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our top stories. the momenta rocket hit an apartment our top stories. the moment a rocket hit an apartment block in the ukraine capital as the russian military continues its assault. this is what kyiv woke up assault. this is what kyiv woke up to this morning. all 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. the exodus grows to around 100,000 people have already fled to neighbouring countries. tougher sanctions on russia. the eu calls for a number of russian banks to be removed from the swift banking system. we
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removed from the swift banking s stem. ~ . ,., ., system. we are resolved to continue — system. we are resolved to continue imposing - system. we are resolved to continue imposing massive| system. we are resolved to - continue imposing massive costs on russia. and away from the front lines, international condemnation of the russian invasion. protests have been taking place around the world. hello and welcome to bbc news. there have been several powerful explosions need kyiv as residents of the ukrainian capital hunker down for another night in shelters. multiple reports they one explosion was caused by a missile attack on an oil depot south—west of the city. 0ther an oil depot south—west of the city. other reports talk of an airstrike on a military airstrip where fuel tanks may have been. the fire can be seen blowing in the night sky. in other developments, the united states, the eu, britain and canada have announced new
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financial sanctions against russia. this will block their access to the swift banking system, a measure of the growing anger of the moscow invasion of ukraine as well as restrictions on with, the assets of some banks in europe will be frozen and actions against the assets of oligarchs, the billionaire allies of vladimir putin. number of ukrainians crossing into neighbouring countries is rising rapidly. than 150,000 115,000 people have entered pollen. in the chelsea football club has had its stewardship transferred to a charitable foundation but abramowitz does remain the owner. 0n the ground in the ukraine, russian troops are spreading out parts of the north, east and south, gaining territory particularly in the east. this map shows how much of ukraine is currently thought to be in russian control. 0ur international correspondent was international correspondent was in kyiv with the latest. the rush to kyiv, a capital under attack. as we headed to
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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 one hour outside the capital. and 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. this is an air defence missile system. it was hit yesterday and the smoke is still rising here. and here, as well, after an early morning strike on a block of flats near the airport. the authorities say it was a russian missile strike that killed two people. it could have been many more but plenty of locals had fled or taken cover in shelters. urie,
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who lives nearby, says the west must help ukraine. i who lives nearby, says the west must help ukraine.— must help ukraine. i want to sa for must help ukraine. i want to say for you _ must help ukraine. i want to say for you and _ must help ukraine. i want to say for you and for _ must help ukraine. i want to say for you and for your - say for you and for your governments, we are in need, in urgent need, as soon as possible, as much as possible, we are in need of anti—aircraft missile's, anti—tank missile. we need ammunition. is missile's, anti-tank missile. we need ammunition. is there any message _ we need ammunition. is there any message you _ we need ammunition. is there any message you would - we need ammunition. is there any message you would wish l we need ammunition. is there| any message you would wish to send to president putin? i want to say that _ send to president putin? i want to say that there _ send to president putin? i want to say that there is _ send to president putin? i want to say that there is only - send to president putin? i want to say that there is only one - to say that there is only one way for him and that is straight to hell.- way for him and that is straight to hell. this is what k iv straight to hell. this is what kyiv woke — straight to hell. this is what kyiv woke up to _ straight to hell. this is what kyiv woke up to this - straight to hell. this is what i kyiv woke up to this morning. all 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, much of kyiv now looks like this. still standing but bracing for impact.
