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this is bbc news. i'm ros atkins. these are the latest headlines. the moment a rocket hit an apartment block in ukraine's capital — as the russian military continues its assault. this is what kyiv woke up to this morning. all of this destruction is in a residential area in a european city, and there is a real sense now that nowhere in the capital is safe. ukraine's president remains defiant, claiming his forces pushed back russian troops and will never surender to the kremlin. translation: we successfully | repelled enemy attacks in many cities of our country. we know what we are protecting — our country and the future of our children.
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borisjohnson boris johnson says borisjohnson says that ukrainians are fighting heroically, but more needs to be done to assist them. we have needs to be done to assist them. - have got to do everything we can to change the heavy odds that ukraine faces, and to help them. hundreds of thousands are desperate to leave. away from the frontlines — international condemnation of russia's invasion continues, with protests taking place around the globe. hello and welcome to bbc news. rockets and gunfire have continued to hit the ukrainian capital kyiv, where there's been heavy fighting, as russian troops face stiff opposition from government forces. president, volodymyr zelensky, remains defiant —
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declaring his forces remain in control of the country. here's what we know so far. the ukrainian capital, kyiv, is braced for another night of russian assault after forces failed to break through. a curfew is in place in until monday morning. mayor vitali klitschko says anyone seen in the streets will be considered a russian "saboteur". ukrainian officials say 198 people have so far died in the fighting. two people were killed on a strike that hit an apartment block in kyiv. the number of ukranians crossing into neighbouring countries is rapidly rising — more than 115,000 people have entered poland. meanwhile, sanctions on russia may be about to get tougher — germany has said it now supports "targeted" restrictions on russia's access to the swift payments system. it's also sending weapons to the ukrainian military.
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and chelsea football club's russian owner, club's russian owner, roman abramovich, may have taken a move to protect his assets from tighter sanctions — he's transferred stewardship of the club to its charitable foundation. 0n the ground in ukraine — russian troops are spreading out in parts of the north, east and south, gaining terrority, particularly in the east. this map shows how much of ukraine is in russian control. 0ur international correspondent, 0rla guerin, is in kyiv with the latest. the rush to kyiv, a capital under attack. as we headed to the city this morning, there was little moving apart from ukrainian troops. but the russians are watching from the skies, ready to strike — as they did here, just an hour outside the capital. this is what we have come across on the road to kyiv. this convoy was obviously travelling to the city to be part of the defence of kyiv.
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this is an air defence missile system. it was hit yesterday. the smoke is still rising here. explosion. and here, too, after an early—morning strike on block of flats near kyiv�*s airport. the authorities say it was a russian missile strike. sirens wail. latest reports say two people were killed here. it could have been far more, but many locals had already fled or taken cover in shelters. yuri, who lives nearby, says the west must help. the rush to kyiv, a capital under attack. i wanted to say for you, for your governments, that we are in need, urgently in need, as soon as possible, as much as possible, we are in need anti—aircraft missiles, we are in need anti—tank missiles, we need ammunition. is there any message you would wish to send to president putin?
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i wanted to say to president putin that only one way for him — it's the way to hell. well, this is what kyiv woke up to this morning. all of this destruction is in a residential area in a european city, and there is a real sense here now that nowhere in the capital is safe. and so kyiv now looks like this — a city of almost 3 million people turned ghost town. still standing but bracing for impact. ukraine's embattled president, volodymyr zelensky, took to the deserted streets, shooting a selfie video to reassure his people. "i am here," he said, "and we will not lay down our arms." far from it — we found ukrainians taking up arms,
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forming volunteer brigades to defend the city alongside the local police. this volunteer said, "i don't want to live in russia, and my brothers—in—arms don't want that either. we will defend this city or i will die." the volunteers are looking for russian saboteurs, said to be already in the city. this woman, taking the risk of walking her dog, venting her fury. we venting herfury. we demand an end to the war, she says. we can do it with sanctions. we must isolate the aggressor country. it terrorises the whole world. with russian forces at the gates, some are still fleeing the capital.
