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a new attempt to evacuate civilians in ukraine. one busload has been taken from the deceased factory and taken to territory controlled by the russian military. after a barrage of criticism for not sending heavy weapons to ukraine, germany announces it will supply seven advanced
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howitzers systems. plus. latvia struggles to find its identity as russia celebrates its victory over nazi germany. many now find themselves appalled by the war of vladimir putin. hello. thank you for joining us today. kyiv in moscow say 50 civilians have been evacuated from the deceased azovstal steel plant in ukraine. an effort is underway to bring the remaining two safety as soldiers defended the facility from a russian assault. it is the last ukrainian hold up in the keyport city. correspondent: they made it out.
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more people have been evacuated from the azovstal steel plant. though they are in russian -controlled territory, russia says they can choose which side they want to go to from there. ukrainian authority saying the truce is constantly being violated by russia. the as that regiment alleged -- azov regiment alleged evacuations are being targeted. this was on the way to help civilians when it was hit. >> [speaking in foign lauage] correspondent: appealing for international intervention, votto mayor zelenskyy warned of dire volodymyr zelenskyy warned of dire consequences. >> god forbid ukraine falls, they will come to germany. correspondent: zelenskyy has
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invited olaf scholz and the president to kyiv next week. anchor: earlier, i spoke about the people trying to get out of the azovstal steel plant with our guest. >> another 50 today. an estimated 200 still there. efforts will continue tomorrow. that is the plan. it depends on whether the cease-fire holds. the plan is to get every civilian out of the steel plant, as we expect that fighting there will only intensify in the next few days. anchor: that cease-fire was meant to go into effect thursday. has it been holding for the evacuations to take place? >> hmm, there have been evacuations, evacuations
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possible window fighting is going on. they have been disrupted several times, that is with ukrainian side says. they should be from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., but often evacuations had to be interrupted. still, there were periods where people could get out. there were some windows of opportunity. anchor: as we have said before, this steel plant is the last holdout in mariupol, the strategic port city. does it appear russia is getting ready to declare a complete victory in mariupol. well, it is hard to say that they will gain control over the steelworks before may 9, but it is also possible they would declare victory, even if they have not gain full control yet. it is not really a problem for him. they have been saying a lot of
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things that were not exactly matching the situation on the ground, or that were completely opposite to the situation on the ground. we would expect them to a victory because it seems this control over mariupol is very important to them and would be a major gain for them and that major achievement, and there have been very few achievements they have had so far, that the speculation is they will hold the victory parade in mariupol. whether this is true or not, we not know, but we do know putin has sent one of his most important aids to take control of the situation. anchor: we want to turn our attention to nikolai of -- the city. how are the conditions? >> as you can see, i am in my
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hotel roomecause it is past curfew. the city has been shoved constantly for the last few week the pressure has eased in the ukrainians have pressed -- pushed the russian troops further from the boundaries and it is not within reach anymore. many parts of the city are not as close to the front line anymore as they were, and means they are out of reach for most artillery, but we have heard explosions here several times in the past few days, rockets hitting the city, and the city is cut off from water supplies, so people are queuing up during the day in fronof trucks bringing water and they have come with bottles and buckets and get drinking water. anchor: please stay safe.
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thank you for your reporting in mykolaiv. let's take a closer look at otr developments in the war in ukraine. a top kremlin officials as russia plans to stay in southern ukraine "forever." a senior lawmaker from the governing united russia party was speaking on a visit to the southern ukrainian city. it has seen protest by local residents against russia's occupation. amnesty international says it has documented extensive war crimes by russian forces in ukraine, including the torture and killing of civilians. the organization has been collecting evidence of atrocities in areas around kyiv. the chief visiting ukraine for one organization said it is vital that all those responsible face justice. ukrainian president is to join a video conference with g-7 nations this sunday to brief the
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virtual gathering of leading industrial countries. u.s. president biden wants to discuss further coordinated sanctions against russia. protesters opposed to the violence in ukraine have demonstrated in front of the united nations in new york, and of a security council meeting. the security council adopted a resolution with russian support expressing concern over ukraine and backing efforts to find a peaceful solution. well, germany has made another pledge to support ukraine with heavy weaponry, announcing the supply of seven self-propelled armed howitzers. the artillery system has a range of 40 km. the german military will offer training to ukrainian troops. berlin has been under pressure to do more to help ukraine defend itself against the russian invasion last month, the government agreed to send german-made antiaircraft tanks to ukraine.
