welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore, i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines: as the battle rages, planned talks between ukraine and russia appear to have been delayed. washington condemns vladimir putin's decision to place russia's nuclear forces on high alert, calling it a dangerous escalation. translation: western countries are not only — translation: western countries are not only taking _ translation: western countries are not only taking unfriendly - are not only taking unfriendly steps against our country in the economic dimension but the top officials of leading nato countries also make aggressive statements with regards to our country.
the european union announces it will ship arms to ukraine, calling the move a watershed moment for the eu. and, searching for a safe haven. poland says at least 200,000 people seeking refuge have now crossed from ukraine. it's 9:00 in the morning in singapore and 3:00am in the ukranian capital, kyiv where residents are trying to get some sleep after a day of fast moving developments in the conflict with russia. it's now thought peace talks may take place later on monday after they were agreed, and then delayed. vladimir putin says he's put his nuclear forces on alert, and the european union has announced groundbreaking sanctions,
including the sending of arms to ukraine. we'll have more on all of that in newsday, but we start with this report from our correspondent nick beake in kyiv. explosions. there wasn't much talk of peace on the streets of ukraine's second city today. instead, kharkiv gave us a grim warning of more to come if this conflict doesn't stop. explosions. earlier, locals in kharkiv had opened their windows to see russian trucks rolling in. other vehicles in the sights of the ukraine military did not get far. and in the south of the country, this was said to be a drone strike on a russian convoy at an airport. but some appealed to the hearts of the russian soldiers to end this misery. "what are you doing?" this woman asked. "you are our brothers. please stop.
we have kids. we are peaceful citizens." the capital, kyiv, has also been on fire. this was an oil depot that was targeted. but once again, homes also took the brunt, and in another strike, a child was killed. fears of a major russian bombardment last night did not materialise, although the fighting is moving ever closer to the city centre. hours after russia attacked ukraine on thursday morning, we met mark at a metro station. how are you? today, we spoke to him from our bunker to his, where he has been taking shelter, like the rest of the city, as a curfew remains in place. we have a little food and water. the children are crying and they are very afraid. we are trying to keep calm. ukraine's president said russia should be prosecuted for a brutal assault
on civilians. translation: russia's criminal actions against ukraine show- signs of genocide. i talked about this with the un secretary—general. russia is on the path of evil. here in the heart of kyiv, we are hearing the explosions get louder, as the russians draw ever nearer. seizing this european capital while the world looks on is for now president putin's prime objective, and everyone living here simply has no idea just how much force he is prepared to use to do that, and just how many people could die. this is now an age of wartime leaders, a moment when former ukrainian prime ministers post online tutorials instructing their people on how to make petrol—bombs to defend themselves. and this is how children in the capital play today,
in an underground world, mirroring the gruesome reality of what is unfolding above them. nick beake, bbc news, kyiv. ijust want i just want to draw your attention to another newsline we are getting. volodymyr zelensky spoke on the phone and said the next 2a hours will be crucial in trying to repel russian forces. for more on that head over to the live page on bbc news online or download the bbc news app. despite offering talks, president putin has ordered russia's strategic nuclear forces to be placed on high alert. he says western leaders have made aggressive statements towards russia, and international sanctions are illegitimate. the us has denounced the move as completely unacceptable. 0ur corresopondent steve rosenberg is in moscow
and sent this report. from the kremlin, a pointed message to the west. don't push russia. president putin summoned his military chiefs and gave them an order. translation: top officials of leading nato countries i are making aggressive statements about our country. therefore, i am ordering the minister of defence and the chief of the general staff to put the strategic nuclear forces on special alert. would putin really use them? he practised a week ago, overseeing exercises of russia's strategic deterrence forces. typically unsubtle hints to america and nato not to stand in his way over ukraine. today's special alert, more presidential muscle flexing.
across from the kremlin, muscovites gathered on a bridge to remember boris nemtsov, the putin critic gunned down right here seven years ago. for vladimir kara—murza, this was a day for remembering a friend and for condemning the war. this is not russia's war. this is not a war by the russian people on the ukrainian people. this is yet another military adventure, military crime by an unelected, unaccountable, authoritarian and frankly increasingly deranged dictator in the kremlin by the name of vladimir putin. you won't hear anything like that on russian state tv. it has been claiming that russian troops are liberating eastern ukraine and that moscow is using force in the interests of peace. in russia, television remains the key tool for shaping public opinion, so if you control tv, as the kremlin does, you control the messaging.
