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berlin. mission aborted, a red cross convoy on its way to evaluate -- on its way to evacuate citizens from mariupol on its way back, dashing the hopes of those trapped inside the city. also tonight, a stark warning from the eu to china, don't help russia in its war against ukraine. china says it will not be forced
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to take sides. the draw for this year's world cup has concluded. host country, qatar, hopes the world's attention moves away from its human rights record to the tournament itself. i'm brent goff. to all of you around the world, welcome. we start this friday in ukraine and attempts to get citizens out of the besieged city of mariupol. red cross convoy had to stop and turn around. conditions on the ground simply too dangerous. the strategic port of ukraine's southernmost coast is essential for the control and access to the sea of azov. previous attempts to establish
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humanitarian corridors out of the city for about 100 60,000 civilians have failed. that however appears to be changing. more than 6000 people across ukraine managed to get out via humanitarian corridors today, about half from mariupol. >> hollow shells of building now -- of buildings now where a vital port city once stood. mariupol is still under bombardment with tens of thousands trapped. those who made it out to areas of ukraine not controlled by russian forces describe a harrowing journey on roads controlled by russian soldiers. these women were able to come to the city. >> next to us, people were buried in a children's playground. a person was buried in the yard. we quickly got on the bus.
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there were already 10 people on the bus even though it was intended for nine people with the driver. they put in more seats because people had to get out. it was not until the second day that we realized we were not going through a humanitarian corridor. we could have simply been shot. we were threatened. they said we can kick you out and take your car for the needs of the army and shoot you. >> this family made it to the city of dnieper after a hellish ordeal in their hometown of mariupol. >> a bomb exploded into two parts. the head and the torso. and then small bombs flew out, and fragments flew into the windows of the school. kindergartens were hit and the house shook so much. the family is safe for now.
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their journey out involved multiple checkpoints before escaping russian-controlled territory. there were eight or nine checkpoints on the route. people at checkpoints stood at the crossroads someone looked at the passports and said, here are the children, you can drive. we see the first ukrainian checkpoint. they said, now we will call the city and ask for a car. we will accompany you there. >> the red cross has been trying for weeks to help get people out and supplies in for those who cannot escape mariupol. >> for more, i am joined by deputy director of the ukrainian red cross. glad that you are able to talk to us tonight. can you give us the latest? what are you hearing from your colleagues in mariupol? >> what my hearing?
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unfortunately the situation is getting worse day today. -- getting wor day to day. there is still stuff working in mariupol and around six volunteers working in the city but we don't know anything about their destiny, their life. we know they have difficulties because they do not have -- and of course, damaged our -- it was partially damaged so that's the situation. yesterday, we had teams from other agencies in ukraine, the ukrainian red cross, headed in a car convoy to mariupol to evacuate the people, but it failed. we stopped by the russian troops. inwood gone sky -- in luhansk,
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we help people in such a way that we supported, followed 42 bus and 5 private cars to their destinatns and we know, one hour ago, they reach their destinatn. that was a two day operation. unfortunately, we still don't have access to mariupol. >> this week, the office of the ukrainian red cross was hit by a molotov cocktail. it is dangerous for you and your organization to do the work you are trying to do. talk to us about how important it is that people realize, even in a war zone, that the red cross is impartial and neutral. >> well, it is not the only case . in the office where we were hit by a molotov cocktail, but our offices in many parts of ukrai
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in parts of ukraine with strong hostilities, vehicles are attacked, and this is like -- this fear. we live and more conditions now -- wlive in war conditions now. neutrality is important for now because we have to be neutral in order to be able to cross, for instance, the roadblocks in order to get to encircled ties and brinhumanitarian aid. we emphasize this everywhere hand our staff -- everywhere and our staff and volunteers maintain this principle. >> we have been in touch with you. this war is personal to you. you and your family left when the shelling began in kyiv, in early march, and you were eight months pregnant at the time. just tell us, i mean, how are you doing? >> well, not easy.
