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tonight at 10pm, a last—ditch attempt to save thousands of people trapped in the ukrainian city of mariupol. the port city is still under heavy bombardment, as the russians intensify their attacks on the wider region of the donbas. a guarantee of safe passage for ukrainians is the condition for an exchange of russian prisoners—of—war, as the people of mariupol try to flee to safety. translation: we need | a break after the shelling, after this whole nightmare. we have been hiding in basements for 30 days. all this while the russians show off a new intercontinental ballistic missile, capable of carrying nuclear warheads. we'll have the latest on the conflict, and on germany's decision to stop importing russian oil by the end of the year. also tonight... four days to polling day in france,
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and a tough televised debate between the two candidates for the presidency. in a virginia courtroom, the actorjohnny depp says he felt driven to drugs and alcohol because of clashes with his then—partner amber heard. and prince harry tells american television he wants to make sure the queen is protected and surrounded by the right people. and coming up in sport on the bbc news channel... can manchester city get the win they need to go back to the top of the premier league? good evening. in his latest initiative to save the lives of thousands of people trapped in the ukrainian city of mariupol, president zelensky has offered to exchange russian prisoners—of—war for a guarantee of safe passage for his fellow citizens. the port city of mariupol
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is still under heavy bombardment, as the russians intensify their attacks on the wider region of the donbas. it's believed 100,000 people remain trapped there. controlling the donbas would allow the russians to extend the areas they annexed in 2014. the azovstal steel works, a massive industrial plant in mariupol, has become the last centre of ukrainian resistance, as our correspondent mark lowen reports. in the fog of war, russia's ferocious firepower is unrelenting. mariupol, once a thriving port city, besieged and broken. the last bastion of ukraine's resistance is the azovstal steel plant, perhaps a few thousand soldiers and civilians in its bunkers and tunnels — a patch of land holding out against one of the world's biggest armies. and now a rare voice
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from inside the nightmare. translation: this is our appeal to the world. - it could be the last of our lives, we are probably facing ourfinal days, if not hours. the enemy is outnumbering us 10—1. but again today they refused russia's latest surrender deadline, and again an attempt at a humanitarian corridor failed. ukraine's president said he's offered moscow an exchange of russian prisoners—of—war for safe passage out of mariupol. translation: we are ready for different formats - of exchanging our people for the russian people, the russian military they left behind. they both left corpses scattered and abandoned wounded people. across the country, in kyiv, it's all quiet on the western front. so, from a volunteer centre, they send supplies to the east — first aid, food and preparations for battle to those repelling the russian assault.
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among the staff is 0lena nicolena, whose cousin max is one of the last fighters in the steel plant. the pride of russian army here... they've gathered spoils of war from an invasion that has not gone moscow's way. this badge says that death is better than dishonour. 0lena hopes her cousin will return with more fragments of russian losses. do you feel proud of him? yeah, totally. i would never have imagined my cousin to become a true hero of ukraine and hero of mariupol. there is obviously a very bitter sense of pride, in the sense that he is in a life—threatening situation. but i am very proud of him. i dream of the day when he will return and we will be able to meet again and i will be able to tell this to him. if you could give a message to max now, what would you say? max, i know that you are very
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strong, and your family loves you a lot, and we are waiting for you, and we are sure that you will come back and you will be our hero, and you will have a great life in the free ukraine after our victory. praying for that end are families across this nation — those like vladimir, whose only child, danilo, is also fighting in the steel plant. here in kyiv, they've fortified their monuments, but vladimir knows he can't protect what's most precious to him. translation: it's very hard there. they are running out of ammunition but they don't want to surrender, because they can't abandon the civilians they're protecting. i used to prepare him for the army, so maybe it's my fault hejoined. i'm pretty sure i'll see him again, but until then, i want to say,
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danilo, i love you and i'm waiting for you. 500 miles from the front line, the emotional distance can seem further still. with the agony of helplessness comes the hope and dread of news. mark lowen, bbc news, kyiv. earlier today, the russians released images of what they say was a successful test flight of a new intercontinental ballistic missile, capable of carrying nuclear warheads. president putin said it would make anyone seeking to threaten russia think twice. 0ur russia editor, steve rosenberg, is in moscow. can we talk about the timing and the significance of this latest russian display? significance of this latest russian disla ? , ~' significance of this latest russian disla ? , ~ ., , significance of this latest russian disla ? , a, , , significance of this latest russian disla ? , «a, , significance of this latest russian disla ? , ~ ., , ,., ., display? yes, think of this is a not so subtle hint _ display? yes, think of this is a not so subtle hint from _ display? yes, think of this is a not so subtle hint from the _ display? yes, think of this is a not so subtle hint from the kremlin, l so subtle hint from the kremlin, basically russia is saying to the west, look, we have this very big,