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earlier, i spoke with a lecturer in strategy and ball at the university of portsmouth and a former military intelligence officer, and ask him to explain more about what the howitzer artillery guns are capable of. >> first of all, tillery is crucial to this fight all along the line. these particular pieces of equipment are especially effective. they have very long range, 30 to 40 km, allowing it to stay out of russian artilry range, which is what you need to be doing with artillery. they are extremely effective and allow no warnings for the enemy, so no time on target. they can but their shells down immediately. they are extremity quick to set up, which is important because these things move around to avoid counterstrike's. -- counterstrikes.
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it is the accuracy and range that is important, and they will make a difference. they are 155 mm, which means they can use native emmett -- nato ammunition, which is crucial. anchor: you said we are looking at war of attrition in ukraine. don't you think that more heavy weaponry would lead to a more protracted conflict? >> if we, we, the west, one ukraine to succeed in this conflict, then a constant supply weaponry will be needed. we do not hear about them, because they have to be careful about admitting their losses, for very good reasons, but they are taking huge losses, and without western reinforcements like equipment, along with improvements, there is no way that ukrainians could hold the
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line indefinitely. they would be overwhelmed. to answer your question, maybe, but the alternative is defeat for ukraine, and i think nobody in the west once that, and this is the way to do that. anchor: as russia focuses on the east of ukraine now what will be most defining as questions for the remainder of this war? >> very good question, claire. the ukrainians have set as a target the recovery of their land to the point before february 24. president zelenskyy said that today. that would require ukraine to counterattack and take territory. they're doing that in her key -- in thatity. in the dundas -- donbas,
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ukrainians are taking losses, making re-gains, but it is a hard fight. they are not in a position to counterattack. russia sent one btalion yesterday because of the losse but to come ck to your question, the ukrainians want to return things as a starting point for negottion to february 24. that implies along conflict. claire: thank you for coming on "dw news." >> thank you. claire: may 9 is victory day in russia, celebrating the soviet union's role in defeating nazi germany and world war ii, traditionally marked by a massive parade in moscow. this year, the event is overshadowed by the war, and the sluggish campaign there. ♪
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correspondent: if you stroll around the tour district -- tourist district, among the souvenirs, the z, everywhere, merchandise and support of russia's "special military operation," the only name allowed for the war in ukraine. in the city center, tanks and rocket launchers role towards a kremlin, while russian soldiers fight on the front line in ukraine, rehearsal for the may 9 victory day parade, which for many is an annual spectacle, but this year, everything is different. >> this is indeed a holiday, but it is one with tears in the eyes , because now is the time to think about the irretrievable losses that have been suffered. >> i love my country very much. i am not ashamed to be russian.
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i like our president very much because he protects us. i do not want to offend anyone, but putin is the president for the world. i love him. correspondent: the parade is also a grand show of patriotism. no was here dare criticize what is happening in ukraine right now. >> no comment. i support my country. that is all i can say. ♪ correspondent: the parade which elevates victory over nazi germany will be smaller this year, fewer soldiers, only 11,000, and fewer special-effects, but vladimir putin could use the data mobilize more troops. ♪ as moscow gets dressed up for its big day, this will be a ninth of may like no other. anchor: victory day is also usually celebrated in lot, a former soviet bloc country, but
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official ceremonies are off this year as russia's war on ukraine led authorities to ban celebrations. our correspondent went to one city where many residents speak russian or are russian nationals, and this conflict has left themuestioning their own identity. correspondent: there are few cities that carry as many traces of the soviet past. with more than 90,000 inhabitants, but that is second largest city has been considered a russian stronghold, until today. every fourth person living in lafayette is russian, -- lot via -- latvia are russian. many continue to feel culturally drawn to russia. some criticize the government,
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because it requires him to speak the official language, even though many russians cannot speak it. >> language needs a linguistic environment to live in. a person must be able to speak. if he cannot, it creates problems. we want a latvia for everyone. correspondent: the divide here is evident every year on may 9, victory day over nazi germany. are russian celebrate the day for many latvians represents the beginning of soviet occupation. this year, authorities finally decided to cancel events because of russia's war of aggression in ukraine, and moved some criticize. >> surely the celebration is not meant to humiliate the latvian nation, but we celebrate this in childhood. we have it in our blood.