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thank god i am not in a very dangerous plac i'm in central ukraine. we have course have -- we have of course hear air raid sirens. me bombings take place but not the heavy shelling we have obrved in eastern ukraine or around kyiv. i am separated from a husband anfather, who stayed in kyiv in a civ defense, so to speak, otecting oureighborhood, and i am expecti my baby in three weeks but i'm not sure if it happens here, because ifhe l ine comes here and bombardment comes heavier, i might have to flee, so my baby might appear on the road. it is not easy. >> we wish you, your baby and family all the best. that's the deputy director of the ukrainian red cross.
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thank you. russian troops have reportedly withdrawn from the decommissioned chernobyl nuclear power plant in ukraine and there are reports some soldiers were showing signs of radiation sickness. the u.n.'s nuclear watchdog has not said whether or not russian forces were exposed to high levels of radiation while they occupied the facility. >> weeks after seizing control of the decommissioned chernobyl nuclear power plant, russian forces are said to have left the area. ukrainian authorities have accused moscow of acting riskless -- of acting recessly while in control of the site, seen here in archived footage. >> russia behavior responsibly injure -- russia behaved irresponsibly in chernobyl on all accounts, from not letting workers conduct their
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duties to digging trenches around it. >> authorities say that digging trenches and driving heavy vehicles in the toxics exclusion zone was one because of the withdrawal after russian forces were exposed to high radiation. the agency has not confirmed ukrainian claims but welcomes russia's withdrawal. >> this is a step in the right direction. we will be there soon because there's -- in chernobyl, there's a lot of work to be done. >> while the stations returned to ukrainian control may have few implications in the fight against russia's invasion, it should allow for a return to normality at the site, letting officials resume the task of keeping the site safe. >> a look at some other stories related to the war in ukraine. russia has announced it will not immediately turn off gas supplies to europe.
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the kremlin says payments in rubles on deliveries are due in mid april and again in may. european importers have refused to agree to these terms. russia's foreign minister, sergey lavrov, met with his indian counterpart in new delhi as they seek to maintain military and trade ties between their countries despite the war in ukraine. india has abstained in you and resolutions against russia and continues to buy oil and weapons from moscow. german prosecutors say they have charged a former german military reserve officer of spying for moscow, saying he was in contact with russian intelligence services and provided information about the buddhist -- the bundeswehr and eu sanctions against russia. germany has approved the sale of 58 tanks from a czech company.
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the ministry said a permit had been issued for the vehicles, which are equipped with canon and machine guns. they were acquired by the german army after reunification in the 1990's and later sold to the czech company. a so-called end use clause says military hardware can be sold to third parties with berlin's approval. the former boxing world champion and brother of keefe's mayor -- of keefe's mayor is in town to meet with political leaders. he spoke with chancellor olaf scholz and the foreign minister today. he was appealing for more german support for ukraine, including economic, military and humanitarian aid. >> we need to be supported with funds, with food, with medicine,
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with weapons. we need russia to be isolated, isolated economically, because every cent that is spent to buy gas is used on weapons that are killing our children, our women, our men, our civilians. >> today, the european union warned china not to help russia wage war on ukraine or sidestep western sanctions. it came during the first summit between the eu and china in two years and comes with beijing giving russia political backing and refusing to condemn the invasion of ukraine. >> it was the first summit between the eu and china in two years. the goal, assurances that china will not arm russia or help moscow evade western economic sanctions.