but not 100%, because today, many russians do get their news and information online, and there, they see a very different picture. so if you use the words attack, invasion or war...? we can say only special operation. yevgenia edits an online magazine. like other independent russian media, the authorities have banned it from calling this a war. what is the kremlin trying to do to the truth now in russia 7 what they always do. listen, you know, they always, you know, turn truth into lies. they lie. they just lie. censorship at home. war abroad. washington has described president putin's decision to put his nuclear weapons on high alert as a dangerous escalation. here's our north america
editor sarah smith. this announcement came as a complete shock to the united states, where the administration here learned only as putin made that announcement publicly, and what senior officials in the pentagon are warning is that by invoking the use of potentially using nuclear weapons, putin is raising the chances of a miscalculation that could make the situation much more dangerous. they are also really quite concerned about the tactics already being deployed on the ground in ukraine. they believe that russia will attempt to isolate and lay siege to the capital avenue and that will of course vastly increase the risks of civilian deaths and casualties. the un is going to hold an emergency special session tomorrow to vote on a resolution condemning russia and to give you an idea of the significance of that, they have had only ten similar sessions since 1950.
the pressures on russia, both economic and political, are growing. for the first time ever, the european union is to finance and deliver weapons and equipment to a country under attack. the eu has also decided to close its airspace to all russian aircaft, including the private jets of oligarchs. our business editor, simonjack has more. i have never seen i have never seen so i have never seen so many significant decisions being taken so significant decisions being ta ken so swiftly significant decisions being taken so swiftly with such unity in the eu. just this weekend for example apart from all the extra financial sanctions, we have been hearing about from jack, the eu is going to buy and deliver weapons for a country that is at war and germany turning its defence policy on its head, and for the first time, despite its wariness of course with its second world war reputation it is going to be sending weapons directly to ukraine and now todayit directly to ukraine and now today it is going to be massively spending and investing in its own military.
we are starting to see them impact of the eu's moves on the russian economy, particularly on the rouble, its currency. i'm joined now by our business report monica miller who has been watching the markets this morning. already huge moves in the rouble, talk us through that. ~ . , . the rouble, talk us through that. ~ ., , ., ;;::f that. we are seeing a 3096 lunue that. we are seeing a 3096 plunge in _ that. we are seeing a 3096 plunge in premarket - that. we are seeing a 3096. plunge in premarket trading this morning and this is an historic low against the us dollar and this is happening because of what the us and european union had imposed sanctions over the weekend. you can sort of look at it like a 1-2 can sort of look at it like a 1—2 punch. they first froze the assets of the russia central bank which means that russia's overseas assets, they are not allowed to sell those bonds and gold in order to get to those ripples in order to boost up these banks that are now being cut off. the other thing that they did as they pushed them
off of what is called a swift network. the is a messaging system that allows international trade to happen amongst banks and this system has roughly trillions of dollars that go through this, so cutting them out of the equation is going to have a massive impact on the russian economy. massive impact on the russian economy-— economy. yeah, the domestic russian economy _ economy. yeah, the domestic russian economy certainly - economy. yeah, the domestic. russian economy certainly under some pressure, we've already seen those images of course of people lining up outside banks in russia on the streets of russia trying to get their cash out. just talk us through what the implications are for russians, everyday russians, as a result of somebody sanctions? the russian central bank had put out a message yesterday when these sanctions had started to be put into place saying don't panic because essentially what we will be seeing is a run on the bank. people are desperate to get what cash they have out of there because they may not have this opportunity again, and we just have to put this into
perspective for a second. we are still in the midst of a global pandemic which has slowed down the economy and no—one has avoided this. in addition to inflation prices that we are all feeling around the globe, this is going to make inflation much, much worse for people who are already struggling in an economic way, so i'd have to say, if the us and eu really wanted to get vladimir putin's attention, it is going to be hard to ignore exactly what is going on economically.— exactly what is going on economically. monica miller the 're economically. monica miller they're keeping _ economically. monica miller they're keeping us - economically. monica miller i they're keeping us up-to-date they're keeping us up—to—date with all of the latest market action, thank you forjoining us on the programme. thousands of people have been trying to escape the ukraine conflict. the vast majority of those who've left so far, are women and children. fergal keane has sent us this report from the city of lviv, in the west of ukraine, near the polish border. choir sings there are many leaving.
