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today at six: junior doctors in england announce three days of strikes in march over pay. the 72—hour action will involve over 40% of the medical workforce and will affect both routine and emergency care. it is going to cause significant disruption and be difficult to deal with across the nhs._ disruption and be difficult to deal with across the nhs. doctors have lost 26.196 with across the nhs. doctors have lost 26-196 of _ with across the nhs. doctors have lost 26.196 of their _ with across the nhs. doctors have lost 26.196 of their pay _ with across the nhs. doctors have lost 26.196 of their pay over - lost 26.1% of their pay over 15 years — lost 26.1% of their pay over 15 years. we are not worth less than a doct or— years. we are not worth less than a doct or in_ years. we are not worth less than a doct or in 2008. downing street has called the strike action "disappointing". also on the programme: police in northern ireland say the shooting of off—duty officer john caldwell in front of his son is being treated as terrorist—related
we are live in ukraine as the country marks a year to the day since russia's invasion. we have a special report on the battle for one strategic town. a t20 world cup semi—final. on bbc london: a year after the war in ukraine began — and coming up in sportsday later in the hour on the bbc news channel... harry brook breaks another test record to put england on top in the second test against new zealand.
there will be other parts of the nhs taking industrial action in march. there will also be ambulance worker strikes on 6th march, 8th march, 20th march involving three separate unions. there is no strike action in scotland after a higher pay offer and some unions are considering an offerfrom the welsh and some unions are considering an offer from the welsh government. the royal college of nursing is in talk with ministers about pay in england. but no news yet on how that is progressed. thank you. police in northern ireland say they are treating the shooting of an off—duty police officer as a terrorist—related incident. detective chief inspectorjohn caldwell, who had worked on high profile terror cases himself, is in a critical condition in hospital following wednesday's attack in front of his son in omagh. four men have been arrested. the leaders of the five biggest political parties at stormont have joined the chief constable of the police service of northern ireland to send a message of unity. our ireland correspondent
emma vardy reports. police remain at the spot of the brutal attack on one of their own. dci john caldwell was shot multiple times after coaching youth football. while he remained heavily sedated in hospital today, political leaders should stood shoulder—to—shoulder with northern ireland's top officer in a rare show of unity. sadly on this occasion, the terrorists have struck home. we have dealt with a number of plots recently which fortunately haven't seen police officers killed or seriously injured, but we are working around the clock to try and disrupt the terrorist activity. the main suspects, the new ira, are an armed group of violent dissident republicans who object to northern ireland being part of the uk. the most powerful message that we as political leaders can do is to stand with the chief constable today and to stand with the police service and to say, "this is not good enough. this is an attack on all of us. this is an attack on our community."
to the evil people who carried out this heinous attack, _ you are not the future of this place. - we stand against you. omagh is forever synonymous with the dissident bomb in 1998 which killed 29 people, and a rally is planned here tomorrow to reflect the sense of horror at the attack onjohn caldwell. people felt that this was in the past. it has also reawakened trauma for very many. such events can divide people. that rather the community must stand together. at work, senior detectivejohn caldwell was respected for bringing terrorists to justice, but here, he is a popularfootball coach for local children and many are praying he pulls through. emma vardy, bbc news, omagh. the snp has confirmed that three candidates are in the race to succeed nicola sturgeon as party leader — and first minister of scotland. kate forbes, ash regan
and humza yousaf all secured enough nominations to make it on to the ballot paper — voting begins on the 13th march and will close on the 27th. our scotland editorjames cook has the latest. stepping into the spotlight, ash regan�*s campaign are calling her the under dog. she is calling on campaigners for scottish independence to unite. the truth is that our movement has been divided for far too long by petty differences and personal agendas. instead, she promised a relentless focus on independence, insisting an election victory at holyrood or westminster would provide a mandate. you have said that you will explicitly declare in your manifesto... line one. line one that should you achieve a majority of seats and votes that on day one... yeah. ..of being in power you would open negotiations. absolutely right. with whom? with the uk government.