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european commission president ursula von der leyen said afterward she had made an appeal based on simple math. >> let me remind you that every day china and the european union trade almost 2 billion euros worth of goods and services, and in comparison, trade between china and russia is only some 330 million euros per day, so a prolongation of the war and the disruptions it brings to the world economy is therefore in no one's interests, certainly not china's. >> china has refused to condemn russia for invading ukraine. in fact, before the summit with brussels, a spokesperson for china's ministry of foreign affairs called the u.s. the culprit and leading instigator of the ukraine crisis for its role in nato's expansion since the cold war. president xi jinping was more subtle when addressing the eu officials. >> china has maintained a
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consistency and continuity of its eu policy. we hope the eu conform its perception of china, adopt an independent china policy, and work with us for the study and sustained development of china-eu relations. >> russia's war has brought the eu closer together and shown how far away other powers, such as china, or on foreign policy. >> for more on the summit, we go to brussels. our correspondent has been covering this. good evening to you. the question is has the eu succeeded in getting china to commit to not helping russia in its war against ukraine? >> no. the eu was able to make its case during this summit, but it got no concrete answers from president xi in
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beijing. they said that china should join the eu on sanctions on russia, the aggressor, or at least not circumvent them, but xi made a counter proposal, saying the eu should detach from their close ally, the united states, and judge china more independently, so no progress here. china is leaning towards russia that's clear -- russia. that's clear. >> china's state broadcaster says that they are pushing for peace talks between ukraine and russia in its own way. do we know what that means? >> prime minister li did not elaborate. he was talking more in general terms about peace, that china is always looking for it and negotiations, but no concrete proposals. the eu, on the other hand, demanded that china should use
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its influence on russia, because it has influence on russia, and should adhere to its responsibility as a member of the un security council, so it is actually not clear what china will do in the next days. >> bernd, thank you. the russian public is getting a limited picture of what is happening in ukraine. still, many people know enough to know they want to leave the country, particularly highly skilled workers. in the tech sector alone, it is estimated up to 70,000 specialists have already left russia in search of greener job pastures elsewhere, with more expected to follow. >> it is his neighborhood and his subway station, but maybe not for no for constantine. in his mid-50's, he's been developing a smartphone app for a major russian bank. however, he's skeptical now about his future in the country. >> russia's cutting itself off from the outside world and i don't want that.
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i would like to breathe free and see the whole world. >> constantine doesn't know yet which country he will go to. it might be israel or germany. his wife, a translator, has her wishlist. the two children should come also. constantine is already taking a german language course with his daughter. >> ich spreche deutsche. >> the couple doubts they will be coming back soon. >> i feel sorry for my country. it hurts me that the future i imagined for myself had been -- has been taken away. i have always loved my country. >> i don't really believe russia will develop further. i fear all this will take a very long time and i probably won't return to russia anymore. russia is deep inside of me. >> moscow's economy can already
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feel the effects of young i.t. specialists leaving the country. experts say quality will sink because well-educated programmers have left. international firms are especially relocating jobs away from russia. >> the first mass exodus was in the first week of march. it was a heavy blow considering these good people have acquired years of expertise. >> now, the russian state wants to jump in with support. this expert said there would be new jobs for programmers and they will see positive effects caused by sanctions from the west. >> it is always like this and russia. first,verything looks bad, but it is a new challenge and opportunity for new business ideas. >> however, konstantin does not want to be in that kind of working environment. he's gathering his documents together to also be able to work legally abroad. he hopes it is not too late for him to emigrate somewhere.
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>> everything is possible. maybe we want to leave, but then we would be stopped. >> is russia changed in an instant. many people share the opinion that things will get even darker in the country. >> and here is a look now at some of the other stories we are following for you. the turkish government has agreed to request an insta -- an istanbul court transfer a trial to saudi arabia relating to the assassination of jamaal khashoggi. officials say they fear transferring the case could enable a cover-up. police and the u.k. have been handing out fines to people who attended parties in downing street during covid lockdowns.