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it should not be taken away. correspondent: in the capital, riga, hundreds of people protested against the russian invasion, and held a rally in solidarity with ukraine. in the center of the latvian, russian speakers wanted to show they do not support the policies of vladimir putin. correspondent: but not everyone thinks so. a big part of russians believe depression propaganda and stand behind putin, she says. >> as society is divided right now i feel our communities are not divided, and that scares me. this is a big problem for the
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security of our country. correspondent: the linguistic divisions and lengthy of further separate people, and she believes the responsibility is with russians who will not integrate, but suspects russia could now change that. >> i suddenly felt barely -- very clearly that i am part of this country. it is a difficult admission, but i do not want to be part of russia anymore, even though it is the country whose language i speak good -- speak. correspondent: in any case, the attorney flame at the soviet memorial will be there on victory day, even without official celebrations. claire: let's bring you up to speed with other stories making
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headlines around the world. northern ireland polls suggest sinn fein is set to become the largest party, the first time since the partition of ireland that the government would be led by a party which advocates for reunification. cuban authorities say at least eight people are dead and dozens injured after an explosion ripped through a hotel in the capital, havana. rescue operations are underway and authorities april limit every information -- say preliminary information suggests a ghastly. a court in belarus -- suggests a gas leak. a court in belarus has sentenced a citizen to jail time, the girlfriend of a blogger who frequently posted information critical of the belarusian government online. the couple was on a flight to get the last year when it was forcibly diverted to belarus in
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the two were arrested. sri lanka's president has declared a state of emergency, after antigovernment protest shut down parts of the country. police fired water cannons and tear gas on protesters railing against the crisis. they want the government to resign. basic needs are in short supply in sri lanka is bankruptcy. in madrid, two people are dead in an explosion. authorities say the blast was likely caused by a gas leak. to the philippines now, where the son of the late dictator ferdinand marcos is tipped to win the election, also known as bong-bong has sought to reinvent the family name. he is running together with the
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daughter of the populist incumbent rodrigo duterte. we went to his stronghold to speak to his supporters. correspondent: the specter of ferdinand marcos senior still looms large over philippine politics. visitors are flocking to this museum. inside, it chronicles the time of the marcos family and power. nothing on the documented human rights abuses and wholesale plunder in between. located in their home province, it is named after the presidential palace in manila 480 km away from here. >> it is a symbol of the path he has taken from here, the highest office in the land, and it will become in a matter of days whether his son will achieve the same. >> here, he is guaranteed as an
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easy ride, not as klepto's remembered, but patrons. >> did marcos deal? look at our -- steal? look at our roads. lookout nice they are. >> even if i was bribed, i would not change my vote. they are good people. correspondent: those who study the region say support for the marcos family is driven by a sense of gratitude among the electorate. >> they will value that their land is from marcos, there animals came from marcos, so there is a university, hospital, and other institutions named after marcos. we call that, you have to look back or pay for whatever benefit that you had from your benefactor. correspondent: that means
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campaigning for any other presidential candidate here apart from bong-bong marcos is a difficult undertaking. >> we have experienced harassment, bullying, and we have been told there is no place for us. >> it is scary for us volunteers. but we keep on fighting. because when i meet silent supporters, i am happy, and i knew we are not alone -- note that we are not alone. correspondent: while he is unlikely to win in the stronghold, what is clear is different versions of the past and the future are competing here and across the philippines. claire: back to our main story, russia's invasion of ukraine.