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for now, the city remains in ukrainian hands — but the battle may be just beginning. 0rla guerin, bbc news, kyiv. let's bring in ursula von der leyen, the president of the european commission, who is making a statement about the situation in ukraine. fist statement about the situation in ukraine. �* ukraine. at the same time, the entire world — ukraine. at the same time, the entire world is _ ukraine. at the same time, the entire world is witnessing - ukraine. at the same time, the entire world is witnessing the l entire world is witnessing the determined and brave resistance by the ukrainian army and population. as russian forces unleash their assault on kyiv and other ukrainian cities, we are resolved to continue imposing massive costs on russia. cost that will further isolate russia from the international financial system and our economies. in coordination with president biden, president macron and chancellor scholz, as well as prime
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minister trudeau and prime minister johnson, we considered a significant tightening of our international response. the european union and its partners are working to cripple putin's ability to finance his war machine. i will now propose to eu leaders of the following measures. first, we commit to ensuring that a certain number of russian banks are removed from swift. this will ensure that these banks are disconnected from the international financial system and harm the ability to operate globally. swift is the world's dominant interbank global payment system. cutting banks have would stop them from conducting most of their financial transactions worldwide and effectively block russian exports and imports. second,
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we will stop putin from using his war chest. we will paralyse the essence of russia's central back four bank. —— assets. this will free transactions and make it impossible for the central bank to liquidate assets. finally, we will work to prohibit russian oligarchs from junk their financial assets in our markets. —— this will freeze transactions. all of these efforts will significantly harm putin's ability to finance his war and they will have a severely evading impact on his economy. putin embarked on a path aiming to destroy ukraine, but what he is also doing, in fact, is destroying the future of his own
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country. that was in so that the underlying, 'ust that was in so that the underlying, just giving — that was in so that the underlying, just giving an update of the latest information and mid—city beauty hidden _ information and mid—city beauty hidden by— information and mid—city beauty hidden by the eu. studio: to give you an idea of what she said, she said we will work to prohibit russian oligarchs from using their financial assets on our markets. there has been a lot of talk about the use of the swift system. in addition to all these
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measures, they will significantly harm vladimir putin's ability to finance his war. they will have an eroding impact on the economy. she also says that mr putin embarked on also says that mr putin embarked on a path aiming to destroy ukraine, but what he is also doing in fact is destroying the future of his own country. a few more lines from that, if you have justjoined this year on bbc news. ursula von der leyen of the eu saying, we will paralyse the asset of the russia's central bank, this will freeze transactions and it will work to make it impossible for the central bank to liquidate its assets. to remind you, this comes on top of two key developments that are set to take place tomorrow, the first of which is that the eu is set to hold a virtual meeting tomorrow
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to hold a virtual meeting tomorrow to adopt or discuss the adoption of further measures against what the foreign policy chief described as the aggression by russia. earlier this evening he said, "i will propose a package of emergency assistance for the ukrainian armed forces to support them in their heroic fight." also, the president of the european council has said that the eu will facilitate deliveries of military aid from the eu to ukraine. and the un security council is set to vote tomorrow as well to call for what has been described as a rare emergency special session of the un general assembly or that invasion of ukraine by russia. the united kingdom's
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borisjohnson has also put out a short statement this evening, saying he had spoken to ukraine's vladimir zelensky, saying that the heroism of the president and his people is awe—inspiring. —— volodymyr zelensky. we must be clear, russia must be isolated diplomatically and financially. i welcome the increased willingness to exclude russia from swift. it does appear that swift is high up on the priorities of sanctions that could be taken in the coming hours. we will find out what the eu is due later on sunday, if that development does take place. the other key development today was the move made by germany.
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unprecedented and significant. they have called for and supported targeted sanctions in the form of weaponry as well which is highly unusualfor weaponry as well which is highly unusual for germany. that weaponry is set anti—tank weapons and 500 stinger missiles. 0n is set anti—tank weapons and 500 stinger missiles. on top of that, france this evening also announcing defence weaponry in support of ukraine, defence weapons, and fuel. president macron has confirmed will be sent to ukraine. the netherlands also saying that they will announce, or that they have announced shipment of weapons to ukraine. that is just some of the key developments of this evening. no confirmation yet as to talks taking place with vladimir
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putin. we had heard at the end of the week that those could possibly be coordinated or mediated through belarus and minsk, but more of that hopefully to come over the next few days as well. just to let you know, the official death toll, this is coming via ukrainian officials, so far is 198 deaths, tier of which were actually reported within a residential building was struck. —— two of which. i'm joined now by katya adler in brussels. you were listening into that press conference by ursula von der leyen. just take us through the key points, please. i think what you see is the eu, which does not have a reputation for acting swiftly in normal times, made
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up acting swiftly in normal times, made up of 27 individual countries, but the aggression of russia in ukraine is definitely focusing minds here. ursula von der leyen was referring to help the uk —— eu is working on its food sanctions package in a week. she is talking about really targeting the cheering and applause. ability to function some eu member states were really lagging on rejecting russia from swift, the international transactions network, particularly italy, germany, hungary, countries with very close business ties with russia and reliant on gas supplies. but everybody has agreed particularly through swift to target russia's bank and to focus very much