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the prime minister has faced pressure to resign over the scandal. -- residential schools run by the catholic church. more than 150 thousand of canada's indigenous children were forced to attend state-funded schools in the 19th and 20th centuries. in football news, the stakes draw for this year's world cup in qatar just happened. tom is here to take us through the talking points. who are the winners and losers of the draw? >> in terms of the winners, there are certainly a couple teams who i think will feel pretty pleased with how this turned out. one of those is england. they were drawn in group b alongside the usa, iran, and the
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european playoff. the european playoff is a spot among the 32 yet to be allocated. that place will be taken either by whales, scotland or ukraine, so potentially a british isles derby on the cards for england, but whatever happens, whoever takes that spot, i think they will be looking at that group and saying there are no major world cup heavyweights that might make life tough for them in group b, so i think they will be pleased with how things turn out, and group d, the world cup holders, defending their title alongside denmark, tunisia, and the first international playoff. that place will be taken either by the united arab emirates, australia or peru. obviously, denmark were semifinalists last year, so they are not to be underestimated, but i think for france, they will be looking at that with -- in a similar vein to the way
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england would be sizing up their group and thinking that task should be manageable. in terms of losers, it is hard to pick out a group of death. the seating mechanism seems to have done a good job. most seem to be evenly matched, so certainly exciting. >> what about the german team? what to their prospects look like? >> germany is in group e alongside japan, spain and the second international playoff, so that place will be taken either by costa rica or new zealand. again, this is kind of similar to group b and d. certainly a strong group, but for germany, not an impossible task. japan is a solid team with a good world cup pedigree. spain obviously really among the world's best. they were of course semifinalists also in 2020 ear
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the last time they played against germany, they actually be them 6-0 in seville, but that was at the end an era whe germany was out of ideas, did not have much going for them. they are now a different outfit under their coach. this is his first big test so certainly a lot of pressure on their heads going into this. >> it has been a rocky road leading up to today, hasn't it? >> qatar were first announced as hosts of this tournament back in 2010. that was a controversial decision then and a lot of the issues raised have never gone away. >> qatar spared no expense to set the stage for the arab world's first-ever world cup. by some estimates, the tournament is going to cost the gulf state nearly 200 billion euros, but controversy clouded fifa's decision to award qatar
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the spectacle from the start. first, the summer heat in the region mandated a schedule changed to november, a rule that will disrupt top domestic leagues that will be underway already. concerns about the treatment of migrant workers have dominated the narrative. human rights groups have alleged that migrant groups are vulnerable to abuse that's resulted in thousands of deaths. the president of fifa recently addressed the criticism, even claiming the world cup spotlight had led to a rapid improvement in working conditions. >> as regards the situation in qatar in particular, i think we need to be fair there as well and admit that a lot of progress has happened. a lot of progress in the conditions of the workers. of course, more can be done everywhere always. >> the president of fifa has
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been accused of pandering to qatar. he has even taken up residence in the nation. but regardless of the controversy, the first winter world cup in the northern hemisphere is going ahead. some qualifying games still need to be played. for those already through, raining champions france are among the favorites again, while germany w on all seven of their qualifying games after a new coach took over. and it stars like argentina's leo messi and portugal's cristiano ronaldo just may be taking part in their final world cup. >> fifa, after all this, breathing a sigh of relief? >> certainly. to have got the draw now done and dusted, in the bag, is a major milestone on the road to qatar, and now that the fixtures
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are lined up, fifa is certainly hoping that the football itself will make more headlines. it will not be a world cup like any other. whether it will be the best tournament ever, like the president keeps saying, depends on how you measure it, but it was a milestone. >> thank goodness for good air conditioning. you are watching dw news. after a short break, i'll be back to take you through the day. including a former watergate prosecutor commenting on the january 6 attack on the u.s. capitol. have a great day.
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>> welcome back. you're watching "live from paris" on france 24. it is about 10:00 p.m. here in the french capital. creating an fighters continue to hold off the russian offensive in kharkiv. our reporters are on the ground in the besieged city speaking to some of the few civilians who remain. the red cross fails to evacuate civilians from mary a pole. some 150,000 people remain trapped in the city. another attempt is planned for saturday. hungary's nationalist prime
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minister is seeking a fourth term in elections on sunday. victor or bun faces a united opposition for the first time -- victor or von -- victor orban is facing a united opposition for the first time. we begin in the northeastern city of kharkiv where ukrainian forces continue to hold off russian troops. the city has been getting began ve weeks ago, and many residents have fled. our reporters met some of those who have remained in the city despite the danger. >> war has reduced the streets to a wasteland. the neighborhood the northern edge of kharkiv whose housing
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estates have been blasted by shelling. all but a handful of residents have fled. ludmila is 75 years old and only one of five left on her block. she is relieved to find some company. on march 23, her building was hit. >> [speaking foreign language] >> this family has fled the bombing to sleep elsewhere, but they still bring food.