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one author is one of the most prolific and audacious ukrainian writers of her generation and has won many awards. the war at home has turned her life upside down, like it has for many. correspondent: on this island in the north of germany, a brief moment of peace for this writer, rare since the war began against her homeland of ukraine. despite living in the safety of this place for years, the war has overshadowed everything. she has stopped writing literature. for her, the war does not allow stories. her next book project is also on hold. >> as a writer, i am dead. i have to say at the beginning of the war, i did not understand what the whole thing had on me. after seeing that violence,
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something that changes you a lot , i can't imagine being able to write another poem or a novel, about what? correspondent: she has just been awarded a literature prize. the jury chose her weeks before the war for her poetic language and critical insights on europe and ukraine. [applause] >> -- a new literary rebirth took place when russia attacked ukraine at 4:00 a.m. on february 24. since then, my heart is broken, my colleagues and fellow writers are at war or are helping on the front lines. ♪ correspondent: her novel the blue whale, memory, is about how history is you created, ukrainian identity, servitude, and fear, providing insights into the perseverance of ukraine
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today, recalling a folk hero and how he fought and failed in his struggle for ukrainian independence in the early 20th century. she says ukraine has finally left behind its role as a victim , and despite concerns for her colleagues risking their lives on the front lines, she remains hopeful. >> i do not want to live in this misery, so i forbade myself to think about the future. now it is important to act in the present, to act, speak, to convince, to write, to cry, all kinds of things. now is the time. every day of successful defense means the end of the empire of russia. ♪ claire: let's get a reminder of our main story at this hour. both ukraine and russia say at least 50 more civilians have been evacuated from the deceased azovstal steel plant in mariupol
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, brought out on buses and an international effort overseen by the united nations. ukrainian fighters in the plant have repeated their valve not to surrender. -- vow not to surrender. if you want more, download our app on google play or the apple app store. that will give you notifications for any breaking news. that is your update at this hour. i will be back in a moment to take you through "the day." i am clare richardson in berlin. thank you for watching. ♪ ♪
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is 10:00 p.m. in the french it capital. your headlines this hour. civilians evacuated from variable's steel mill. reports of renewed russian selling casting doubts on a promise to choose. the party a british prime minister boris johnson suffers big losses in local elections. early results show they have lost hundreds of seats including some key strongholds to the opposition labor party. france's left wings seal a deal
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to take on president macron's party ahead of june's legislative elections. ♪ we start in ukraine where the race is on to evacuate civilians from the besieged steel complex in mariupol. some 50 people including children were evacuated by bus hours after russia was accused of violating a cease-fire. ukrainian officials say 500 people have been rescued from the plant. the mayor estimates that some 200 civilians still remain. this along with some 2000 ukrainian soldiers who represent the city's last pocket of her prison -- last pocket of resistance. >> holed up in the tunnels of
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the steel factory, mariupol's last defender accused russian forces on friday of violating theithree-day cease-fire agreement for the second consecutive day. that would allow civilians inside to be evacuated safely. the ukrainian president said that mariupol is being tortured to death as essential resources reach their limits. >> this is an example of torture , of blockades and torture with starvation. nobody can get any kind of orchard -- international organizations are prohibited from entering therea. >> on friday, ukraine confirmed that despite the russian violatns, 50 women, children, and elderly people had en evacuated. the kmlin has denied targeting civilians saying it's troops are still ready to establish a
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humanitarian corridor or to what is believed to be hundreds of civilians. meanwhile, the rest of mary is under russian control arm but suspicions that president putin may be trying to seize the entire city by the ninth of may, the biggest patriotic holiday on the russian calendar. the kremlin said there were no plans for a celebration in mariupol. >> it was already said that it is impossible to mark a victory day in mariupol this year. but the time will come and there will be a large-scale celebration. >> the capture of as excel and the fall of the port city would be a strategic win for moscow, establishing a land corridor to crimea which is seized in 2014. julia: there's compelling evidence that russian troops had committed war crimes outside the capital, kyiv. the abuses that took place in february and march were not
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isolated incidents, they include the execution of civilians. a warning to our viewers that this report contains some graphic imagery that some may find disturbing. >> those that may wish to have -- >> russian troops must face war crimes in ukraine, that is what amnesty international said friday in a report documenting evidence and testimony of unlawful airstrikes, extrajudicial executions, and torture in theorthwest of kyiv. >> the crimes committed against people leaving, which we are reporting on today, are not merely anecdotal, incidental, or collateral. we know they are part of a pattern that has characterized russia's conduct of the hostilities from the outset. devastating and impact. >> the delegation of the
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organization spent several days in eight cities near kyiv with victims' filies, survivors, and ukrainian officials. they found at least 40 civilians died in indiscriminate attacks that died -- that devastated in neighborhood and took down eight residential buildings. the investigation determined unlawful killings in puja in march, where shocking images showed corpses littering the streets, finding 22 cases of extrajudicial bloodshed. the specialized rifles used for the executions were discovered, identifying specific russian army units. ukrainian officials claim investigations into over 9000 potential war crimes are underway, as does the international criminal court to say they are examining evidence. moscow h dend committing abes in ukraine, maintaining that invasion is a special operation. julia: the pentagon has denied
