�*welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore, i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines. ukraine's ambassador to the uk says his country may drop its ambitions to join nato — to prevent a russian invasion. we are flexible trying to find the best way out. if we have to go to some serious, i don't know, concessions, that is something we might do. know, concessions, that is something we might do. we have a special report from mariupol in eastern ukraine — a vital port on the frontline if russia attacks. returning home after a 50 year
exile — for the people at the centre of a land dispute between britain and mauritius in the indian ocean. ukraine's ambassador to the uk has told the bbc that his country may consider dropping its ambitions to join nato — in an effort to avoid military conflict with russia. germany has become the latest western nation to warn publicly of an imminent russian invasion of ukraine, with the german chancellor saying there was a "serious threat to peace in europe." russia now has up to 130 thousand troops along ukraine's border, but moscow insists there are no plans to invade. courtney bembridge reports.
anti—aircraft missiles arriving in kyiv and lithuania. ukraine has received planeloads of aid in recent weeks to help shore up in recent weeks to help shore up its defences after russia amassed more than 100,000 troops on the borders. moscow wants assurances that nato will never admit to ukraine, which has long wanted to join the western military alliance. ukraine's ambitions are even written into its constitution but now the country's ambassador to the uk says it may have to consider shelving its plans to try to defuse the what i'm saying, we are flexible trying to find the best way out. if we have to go through some serious, i don't know, concessions, that's something we might do. that's
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nato. ~ , ., ., _ with our allies in europe and nato.~ ,., , nato. while diplomacy continues the us is sending _ nato. while diplomacy continues the us is sending troops - nato. while diplomacy continues the us is sending troops and - the us is sending troops and equipment to south—east western poland with a warning that russian military action could come any day. russian military action could come any day. i've been speaking to former us ambassador to ukraine, john herbst, about where he stood on the likeliness of an invasion. iama bitin i am a bit in between but i'm not certain that an invasion is imminent. the fact that my government and i know many of the people in senior positions in government are saying, it can't be dismissed, i think that the dangers to putin for a variety of reasons of launching a major invasion are substantial. and that is why i think he is trigger. d0 substantial. and that is why i think he is trigger.— think he is trigger. do you think, because _ think he is trigger. do you think, because we - think he is trigger. do you think, because we have i think he is trigger. do you i think, because we havejust heard from the ukrainian ambassador to the uk, saying, well, ukraine might renounce his native ambitions because of the circumstances find itself then. do you think that this
might be? do you think that might be? do you think that might make a difference? i think it is probably a trial balloon. he spoke of it as might not word. he is a seasoned diplomat, i know him well, former foreign minister of ukraine, and i think they are saying this first of course to see how moscow reacts about secondly the people of ukraine if the reactions from the gains from the people he trained the travelling will be no more than that. i've it is a difficult thing to float then whip away, isn't it? is using night and he isn't it? is using night and he is in a senior position, he is not the foreign ukraine. and it is easy enough for the government in kyiv to back away from the gain of the people in ukraine say this is unacceptable.- ukraine say this is unacceptable. ukraine say this is unacce table. ., , ,, ukraine say this is unaccetable. ., , ., unacceptable. let me ask you about the _ unacceptable. let me ask you about the german _ unacceptable. let me ask you about the german chancellorl unacceptable. let me ask you - about the german chancellor who is a freshman in many respects as german chancellor now. this is to speak to a certain extent, what does he bring to the party at this stage? for
aood or the party at this stage? for good or bad. _ the party at this stage? for good or bad, his _ the party at this stage? fr?" good or bad, his politics on this question are seen as weak. the end of this day he is unable to say that if russia invades ukraine, and biden said last week and he was silent. and of course germany infamously prevented the transfer of wealth and some allies to ukraine for weeks and weeks and weeks. i think going to ukraine and moscow is a good idea but i'm not sure it will be received in a friendly fashion. the ukrainians probably do not see him are supportive against a very aggressive kremlin. but his position strengthened the bit lately. position strengthened the bit latel . ., position strengthened the bit latel. ., ,, position strengthened the bit latel. ., , ., lately. you probably had the british defence _ lately. you probably had the british defence minister- british defence minister talking about it with of munich in the air. for all the talk after that of what he really
meant, presumably there is a little bit of a faith of a finger pointing at germany. there no doubt about it and as you know german intellectuals are now taking this type of politics to task for very good reason for the policy the german government has not changed and he has weakened the positions merkel took in her last days so needs to just his politics or expect criticism both from nato allies and his own public. i'd make the views of the former us ambassador to ukraine. police in canada say they've cleared the remaining protesters blocking a key bridge between canada and the united states, after a week of disruption — and will re—open the crossing after carrying out safety checks. despite a court order to end the demonstration against covid restrictions, trucks and cars had continued to block the ambassador bridge in ontario. jessica murphy reports. (tx it didn't take that many vehicles to block the busiest land border crossing in canada.