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very powerful, very destructive new weapon, keep that in mind when you are dealing with us. what do we know about this weapon? the sarmat missile, or satan 2, has been in development for some time, so no surprise, because the pentagon said todayit surprise, because the pentagon said today it had been notified ahead of the launch and it didn't see it as a threat, but the fact remains that the fact this launch took place at a time when hostilities are going on in ukraine, that sends a clear message, i think, in ukraine, that sends a clear message, ithink, to in ukraine, that sends a clear message, i think, to russia's opponents, and vladimir putin made that clear today. he said this missile would provide food for thought for those who, in the heat of frenzied, aggressive rhetoric, tried to threaten russia. this fry president sent his troops into ukraine, who is attacking ukraine. —— this from a president. vladimir
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putin trying to create an alternative reality, turn everything upside down, making it it is russia thatis upside down, making it it is russia that is under threat, from ukraine, nato, britain and america, and making out he is acting in self—defence. making out he is acting in self-defence.— making out he is acting in self-defence. ., ~ , ., ., self-defence. thank you for the latest in moscow, _ self-defence. thank you for the latest in moscow, steve - self-defence. thank you for the - latest in moscow, steve rosenberg. germany has now said it will stop importing oilfrom russia by the end of the year, to make the impact of sanctions more effective. currently, around a quarter of the oil germany uses comes from russia. the german finance minister has admitted that stopping all russian oil imports now would hurt germany more than russia. he also blamed moscow for global price rises and the internationalfood crisis. he's been talking with our economics editor, faisal islam. just after the invasion of ukraine, the western world clubbed together to isolate russia, its financial system, its biggest businessmen, and its war chest of hundreds of billions in currency reserves as never before. but it wasn't enough to deter the aggression. absolutely key to this is the role of germany, heavily dependent on russian energy
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and effective source of hundreds of millions of euros being sent to the kremlin�*s companies every day. its finance minister, christian lindner, told the bbc russia is responsible for the significant economic consequences of the war. there is an unprovoked, terrible war in ukraine, and russia is responsible for all geopolitical and macroeconomical risks which have their origin in this war. so russia is responsible for the food crisis, for example...? for example, inflation, food crisis and the possible risk of a serious debt crisis in developing countries. at first, the stringent actions against moscow hit home, collapsing the value of its companies and of its currency, the rouble, to record lows. but now, thanks to the flow of energy dollars and euros, it's
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recovered all of that lost value. when you hearfrom president zelensky last week that europe is sending $1 billion a day to russia for its oil and gas and that, "we don't understand how you can make money out of blood", and he pointed the finger directly at germany and hungary for blocking an oil embargo. no, we are not blocking. we are willing to stop all energy imports from russia, it's just a matter of time. when, for the oil embargo? as fast as possible. this year? as fast as possible. it would cause a physical shutdown of your manufacturing sector, your car—makers, if you were to push the button right now? probably, and this is why we prefer sanctions which hurt him more than us as europeans and our single market. at the imf meeting today, finance ministers and central
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bankers, including the bank of england's andrew bailey, walked out when the russians intervened at a key g20 summit. but the relationship between germany and russia is absolutely key to the calculations of the kremlin over this war. the minister admits this was a two—decade miscalculation and germany is now committed to independence from putin, but they say doing so immediately is just not possible. faisal islam, bbc news, in washington. the all england lawn tennis club has banned players from russia and belarus from taking part in this year's wimbledon championships, in the light of events in ukraine. moscow has responded by saying it's "unacceptable" to turn athletes into what it describes as "hostages of political prejudice". 0ur sports correspondent, joe wilson, has more details. at wimbledon, there is no roof to exclude the wider world. this is a fixture in the international sporting calendar —
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thus, what happens here matters everywhere. wimbledon quotes its responsibility to limit russia's global influence in the light of unjustified and unprecedented military aggression. and so several of the world's leading players will be excluded here and from other forthcoming uk tournaments, even though they will continue to play elsewhere on the professional tours. daniil medvedev, ranked two in the world, a strong contenderfor the men's title, won't play. aryna sabalenka, a potential champion, one of several leading women's players from belarus and russia, is now barred. the kremlin says the action is unacceptable and the tournament will suffer. well, from one of ukraine's leading tennis voices, a different perspective. it is another sign for russia that they are wrong, they have to stop, and we are thankful for this. we are thankful for all the help, for the weapons we get to survive and keep fighting. but there is some strong opposition in tennis.