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media reports that it helps ukrainian forces sink a russian warship last month. john kirby said that u.s. did not provide ukraine with specific targeting information for the ship that sank in the black sea. earlier, the defense department also denied providing intelligence on the locations of russian generals on the battlefield for ukrainian forces to kill. to talk to us about this is the senior fellow at the atlantic council and author of the new rules of war. thank you for joining us tonight. i wanted to start by asking, what do you make of these assertions that the u.s. helped ukraine to sink the moskva and take down these russian generals echo -- generals? >> i don't know if the u.s. helped sink the moskva and the russian generals a a differe matter. we do know the united states has engaged in intelligence sharing since the beginning of the
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invasion of ukraine. the u.s. has provided the government of russia not raw intelligence, but finished intelligence. that could include the locations of russian naval ships in the black sea that the ukrainians could use to sink it. i'm not sure if that means the united states helped them sink the ship or not, but it could be read that way by russia and the danger is it could suck the u.s. into the war if russia use it as an act of war. julia: the u.s. has been very careful to use the word defense, they are helping the ukrainians defend themselves, they are not carrying out an assault against russia. as you say, if russia takes this to mean this is u.s. aggression against russia, where do you think this could go? >> thi is the big question and
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this is the danger line, the risk frontier. if russia views this as an act of war, they could retaliate by attacking an american or nato facility in kind and say, this is because you helped with the moskva or something else. that could escalate into a full on war beten russia and nato, and a nuclear war. this is risky business. julia: you mentioned that the u.s. has been given ukraine finished intelligence as a paused -- as opposed to raw intelligence. can you explain the difference between the two? sean: the difference is this. no country's intelligence agencies, cluding france, they will never -- they have to protect their sources and methods. the u.s. may hear -- they may have some special airplane or
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drone that picks up radio signals between a ship and a headquarters unit. that is not what they would share with ukraine, they would take that, they would package it up and say, we have some knowledge of this thing is happening but we are not telling you how we know that. that is finished intelligence. raw intelligence is the actual intercept, and finished is when it is packaged in and may be confirmed by other different sources of intelligence. in finished intelligence, it does not reveal sources or methods. julia: with this finished intelligence, do you think the ukrainian military would have been as successful as they have been so far without it? sean: i think that intelligence has advantaged ukraine to a great deal. the united states and others possess intelligence gathering
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capabilities that are beyond anything ukraine wld have. so i think that saying that -- i think it is possible that russia could read this by saying, you're intelligence aided ukraine in sinking of our ship in the black sea. if you are not there, this would not have happened, and we can view this as an act of war. they might believe that, but might not say it because they don't want to go to war with the united states. this is a gray area. julia: what you make of russia's military competence from what you have seen? much has been made of how successful, how ukraine has defied expectations, but russia has not lived up to their military might or what people perceived their military might to be. sean: this has been a catastrophe forussia, both
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strategically, operationally, and tactically. they expected to take ukraine in 72 hours, they expected to be greeted as liberators, they have ridiculous false assumptions about what was going to happen probably because that is how the crimean's treated the russians be nationwide.thought this would it wasn't. it also has exposed their hollow military. for years and decades, the russian governmt has been giving mey to the russian military and the military commanders pocket the money incorruption, they don't do maintenance, they don't do all sorts of things. the trips are not well trained. it has exposed how poor their military is. that said, it is still a very lethal military and they still have nuclear weapons, so nobody should be complacent, but it really has exposed that their
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bark is much bigger than their bite, to use a cliche. julia: and quickly, do you think there is a chance that russia could press the nuclear button and use nuclear weapons in ukraine? sean: i think there is a chance, but i cannot speculate what goes on inside the head of tin. all we know is he has the capability and who knows? he could, in a certain scenario, if he is backed into a corner, he may do that, but it is hard to forecast that. julia: thank you very much for joining us. boris johnson's conservative party has suffered heavy losses in local and regional elections. partial results so they lost more than 330 council seats in england with heavy losses in scotland. the labour party performed strongly in london while the liberal democrats and the greens
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make big gains in tory strongholds. growing concerns over the cost-of-living. france 24's london correspondent has this. reporter: the labour party has won three big places here that are traditionally conservative. barnett, and here, westminster. westminster since its creation has been conservative. westminster is significant because it is the seat of political power. you have behind me the parliament, the house of commons, the house of lords, and just behind me, scaffolding is going up because next tuesday, we will be here for the state opening by the queen of parliament and we will hear what this conservative government, boris johnson, wishes to go forward with with policies.
