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has told the bbc that he and other former soldiers and politicians are prepared to launch a military offensive against the taliban. across india, pakist and bangladesh, a crippling heatwave which is temperatures higher. we will hear from our correspondent on the ground. plus, former tennis star boris becker has been jailed for nkrupt fraud after hiding more than $3 million in assets and loans. that is still ahead. ♪ welcome to world news america on pbs and around the globe. president zelenskyy of ukraine says there is a high risk that peace talks with russia will come to an end because of the actions of russia's troops. moscow again faced worldwide condemnation, this time after launching a missile attack in kyiv last night as the head of
the u.n. was viting the city. ukraine called it an attack on the one this report from our eastern europe correspondent contains some images you may find distressing. correspondent: vira hyrych 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 kyiv. vira was 55, a journalist for the american 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 firinprecision weapons. only the military factory opposite the apartment block is scorched, but still standing. these two feel lucky to be alive today, even able to salvage
something from the ruins. one said they just got home when they heard the first blast. if we had been in the lt a minute longer, he tells me, we'd been burnt or killed. russia may well have been aiming at a military facility across the road, but once again it is civilians who are the casuaies this strike. the mayor in kyiv says now 100 civilians have been killed in ukraine's capital alone in a war that russia began over two months ago and still shows no sign it wants to stop. down in mariupol, the besieged city by the sea, there are still civilians and fighters under fire, surrounded by these steel works. the rest of the shattered city is now under russian control. a husband and brother about soldiers -- are both soldiers there.
the women came to kyiv to urge the government to do more to save them. >> they are talking about civilians, but not about military. i am worried because the military are also people. they don't want to die in that city that is already destroyed. why do they have to do it? i don't understand. they have been holding the whole ukraine and even europe for two months and they deserve to come back alive. correspondent: kyiv itself has begun to come alive again. now that russian forces have retreated from its suburbs. ha -- even this half normality is fragile when russia has shown it can strike at any time. host: for more on the latest on the war, i've been speaking with the bbc's ben brown, who is in kyiv. president zelenskyy accused russia of trying to humiliate the united nations by launching
those missile attacks while the secretary-general was visiting. it ds not bode well, does it, for the u.n.'s efforts to establish humanitarian corridors? ben: no, and it is being seen here as an act of aggression against the united nations by russia. one ukrainian government official called it a postcard from mosco it was pretty clearly designed to coincide with the u.n. secretary general's visit here to kyiv, where bear in mind there had not been an attack on the city for two weeks, then suddenly this missile attack a couple miles away from where i am speaking. i heard the explosions. i talked to the secretary-general shortly afterwards because he came here to do an interview with the bbc and he said he was shocked by this attack. he did not say it, but reading
between the lines, he was pretty angry about it. it doesn't bode well for his attempts to negotiate humanitarian corridors. he had been in moscow, talking to mr. putin and the russian foreign minister sergey lavrov. he got a pretty chilly reception there anyway, so i don't think anyone has high hopes of u.n. mediation. host: at the same time we have western nations doubling down support, whether through aid or saying russia should be forced to withdraw from the whole of ukraine. what is the risk of them provoking president putin? ben: president putin is saying to the west, back off. they have sent time -- said time and again that nato is fighting a proxy war in ukraine, that is the accusation. they warn nothing is off the table in terms of military retaliation and not in the wind the west could -- and that in
the end the west could provoke a third world war. that is the rhetoric. the british foreign secretary said she thinks the ukrainians should push back against the russians in all of ukraine, in other words regain the territory they lost in the east, in the don bus -- donbass, and regain crimea. the west is arming ukraine, flooding this country with weapons, and increasingly so. heavy weapons now being sent by germany. and all that money that joe biden is planning to send here, $33 billion, i talked to a few ukrainian politicians here today, they are immensely grateful for the money and weapons. host: and the fighting in the donbass region, how is that going? what are you hearing from e ukrainians? ben: we know the russians withdrew from areas around kyiv,
the capital, to focus moren the east. that is there strategic target in the donbass. they are pouring troops and firepower in there. the ukrainians admitted they are suffering heavy casualties there, frankly. they admitted they are under artillery bombardment, mortar firing from the air as well. they say that the russian forces are taking what they call colossal casualties, colossal losses, but it is because of that russian attack and artillery bombardment that the ukrainians want those heavy weapons supplied to them from the west, heavy artillery to fight back against that russian attack. host: ben brown for us with that analysis. let's turn away from ukraine. a former commander of afghanistan's military has told the bbc that in the next few weeks he will lead a team to