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the atp, which runs the men's tour, said the unilateral decision by wimbledon and the lawn tennis association to exclude players from russia and belarus is unfair and has the potential to set a damaging precedent for the game. the international olympic committee has urged sporting federations worldwide to exclude competitors from russia and belarus. in some sports, they have continued to compete as neutrals. at wimbledon, they've decided that neutrality is not an option. joe wilson, bbc news, south—west london. the prime minister has rejected a labour demand to apologise to the archbishop of canterbury over comments mrjohnson reportedly made in a private meeting of conservative mps last night. mrjohnson was widely reported as saying that senior clergy had been "less vociferous" in their condemnation of vladimir putin than they had of the uk's plans to send asylum seekers to rwanda. the prime minister says the rwanda policy was an attempt to save lives
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in the english channel. 0ur deputy political editor, vicki young, reports. are there more fines coming, prime minister? borisjohnson is desperate to change the subject and talk about anything other than his covid lawbreaking. a row with the archbishop of canterbury is one way of doing it. happy easter to all of you! in his easter sermon, justin welby criticised government plans to send asylum seekers to rwanda. in a private meeting with conservative mps, mrjohnson reportedly criticised the archbishop for being less vociferous in his condemnation of russian president vladimir putin than of government immigration policy. today, the labour leader demanded an apology. in fact, the archbishop called putin's war an act of great evil, and the church of england has led the way in providing refuge to those fleeing. would the prime minister like to take this opportunity to apologise for slandering
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the archbishop and the church of england? the prime minister didn't repeat what he'd said behind closed doors but... i was slightly taken aback for the government to be criticised over the policy that we have devised to end the deaths at sea, in the channel, as a result of cruel criminal gangs. i was surprised that we were attacked for that. lambeth palace has hit back, saying the archbishops of canterbury and york had condemned russia's invasion of ukraine as an act of great evil and spoken out repeatedly against it. it added, "they are gravely concerned by proposals to send migrants overseas." downing street insisted voters care more about policy than parties, but the snp don't think the prime minister will be forgiven. 82% of people in scotland say they believe the prime minister lied to this parliament and to the public about his lawbreaking covid parties.
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are they right, or should they not believe their lying eyes? we are going to get on with the job of delivering for the people of the whole of the united kingdom. for now, mrjohnson can leave it all behind — he's off to india on a trip which he says will concentrate on jobs, defence and energy security. letsjoin vicki lets join vicki live at westminster. you mentioned the trip to india, but what about other developments to do with whether the prime minister should be investigated by parliament or by committee as to what's been going on? or by committee as to what's been auoin on? , , , or by committee as to what's been uaoinon? , , .,, going on? yes, this is accusations that he has _ going on? yes, this is accusations that he has misled _ going on? yes, this is accusations that he has misled parliament - going on? yes, this is accusations i that he has misled parliament about what was going on in downing street, so called partygate. labour think that he should be investigated straightaway. they are forcing a vote on it tomorrow. the government, with a huge majority, could be expected to be able to block that, but many conservative mps simply thought that would look bad. if the prime minister has done nothing
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wrong, then let the inquiry go ahead. downing street has come up with what it thinks is a compromise to keep its own mps on side, and that compromises to delay a decision until after the police to finish their investigation and after the senior civil servant sue gray has published a report too. now, what does this tell us? it tells us about how unhappy many conservative mps are, i spoke to a few today. they are, i spoke to a few today. they are simply reluctant to go out at the moment and defend the prime minister. downing street crossing theirfingers minister. downing street crossing their fingers and hoping after all those other investigations, the appetite for another one might simply fade away. they can't be sure of that of course. meanwhile, the prime minister now is in midair on his way to india. he has been talking to reporters, our colleagues there, and he says politicians should stop talking about themselves and talk about the things that matter. he has also said that he will lead the party into the next election. but that ultimately, of course, it is a decision for his own mps. ~ ., , .,
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mps. with the latest there from westminster, _ mps. with the latest there from westminster, thank _ mps. with the latest there from westminster, thank you, - mps. with the latest there from westminster, thank you, vicki l mps. with the latest there from - westminster, thank you, vicki young. in four days' time, the voters of france will choose their next president, and it's proving to be a bruising contest between the current head of state, emmanuel macron, and marine le pen, representing the party known as the national rally, formerly the national front. this evening, the two candidates faced each other in their only nationwide televised debate. millions of voters are said to be still undecided. 0ur paris correspondent, lucy williamson, has been watching the exchanges. after weeks of sparring from a distance, tonight it's hand—to—hand combat. the first time in this election that emmanuel macron and marine le pen have fought face—to—face. bonsoir, marine le pen. bonsoir. with just two campaigning days left, and a quarter of voters saying the debate will shape their decision, they've been waiting for this. first up, the big one. rising prices and spending power is le pen's favourite subject. her slogan tonight, give
