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narrator: funding was also provided by, the freeman foundation. by judy and peter blum kovler 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". ♪ samantha: this is bbc world news. i'm samantha simmons. heavy fighting continues in eastern ukraine as russian forces try to take the entire donbass region. russia confirms it fired missiles into kyiv during a missile by human -- string a visit by u.n. secretary general antonio guterres. >> the first one struck that side. it was really loud. after about 10 seconds, the second one hit here. samantha: escaping the war inserts of shelter, the u.n.
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estimates two thirds of ukrainian children are displaced. also, former wimbledon champion boris becker is jailed for two and a half years for lying about assets during bankruptcy proceedings. a retired afghan general has told abc that he and other former soldiers and politicians are preparing for military offensive against the taliban. and as a heat wave in india and paki pushes temperatures higher, how authorities are trying to keep people safe. ♪ samantha: hello and welcome if you are watching in the u.k., on pbs in the u.s., or around the world. as heavy fighting continues in eastern ukraine, an advisor to
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the country's president has acknowledged ukrainian forces suffered serious losses. he said ukraine lost control of some towns, but claimed russia's casualties had been colossal. this report finds some images you may find distressing. >> this woman was carried from the wreckage of her home in a body bag. she had been found buried beneath rubble after a russian missile strike on central he have. vera was 55, a journalist for amican broadcaster radio liberty. it says it is shocked and outraged by the meaningless manner of her death. we saw forensic workers bring out what looked like fragments of the missile. russia's defense ministry claims it was firing precision weapons, only the military factory opposite the apartment block is scorched, but still standing. these people feel lucky to feel
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alive today, even able to salvage something from the ruins. they just got home when they heard the first last. if he had been in the left a minute longer, he tells me they would have been burned or killed. russia may well have been aiming at a military facility across the road, but once again, it is civilians who are the casualties of this strike. the mayor in kyiv now says 100 civilians have been killed in ukraine's capital alone in a war russia began over two months ago, that still shows no sign it wants to stop. [explosions] and down in marupol, the besieged city by the sea, civilians and fighters under fire, surrounded by a giant steelworks. the rest of the shattered city is now under russian control. olya's husband and italian's
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brother are both soldiers, trapped with supplies running out. said the women came to kyiv to ask the government to do more to save them. >> they are talking about civilians, but not about the military. i am worried. the military are also people. they don't want to die in that city that is destroyed. why? i don't undstand. they have been holding the whole of ukraine and even europe for two months and they deserve to come back alive. reporter: kyiv itself has begun to come alive again, now that russian forces have retreated from its suburbs. but even this half normality is fragile when moscow has shown it can strike at any time. bbc news, kyiv. samantha: millions of ukraine's children have fled their homes since the war began. the u.n. children's agency, unicef, estimates two thirds of the country's children are now displaced.
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it is even harder -- even a harder your -- it is an even harder journey for some because they don't have their parents with them. dan johnson has been to meet some of those who moved there. reporter: watch for the flash of panic across angelina's face. [air raid siren] [yelling] reporter: but she knows the drill. she has been through more airwaves than any 11-year-old should. the lives of these orpnage children are now dominated by running for more and taking cover from attacks. are you scared, angelina? >> [speaking ukrainian] reporter: angelina tells us to stay down and stay away from the
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windows, veteran even before she reached her teenage years. smartphone apps show alts spreading across the country, and thoughts turn to home. this is lizzie, angelina says, with memories of the town she was evacuated from. i want to go home. the more they shoot, the more i want to go back, she says. but angelina has no idea what awaits. this is why they came west, bombs landed close to their orphanage in the luhansk region soon after they escaped in the early days of the invasion. local officials sent us these pictures of the damage. the u.n. says nearly 5 million ukrainian children are now refugees. this man tells me he heard shooting and bombing early on the morning of the invasion. >> i did not know exactly what the sounds were. then, russian chance it --
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russian tanks invaded. then, we packed all our stuff to leave for lviv. reporter: but even this far west, they are not safe. his phe shows videos of the missile strike nearby. >> it was very close to here. we saw the fire. the windows were blown out, and there was shrapnel. i was walking through flagman's -- fragments of glass. reporter: angelina offers a lesson in the attempt to redraw ukraine's geography. take me back, she says, i want the war to be over. we will rebuild. dan johnson, bbc news, lviv. samantha: this is the latest
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from the russian state news agency with comments from russian foreign minister sergey lavrov, saying russian is not can sitter it -- does not consider that saying russia does not consider -- saying russia does not consider itself at war with nato. he says russia is not threatening nuclear war. it is western nations talking about this, interesting given comments we have seen in the past day or so from president putin, saying russia would not hesitate to use nuclear weapons affected by countries interfering and ukraine, so interesting lines coming from the russian state news agency. you can find all the latest online on our website, /news. there is a live page wit all the latest developments on ukraine, looking back on our analysis and journalism as well. we have been looking into numbers given by both ukraine