on day one? yeah. and if they don't come? listen, we have got to move away from this point where we are asking permission from the uk, this is about scotland and it's about scotland expressing its views on how it wants to be governed. so we are going to get away from that and this is my attempt to move us forward, move that conversation forward. but the concept of a negotiation obviously requires two parties. of course. my question is, what would you do then? so, we are going to be getting international recognition obviously for the fact that scotland has made a democratic choice in this case. in a general election? yes. kate forbes has broken into maternity leave from otherjob as finance secretary to join ash regan in the contest, along with the health secretary, humza yousaf. but the two heavyweights have found it heavy going, facing questions about how their faith influences their politics. miss forbes came underfire for her opposition to gay marriage, mr yousaf was accused of dodging the final vote on
the subject, which he denies. so the campaign focus has been on social issues, but what if snp members are having a parallel campaign, concentrating not on culture, but competence? the first poll of party supporters does come with some caveats, but it suggests a big lead for kate forbes. james cook, bbc news, on the firth of forth. a rescue operation has been launched after a t capsized in greenock. in a moment, we'lljoin my colleague clive myrie in kyiv, but first our top story this evening... junior doctors in england announce three days of strikes in march. and
disappointment for england, knocked out by south africa in a t20 semifinal. and on bbc london: we hearfrom some of semifinal. and on bbc london: we hear from some of the young ukrainian refugees starting new lyes here in the capital —— lives here in the capital and while londoner may see some surprising visitors on the thames this week end. welcome to the ukrainian capital, kyiv, where exactly one year ago today, at az30am, the people of this city were woken up by air raid sirens, signalling the russian invasion. many thousands have died and we have seen the worst refugee emergency since 1945 in europe. all because of
a war of choice. let's look at a map of ukrainian territory over the period of the war so far. before the invasion, luhansk and donetsk were held by russian—backed separatists. crimea was, of course, illegally annexed by russia in 2014. but, weeks into last year's invasion, large parts of the south, east and north of ukraine were under russian military control. however, ukraine has fought back, thanks to artillery from europe and america, and seized back much of the north. but russia still occupies large parts of the east. that's where the fiercest fighting is currently taking place. our senior international correspondent, orla guerin, and cameraman goktay koraltan have been on the front line with ukrainian troops in the town of vuhledar, and sent us this report.
deep in the forest near the town of vuhledar, we get a close—up of the war. the daily battle to hold off the russians, who aren't winning but aren't giving up either. inside the town, ukrainian troops lobbing mortars and obscenities. moving fast to avoid being targeted themselves. a once prosperous coal—mining town is now a wasteland. we head towards the front line, with soldiers at the heart of the battle. their commander, codenamed beast,
has been up all night fighting. how far away are the nearest russian positions? one kilometre. we move forward carefully. the russians have no line of sight here, but they have eyes in the sky. plane. get down! we've just been told to duck down here now and take cover at the wall. the troops have heard something, possibly a russian drone. the front line is about 500 metres away. they say russian troops are trying to advance, but they're holding them back. a few hundred souls remain in this broken place, without light or heat, without peace or safety.
solace comes in the form of oleg tkachenko, an evangelical pastor in camouflage gear who braves the shelling to deliver aid. "it's a matter of life or death", he tells me. "we bring bread and water. the risk is huge, but so is the reward — saving people's lives." "hang on", he says. "it's one loaf per person." valentyna waits her turn. she's 73 and says she has nowhere else to go. "we are frightened, of course, but what can we do? we live with it. you can't say don't shoot. they have theirjob.
we have our lives." what was life like here before the invasion? how were things before? "it was good. the town was quiet, calm and clean. people worked. we had money. what can i say? it was a good town." and there was a good life for many in ukraine, like ruslan and denys, nine—year—old twins, the stars of this family video. they were side by side always until russian shelling tore them apart. their mother, anastasia, takes me to the park in central ukraine where denys was hit by shrapnel last september.
"he was lying next to my legs", she says. "why didn't it hit me? "ruslan was screaming, denys, get up!" on his grave, this photo, taken two days before his death. ruslan cannot accept his best friend is gone. he sends himself messages from denys's phone. that piece of shrapnel will follow him through life and follow her. one family, one loss, one year of russia's war. orla guerin, bbc news, eastern ukraine. our international editor,
jeremy bowen, has reported on the conflict from the very beginning and he's kept in touch with many of the ukrainians he's spoken to along the way. he's now been back to meet some of them, to get their reflections on 12 months of war. the russians expected a quick victory, taking back what president putin believes is theirs. a year later, the war is not close to over. ukrainians are fighting back in a war nato believes is vital to global security. this volunteer sniper kept the video of his first firefight. i was crying because i was thinking that i did things which i've never done before. i was thinking about these dead guys, like, hey, they have families, some of them maybe have children. any sympathy you had at the beginning forjust poor russian soldiers has gone?