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the people their money back. this mr macron lectures her on why her economic plans won't work. and then goes for the jugular. her relationship with russia. you're dependent on vladimir putin, he says. when you speak to russia, you speak to your banker. but what do voters make of it? across the country in reims this evening, voters from all sides, many still undecided, were watching the drama unfold. we see a very different debate from 2017. - it appears that marine le pen is- much more well—prepared than 2017. she is very calm. she decided to not attack frontallyj the president, emmanuel macron, and from my point of view, emmanuel macron seems. a bit unstable. translation: so far, -
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it's a very balanced debate. i'm biased, but the arguments are good, and they may change my mind. she is much better than last time, but she's still too weak in comparison with macron. he is far stronger on every subject. marine le pen�*sjob tonight was to show that she was prepared for power. mr macron�*s task was to show that she was not without looking too arrogant and superior himself. around ten points separate them in the polls tonight. four days separates one of them from power. lucy williamson, bbc news, paris. well, the debate is still going on here in france tonight, and there is a sense that marine le pen has done a sense that marine le pen has done a bit better than she did last time around. back then she really suffered from being seen to be both hostile and unprepared. this time she seems calmer, she seemed more across her brief, and it was mr macron who at times seemed to be
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taking her on more aggressively. he is pulling ahead in the polls here, but of course the race is much closer this time around, and this debate matters. all the more so because there are more voters now who say they're finding it really hard to choose between the two of them. lucy, many thanks for the latest there. in paris tonight, lucy williamson on the france debate. in virginia, the actorjohnny depp has told a court that he felt driven to turn to drugs and alcohol because of constant clashes with his then—partner, the actress amber heard. mr depp is suing herfor defamation, after an article in which she called herself a victim of domestic violence. he denies any abuse. he said in court that ms heard had a need for conflict. 0ur correspondent david sillito has been following the case. are you ready for the jury? 0k. johnny depp, back on the witness stand for questions about a relationship that he says was controlling and belittling. as he settled down, there was only the briefest glance across the court
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towards where his ex—wife, amber heard, was watching. i was sort of not allowed to be right. not allowed to have a voice. so at a certain point, when that, what enters your mind is you start to slowly realise that you are in a relationship with your mother. day one was all about the big picture. his childhood, his lifestyle, his personality. his drug use. day two is focused rather more on the specific allegations. he was asked if he had ever assaulted ms heard. he said no. rather, he was the one who was punched and beaten. at one point acting out what he said happened during an argument. she squared off at me in the doorway of our bedroom, and i said,
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what are you going to do, hit me again? would you like to hit me again? and i said, go ahead. hit me. bam. the court was shown photographs, one from an incident which left him with a severed finger. caused, he said, by a bottle which was thrown at him. another of an injury to his face. the court was then played a recording of one of their conversations. you didn't get punched. you got hit. i'm sorry i hit you like this. but i did not punch you. i did not (bleep) deck you. i (bleep) was hitting you. i don't know what the (bleep) motion of my actual hand was, but you're fine. i did not hurt you, i did not punch you, i was hitting you. oh, you're tough. what am i supposed to do, do this? i'm not sitting here bitching about it, am i? you are. that's the difference between me
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and you, you're a (bleep) baby. this was, he says, typical. him retreating, trying to escape from a relationship that he said had become demeaning, aggressive, violent. throughout it all, his ex—wife watched. we'll hear amber heard's version of events in the days to come. david sillito, bbc news, fairfax, virginia. officials in the us state of new mexico have fined a film production company more than $130,000 following the fatal shooting of a cinematographer. the actor alec baldwin was holding the gun, when it went off on the film set. 0ur correspondent sophie long is in los angeles. mac well, halyna hutchins death rocked hollywood _ mac well, halyna hutchins death rocked hollywood and _ mac well, halyna hutchins death rocked hollywood and left - mac well, halyna hutchins death rocked hollywood and left many| mac well, halyna hutchins death - rocked hollywood and left many here demanding to know how a young mother in one of the industry's rising stars be shot dead on a film set. there are clear safety protocols to stop anything like this ever happening. today's report revealed