but after days of disruption, police have cleared the ambassador bridge. a long stand—off between police and a handful of protesters lasted from saturday morning through the night. many finally chose to pack up and leave amid a police show of force. we want freedom back. and i heard the one cop say, "we're taking it began a 24—hour stand—off but ambassadors marched forward and maize protesters realised it was time to go home. i was hoinu it was time to go home. i was hoping it _ it was time to go home. i was hoping it was _ it was time to go home. i was hoping it was not _ it was time to go home. i was hoping it was not going - it was time to go home. i was hoping it was not going to - it was time to go home. i was| hoping it was not going to end like this. i was hoping the police would allow us to continue to peacefully protest. the bridge is really important that our lives are important. police confronted the few holdouts and made 12 arrests. the protesters were gathered to -et the protesters were gathered to get a _ the protesters were gathered to get a message out, i believe they— get a message out, i believe
they got— get a message out, i believe they got that message out and they got that message out and they were able to do it peacefully.— they were able to do it eacefull . , ._ , peacefully. the bridge may be cleared but — peacefully. the bridge may be cleared but other _ peacefully. the bridge may be cleared but other border - cleared but other border protests continue. under pressure from the us to address the crisis, the prime minister spoke on friday. the element present biden and i both agree that for the security of the people and the economy, these blockades cannot continue. in 0ttawa, protesters are still here and the city centre. a demonstration that has gone on for over two weeks. protesters police say they have plans to resolve the issue which has troubled parts of the capital but they are waiting for necessary reinforcements. impatient with the police response some residents directly told the protesters it was time to go but with almost 500 trucks blocking the streets of downtown 0ttawa 500 trucks blocking the streets of downtown ottawa and protesters dug in elsewhere, the success of windsor may prove difficult to replicate.
the remote chagos islands, in the indian ocean, have been under british control for 50 years — but now mauritius is trying to claim them back. it has sent a boat to the islands and raised the mauritian flag. the united nations says britain must hand it back — but the uk refuses to do so while america uses one of the islands for a military base.now, some chagos islanders who've been in exile for decades have returned. 0ur africa correspondent andrew harding was there to see their arrival. farfrom anywhere, a hidden archipelago. these isolated islands have been strictly off—limits for half a century. boat horn blasts. but today, rare access — and a remarkable homecoming. these chagos islanders were forced to leave by britain in the early 1970s. as their feet touch home sand, the emotions surge.
this woman was just 21 and pregnant when the british killed her dog and ordered her to leave. "i'm happy to be allowed home," she said, "but sad that i can't stay." this is a short visit, and there is work to be done. it feels to me like somebody who comes home after a long break and wants to tidy up — is that how you feel? of course, you know, as i said, there's not a better place than where you were born, where you lived. and now, the group heads inland — the empty decades have turned their thriving village into a lost world. in the ruins of the old church, the mood turns to anger. i'm very angry at the uk government.
who didn't respect the fundamental rights of my people. do you feel you've been denied your life here? yes, of course! britain still claims sovereignty over all these ruins, citing security concerns about a nearby american military base. but international law now says britain must let the islanders return permanently, and must not cling onto a piece of its old empire. the international court ofjustice has ruled they have a right to come back — and that failure to allow them to come back is a continuing wrong. actually, i think not allowing people to return to their homes is recognised as a crime against humanity, and it needs to be sorted out. and so, officials from mauritius now prepare their flagpole, boldly staking claim to the chagos archipelago. we are asking britain to wake up to the reality of the situation, that their position is untenable. it is extraordinary to think that these exquisite islands have been cut off from the outside world for half a century.
and this visit by the mauritian government has challenged and maybe changed that. it is very difficult now to imagine britain clinging onto its hidden archipelago for that much longer. as for the islanders, they plan to come back here soon — and perhaps for good. andrew harding, bbc news. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: the los angeles rams have won the super bowl, in la
nine years and 15,000 deaths after going into afghanistan, the last soviet troops were finally coming home — the withdrawal completed in good order, but the army defeated in the task it had been sent to perform. malcolm has been murdered. that has a terrible effect for the morale of the people. i'm terrified of the repercussions in the streets. one wonders who is next. as the airlift got under way, there was no let up in the eruption itself. lava streams from a vent lower in the crater flowed down to the sea on the east of the island, away from the town for the time being. it could start flowing again at any time. the russians heralded their new generation space station with a spectacular night launch. they've called it mir, the russian for peace.