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the embattled president, volodymyr zelenskyy cooked the deserted streets, shooting a selfie video to reassure his people. i am selfie video to reassure his people. iam here, he said, and we will not lay down our arms. far from we will not lay down our arms. farfrom it. we found ukrainians taking up arms, forming volunteer brigades to defend the city alongside the local police. this volunteer, who goes by the nickname alloy, said i do not want to live in russia and my brothers in arms do not want that either. we will defend the city or i will die. they are looking for russian saboteurs said to be already in the city. nearby
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we met nino, out walking her dog and venting her fury. we met nino, out walking her dog and 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. for now, this city remains in ukrainian hands but the battle may be just beginning. i want to give you a sense of what we plan to do over the next few hours as we monitor the conflict. it is nowjust past 3am in kyiv and these are life pictures from the ukrainian capital where there is a curfew at the moment and we are keeping a very close eye on this, live shot, locked on shot of kyiv, now, where people, several million of them, hunkered down in metro
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stations, in shelters, in the basements of their apartment buildings. if we see anything happening in that shot we will cut straight back to it and tried to talk you through what is happening, try to verify any footage that we have coming in overnight. in the meantime, let's continue our coverage and speak to 0gburn, the chief editor of the key have post to had to evacuate to spain to continue operating his newspaper and hejoins us continue operating his newspaper and he joins us from barcelona. thank you for joining us. it is three in the morning in kyiv and i wonder if you are still hearing accounts about what is happening in the city and across the country? very much so. my staff are reporting to me as best they can because most of them are in shelters or in places where the internet is very difficult to get hold of. the big story at the moment is that this oil depot outside kyiv, where there was a big battle yesterday, where russian airborne troops
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attempted to get an air base, you see, the russians have been desperate to get an airstrip somewhere close to kyiv so that they can land their military cargo planes and bring in equipment and more troops. they failed, so far, so this has been a major setback for them. they have had to rely on some troops being brought in by helicopters from the north, from belarus, or else the forces that have come by land from belarus, mainly through the shoe noble zone. pare from belarus, mainly through the shoe noble zone.- the shoe noble zone. are you able to update _ the shoe noble zone. are you able to update us _ the shoe noble zone. are you able to update us at - the shoe noble zone. are you able to update us at all- the shoe noble zone. are you able to update us at all with l able to update us at all with what your colleagues are telling you about what is going on towards the east? particularly in the major city of cachia? particularly in the ma'or city of cachiaafi of cachia? there have been battles around _ of cachia? there have been battles around the - of cachia? there have been battles around the city - of cachia? there have been battles around the city but| of cachia? there have been| battles around the city but it has held the enemy and it has held and the enemy is not within yet. the mayor and the other officials there are
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saying that defences are holding but, of course, the generalfeeling is holding but, of course, the general feeling is that it is question of time, only, because kharkiv, the second largest city of ukraine on the border with russia. the russians have made advances in the south around crimea and mariupol and, clearly they have the advantage. they have the manpower and the weapons, the airpower so that is not a surprise. what is a that ukrainians have managed to hold down so firmly for three days, especially under such pressure. so the general feeling is that if they can hold out for another day or two, the russians themselves will become demoralised but, also, the nation is gelling, a mood of defiance in the sense of
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outrage and fighting to the bitter end, even if it is a partisan war against the russians, that has grown. and russians, that has grown. and lookinu russians, that has grown. and looking across _ russians, that has grown. and looking across ukraine as well, we spoke about kyiv, the capital, wejust we spoke about kyiv, the capital, we just saw a live shot at 3am we do not appear to see any fire or flames. as you said, hard give is that a comet is away, let's look now at 0desa which is towards the south—west. not that far away from crimea which was annexed in 2014. ,., ., , , ., from crimea which was annexed in 2014. ., , , ., , in 2014. 0desa has been a prime taruet in 2014. 0desa has been a prime tar: et of in 2014. 0desa has been a prime target of the _ in 2014. 0desa has been a prime target of the russians. - in 2014. 0desa has been a prime target of the russians. they - target of the russians. they considered it virtually there is, like crimea. it did not go their way in 2014, they attempted a similar sort of scenario to have locals supported little green men, supported by little green men, in effect, to keep morale
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attempting to keep morale fairly high in difficult conditions and he is making it very clear that he will not