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on russia's central bank, making it very difficult to get money off the globalfinancial very difficult to get money off the global financial markets, very difficult to get money off the globalfinancial markets, notjust global financial markets, not just european globalfinancial markets, notjust european financial and capital markets. she also said at the eu would be targeting individuals and entities that are helping russia in its aggression in ukraine. we have heard talk of the eu wants to introduce a separate sanctions package, against belarus, for example. as le monde that all the measures taken by the eu are done together and with consultation with the other western allies. definitely at the moment, whatever country and calling, i'm told the prime minister or president is constantly on the phone with other eu leaders. but also borisjohnson the uk and joe biden in the us. this aggression in that ukraine is definitely focusing
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minds and causing action, including germany come in. in the words of the chancellor, a watershed moment, it has decided to send weapons directly to ukraine. 0f has decided to send weapons directly to ukraine. of course germany historically has been very wary of military involvement in conflict because of his involvement in the world wars. to because of his involvement in the world ware— because of his involvement in the world wars. ., , , ., ., world wars. to pick up on that point about germany. _ world wars. to pick up on that point about germany. in _ world wars. to pick up on that point about germany. in terms _ world wars. to pick up on that point about germany. in terms of- world wars. to pick up on that point about germany. in terms of the - about germany. in terms of the message it is sending, what will the site to president putin? mil message it is sending, what will the site to president putin?— site to president putin? all of the eu is saying. _ site to president putin? all of the eu is saying. we _ site to president putin? all of the eu is saying, we heard _ site to president putin? all of the eu is saying, we heard this - site to president putin? all of the eu is saying, we heard this from | eu is saying, we heard this from ursula von der leyen, this is a clear message to vladimir putin that western allies are united and they do not want him to be able to get away with what he is trying to do to ukraine. eddie is a message of solidarity to ukraine as well. as we head,, president zelensky has been appealing to western powers for a
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long time now, do something. poland, a close member of russia's, the prime minister of poland was in berlin today, really ratcheting up the pressure on bourbon. notjust words, but action as well. we will see if all the economic hits in at the short term. vladimir putin and his tracks, that is not clear at this point and all. we have a virtual meeting of eu foreign ministers tomorrow, and they will be talking about coordinating, sending military supplies to ukraine, sending financial aid to the ukrainian military as well as humanitarian assistance for those in ukraine and those fleeing ukraine to neighbouring countries as well. what we are seeing which is unprecedented is that those countries who have often been a bit softer on rush
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hour, particularly hungary, we heard from victor 0rban today, be under no illusions, we started with the west with nato, as a nato member. prime minister 0rban said today, this is war. ,., . " minister 0rban said today, this is war. ., minister 0rban said today, this is war. . " ., .,, ., minister 0rban said today, this is war. ., ., ., war. going back to the option of usin: war. going back to the option of using swift _ war. going back to the option of using swift against _ war. going back to the option of using swift against president. war. going back to the option of. using swift against president putin, surely that goes both ways? europe will also likely be affected if that is put in place? it is will also likely be affected if that is out in place?— is put in place? it is not most likel , is put in place? it is not most likely, europro _ is put in place? it is not most likely, europro will— is put in place? it is not most likely, europro will be - is put in place? it is not most l likely, europro will be affected. is put in place? it is not most. likely, europro will be affected. i think that is something that has been going on in the sanctions debate. eu countries have made clear to president biden, you are enthusiastic about sanctions. president biden had spoken about pre—emptive sanctions against russia before military action was taken in ukraine and the eu said no. they say thatis ukraine and the eu said no. they say that is because their economies are
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affected directly, some member states more than others. germany, hungary, italy, just as an example. at this stage, what is seen on european soil, diplomats can'tjust stand by and accept it. they can export what they normally export to russia. this may have an impact on those gas supplies that europe is so reliant on from russia. but this is a very serious moment and these leaders have got to be seen to be taking action and notjust talking about it, even if it hurts their own economies as well. the about it, even if it hurts their own economies as well.— about it, even if it hurts their own economies as well. the british prime minister has — economies as well. the british prime minister has also _ economies as well. the british prime minister has also said _ economies as well. the british prime minister has also said tougher - minister has also said tougher sanctions on russia are needed following his latest phone call on saturday evening with the ukrainian president. borisjohnson was speaking as he met personnel at raf
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brize norton in 0xfordshire to thank them for their continuing work to support ukraine and nato. i them for their continuing work to support ukraine and nato.- support ukraine and nato. i have 'ust come support ukraine and nato. i have just come off _ support ukraine and nato. i have just come off the _ support ukraine and nato. i have just come off the phone - support ukraine and nato. i have just come off the phone with - just come off the phone with president volodymyr zelensky of ukraine. let's be clear, things are not going all the way of president putin, very farfrom it. the ukrainians are fighting heroically, and in some places with great success, as many of us thought they would because they are a great and very brave country. but as you rightly point out, there are some terrible atrocities being committed and there will be some very grim days ahead for it ukraine. we have what you do everything we can to change the heavy odds that ukraine faces and to help them. that is why we are sending humanitarian supplies, we are sending financial supplies, we are sending financial supplies and military supplies as well. i think it is very important that we do that. the uk was the
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first european country to send military aid to ukraine. last night, many other countries joined in sending and pledging to send military assistance, we are starting to see that growth. what we need to do more —— you asked if we need to do more —— you asked if we need to do more. the answer is yes. we need to make sure we play this much tougher economic sanctions, including swift. ukraine's president vlodymr zelensky has been a visible figure, ralling the ukraine resistance in kyiv. ukraine's president zelensky has urged all citizens to resist the russian invasion of their country. and as our eastern europe correspondent, sarah rainsford, reports from the city of dnipro, people from all walks of life are answering the call. this was saturday in dnipro. women making molotov cocktails in the park. housewives, businesswomen and lawyers, all now preparing for the defence of their city.
