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narrator: funding was also provided by, the freeman foundation. by judy and peter um kovr foundation; pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. announcer: and now, "bbc world news". ♪ ros: hello. welcome to outside source. hundred of civilians still trapped in steel plants in mariupol. those who managed to get out have been describing what it is like. >> we thought it was only three days. we have been back since the 24th of february. there were bombings every day. ros: the latest on evacuations
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from our correspondent in ukraine. we also report from the donbass region, now russia's focus. officials say it is on the verge of humanitarian catastrophe. israel's fury after russia's foreign minister claims that hitler had a jewis but i do. sergei lavrov trying to to describe ukraine as not see. from alabama, police have issued arrest warrants for an escaped inmate facing murder charges and a guard who may have helped him. >> we had a warrant issued for director vicki white the charges are facilitating escape in the first degree. ros: we begin in ukraine.
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a further operation to evacuate civilians from mariupol delayed. buses were due to leave this morning. in the ukraine accuses russia of blocking humanitarian corridors. the focus of the evacuation is the steel mills. the deputy mor. >> there are hundreds of civilians who look for safe places in bomb shelters. among them, a lot of children. i think we need to finish this procedure and to start negotiations even before and it should be of a creation to save our citizens. ros: over the weekend, there was a two day cease-fire. that allowed 100 people to leave the steel plant. the evacuation led by the red cross and the u.n.
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these are some of the people heading to the ukrainian city of zappa rita. >> soldiers escorted the first 11 people out. those who were seriously ill, had asthma, or needed insulin, and the three of us randomly. more than 40 left there. for a month we were eating from six through 10th. we boiled two buckets of soup. that was it for the day. we were sure there was a well constructed bomb shelter. only for two to three days. we have been there since the fourth that 24th of february. there is no house anymore. there were bombings every day. all the time was spent in the bunker, they were wobbling. ros: caret correspondent is in zaporizhzhia. >> the convoy is on its way to
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zaporizhzhia, but it has been hity delays. we are not sure what those delays are, but we do know that they have hundreds of miles to travel, have two go through a number of russian checkpoints. in part, the road they are on is a rubble. it could be quite a difficult journey. he had seen pictures of them on their way here but whether they will make it today, we are not sure. when they get here, ther process like any other refugees. we have seen people from mariupol, from her teeth -- kharkiv, from hercog -- kherson. many are making it here in private vehicles. we have seen tape cap windows,
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every single part of that part is crammed full of any belongings they have managed to gather. they are being given food, some shelter and then they can go on their way. this car park is a bit of a crossroads. you get here and you are safe, but at the same attempt where do you move on to yucca that is what many have that decision to make. ros: what those people have left mariupol, the steelworks is at the last part of that city under ukrainian control. this is what it looks like from above. underneath is a network of tunnels and bunkers. as well as civilians, we know ukrainian fighters are using that network. a week ago, putin told his troops to block off this area so that not even a flight can pass through. we have spoken to the director general of the steel plant. >> we never thought about it
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until 2014. we did not mention that it could become some kind of fortress or such an important point in the city. when mariupol, especially the eastern part of the city, came under shelling by heavy artillery, we started to think about what we could do if de-escalation came further into the city. we started to restore bomb shelters which remain from the soviet union. there were five very powerful bomb shelters that, according to soviet standards, could withstand a direct nuclear strike. when the war started, we made an announcement that all people, if they were injured during the bombing and shelling, could come to us.
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we thought it was possible we would be shelled, but we did not expect such a genocide and inhumane war. we are surrounded by water on three sides, a river on one and a c on two. -- a sea on two. it is strong and 40 fortified. ros: while some did get out of the steel plant, many others remain, as it do up to 2000 ukrainian fighters. several hundred are injured, some requiring urgent medical attention. >> everything is. fragile. things can fall apart at moment. it is better to wait until vacation is over. at least same 10, this evacuation effort is under surveillance. we still have ukrainian
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defenders, including severely wounded. ros: our correspondent is in kyiv. he had this update. >> we do not he the details of what is happening. there was it the expectation that this convoy would finally reach zaporizhzhia, where that reception center has been set up, but there has been a delay and they should arrive only tomorrow morning. it really gives you a sense of how complexes evacuation is. it was a difficult to negotiate and execute. everybody is waiting to see those 100 people who are now part of this first group of people who have left the steelworks to arrive in zaporizhzhia in safety, but no indication so far that the remaining civilians will be evacuated.