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>> [speaking foreign language] >> every day and night here is punctuated now by the sound of explosions as artillery pounds the outskirts of ukraine's second-largest city. at least 300 people have been killed here. for the past five weeks at every alert, ludmila has been sheltering in this basement with her neighbor. >> [speaking forgn language] >> ludmila grew up in soviet russia and simply cannot believe
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what's happening. >> [speaking foreign language] >> during a brief lull in fighting, sonia takes us to the spot where a shell landed a week ago. we are just over 30 kilometers from the border with russia were many people have strong cultural or family ties. >> [speaking foreign language]
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>> the calm does not last long. ukrainian forces return fire. fighting continues around kharkiv to the north and east of the city. in the past few days, the ukrainian army says that it has managed to regain territory and push back russian troops. >> that report from catherine noris trend. we spoke to catherine a little earlier this friday. she was at a metro station in kharkiv were residents have been hiding out from the schelling. >> i'm in a metro station, a subway station a short drive away from the scenes you saw there. many of the people, many of the 700 people sheltering here on the platforms, the stairs, and the empty train carriages behind me are from that neighborhood
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and have come here. many have in here for several weeks now to escape that almost incessant bombing. i have spoken to one lady who said she arrived on the first day of this war and she is only planning to leave when the war stops. people here are tired. they are exhausted. they are crowded in to each other, very little privacy, and there's no hot water. there are washrooms, toilets, but very little supplies. they only go out when they dared to get supplies from their homes. many people, their homes and possessions have been damaged and they fled here quickly, so it is a difficult existence for people here now five weeks into the war and people telling me that they are still scared that russian forces could destroy their city. they have been watching what is going on in the city of mariupol
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, but they are worried that because they are close to the russian border that many people here, ethnic russians and russian, that they could still very much be a target. most people have fled the local authorities. about 1/3 of the population of the city have left altogether. many have crossed borders elsewhere as well in europe, and in these northern and eastern suburbs closest to the front line of fighting, very many people have left their homes. there are only a few people holding out reluctant or unable to go. a lot of people are elderly, people who are alone who say they do not have anywhere to go, they don't want to leave their belongings and lives behind, but this is constant threat of terror. there are so many air raid alerts here. people have become used most to rushing down to those bomb shelters and eking out an existence there.
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>> next to mariupol where an attempt to evacuate civilians failed this friday, a red cross convoy said that it was forced to turn around and that it would try again on saturday. the red cross team plans to lead a convoy of some iffy for ukrainian buses and private vehicles out of the city. mariupol has been devastated by weeks of brutal bombardment. the city's mayor estimates up to 170,000 civilians remain trapped without power and limited food and water. a previous attempt by the red cross to reach mariupol in march also failed because the route was found to be unsafe. vladimir putin's closest eu ally, viktor orban, is hoping to win a fourth term this sunday, but his party is facing a united opposition for the very first
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time. parties from across the political spectrum have formed the coalition united for hungary, by the pro-eu peter mark is a. still, they faced an uphill battle with hungary's media landscape largely controlled by the government and orban once again showering voters with handouts. >> pomp and pageantry have long figure in victor or von's campaign playbook, as have common touch appeals to the people. flattery works, too. the head of the national conservative party wants a fourth term in office but instead of an actual program, he is promising tax breaks and handouts. the prices of gasoline and some food staples have been frozen in the face of inflation.
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>> [speaking foreign language] >> [speaking foreign language] >> look closely, though, and orban does not have a good economic record overall. the national currency has taken a beating, but there are few ways for the nation's problems and opposition to get a hearing. >> people are absolutely getting apolitical, not because they are dumb but because they think or see that there is no rational degree. >> a tight race shows orban just ahead of opposition parties.
