scotland and northern ireland. southeastwards over the next couple of days, pushing away the warmer air ahead of it, and replacing things with more of a northwesterly breeze, bringing cooler conditions following the rain. but the rain is still falling
early on thursday morning in scotland and northern ireland, heavy in places. that rain willjust trickle down in northern england and will get wetter here during the day, especially in the northwest of england. some rain in the afternoon, heading into wales, but ahead of the rain, midlands, much of southern and eastern england will be dry, some spells of sunshine and still quite warm air. so, we could make 22 degrees again in the south east. but following the band of rain, whilst we'll get some sunshine in scotland and northern ireland, and the winds will be quite light, it's cooler air, so temperatures will be typically 15 or 16 degrees. that band of rain, still initially rather heavy in places, willjust trickle down into the midlands and head towards the southeast by friday morning. but we will have clear skies following to the north, and this time the coldest weather on friday morning will be across the northern
half of the uk, much milder further south where we have the rain. if you look a little different across east anglia in the southeast with more cloud, some rain at times and some of weather likely to be here across kent and sussex. away from here some spousal sunshine, scattering of some light showers, mainly because scotland and northern ireland but temperatures are typically going to be around 17 degrees on friday to end the week. now let's head into the weekend, and we could still see some rain not far away from the far southeast of england, high pressure trying to build in from the atlantic, but this is what's happening in the far north at the end of the weekend, when wetter weather is beginning to arrive. but for much of the weekend, it's going to be but rather cool to see some sunshine from time to time. goodbye.
this is bbc news. the headlines: president zelensky of ukraine has addressed the united nations general assembly in new york. in a pre—recorded speech, he said russia deserved to be punished for stealing ukrainian territory and murdering civilians. he said a special tribunal should bring the perpetrators to justice and pay the victims full compensation. a russian human rights organisation says the authorities have arrested more than 11100 people for demonstrating against president putin's mobilisation of reservists to fight in ukraine. mr putin stressed that he would use all available means to protect russian territory, implying this could involve nuclear weapons. the united kingdom's new prime minister, liz truss,
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