this is bbc news, the latest headlines. ukraine calls for a meeting with russia — as a senior diplomat says kyiv may drop its ambitions to join nato if moscow backs off. and the los angeles rams have won the super bowl, in la, beating the cincinatti bengals. one of the biggest events in world sport — the american football super bowl — has been won by the los angeles rams. playing at their home stadium, they beat the cincinatti bengals 23 points to 20. an estimated audience of 100 million people worldwide tuned in to watch the match. fans are leaving the stadium in inglewood, los angeles.
the la rams have never won the super bowl. they won a the st louis rams so a moment of history for them. and indeed, the half—time show was one of the half—time show was one of the key talking points and often is, actually, but this was a hip hop rap spectacular and the sight of eminem taking the knee has lot of discussion on social media. he was performing alongside other hip—hop stars, snoop dogg, doctor dre, and we heard how this year's had time—share was so significant.
seriously, i think it was a celebration of ballet, hip—hop culture and all of that coming together in the city of angels. it was perfect. sounds like an amazing show and you've got the great rap and hip—hop artists of all time, probably. but i can't get over the fact that eminem was told, we are told, by the nfl, you will not be taking the knee, thank you, but of course he did. it is a political statement in the middle of the super bowl. that is bound to have, we have a a picture of it here now. that will have ramifications, won't it? i think it was a powerful moment especially been the sole white person on the stage joining this group of amazing black artists it really showed he is in solidarity with those on stage. a celebration of black culture and to have them do something like that i think was an important moment. can it be more than, and if i did not want a divisive culture war moment, would you see this more
as a unifying moment, then? absolutely. that is what america needs no more than ever and i think it was powerful to see somebody like eminem do that while on stage while his black fellow rap artists and hip—hop artists sung and such an amazing time. i was quite keen on the final. some of my colleagues are far more excited about the half—time show. how good was it? j—lo and shakira moment is one of my favourites so this is one of the top super bowl half—time shows a really long time. was there a highlight? that ending were felt like the avengers came together to perform, i think that was the highlight of the half—time show. and coming in upside down, that was insane. i am glad you enjoyed it as many
voters in switzerland have backed a new law banning tobacco advertising anywhere young people might see it. in a referendum 56% supported the ban. the decision brings switzerland, which has been slow to adopt tobacco prevention policies, into line with the rest of europe. imogen foulkes reports from bern. for years, switzerland has lagged behind its european neighbours when it comes to tobacco prevention. 27% of adults smoke — most start when they are teenagers. advertising on billboards, shops, and in the cinemas is allowed, but today, swiss voters said yes to a total ban. translation: i voted in favour of banning tobacco advertising on minors. the only argument for the opponents was that the swiss economy might collapse, but it seems more important to me to protect
children from tobacco. we constantly hear of people ending up in hospitals, having huge health issues or dying — and yet advertising is still here because of the money, as always. the world's biggest tobacco companies are based in switzerland. days before the vote, it was revealed that they had been financing the "no" campaign, warning that a ban on tobacco promotion could open the door to restrictions on advertising or other things. sugar, alcohol, even switzerland's beloved sausages. voters weren't impressed. tobacco—related illness claims almost 10,000 swisss lives a year. time, today's result suggest, to put health before profit. imogen foulkes, bbc news. the olympic fate of skater of kamila valieva will become clearer in the coming hours following a lengthy hearing into herfailed drugs test.
she's due to take part in the individuals women's event on tuesday but the court of arbitration for sport will announce later whether to suspend her following that failed test in december. the decision by cas will also determine whetehr the gold medal she's already won — in the team event — will stand campaigners in scotland are calling forjustice for thousands of women who were killed in the 16th and 17th centuries, after being accused of scorcery. witchhunts were happening across europe at the time, but scotland had a particlarly high number of victims. the scottish parliament is considering a bill to pardon the women, more than 300 years after their deaths. courtney bembridge has the details. thousands of women here were accused of sorcery, executed and burned. the last of these killings came as recently as 1727. three centuries later, campaigners are fighting to have the women's names cleared.