battle the current taliban government. the general was in charge of forces in kabul at the time of america's chaotic withdraw from the country last august. our chief international correspondent has been talking to him about the taliban's rule and what lies ahead the country. correspondent: one of your recent conversations, you announced, as a young afghan general, i consider it my duty to stand up to the occupation and fight until we redeliver afghanistan again. -- reliberate afghanistan again. why are you rushing into something afghans don' want? they don't want another war. >> i was planng with my friends to give taliban 12 months and see if they change. unfortunately every day you wake up the taliban have ha something new to do, torturing people, killing, food shortages,
children malnutrition and everything. it is easy for others in the west and elsewhere to say give the taliban a chance, but it's not easy for me. every day i see in my phone getting hundreds of messages from young girls, young boys, from families, from doctors and officers and says we have been tortured, oppressed, disrespected. and what are you going to do about it? i mean, there is probably thousands of afghans who are getting these messages. correspondent: we also hear from many in the afghan countryside, which bore the brunt of the war of the past 20 years, that they are so relieved that the warplanes and drned are out of the sky. -- drones are out of the sky. 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 advance? >> i think -- i don't believe
there is peace in afghanistan. correspondent: but certainly more peaceful. they say even in helmand, they remember where you ordered -- civilians were killed. >> there are reports, of course. this is word-ofouth. if there isn't evidence that has shown my forces have directly been involved with civilians getting hurt, i think that is not true. i have ordered all the civilians to leave the city. correspondent: if afghan history has any lessons, it is that armed groups make progress when they have a stronghold, a sanctuary in a neighboring country, if they have a strong
foothold in the country which they can operate from, and if they have strong foreign backers. do you have any of those? >> of course, the war this time for us will be very different. we will be fighting as an insurgency. it will not cost us a lot of expenses. a lot of good priot afghans have come together. they want to sre and support this struggle. i will not comment on the neighboring countries. correspondent: but you have foreign allies. >> no, we don't. we don't want to have foreigners involved in our war because it is our country. correspondent: in two weeks' time you will be heading to a neighbing state with arms to head into afghanistan to start attacking? >> i don't nt to put a timeline, but we decided to go in and armed struggle against
the taliban and join our other brothers. they are definitely trying to get some political unity amongst our leaders and work together in the younger generation of afghan leaders into freeing our people from the taliban. what we want to do is create -- what we want to do is create circumstances where even the moderate taliban could be part of the government, could be safe in our society. we are not against the taliban, we are against the way they are governing. host: a bit of tragic news out of afghanistan tonight, the head k i lea 50an people have been killed in a suicide bombing after friday prayers. the telephone authorities are quotg a much lower figure, saying only 10 people died. this is the latest in a series
of attacks on civilian targets in the country during the holy month of ramadan. authorities in india are warning that around half of the country may be facing a prolonged heat wave. the mercury has risen a staggering 45 degrees celsius in some places. that is 113 degrees fahrenheit. the intense heat has also led to an increased demand for electricity. the bbc is on the ground and have the latest. correspondent: the heat is scorching here. we are in the middle of a city which is usually known for its magnificent tourist destination. the heat does get unrelenting in this desert area, temperatures going up to 50 degrees in june. but they have started climbing much earlier this summer. people have been advised to stay indoors as much as possible. some states ordered school closures. others ordered power cuts up to four hours in rural households.
that is a huge problem because rural households also see a huge water crisis in this periodf summer and are dependent on water supply to pump water. for those who have to step out, the advice is to wear cotton clothes, cover as much of the body as possible to avoid sunburns. the respite from this heat wave is not very certain. the indian reader logical department says at least four days for the severe he waved to continue. a respite is only possible with some rainfall. host: six time tennis grand slam champion boris becker s been given a 2.5 year prison sentence for illegally concealing more than $3 billion of assets and loans in a bankruptcy case. a judge in london told him he would serve half that sentence, acknowledging the german had lost h career, his reputation and all his property. the bbc has more. correspondent: as he walked into
court,, his tie in the wimbledon colors, boris becker was no doubt contemplating how it came to this. three weeks ago a jury found him guilty of four of the 24 counts against him, including transferring cash to avoid paying creditors from his 2017 bankruptcy and failing to disclose a property in germany. in her sentencing remarks, the judge said he had shown no remorse, no humility and failed to heed the chances he was given from his packs conviction -- past conviction for tax evasion in germany. the court was packed. becker looked shocked as he was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison, with half on license. this case has generated considerable interest across europe. a picture was paint irt of a man with nothing to show for his glittering boarding career, a man with -- sporting, career a
-- sporting career. becker forged an instant bond with the british public in 1985 when he had won wimbledon at just 17, the youngest men to then do so. during his 14 year career he won a total of 49 singles titles, six of them grand slam's. it made him a rich man, with a successful stint as abundant and novak djokovic's coach afterwards. but boom was soon bust. expensive lifestyle commitment, includg a high-profile divorce and payments for a child conceived one night at a london restaurant saw him in financial trouble. 38 million pounds were gone and a tax evasion and bankruptcy case followed. >> i think today the tennis world is sad about what happened. you see someone who wasn't such a great talent and had so much to offer and is still a lovable