but across the city of lviv this morning, the voices and prayers of those for whom this place is home, a home they will not abandon. the church of saints peter and paul was damaged in world war ii, shut down by the soviets, and is now a garrison church for ukraine's army. these are the faces of the dead of the eight years of war with russia. and of some of their children. we don't have fear because it's our home, lviv is our home. russia are coming to our home. if russia goes to your house, what do you do? at lviv station, now a focal point for the thousands fleeing, there is fear. inna is a professor of architecture, a mother with a teenage son
and two daughters. their father is fighting at the front in the east. translation: it's difficult to describe the pain - and fear inside. everything is burning. it is hard to explain to our children. they leave their relatives and friends. it is very painful. i can't describe it. among those thronging here are many foreign students who have come from kharkiv, where fierce battles are raging. these young men are nigerian. there is still an ongoing war in 2022. man, who does that? i think we are civilised than this, you know? everybody's life matters. we just have to try and stay strong, stay alive. local mercies, but a bigger question of responsibility. there may yet be a legal
reckoning for all of this. i've been told by a top british war crimes lawyer that a special tribunal to prosecute president putin is being considered. so we are in a very different world today from the world of 75 years ago or 100 years ago. the fact that you are president of a country no longer excuses you for potential proceedings before international courts for crimes of this kind. so, will it happen? who knows? that's partly a political and military question. could it happen? absolutely. in time, these will be essential questions for the refugees, but the immediate priority is escape. people keep coming up to us and asking us what they should do, where they should go. but there's no advice, really, to give them because it's evening now and there's no train for the rest of the night — that much we know — and this is a humanitarian
crisis that is growing in scale. as russian attacks intensify, so does the terror inflicted on the defenceless. fergal keane, bbc news, lviv. as well as those seeking safety abroad, many have had to leave their homes, displaced within ukraine. sarah rainsford is in the eastern city of dnipro. just four days ago, these corridors were filled with students. now, their hostel is sheltering families fleeing a war they don't understand. they have run to dnipro from further east in ukraine, where there has been fighting for eight years, but always at a distance. until vladimir putin declared open war in their country. it was when a shell landed next door that nadezhda and herfamily packed up and fled. translation: we are ashamed. i never thought we would be in this situation. we were normal people.
we had jobs, schools, a normalfamily. and now, we have to ask for help. and the scariest thing is we don't know how long this is for and whether we will have anything left to go back to. lyudmila tells me every time a door bangs, they think it is an explosion and they need to grab the children and hide. and nadezhda is constantly checking for news of family and friends they left behind. the town's group chat is now full of videos like this. the boys just miss their own toys and their kindergarten. just speaking to these families here, you realise the depth of what they are going through because nadezhda was just telling me a few days ago, the main things on her mind were home improvements and shopping and how the kids were getting
on at kindergarten. and now, she tells me what she worries about is whether they are all going to wake up safely in the morning. this is where other families will sleep tonight — on the floor of a concert hall and bar. locals have rallied around to make it as comfy as possible but this is tough for everyone. natalia's motherjust made it here from right near the front line and natalia herself is furious with vladimir putin. translation: he says he is defending us, - but who from? from ourselves? by burning down our houses and our land? for now, yes, it is calm here, but my heart is shattered. my family has been pulled apart and i am frightened for my children. i just really want this to end. it is a nightmare. and the danger is following her. as we finished speaking, an air raid siren wailed across the city for the first time. sarah rainsford,
bbc news, dnipro. as you heard ——as you can imagine, and saw there in the report, it is a terrifying time for those caught up in the fighting and for those who have family overseas. some of the most recent heavy conflict has been taking place in kharkiv and on there, 0lga told me it has been difficult keeping in touch with them. it is touch with them. it is currently _ touch with them. it is currently after - touch with them. it is currently after 1pm i touch with them. it is currently after 1pm in j touch with them. it is - currently after 1pm in ukraine and i will find out tomorrow morning how they are doing because they are currently in the shelters, hiding, hoping forthe the shelters, hiding, hoping for the best. so i cannot say that my family is safe because they are still in care and my team is in care in kharkiv and dnipro. team is in care in kharkiv and dniro. ., ., team is in care in kharkiv and dniro. . ., team is in care in kharkiv and dniro. . . , ., dnipro. olga, i am so sorry to hear that _ dnipro. olga, i am so sorry to hear that and _ dnipro. olga, i am so sorry to hear that and i _ dnipro. olga, i am so sorry to hear that and i hope - dnipro. olga, i am so sorry to hear that and i hope you - dnipro. olga, i am so sorry to hear that and i hope you are l hear that and i hope you are able to get in touch with them as soon as possible. talk us