we feel it was an absolutely terrible thing that happened in scotland's history. it was a miscarriage ofjustice and unfortunately it is not finished with. there are people across the world vulnerable, women or old people, accused of witchcraft and in some cases being killed by mobjustice. in fact, there are some countries trying to put it into the legal system are people can still be accused that has passed. it is still sadly very, very relevant. how many were executed in scotland, about 2500. we don't have the precise, but that is the best i come up with and so that is over when and how centuries, in scotland at that time and a population of about two million. compared with the rest of europe, that is quite intense. that is about five times the european average. campaigners hope their efforts were right past wrongs and shine a light on places
where this is still going on but the movement has also inspired other european nations to reckon with their own histories. last month in spain, catalonia's parliament formally pardoned hundreds of women accused of witchcraft and killed between the 15th and 18th centuries. killed between the 15th and 18th centuries. many of us will have dreamt of a big lottery win at one point or another but i doubt you ever imagined a windfall as big as this. a cheque for more than two trillion pounds — the equivalent of almost three trillion dollars. well, that's exactly what dozens of people in the north of england received in the post. too good to be true? megan paterson explains. 2,324,252,008,001. gareth hughes was expecting compensation for four days without power. but not that much. hundreds of thousands of people in northern england lost
connection during storm arwen — many still wait for compensation. a technical errorfrom northern powergrid has given some customers brief thoughts of a luxury lifestyle. we were just on our way out when i picked the post up, so i opened it, laughed, showed my wife, she laughed at it as well. it's such a big value, to be honest. it's something that i can't even really imagine. it would be nice to be able to invest in some of my interests. i'm a featherstone rovers fan, i'm sure they'd appreciate a few pounds towards building the squad to super league. gareth, who's an accountant, shared his surprise windfall on twitter, asking the company, "can you really afford this?" in a statement, northern powergrid told us gareth is among 7a people who have been affected by this error. they've apologised for the mistake. they say they hope to send out the correct compensation cheques tomorrow, and they thanked customers for being honest about the problem. gareth is reassured his compensation is on the way, but knows it will be substantially less generous than the original cheque. megan paterson, bbc news, hebden bridge.
just to recap that breaking news we had in the past half an hour — the los angeles rams have won the super bowl. playing at their home stadium, they beat the cincinatti bengals 23 points to 20.fans are leaving the stadium in inglewood, los angeles they had been into finance where they have lasted but big prize now. they made it a very
exciting final. it was right to the wire. hello there. after what was a very soggy sunday for most parts of the uk, the weather has plenty more to throw at us through the coming week — not only heavy rain, but some very mild weather for the middle of the week, and then, some stormy weather later. and that could well cause some damage and disruption. on balance, monday is one of the quieter days, but that's not to say it'll be completely dry by any means — we've got cloud and showery rain sinking south—eastwards across england and wales, some brighter spells, as well. for northern ireland and scotland, it's a sunshine—and—showers day, some of the showers wintry over high ground in scotland. the winds slowly easing a little as the day wears on, temperatures north—to—south 6—10 celsius. now, as we go through monday night, we see a quieter interlude, but it doesn't last all that long. outbreaks of rain will return from the west into northern ireland,
scotland, western england and wales. some snow developing for a time over high ground in scotland. and those are your overnight temperatures, ranging from freezing in the north to around six in the south. and then, into tuesday, this weather system will continue its journey eastwards, and some of the outbreaks of rain are expected to hang around for a good part of the day across some southern parts of england and wales. it will tend to clear to a mix of sunshine and showers as we get into the afternoon, and temperatures north—to—south around 5—11 celsius. and then, as we get into the middle of the week, well, things really step up a gear — and it's all because of the jet stream, the winds high up in the atmosphere. the jet stream is likely to be blowing at up to 200 mph or more in the core of the jet, and that willjust provide the energy to spin up deep areas of low pressure — this the first of those moving to the north of the uk on wednesday. this will bring some outbreaks of pretty heavy rain splashing in from the northwest, the winds strengthening all the while. but those winds coming up from the southwest, so it is going to feel really mild for northern ireland, england and wales, particularly, temperatures 12—15, maybe 17 celsius in east anglia — pretty extraordinary for this time of year. but it is the strength
of the winds that gives most cause for concern. as this low moves to the north of the uk, we see this squeeze in the isobars, there will be gales or severe gales potentially in the most exposed places. we could have gusts of wind up to 90 mph. already a met office warning for the northern half of the uk, the risk of damage and disruption through wednesday night and thursday.
this is bbc news, the headlines. ukraine has demanded a meeting with russia within the next forty—eight hours to explain the build—up of moscow's forces on its border. and the ukrainian ambassador to the uk has suggested his country might consider dropping its long—held ambition tojoin nato. russia denies it's planning an invasion. police in canada say they've cleared the remaining protesters blocking a key bridge between canada and the united states, after a week of disruption. despite a court order to end the demonstration against covid restrictions, trucks and cars had continued to block the ambassador bridge in ontario. one of the biggest events in world sport — the american football super bowl — has been won by the los angeles rams. playing at their home stadium, they beat the cincinatti bengals 23 points to 20. an estimated audience of one hundred million people worldwide watched the match. now on bbc news, it's time for dateline london.