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and russia about the number of russian service personnel killed since the invasion began. the two sides' figures are quite different. just had to the bbc news website or download the app to get the latest. here in the u.k., the six-time tennis grand slam champion boris becker has been sentenced to two years and six month in prison after being found guilty of lying about $3 million in assets during bankruptcy proceedings. we have this update from the crown court in london. reporter:oers backer arrived here at t crime court, the same court where his trial was held, where he was convicted about three weeks ago by a jury, on four counts under the insolvency act. it would have been well aware whene arrived at courtier that he could be facing an immediate custodial sentence for those crimes. his defense barrister argued in court this morning that his clients, boris becker, should receive a suspended prison
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sentence. but the judge, you mentioned, sentenced boris becker to two years and six months, half of which he will rve on license. now, colleagues in the courtroom, court one here at southern crown court, when the sentence was handed down, boris becker looked shocked, and he picked up a bag, nodded to his partner who was in court and was then led out of the dock by a court official. and we understand that he may have just left southern crown court in a prison van. there were a lot of photographers by one of the gates here, taking photographs as one of the prison vans left. but a fall from grace from a once golden boy of tennis, a tennis superstar who ended up here in southern crown court after being convicted of four counts under the insolvency act
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in relation to his 27 being -- relation to his 2017 bankruptcy. he is starting this evening is two years and six months prison sentence and he will serve half of that on license. samantha: a confessed member of the terror islamic state group has been sentenced to life in prison by a u.s. court. alexanda kotey originally for the u.k., pleaded guilty last year to being involved in the killing of american hostages as well as britain's david haynes and another man. they were called the beatles because of their british accents. he was extradited to the u.s. last year on his agency helped torture western hostages. a former generally in ghanistan's national army as told the bbc that he and many other afghan soldiers and all editions are preparing to launch military operations against the taliban next month. the 57-year-old
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lieutenant general had just assumed command of government forces when the government collapsed and says eight months of taliban rule have convinced many that military action is the only way to stop the increasing authoritarian rule. he is speaking to our chief national correspondent lyse doucet. reporter: one of your recent conversations was leaked and you said as a young afghan general, it is my duty to stand up and fight until we liberate afghanistan again. why are you rushing into something afghans don't want? they don't want another war, whatever they think of the taliban. >> i was initially planning to give taliban 12 months and see if they change. unfortunately, every day you wake up, the taliban have something new to do -- torturing people, killing, disappearing,
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children malnutrition and everything. it is easy for others in the st or elsewhere to say, give the taliban a chance. but it is not easy for me. every day, i see my phone getting hundreds of messages from young girls, young boys, families, and people, doctors and officers saying we have been tortur, we have been oppressed, we have been disrespected, and what are you going to do about it? there is pbably thousands of afghans getting these messages. reporter: but we hear from many in the afghan countryside which bore the brunt of the war in the past 20 years that they are so relieved that the u.s. and afghan warplanes and drones are out of the sky. they are relieved, whatever they think of the taliban, they are relieved at least that there is peace. would they give the kind of support to your fighting forces that you would need in order to make any kind of advance? >> i think, i don't think that
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there is peace in afghanistan. reporter: but certainly more peaceful. they say even, for example in hell mont were you commended forces -- helmond where you commanded, civilians were killed, markets were hit. >> i don't think civilians were killed under my command. reporter: there are repeated incidents in the reports. this is what the hamadis tell us. >> there is word-of-mouth. if there is evidence showing myself or my forces have been directly involved with the civilians getting hurt, that is not true. when the war began, i ordered all the civilians to leave the city. reporter: if afghan history has any lessons, it is that armed troops make progress when they have a stronghold, ice actuary in a neighboring country, if
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they have a strong foothold inside the country where they can operate from, and if they have strong foreign backers. do you have any of those, you and the people you will working with? >> the war this time for us will be very different. we will be fighting as an insurgency, if i can put it that way. it will not cost us a lot of offenses. a lot of patriot afghanistan's have come together and want to share their wealth and support this struggle. i will not commentn the neighboring countries. reporter: do you have foreign allies? >> no, we don't. we don't want foreigners involved a our word because it is our country. reporter: so, in a few weeks, you are going to be heading to a neighboring state arms to move inside afghanistan, to start attacking? >> i don't want to put a timeline. but we definity decided to go
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into armed struggle against the taliban and join our other brothers who are doing that. and we are definitely trying to get some sort of political unity amongst our leaders and then, work together with the younger generation of afghan leaders into going and freeing our people from the taliban. what we want to do is create circumstances whereby even the taliban themselves could become part of the government, could be safe in our society. we are not against the taliban. we are against the way they are governing. their textbook is wrong for afghanistan. samantha: lyse doucet. stay with us on bbc world news. still to come, we report from india, where authorities are warning halfhe country is facing a heat wave. ♪ >> nothing, it seemed, was too
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bi to withstand the force of the tornado. the extent of the devastation will lead to renewed calls to build at her government housing. >> internationally, there have been protests, sweet and says it received no warning of the accident. the russians at firsdenied anything wrong. radioactivity levels began to increase outside russia, and they were first to admit the accident. ♪