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boris johnson acknowledging it has been a tough night for the tories, saying there were other places where they had done well, but the fact is the tories have lost more than 330 council seats in england. they have seen big losses in scotland. scotland, not a surprise, a victory of the scottish national party. the first minister, very pleased with those results, saying the fact that there have been 12 years of government just shows that they are getting things right and they are on track. what she would like is to call an independence referendum but that is not going to happen anytime soon. the liberal democrats gained more than 180 council seats in england so far, and the greens doing well. let me give you one more figure. that is that the british media are saying that if the whole country had been voting right now in a general election, if
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you project that score, the labour party would have 35% of the boat, the conservatives only 30%, and other bill democrats would have 90% and others 16%. what you've got is if it were a general election, the labour party would be in the lead and we would have a hung parliament and possibly a need for a coalition, which is not a traditional thing here. we had one a few years ago. but we are not there yet. also, bad results i am seeing in wales for the conservatives. overall, it will be interesting to see what boris johnson decides to do. there were rumors until yesterday of a possible reshuffle. no sign of that at the moment, but i think you will need to do a lot of thinking. julia: in northern ireland, sinn fein appears to be on course for a historic election win.
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the former political ring of the ira is going to take control of the 90 seat assembly. ballots are still being counted but sinn fein has secured 29% of first preference votes. the party has long advocated for a united ireland. in france, the left-wing parties have sealed a coalition deal to take on president macron's party ahead of june's legislative elections. the centerleft socialist party joining the greens and communists to form a broad alliance led by the hard left party. france 24's politics editor tells us more. >> it was something no one could predict before the election but it is the election result that prompted this earthquake on the left of the french political scene. 22%, the greens, 4.7%.
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the socialists, 1.7%. chemists, 2.3%. you had a clear leader. it the voters who cast a ballot did so because they saw the only hope of the left. clearly he has the leadership and he was able to tell the socialists, you will get 70 constituencies, the greens will get 100, and in terms of the platform, we will do as i decide, on europe, on secularism. he was able to impose his own commissions. there have been alliances on the left, but the socialists were dictating the terms. now, this has never been the case before. julia: it is time for a business update. that you and food agency says russia may be stealing grain from ukraine. >> that is a strong accusation. the fao deputy director says what he calls anecdotal evidence
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that russian forces are destroying and leading grain storage facilities in ukraine, that is about 700,000 tons of grain -- of grain half disappear. the kremlin has dismissed the allegation as fake. >> blockades including invariable and odessa by russian forces are leading to a grain exportrisis. that is a warning fro they do and food agency. >> it is an almost grotesque situation that we see in ukraine. there are 25 million tons of grain that could be expted but cannot leave the country because of the lack of infrastructure in the blockade of the ports. >> the blockades are seen as a factor behind record high food prices. since the war broke out, ukraine has been forced to export grain by train or river ports. prior to the war, ukraine was the fourth largest exporter of corn and sixth biggest exporter
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of wheat. the fao accused russian forces of steing grain. >> there is anecdotal evidence that russian troops have destroyed storage capacity and that they are looting the storage grain that is available. they are also stealing farm equipment. >> there was credibility to footage of grain being trucked out on ukraine on social media. a kremlin spokesman said the information was likely to be fake. >> when real food prices ease in april after hitting an all-time high in march. the fao food price index dropped 0.8% from march, but still almost 30% higher than a year before. prices of vegetable oil drop to the most, nearly 6%, while sugar and beat prices increased at 3%
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and 2%. the agency warns that market conditions remain difficult in continue to pose a challenge the global food security, especially in the most vulnerable countries. the european union has revised its proposal to ban russian oil to try to resolve a standoff among members. earlier, the commission unveiled a plan to halt import of russian crude oil within six months and refined products by the end of the year. the proposal would give hungary, slovakia, and the czech republic until 2024 to pull out of russian oil and offer help to upgrade their refineries. the tweaked failed to result in a breakrough in the negotiations. the commissioner chief said she was confident the block would be able to reach a deal. >> the exports of oil and oil based products is one of the kremlin's main sources of income.