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arina is an english teacher in normal life. nobody thought this would be how we would spend our weekend. nobody thought, but now we are doing this and it seems like the only important thing to do now. we can'tjust live our ordinary life, even if we are safe. we have to do something. these are scenes unimaginable to most in europe and they were unthinkable here, too, until now. but these women say sitting home doing nothing would be even scarier. it suddenly feels like this whole city has sprung into action. people are donating whatever they can, for soldiers and for those forced to flee here from the fighting, but also for if this strategic city comes under siege itself. and men and women are signing up for weapons, ready to fight against troops sent by president putin. he really believes that he can take ukraine and to make
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from ukraine, russia. it's fake and we don't believe in it and we're really angry. dnipro is already feeling the cost of this war, taking the casualties from other cities. people are bringing all sorts of things now to this military hospital. they're bringing syringes, medicine and bandages, because they know that the staff here are under real pressure now. this place is already full, already 400 injured soldiers here. they are used to war here in the east, but sergei tells me this is intense, with hundreds of injured soldiers brought in every day. translation: before, we used to know exactly where the fighting _ was happening and we could prepare for the wounded before they got here, but now there is a constant flow. the city is coping.
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everyone rallying around, but the mood in dnipro has darkened today. the pressure on everyone is increasing. sarah rainsford, bbc news, dnipro. ukraine's president vlodymr zelensky has been a visible figure, ralling the ukraine resistance in kyiv. 0ur chief international correspondent, lyse doucet, is there and told us more about the role he's been playing. he very much started the dayjust before 9am recording a video just in front of an interesting art nouveau building in the ukranian capital, right next to the presidential office, saying the russian forces are not in the city. don't believe the fake news that i have told my armed forces to lay down their guns. we are not going to go anywhere, we are going to fight. of course, he is also addressing
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the russian leadership. many are now asking questions, how long is it going to take for the russian army, which has more numbers and weight and is far more dominant than the ukrainian military. many are asking what about that expectation that russian forces will come down from the north, up from the south and sweep into the city? this evening as night fell, there was a report from moscow that russia has ordered its forces to advance in all directions. there is a curfew in the city now until 8am on monday. life in the city is going underground, taking to basements, bomb shelters. the metro system is now a 24—hour refuge. i think the message from the ukrainian leadership is that as difficult as it has been so far,
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it is going to get a lot more difficult, a lot harder, as russian forces continue to try to push into the centre of kyiv. many of the ukranians we've seen leaving the country are heading for poland, where reception centres have been set up, along the 330 mile long border. the polish fovernment has denounced what it describes as russia's aggression, and says 115,000 people have already fled ukraine since vladimir putin ordered his invasion. 0ur europe correspondent, mark lowen, has more from the polish side of the border. an arrival from next door, but which is now another world. the overnight train from kyiv pulled into eastern poland today, carrying europe's neighbours seeking safety from russia's bombs. it took us 52 hours to get here.
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katareyna and her daughter came from kharkiv in eastern ukraine as the missiles rained down on her city. how did it feel having to leave your homes? i don't know yet. yeah, like tears are just coming, you know. i think i didn't feel anything then, and i'm starting to realise. but i hope it's just a short time and we will be back soon. the 19th—century train station at przemysl is now a modern refugee reception centre. those arriving welcomed with open arms before travelling on around poland and europe. among them, irene and her children, her husband left behind to defend their homeland. they want to stay there to fight, because they're heroes. how do you feel about your husband being there now? i'm afraid.
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i'm afraid, but we believe that everything will be all right. we want to return soon, and we are praying for them. poland has become a vital lifeline in and out of ukraine, welcoming those fleeing and sending ammunition and supplies back to those who are remaining. as europe's newest war prompts europe's freshest refugee crisis, it's now poland — and no longer the mediterranean — that's on the humanitarian front line. for irene and herfamily, another journey now starts on to relatives in italy. homes, people, livelihoods, are being uprooted — scenes europe thought were confined to the past. mark lowen, bbc news, przemysl, eastern poland. let's get a recap on the main points of this developing story. rockets and gunfire
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