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there is no indication that any fan of them back creation will include fighters still there. ros: there is huge focus on mariupol. what other damages of the conflict would you pick out as most significant this monday? >> this is the main focus. for weeks we have been talking about how desperately situation is in mariupol, which has seen some of the most intense fighting. thousands have left, but about 100,000 remain. it is vital to create these humanitarian corridors to allow the back -- evacuation of the the situation is desperate, no electricity, no food, no water. we have been hearing those dramatic accounts of people who have managed to escape, saying they have spent weeks in
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underground shelters and bunkers because of the constant shelling. this is the most dramatic situation in ukraine, a growing mentoring crisis for those who remain in mariupol, a city completely devastated. ros: how are ukrainians an russians communicating on this? directly or via the red cross or the u.n.? >> we hea that negotiations were incredibldifficult. to give you a sense of how complexes this is, we have been trying to talk about -- to u.n. representatives. they have been a silent. they know every step of the evacuation is complicated. people who have managed to evacuate are going to spend the night in a city between mariupol and zaporizhzhia.
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tomorrow morning, they are expected to arrive in zaporizhzhia. ros: hugo is in kyiv. let us move to the donbass region. the ukrainian military continuingo prevent russian forces from advancing there. we focus on one eastern town which is encircled on three sides by russian troops. most residents have left. those who remain are unde constant shelling. >> getting closer, their missiles landing as we take the last road into look the chance cap, a farming town under siege. we are following a ukrainian army medic pointing out the latest lacerations. he is taking us closer to the
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front lines, to a hidden base from where his teams scoop up casualties. >> the russians are making a big push now? the fighting is getting worse? >> extreme. >> the army hasa soldier broughd wound. his injuries are severe. there is not much hope for him. upstairs silence. you can see the impact of this intense bombardment. room after room of young men with concussions. >> faces dazed and haunted. >> i have got 3:00 p.m.
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children, he says -- i have got three young children, he says. we have all watched our brothers die. what did this towns torments tell us about the wider war in eastern ukraine? there are signs that russian troops are being methodical, perhaps more effective, in this region. they are pushing solely for this town and others in donbass, but there is still no sign that the cumin is about to deliver some kind of knockout blow. even here, a few civilians cling on, these parents saying they cannot afford to flee. 89-year-old trying to take it in stride. -- a 9-year0ld you are not scared? >> [speaking foreign language]
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>> sheets says because i am the oldest girl, i am not scared. inevitably, those left behind have moved underground. alexei -- they still wait for good news from the radio. she wants to go but has no means of getting out. her husband who to stay. -- wants to stay. have you seen what has happened here? i do not know if we will survive , voicing the fear that hangs over this whole region. ros: to another dimension of
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this were in ukraine, israel now demanding an apology from moscow after survey lavrov compared the ukrainian president to hitler, falsely claiming that hitl hadn't jewish rates. keyer be the not surviving ukraine when zelenskyy is jewish. >> he makes the argument what kind of nazification can ukraine have if zelenskyy is jewish? i could be wrong, but hitler cut jewish blood. it is nothing. the most ardent anti-semites are usually jews. ros: he is the son of a holocaust survivor and grandson
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of a impaired he treated the remarks are a terrible historical error. jews did not murder themselves in the holocaust the lowest level of racism is to accuse jews themselves of anti-semitism. here is anher reaction, israel's memorial to jews hl -- jews killed in the hocaust. >> he is making the victims of the perpetrators. that is inexcusable. ros: here is a joel greenberg, based in jerusalem with more details on the israeli reaction. >> israeli officials have been critical of the statement. the foreign minister demanded an apogy, said the russian ambassador was being called in for a tough conversation. the prime minister has spoken
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out, characterized these statements as lies. check rhetoric from the israelis on this after a period where -- actually, the prime minister was careful of condemning russia over the invasion. ros: that caution that you describe has given way to something else in the aftermath of these comments. >> yes. israel is still trying to balance its interest with russia and ukraine israel has military coordination with russia, in syria. it is not clear whether this will upset the whole relationship, but there has been a change of tone towards russia as a result of these comments. ros: aside from the security relationship, why has israel been motivated to not burn all its bridges with russia following the invasion? >> officials have pointed out
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that aside from monetary security, syria is on its northern frontier also, concern for jewish communities in ukraine and russia, concern that israel needs it to keep its relationship with both sides. those have been the official reasons given. the military consideration on operations in syria has figured prominently in israel's cautious stance on the conflict. ros: state with me. in a few minutes, the british virgin islands. there is a protest there against a proposal to bring back dect rule from london as part of a push to clear up corruption. ros: we know that the cost of living is going up in many
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countries. we look at kenya. since the beginning of the year, prices have risen by more than 6%. the president has announced a 4% increase in the minimum wage to help people cope -- a 12% increase > in the average worker in the farmer owned sector will earn around $160. they are struggling to have meals every day. we havseen prices of fuel spike, prices of maize meal, which is an essential staple. therefore, many have been receptive to this increase, saying the government could have done more to protect canyons pfrom inflation. -- kenyans from inflation.