through how difficult it has been both in your attempts to try to get in touch with them and what it is like to be so far away from what is happening on the ground right now. it’s on the ground right now. it's very surreal. _ on the ground right now. it's very surreal. it's _ on the ground right now. it�*s very surreal. it's beenjust four days and the scariest four days of my life but especially on my family's and my friends's life in ukraine. i am very grateful that our connection is still on so i can get in touch with them. i call my mum almost every hour, checking how they are doing, making sure they are fine and they are keeping their spirits up as much as possible. my spirits up as much as possible. my grandma is making ukrainian micro tutorfor the my grandma is making ukrainian micro tutor for the entire family who is sheltering with them and my team is visiting me on our work chart, just making sure that everyone is aware of what is happening —— borscht. it's not a work chart i would
ever imagine, in the morning i am checking with them and asking them how they are doing and they are telling me there are still explosions, the windows were blown in overnight, we are making molotov cocktails and we are building barricades and i still cannot believe it is happening to my country, it's happening to my country, it's happening to a democratic country in the middle of europe in the 21st century. middle of europe in the 21st centu . ., middle of europe in the 21st centu . . , ., middle of europe in the 21st centu . ., ~ ., century. olga, you know, when ou century. olga, you know, when you were _ century. olga, you know, when you were talking _ century. olga, you know, when you were talking about - century. olga, you know, when you were talking about your. century. olga, you know, when i you were talking about your mum there, it struck me those kinds of conversations that one has with their mother and the kinds of conversations that you are having now, is she safe? she is... having now, is she safe? she is- -- she _ having now, is she safe? she is... she is — having now, is she safe? she is... she is in _ having now, is she safe? she is... she is in kyiv, _ having now, is she safe? she is... she is in kyiv, she - having now, is she safe? ﬁle: is... she is in kyiv, she is around kyiv, so i cannot really say if she is safe or not. i was trying to get them out of kyiv and i was trying to get them to the best but unfortunately that was not possible because when they decided to leave the centre of kyiv, it was too scary to go
and we don't know if there is petrol so relatively safe. they are not in the centre of the city. they are not in the region of bristol over where you can hear multiple explosions, they can hear explosions, they can hear explosions very remotely, so i would like to say they are safe but i cannot be sure that they are safe right now. pro—ukraine demonstrations have been taking place around the world. several thousand people gathered in london on sunday, including dozens of young people from st mary's ukrainian school in west london. paul murphy—kasp went to meet them before they set off. for over 60 years, this saturday school has taught young ukrainians living in london about the country's history, language and culture. the invasion by chrome is putting into question ukraine's future but while times are
tough, communities pulling together. tough, communities pulling touether. ~ ., tough, communities pulling together-— tough, communities pulling touether. ~ . ., ,, ., together. what happened on thursday shook _ together. what happened on thursday shook them - together. what happened on thursday shook them all- together. what happened on thursday shook them all and together. what happened on - thursday shook them all and you can see for the first time fear in their eyes. we started getting initiatives from our school children, from here, year 8, school children, from here, year8, nine, ten pupils, that they would like to do something for the civilians back in their home country. that they would love to fund raise for the children.— love to fund raise for the children. �* ., ., , ., children. but what do young --eole children. but what do young people actually _ children. but what do young people actually think - children. but what do young people actually think about| people actually think about what is going on? but people actually think about what is going on?— what is going on? but my famil , what is going on? but my family. my _ what is going on? but my family, my grandmother, j what is going on? but my . family, my grandmother, my grandfather. ifeel very family, my grandmother, my grandfather. i feel very sad for them. and i hope everything will be all right in my country, it's my home. mi will be all right in my country, it's my home. all of my family — country, it's my home. all of my family as _ country, it's my home. all of my family as there, - country, it's my home. all of my family as there, my - country, it's my home. all of my family as there, my aunt| my family as there, my aunt uncles, _ my family as there, my aunt uncles, grandparents and they are planning on staying there but i don't want them to do that, — but i don't want them to do that, i_ but i don't want them to do that, i want them to come here. raising — that, i want them to come here. raising awareness, protesting, having — raising awareness, protesting, having everything _ raising awareness, protesting, having everything on— raising awareness, protesting, having everything on the - raising awareness, protesting, having everything on the newsl raising awareness, protesting, i having everything on the news i think_ having everything on the news i think will— having everything on the news i think will definitely— having everything on the news i think will definitely help - think will definitely help spread _ think will definitely help spread awareness. - think will definitely help spread awareness. it. think will definitely help spread awareness. think will definitely help sread awareness. ., ~ , spread awareness. it makes me feel very worried _