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>> with this current crisis also and the covid crisis, it is needed to have a strong -- not as strong but a stable government. >> they are just feta, what they did to the civil population and different people. >> once again and more than ever, this legislative vote will also be a referendum on victor or von -- on viktor orban. >> for more, we speak to a visiting fellow of central europe at the german marshall fund. thank you. recent polls are pointing to a lead for viktor orban.
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electionand what do you expect to happen on sday? >> the main steak is on the one hand, the authoritarian tendencies in the country which were present over the past 12 years will continue and also the european union will continue to have ridge established very close ties to authoritarian great powers like china and russia over the past couple of years. this also means a kind of instability track for the european union. >> what do you expect to see happen in this election? do you think it will be another victory for orban? >> the ection result is still
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uncertain. most of the polls clearly indicate an advantage for the incumbent party, and unfortunately, because the playing field is very much tilted, the media environment was already mentioned, but the campaign regulations and electoral system are also favoring the party of the prime minister. it is difficult to expect that this kind of disadvantage of the opposition could be turned into an actual victory. >> h do you see the war in ukraine as having impacted the election? >> surprisingly, the prime domestic politics and thefit i international level. in domestic politics, society is
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very much divided, especially those very critical to the eastern orientation of the actual hungarian government. practically, the election will be decided i voters who do not have obvious preferences, and in this segment of the population, the rhetoric of the prime minister, who argues that a distance should be kept between russia and ukraine, resonates because it offers a kind of solution to the hungarian population, or at least to that segment of the hungarian population, that they can avoid the hardship triggered by this conflict in their very own lives , and at the international level, the rule of law questioning the european union was pushed to the political backseat, and it also favors the prime minister because one of
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the most critical points towards his regime are now absent. >> victor or von has regularly been at odds with other -- vikt or orban has regularly bn at odds with other countries. can you talk about what another win would mean for relations between hungary and the eu? x on the one hand, there was a slight adjustment to european and western partners. i think most western leaders expected a much different approach. the country supported all joint positions of the european union or nato, the sanctions against russia.
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until now, i think the government was -- i also doubt that after the election there could be a u-turn in investment direction. the prime mister simply needs a good relation to authoritarian great powers like russia or china to put leverage on the european union, to signal for european leaders that he has other strategic options. if they would choose a more conflict-laden approach, he would try to sanction the hungarian government due to the deconstruction of democracy, so until prime minister or von --
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the relationship with russia and china will continue as well. >> thank you very much for your time. we are going to have to leave it there. it is time now for a look at the day's top business news. i'm joint onset by brian quinn. you are starting in new york where labor organizers at amazon have just achieved a major milestone with the company's first union in the u.s. >> that's right. workers in staten island voted 2264-2181 in favor of forming a union there, the first ever union at the e-commerce giant which has strongly opposed organizing efforts since its founding in the 1990's. the company says the union would interfere with its direct relationship with employees with no accompanying guarantee of
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better wages or benefits. it was a redo of a poll conducted last year in which regulators studied amazon's interference. new york organizers, though, celebrated as hopes grow. >> we went for the dougie -- we went for the jugular and we went for the top dog. we want every other industry and business to know that games have changed. we are going to unionize. we are not going to quit our jobs anymore. this is a prime example of the power that people have when they come together. >> the u.s. department of labor released its monthly jobs report on friday as the country's labor market experiences a full recovery.