character. it is sad thinking about where he is tonight. correspondent: his partner left tonight to begin life without him. he will spend more than a year in prison. a successful career on court ended swiftly inside one. host: natalie perks reporting. let's look at some of the other day's news. a british islamic state militant has been sentenced to prison for the beheading and killing of hostages. he pleaded guilty last september. he was involved in the killings of several hostages, including two american journalists. israeli security forces have fired tear gas and rubber bullets in jerusalem's compound, injuring more than 40 palestinians. police say they entered the site to disperse palestinians who were throwing rocks and firecrackers, some of them towards the western wall. israel's encourage into the
compound -- insurgence into the compound has been condemned by muslim leaders. allegations of corruption and south africa say jacob zuma placed the entrance -- the interests of a family above his own country. now the premier of the british virgin islands has appeared in a court in florida on drug trafficking and money laundering charges. he was detained by u.s. agents posing as cocaine traffickers in a sting operation. it comes just as a month-long inquiry into corruption in the islands recommended that the government be dissolved. the bbc has more. ♪ correspondent: just over a week ago, andrew was opening an athletics game. now the leader of the british virgin islands is in miami jail
and his country is in crisis. he's facing charges of drug trafficking and money laundering's after being arrested by undercover drug officials at this airport. agents from the drug enforcement agency were pretending to be members of a mexican cartel and wanted his help smuggling cocaine into the u.s.. an agent reported that at one meeting he asked for a slice of the profits from smuggling drugs. the court papers states that he pulled out a calculator. he worked out that 10% of $78 million would be $7.8 million. he agreed to use the ports to ship his cocaine. the drugs would be hidden in five kilogram buckets of waterproofing paint. it is also alleged that he was shown part of his payoff in the back of a private jet with designer shopping bags containing the $700,000. he reportedly said, why am i
getting arrested? i don't have any money or drugs. he appeared on a video link inside the courthouse behind me. he was dressed in what looked like prison uniform and his head was bowed. the charges were presented to him and he will return here next week for a pretrial detention hearing. the u.s. governmt says he is a flight risk and a danger to the community. to add to the crisis, it comes a day after the island's governor released illuminance long -- released a month-long invitation into corruption on the islands. he recommends the u.k. takes control directly for two years. >> i pledge that the best interests of the people of pvi will continue to be my overriding -- bvi will continue to be my overriding concern. >> with fahie in custody, the
island's future is facing uncertainty. the u.k. set a clear path forward will be announced -- said a clear path forward will be announced soon. host: in kenya today, a state funeral honored the country's former president who died at the age of 90. he was sworn in as the country's third president in 2002 and remained in the post until 2013. ♪ correspondent: the military carriage that carried his body was escorted into the national stadium by a military band. here, thousands of kenyans paid their last respects. several heads of state were present, including the south african president, south sudan's, and the ethiopian head
of state. >> the man had an incredible gift of tolerance. he had the ability to take in pressure and pain without showing the stress. >> as we gather here to pay our last respects to the third president of kenya, it should not be to mourn, but to celebrate a life dedicated to serving his nation. >> and for us as south africans, we saw him in the mold in which we saw our own best president, president nelson mandela. correspondent: perhaps his most important legacy is the introduction of free primary education. when it was launched in 2003, more than one million children were brought into the primary school system. his body will be transported to
the grounds where his service will be held. thousands of walkers were on site. the final touches are being put in place here. this is a school ground where the burial ceremony will be held. at least 15,000 people are expected to attend the event, which will be the last public ceremony to be held before he is moved to his home about five kilometers away from here, where he will be buried after a short private ceremony. bbc news. host: before we go tonight, every few years it seems there is a new contender for world's tallest building, but in brazil they have been comparing the height of sta. this is a newly finished one that has taken the title of the tallest state of jesus in
brazil. it is nearly 100 feet taller than rio's iconic christ the redeemer, built in the 1930's. there is believe it or not a taller statue of jesus in the world, poland's christ the king. thank you so much for watching bbc world news america and have a great weekend. 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. ♪ ♪
♪ judy: good evening. i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight, the war continues as ukrainian forces hold off russian advances in the east, a massive effort by western allies to arm ukraine. then, 30 years later, los angeles reflects on the uprising that followed the brutal police beating of rodney king and its impact on policing. >> all the basic measures of economic well-being across the different racial and ethnic groups has been very, very little progress since 1992 and in some cases, we've gone backwards. judy: and it's friday. david brooks and jonathan capehart weigh in on new polling that shows democrats losing ground to republicans as the parties gear up for mierm elections.