they should suffer. they should not like just be killed, they should suffer about things which they've done. their families should never see them, even dead bodies. millions of ukrainian civilians have been forced from their homes. these were escaping from the suburb of irpin into kyiv last winter. it looked like a throwback to europe's dark 20th century. in fact, the war has initiated a new and dangerous era. the threat for people a long way from the battlefield is that the war might spread beyond ukraine. a year on, a new irpin bridge and the old challenge — avoiding direct confrontation between russia and nato. the way that the ukrainians stopped the russians just back there changed every calculation about the war. nato saw it had an ally worth
supporting and then moved very fast to do that. now, that has carried some heavy costs — economic, a massive military commitment and even a risk of nuclear war. now, the ukrainians are conscious that future nato governments might not want to carry that heavy a burden, which is why they're calling 2023 their year of victory. ukraine's fighting spirit is intact, but neither side has the edge it would need to win. these were ukrainian volunteers signing up a year ago, from 60—somethings to young men just out of school. the war started here for maxim, then 19, and his friend dmytro, 18. what are you studying? i am studying economy. and i'm studying biology. good luck, guys. yeah, thank you. good luck. they didn't feel as brave as they tried to look.
there was a lot of fear, i'm not going to lie, because i haven't experienced anything like that before. we had some stupid brave...braveness, bravery, and it helped us to overcome our fear. after a few days on checkpoints and some basic training, both dmytro and maxim were plunged into the fighting. when the war switched to the east, dmytro stayed in kyiv. maxim has fought and was wounded in some of the toughest battles in donbas. this video is from his body cam. by the summer, in the ruins of eastern ukraine, as the battle for control of bakhmut was starting, maxim was an experienced fighting soldier. we were defending the... explosion. ..the chemical factory.
he's still only 20. explosion. both maxim and dmytro share their president's view, no trading ukrainian land for peace with putin's russia. we have a joke, putin will be awarded as a hero of ukraine for hisjob that he did to unite ukraine, to build our economy, to build our army and to make ukrainian nation great. and that unity was strengthened when ukrainian troops fought their way into bucha, outside kyiv, and found evidence of russian war crimes. a few miles from bucha, irina, on her own, buried her son in her garden after russians shot him on the 10th of march last year as he went to work.
this was oleksei as a boy. he was 27 when he was killed. a year later, irina walks to the cemetery every day where he was reburied. she dressed her boy in new clothes with a flower in his buttonhole, as he was engaged. she is tormented by what happened. she sobs. the russians wrecked her house after they killed her son. translation: we were hungry and cold. - you shudder all the time, can't get any sleep. how long do you think the war might last? translation: until putin dies. that's how long we have to suffer. until that animal dies.
the cemeteries are expanding and more offensives are coming. ukraine will get more support from nato. russia could get more from china. one big challenge for the war�*s second year — controlling the pace of escalation, keeping the killing in ukraine. jeremy bowen, bbc news, kyiv. our russia editor, steve rosenberg, is in moscow. president putin shocked the world a year ago. only a handful of people knew he was going to invade. what's the thinking in the kremlin now? if vladimir putin has a dictionary on his desk, i suspect these words will not be in it, de—escalation,
off ramp, defeat. from all he has been saying in the last few weeks, it's clear putin is determined to push on in ukraine, either because he truly believes he can secure a military victory at some point or because he thinks he is in this so deep now that he can't see a way back. eitherway, idon�*t deep now that he can't see a way back. either way, i don't see this war ending any time soon. that basically is put in was not a message to the russian people at the used to this situation. this is your new normal, a russia on a war footing, and so that russians rally around the flag and their president, the state media here is now telling russians that the west is trying to destroy russia, just like napoleon tried to destroy russia and hitler, and the propaganda is very powerful and the propaganda is very powerful and potent, it is persuasive, and the result of that is that, lost in this patriotic narrative is the simple fact that, one year ago,
russia invaded ukraine. thank you, steve rosenberg, our russia editor. our chief international correspondent, lyse doucet, is here with me. a year ayearago, a year ago, the tanks rolled over the border and paratroopers landed at the airport over there, not far away. the americans offered president zelensky the chance to get out but he responded, i need guns, not a right, and that attitude, that mindset, how has that affected the last year? mindset, how has that affected the last ear? ~ . . mindset, how has that affected the last ear? ~ . , , last year? what is the phrase, cometh the — last year? what is the phrase, cometh the hour, _ last year? what is the phrase, cometh the hour, cometh - last year? what is the phrase, - cometh the hour, cometh the man. i remember injanuary, as tensions mounted, some of the present�*s advisors will take us aside and say, he doesn't understand all the stuff, and then ukraine was attacked and he seized the moment, notjust president biden but so many world leaders called and offered him a way out to escape. instead, he seized