spread awareness. it makes me feel very worried and _ spread awareness. it makes me feel very worried and think - feel very worried and think everything on the battlefield and what is happening so sometimes, i even cry. while e es sometimes, i even cry. while eyes are _ sometimes, i even cry. while eyes are focused _ sometimes, i even cry. while eyes are focused on - sometimes, i even cry. while eyes are focused on the - eyes are focused on the response from world leaders, ukrainians here want action. it ukrainians here want action. it is notjust the problem of our children, ukrainian children, the children across the world are watching what the leaders in their countries are doing today. the children want to act. they don't wantjust today. the children want to act. they don't want just to use the privilege of clear skies and continue with our lives. ,, ., ~ ., lives. stand with ukraine! under those _ lives. stand with ukraine! under those clear - lives. stand with ukraine! under those clear skies, l lives. stand with ukraine! - under those clear skies, dozens of young ukrainians adopted demonstrated downing street, proudly bearing the country of their home nation but, most importantly, making sure their voices are being heard. stop pridgeon! — voices are being heard. stop pridgeon! stop _ voices are being heard. stop pridgeon! stop the - voices are being heard. stop pridgeon! stop the war! -- i pridgeon! stop the war! —— putin. paul murphy—kasp, bbc news. you have been watching newsday.
stay with us. stay with bbc news for the latest updates. hello. after a largely fine and settled weekend with plenty of springlike sunshine, things are looking a little bit more unsettled as we start this working week. this was the picture as the sun went down sunday evening off the coast of north yorkshire, but we've had a weather front moving its way in through the course of the night. through monday, it is going to be bringing cloud and rain to be bringing cloud and rain to many parts of the uk, particularly towards the north and the west as well. so, first thing monday, that rain will be sitting across parts of southern and eastern scotland, northern england, down through wales into the south west of england, too. this frontal system is really going to be quite slow—moving through the day, so some of that rain for south west of that rain for south west of england, wales, north west england is going to be persistent and heavy, too. it's also going to be quite a breezy—feeling day, particularly across the far north—west. for the western isles, we could see gales developing through the course of the day.
and top temperatures for most of us between about 8—11 degrees but for the south east of england and east anglia, where it stays dry for a good part of the day, a very mild 13 celsius. but eventually, that rain will sweep its way eastwards across all parts. it'll be followed by clearer skies, just a few showers in the far north continuing, a bit more of a breeze here on into tuesday, but certainly, a touch of frost for many of us away from southern england and south wales first thing tuesday morning. so, during tuesday, then, we've got this weather front that is going to hang around across some southern and south—eastern parts. clears away from the rest of the uk as high pressure builds in behind it. so, a lot of dry, settled weather on the cards for tuesday, but that cloud and patchy rain continuing into the far south. bit of uncertainty about how far north it gets. mostly, i think, any rain will be confined to the south of the m4 corridor. but to the north of that, plenty of blue sky and sunshine once again with top temperatures between about 8—10 degrees on tuesday. heading onto the middle part of the week and there's a bit of a wave on that weather front, so it starts to move back northwards and eastwards across the uk into wednesday but as it bumps into that higher pressure, it is tending
to fizzle out so, really, quite a weak affair. a fairly cloudy day for most of us on wednesday with a few splashes of rain moving their way northwards. i think northern and eastern scotland keeping the sunshine through the course of the day. not feeling particularly warm where you're underneath that cloud with highs around about 8—10 degrees for most of us. and them, further ahead towards thursday, still some outbreaks of rain as the next front moves its way in from the west but for many of us, things are turning a bit drier and brighter through friday and on into the weekend, too. more details, as ever, on our website. bye— bye.
this is bbc news. we will have the headlines at all the main news stories for you at the top of the hours straight after this programme. hello, i'm ros atkins, welcome to the media show. we've got to talk about russian media in the uk because the government's culture secretary, nadine dorries, says she wants the regulator 0fcom to look at what she calls russian propaganda in the uk. we'll consider that. we'll also learn about russian media inside russia itself and we've got to talk about bloomberg as well. last week and the supreme court, it was stopped from publishing a story on privacy grounds, and that sparked a broader discussion