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ros: i am ros atkins. our lead story from the south of ukraine. hundreds of civilians trapped in the still plant in mariupol after the latest cease fire down. let us talk about some where we do not often cover. the british virgin islands is an overseas territory made up around 50 islands with a population of around 35,000. it is in turmoil. the premier was arrested friday in miami for alleged drug smuggling and money laundering. that was part of a sting operation by u.s. agents posing as cocaine traffickers. the government has a long face accusation of corruption. the day after the arrest, a report commissioned by the governor says the territory should have its cost-efficient
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suspended and be returned to direct rule from london. th british minister has it made the journey to the british virgin islands, where in the capital we have seen thracians today. -- demonstrations today. >> about 200 people. they were very vocal outside the governor's house, where the u.k. delegation is based. that consists ofhe uk's minister or the overseas territory, amanda knowing. she is atarting three days of talks and meetings with the elected official here. in terms of the people that i spoke to, they were angry, came holding signs, protesting. some of the things that they were saying was cooperate, do not dictate, no to u.k. colonial rule. when i put it to them the findings of this commission of
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inquiry, which has found chronic failure of government -- the report says that everything you need for a government to be efficient is not happening here. when i put that to them, they say they understand the challenges, they cannot believe that the u.k. taking over is the answer. they want the u.k. to work with elected officials, specifically the acting premier involved in these meetings once the job permanently after the arrest of the premier andrew foy. you have got a crisis of leadership. people are also saying do not conflate the arrest of the premier with the report, but it does lead to this crisis of leadership. people want to know who is going in charge. ros: let us shift to alabama.
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police there have issued an arrest warrant for a prison guard they believe may have helped an inmate facing a murder charge escape. this is casey white, the inmate. this is vicki white, not related, the officer. the two were seen leaving the prison writing for a fake mental health appointment. >> there is an active warrant out for ms. white. obvisly, for casey white. we are hoping we will get some much-needed breaks in the next few hours that will help us locate them and get them back here and get casey right bk hide bars. casey white is an extremely dangerous person. we need to get him off the streets. ros: i have been talking to
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ashley graham kass, a journalist with in florence, alabama. >> across the united states, local law enforcement, as well as estate officials here in alabama are assisting in the search. the sheriff did tell us today that authorities as the u.s.- canada border as well as the u.s.-mexico border have been notified. ros: have w had any explanation as to why the prison guard is seen as a suspect rathethan a victim? >> because she did provide bogus explanations, as i have the sheriff call it, for where they were going. she said she was taking him into the courthouse, which is only about a half-mile from the jail, for that mental health evaluation. there was no such court
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appearance. she also had told other employees at the jail that after she dropped him off at the courthouse, she was going to be seeking medical attention because she is not feeling well. the sheriff says state determined that there was no medical appointment. ros: he is facing murder charges. was he facing a moment in court that was coming quickly? >> the way the sheriff described it was that casey white had been back from an alabama prison to the county jail in february. he was supposed to be hear to attend court hearings through may. he was pretty close to being returned back to the prison where he placed serving time for previous eves. ros: many thanks to ashley. you can read her reporting on
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