the moment, rallying ukrainians and every night since then he has spoken to the ukrainian people had hardly a day goes by where he doesn't meet a world leader here in kyiv or he speaks to them by some remote video link. he hasjust finished a speaks to them by some remote video link. he has just finished a three hour press conference, speaking calmly in a relaxed way with journalists from around the world. in wars, the battle for the narrative can matter as much at the battles on the ground, and that is a battles on the ground, and that is a battle that president zelensky has won hands down. 50 battle that president zelensky has won hands down.— won hands down. so far at least. l se won hands down. so far at least. lyse doucet, _ won hands down. so far at least. lyse doucet, our— won hands down. so far at least. lyse doucet, our chief _ won hands down. so far at least. i lyse doucet, our chief international correspondent. much more from the team here in kyiv on the news at ten but, for now, it's back to you, reeta, in the studio. england have been knocked out of the women's t20 world cup, after hosts south africa won a gripping semifinal by six runs. bbc women's sports reporter jo currie has this report from cape town. chanting.
england's barmy army — low in numbers, but high in expectation. the hosts south africa standing between them and a place in the final. if there was pressure on the home side, it didn't show. with laura wolvaardt leading the pack, they gave their crowd plenty to cheer and england a real headache. even when they finally saw her off, tazmin brits took up the mantle. by the time their bowlers started firing, the damage was already done as south africa set them a target of 165 for victory. england took their frustrations out on the ball, but the proteas weren't letting their advantage slip through theirfingers. captain heather knight dug in, but those around her collapsed. the south african crowd sensing something special as english hearts were crushed. devastation for england, but this is a landmark moment. south africa through to their first ever final, and now within touching distance of creating more history when they take on australia on sunday. jo currie, bbc news, cape town.
sir bernard ingham, margaret thatcher was a proper secretary for the majority of her 11 as prime minister, has died at age 90. known for his no—nonsense approach to dealing with the press and his dislike of spin, he became a staunch ally of this is thatcher. she reported his loyalty with a knighthood in her resignation honours list. time for a look at the weather. here's chris faulkes. we started the day on a cloudy note but it's been brightening up nicely and a lovely end to the day across cumbria, with lots of sunshine for them it's not been like that everywhere. this afternoon across north—east scotland, a zone of thick cloud working in and one or two showers. talking about cloud, it can be quite difficult for the computer forecast to get cloud exactly right. this is tractor cumulus and look at
this bank of it in the north sea. that is going to be moving towards the south—west and our shores. these are the winds at cloud level. we can see the model is a bit deficient in the cloud. we will probably see that cloud come in across north and eastern scotland. if it does, that will prevent much in the way of frost. furtherwest, will prevent much in the way of frost. further west, with clear skies, a cold night so a widespread frost and temperatures down to about -4 frost and temperatures down to about —4 in the coldest areas. it can be quite a grey and cloudy start to the day in north and eastern scotland a good chunk of eastern england and maybe the midlands, a few light showers coming in on a chilly north—easterly wind and the best of any sunshine will be in western areas, for west scotland, northern ireland, wales western england step temperatures a bit below average, six or seven but feeling colder due to the brisk north—easterly wind. for the second half of the weekend, a similarsetup
for the second half of the weekend, a similar setup for the we are tracking in probably a lot of cloud from the north sea, still capable of bringing one or two passing showers, and the best sunshine in western areas to the winds won't be quite as strong so, if you're outside, seven or eight, probably not feeling quite as chilly as tomorrow. beyond that, high pressure stays loitering around for next week, so the weather is set fair, more dry weather and a cute sunny spells, with the best in the west for the next few days. thanks, chris. and that's the bbc news at six on friday 24th february. you can keep up with all the latest developments on the bbc website. from the six team, it's goodbye. the news continues here on bbc one, as now it's time to join our colleagues across the nations and regions for the news where you are, goodnight. hello and welcome to sportsday — i'm olly foster.