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samantha: this is bbc news. our top stories -- as heavy fighting continues in eastern ukraine, a presidential advisor has acknowledged serious losses but says russia's were even worse. authorities in india are warning that half the country may be prolonged heat wave. temperatures have risen to 45 degrees in some places. we have more. reporter: the heat is scorching. we are in the middle of a city usually known for its magnificence, a popular tourist destination. but the heat gets unrelenting, temperatures going all the way up to 50 in june. but they have started climbing much earlier this summer. the indian meteorological department has released data of 75 cities across the northwestern and central regions of the city, including this pity, where the temperature is either 43 degrees or more,
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substantially high this time of year. people are advised to stay indoors as much as possible. some states have ordered school closures. others, like here, have ordered power cuts up to four hours at industrial establishments and households. that is a huge problem because rural households see a huge water crisis in summer, and are dependent on power supplies to pump water. we have seen many women walked to open wells to fetch water on their heads and they have to make multiple trips for that. so i'm a for those who have to step outcome of the advice is to wear cotton close, cover as much of their body as possible to avoid sunburn. samantha: neighboring pakistan issued a heat warning after the hottest march in 61 years. bbc has more. reporter: authorities in pakistan issued a heat wave alert as the country experiences record-breaking april temperatures of 120 degrees
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fahrenheit, especially along the border area between india and pakistan. such severe heat waves have not been registered in the region in the months of may and june, but scientists agree that climate change has sped up the melting of glacial ice inhe himalayas as well. the data on temperatures in southern pakistan is likely to be 40-45 degrees fahrenheit higher than normal. in one city, the recorded temperature a couple days ago was 116 degrees fahrenheit, higher than what is usually recorded in the month of april. according to the pakistan meteorological department, temperatures are likely to increase gradually, impacting millions of lives and the harvest of wheat. samantha: the situation in pakistan. antigovernment protests continue to grow in sri lanka. demonstrators are calling in the
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government to step down amid an economic crisis brought on by shortages of food, fuel and medicines. our south and asia -- our south asia editor reports. reporter: the antigovernment protest here in colombo has been gaining momentum with people from different parts of life, students from medical institutions and hospitals are taking part in the protest. and they warned that the government of the president should step down. these people accuse e government of mismanaging the economy. the cost of living has gone up for many families because of the rise of food and cooking gas going up by many folds, putting things out of reach for many of these famies. the government has a way of appeasing these protesters, offering to form an all-party interim government today. but these protesters are calling for a wholesale change in the political system. they say the country was ruined by this economic crisis, because
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they are now struggling to pay for imports of essential items like fuel and food and medicine. the government says resignations are not an answer and they need time to set the economy right. that is why they are talking to the imf. but these protesters are not listening to the government's argument. they are asking the government to step down immediately. [protesters chanting] samantha: more than 40 palestinians have been injured in a jerusalem mosque compound during early morning clashes with israeli police. security forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse palestinians who were throwing rocks and firecrackers. in china, people have been banging pins and shouting from their windows to protest the government-enforced lockdown in shanghai. criticism of the government is
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rare in china, but shanghai has been closed down for five weeks paid the president said they have struggled to access food supplies -- residents say they have struggled to access food supplies. today, the government reaffirmed commitment to a zero covid approach. the premier of the british virgin islands territory in the caribbean is due in court in florida, charged with money trafficking and laundering. he was detained thursday by u.s. agents posing as members of a cocaine cartel. here's our diplomatic correspondent. ♪ reporter: this is andrew foy, premier of the british virgin islands opening a recent athletic games. he is effectively the prime minister of the british overseas territory of the caribbean, but is now in custody in the u.s. facing charges of drug trafficking and money laundering. mr. fouy was arrested at this
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-- mr. foy was arrested at this airport in miami by undercover agencies -- agents posing as cartel members seeking cocaine. court papers say foy pulled out a calculator and worked out 10% of $78 million would be $7.8 million and agreed to use ports to ship the cocaine. the drugs will be hidden in five kilogram buckets of waterproof and paint. it is alleged he was shown part of his payoff in the back of a jet, designer shopping bags containing $700,000. when he was arrested, mr. foy reportedly said, why am i getting arrested? i don't have any money or drugs. the foreign secretary said she was appalled by what she called serious allegations. she spoke to the government of the bvi, who has been overseeing
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a commission of an cori into separate allegations of corruption in the caribbean tax avon. today, it concluded there were gross failures of government in the bvi and evidence of serious dishonesty and recommended the elected government be suspended at the governor take over direct rule for two years. >> i pledge that the best interest of the people of bvi will continue to be my overriding concern, ensuring transparent, honest and open governance in accordance with the rule of law to strengthen the foundations of the british virgin islands. reporter: the foreign secretary, visiting the netherlands today, said the report showed substantive change was needed in the islands, but she has yet to decide whether she will accept the recommendations of the commission.
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as for mr. foy, he is expected in court in miami later today. james landau, bbc news. samantha: we will have more on that after he makes the court appearance. that is it for me. you can get in touch with me on twitter @ narrator: funding for this presentation of this program is provided by... narrator: financial services firm, raymond james. man: bdo. accountants and advisors. narrator: funding was also provided by, the freeman foundation. by judy and peter blum kovler foundation; pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. ♪ ♪
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