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not only did the production company know that the protocols were not being followed, they failed to do nothing about it, and the maximum penalty was imposed. that is far from the end of the matter. the criminal investigation is ongoing and criminal charges have not been ruled out. and multiple lawsuits have been filed, including an unlawful death lawsuit in behalf of halyna hutchins' husband, which alleged reckless behaviour and cost—cutting was responsible for her death. alec baldwin's lawyer said that any statement that he was reckless as entirely false, and that he was relying on the statement the gun was cold, meaning there was no possibility of a discharge. not only was alec baldwin the man holding the gun, he was also one of the film's producers, and that could be key in determining whether ultimately he will be held personally responsible for her death. sophie, many thanks for the latest there on that case, sophie long in los angeles for us. a few of the day other stories. the headteacher of a school in east
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london where a 15—year—old black pupil was strip—searched is leaving due to health reasons. the schoolgirl, known as child 0, was subjected to the search without an appropriate adult after she was wrongly accused of carrying cannabis. a safeguarding review found that racism was likely to have been a factor in the case a murder investigation is under way after three bodies were found at a house in a village in buckinghamshire. a man and a woman in their 60s and man in his 50s were found dead in bourne end yesterday. thames valley police said all three were known to each other, and they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths. a study has shown that insect populations have fallen by about half in some parts of the world because of climate change and intensive agriculture. researchers at university college london said the combined pressure of global heating and farming was driving a "substantial decline" in the number of insects across the globe. prince harry says he doesn't yet know if he'll return to the uk in june for the celebrations
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to mark the queen's platinum jubilee. in an interview with the american network nbc, the duke of sussex also spoke about visiting his grandmother the queen at windsor last week, and said he was trying to make sure her majesty was protected, and "surrounded by the right people". 0ur royal correspondent nicholas witchell has the story. his relations with the rest of the royal family have been strained of late, but harry has remained on good terms with his grandmother, the queen. the two hadn't met for a year until last week, when harry and meghan were en route to the netherlands for the invictus games. they broke theirjourney to visit the queen at windsor castle, and, according to harry, the meeting went well. it was so nice to see her. she's on great form. we have a really special relationship. we talk about things that she can't talk about with anybody else. she's always got a great sense of humour with me, and i'm making sure that she's protected and got the right people around her.
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harry's comment that the queen was on great form is reassuring given the concerns about her health. but quite what he meant by suggesting he is the person ensuring the queen is "protected" and has "the right people around her" is unclear. on his own future plans, harry seems very settled in california. home for me now is, for the time being, it's in the states. and it feels that way, as well. but did he think he would come to britain to attend the queen's platinumjubilee in june? i don't know yet. there's lots of things, security issues and everything else, so this is what i'm trying to do, trying to make it possible that, you know, i can get my kids to meet her. a question about his relations with his father and brother was deflected. do you mess your brother, your dad? look, i mean, for me at the moment, i'm here, focused on these guys and these families, and giving everything i can, 120%, to them, to make sure that they have the experience of a lifetime. that's my focus here, and when i leave here, i get back,
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and my focus is my family, who i miss massively. finally, how much did he feel his mother's present in his life? it's constant. and it has been over the last two years. more so than ever before. it's almost as though she's done her bit with my brother and now she is very much, like, helping me. she's got him set up, now she's helping me set up. that's what it feels like, you know? the queen, pictured here in a new photograph to mark her 96th birthday tomorrow, will doubtless be pleased that her personal contact with harry has been resumed. members of herfamily, though, may be somewhat bemused by harry's apparent assumption about his role as her protector. nicholas witchell, bbc news. that's it. now on bbc one, time for the news where you are. have a very good night.
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hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. with me are the broadcaster and psychotherapist lucy beresford — and joe twyman who's director of the polling organisation deltapoll. tomorrow's front pages starting with the i looks ahead to a busy day in the house of commons, where mps are expected to vote on whether or not borisjohnson misled parliament over lockdown parties. but the guardian claims the prime minister has tried and failed to block such a vote, after urging his mps to delay further investigation. the metro leads with an interview prince harry has given in the us, in which he says princess diana helps him with his split from the royal family. donald trump storms out of an exclusive interview with piers morgan — that makes the front page of the sun. and will the credits role on netflix? the ft says it s lost almost 40%
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