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we want to bleed this income drive in the coming months so putin cannot continue to finance his war. we want to spare our economy as much as possible. it is a fine line that we have to tread. why is that? our economic strength is a powerful leader to support ukraine and put pressure on russia. >> test has signed a long-term deal with a brazilian miner to get supplies of nickel. the company is the second largest producer of class one nickel used for car batteries. it sold 1300 tons of nickel to the electric vehicle industry in the first three months of this year. the size of the test ideal has not been disclosed. the metal supplies will come from their canadian operations. the united states economy added 428,000 jobs in april despite rising inflation and supply shortages. the labor department monthly jobs report shows the unappointed rate is 3.6 percent,
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just above the lowest level in half a century. strong wage growth will likely fewer consumer spending and keep the federal reserve on track to raise interest rates to fight inflation. the new jobs report added volatility to the stock markets. wall street continued to sink. markets rallied immediate he after the federal reserve raised interest rates earlier this week, but friday's job report did not match the fed's expectation about a rising labor participation, increasing concern about the impact of interest rate hikes on the economy. scandinavian airlines is cutting 300 jobs among its cabin crew staff in denmark. they are among those who went on temporary leave during the pandemic. they have slashed thousands of jobs since covid-19 battered the sector, but it has created subsidiaries in has been hiring
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new staff under different wage and working conditions. the job cuts come as the company saw a huge jump in passenger numbers, more than 1.5 million flee with the carrier in april -- flew with the carrier in april. that wraps up the business news. julia: thank you for that. let's turn now to our fact checking segment. you have been looking at online disinformation about the war in ukraine and false claims that some western countries are sending troops to support the ukrainians. >> specifically poland and france. this disinformation springs from documents being shared which look official, such as this polish document which is shared on twitter. it purports to be an order from the polish general staff and says multiple polish airborne units have been put on high combat readiness near the ukrainian border.
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the polish general command of the armed forces confirmed on his own twitter profile that the letter is a fake and he also says they are seeing more of these counterfeit military documents popping up in the media. indeed, this document we see here turns up in this video which look like a bbc news the fmatting of its social media clips, but it is not a real bbc video. it is being shared by people, this french user, also here by this russian user, the bbc reports poland is preparing to send troops to vest in ukraine. but the bbc -- writers fact checked it and the bbc denied that it was their own media. that is a piece of fake information. but it is not the only one. in this french user shared this letter, very official looking
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better from the french army with the comments, macron is leading france towards war. while this is a real letter calling on reservists to come back to join the army, it is also not the first time they sent out letters like this. this fact checking website says in 2015, they sent out letters like this, they had a shortage of personnel that they needed to fill in the current turnover rate of the army is about 30% so this campaign is intended to compensate for that, rather than prepare the country to go to war. it is just a misinterpretation of what this letter is. julia: a bit of letterhead making this for future look convincing. staying on the subject of ukraine, you have been looking at cases of mistaken identity. >> these photos, you can see why. they bear a striking resentment's, these two women.
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on the top left, you see a ukrainian refugee who spoke on russian television about her family's evacuation. on the rights, you see a ukrainian sniper with 10 confirmed kills. people online quickly compared to them and said they were the same person. they are not. this is the sniper on her facebook profile denying that that refugee is her. it is not the first time that mistaken identity cases,. -- cases come up. here is another one that seems to be politically motivated. it was shared by the russian embassy in mafia -- in latvia. many are shocked by the boris manners of ukrainian refugees as well as by the nazi symbol's in public space. the azof is referring to the
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ukrainian volunteer paramilitary which has been fighting russian forces since 2014 and has been linked to some neo-nazi ideology. in any case, the man in the photo has come forward on his own facebook profile, this is the man in question. he says the photo is him, but judging -- he appears to be latvian. he says he is not a ukrainian refugee. he shared some photos of some self and he has same tattoos and haircut. in his facebook posts, he says -- where is it -- there is. see how the russian embassy is inciting hatred -- that is a strange translation -- inciting hatred by sharing misinformation. i am wearing a camouflage shirt and a logo i made myself to show support for ukrainian forces,
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but i am neither ukrainian nor a refugee nor a nazi. julia: it is good he cleared that up. thank you for that with this addition of truth or fake. there is more news coming up on france 24. ♪ >> discovered underground in serbia, this might be considered miraculous, at least by the serbian government and that mining multinational. they see this lithium derivative as the ideal source of raw materials to produce european electric batteries. environmentalists and locals disagree. >> [speaking non-engilsih language] >> appearing, the fear mining causes untold damage. the serbian government announced the project's cancellation, but as elections loom, many suspect political motivation behind the
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