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the national unemployment rate now to 3.6%, just .1% higher than it was in february 2020 just before a covid-19 shutdown sent it skyrocketing. still, one point 6 million fewer people remain unemployed compared to pre-pandemic days. president joe biden taking a quick victory lap on u.s. television. here he is. >> america back to work, and that is good news. millions of families have a little more breathing room and the dignity of earning a paycheck, the dignity of having a job. as more and more americans get jobs, it will help ease supply pressures, and that's good news for our economy. it means our economy has gone from being on the mend to being on the move. >> equipment announced european countries have until the second half of april to begin paying
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for deliveries of russian natural gas in rubles. presidentutin had decreed that non-friendly nations must open ruble-friendly accounts at gazprom. the move was aimed at bolstering the ruble after western sanctions caused it to shed nearly half its value, though it has mostly recovered to its pre-war level in recent days. europe has so far refused russian demands, saying contracts that specify payments in euros or dollars are illegal. countries are getting edgy, the. >> it is not about putting on a sweater and turning down heating a bit as some smart people in the west think hour paying a bit more for gas at petrol stations. the point is that if energy does not come from russia, then there is no energy in hungary. this is a question of the functioning or nonfunctioning of
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the economy. the hungarian economy simply cannot function without these types of energy sources. >> most traders, though, are seeing that two-week delay as a de-escalation with european gas futures falling more than 10% friday. crude oil prices declining slightly as well as members of the international energy agency agreed to their second release of oil reserves in a month. the ftse in london up .3%. the cac 24 in similar territory. wall street oscillating after the first negative u.s. quarter since 2014 wrapped up their stay. investors looking at that jobs report and rising inflation as sons the federal reserve would be forced to raise interest rates more than expected this year. major interest rates rallying to close in positive territory. finally for business, british
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diners may be feeling a bit salty that sanctions on russia have sent prices of a classic off the deep and. fish and chips growing increasingly expensive as tariffs on russian seafood combined with higher energy prices and even higher sales tax. >> fish and chips is a traditional dish often served with salt, vinegar, and tartar sauce. in ordinary times, russia supplied between 30% and 40% sold in britain's fish and chip shops, but a new tariff was introduced as part of a sanctions package. >> we have been in this industry for over 30 years. there has never been a shortage of fish. we have never looked at any shortage of any products. >> ukraine is the world's biggest exporter of vegetable oil, and the rise in prices have
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impacted restaurant owners. rising prices are also being hit by rising energy costs, which has led some to raise their prices such as this owner in the west. >> we have always been considered a cheap meal, so we work on volume, and with inflationary pricing, it is very difficult. >> customers are also being hit by a national sales tax, which is rising from 12.5% to 20%. the pockets of british consumers were already being squeezed by rising inflation and costs, partly due to both the pandemic and brexit. >> bad news for wallets, maybe good news for cholesterol. >> thank you very much for that update. it is time now to turn across the table for our truth or fake, our daily fact checking segment. you are going to look at
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mariupol today. both russian and ukrainian forces claiming that they have control of the city, and you are going to take us through some of the footage being shared by both sides. >> we are seeing a propaganda war as both russians and ukrainians claim control of the city. who controls mariupol is hard to say, especially considering the last independent journalists fled on march 21, so what are left with are the images from the pro-russian chechen fighters or the nationalist regiment fighting for ukraine, so basically, we are left with propaganda. let's begin with these images from the official account of the checn president on march 21. he shared a video showing chechen fighters allegedly advancing on eastern mariupol. let's take a closer look at this video.
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let's review what we just saw. we see chechen fighters accompanied by russian tanks identified by the c, a russian military symbol for victory. the caption reads chechen fighters successfully advancing in the mariupol direction. -- identified by the z. of course, these claims are impossible to verify and lack evidence. >> let's move on now to images being shared by the nationalist regiment fighting for ukraine. >> it is a controversial far right military movement that
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became part of ukraine's armed forces. we have this image from march 25 on telegraph where soldiers claim to have destroyed two russian infantry vehicles. let'take a closer look at this video. what we are seeing is drone footage taken in the western suburbs of mariupol according to geolocation devices. they show the target, allegedly tw russian infantry vehicles. part of the caption on this vehicle reads, fighters kill the enemy without destroying any civilian infrastructure. surely some of the civilian infrastructure was damaged in this vicinity, but once again, this is impossible to verify the
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veracity of this information and also self-promotion content to show that they are successfully fighting off the enemy, so despite the names on both sides, the videos do remain propaganda and we can only conclude there's no evidence that ukrainians or russians have control of mariupol. >> certainly hard to get any clarity, but nonetheless, thank you very much for sharing the latest videos out of mariupol. thank you, also, brian with our business segment a moment ago. it is time to take a quick rake, but stay with us. we will be right back. ♪
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