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flee, he will not run away or capitulate. the point is that it has been very clear for several weeks that the russian game plan was to try and take kyiv as soon as possible. not so much the city, it is a city of 3 million, but to capture at least the governmental area and decapitate, if you want, the country, by capturing its leadership and imposing puppet figures, some perhaps already waiting as a fifth column and others that are there in moscow from the period of 2014, the former prime minister has been mentioned right now. so he is saying that i am staying put and staying with my people, we will fight on and none of us are cowards, including myself. thank you so much. find are cowards, including myself. thank you so much.— are cowards, including myself. thank you so much. and he is a former actor, _ thank you so much. and he is a former actor, you _ thank you so much. and he is a former actor, you remember, l thank you so much. and he is a i former actor, you remember, and
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a newcomer to politics, he has a newcomer to politics, he has a jewish background, a newcomer to politics, he has ajewish background, he a newcomer to politics, he has a jewish background, he was a russian speaker from eastern ukraine and he won 73% of the vote in 20 18 ukraine and he won 73% of the vote in 2018 in a democratic election. so when putin says he is out to demilitarised and de— nights if i ukraine, that is total nonsense. it is full hit, as we would say, and does not defend the war crimes he is committing. refugee agencies are wanting that millions of ukrainians could be on the move to escape the fighting. some will cross the fighting. some will cross the border into nato countries. our correspondent sent us this 0ur correspondent sent us this report from the western city of lviv. all journeys now lead alljourneys now lead west. in days, the lives of millions abandoned. the only thought is to get to safety.—
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to get to safety. many of us thou~ht to get to safety. many of us thought that _ to get to safety. many of us thought that it _ to get to safety. many of us thought that it is _ to get to safety. many of us thought that it is just - to get to safety. many of us thought that it is just an - thought that it is just an informational war. and we don't understand why putin does it take we say help, help because we are here. we take we say help, help because we are here-— take we say help, help because we are here. we are alone here. siren blairs — we are here. we are alone here. siren blairs and _ have to learn to live with. the russian army may be far from lviv that there is still a state of high alert. the sound triggered a panic attack for this woman. it is still the case here, despite the war, that the young trust their parents to protect them, whatever might come. however strange the world that have been tossed into. their hope is
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that the train would help them avoid this. the line of cars to the polish border.— avoid this. the line of cars to the polish border. those people are moving _ the polish border. those people are moving on _ the polish border. those people are moving on foot _ the polish border. those people are moving on foot down - the polish border. those peoplel are moving on foot down towards the border of poland but it is another 20 kilometres from where we are at the moment. we need to move out of the way and let more people pass us here. they are coming. a constant procession of people. however they arrive at the border, this slow shuffle out of the lives that they knew is what awaits. back at lviv station, word is that a train to poland will leave in 30 minutes. there will only be one this afternoon and so many, desperate to escape. this train is going now towards
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the east. no good to the people standing around me who want to go west as fast as they can, away from what they fear will be the advance of the russians. and there are thousands of people along this platform. can any train possibly take the number of people here. it seems very doubtful. there is an error of desperation. quiet desperation but no less real for that. the train to poland arrived. this is hard to credit, to believe, in the europe of 2022. people are crushing all around me trying to get onto these trains. a young mother with a baby there screaming because everyone is getting on. this is not the
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result of any accident. it was created by mr putin's deliberate choice and it is they who must carry the burden. as we saw, most of those in that reporter heading west ukrainea ukraine a europe correspondent reports from the polish side. an arrivalfrom an arrival from next door which is now another world. the overnight train from kyiv pulled into eastern poland today, carrying your�*s neighbours seeking safety from the bombs of russia. it neighbours seeking safety from the bombs of russia.— the bombs of russia. it took us 52 hours to _
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the bombs of russia. it took us 52 hours to get _ the bombs of russia. it took us 52 hours to get here. _ the bombs of russia. it took us 52 hours to get here. catalina l 52 hours to get here. catalina and her daughter _ 52 hours to get here. catalina and her daughter came - 52 hours to get here. catalina and her daughter came from | 52 hours to get here. catalina . and her daughter came from that one back in eastern ukraine as missiles rained down on her city. missiles rained down on her ci . ., ., , ., ., city. how did leaving your home feel? i city. how did leaving your home feel? i don't— city. how did leaving your home feel? i don't know _ city. how did leaving your home feel? i don't know yet. - city. how did leaving your home feel? i don't know yet. i- city. how did leaving your home feel? i don't know yet. i have i feel? i don't know yet. i have tears coming. i think i did not feel anything that then and i am starting to realise. yeah. but i hope it is just a short time and we will be back soon. all clinic the 19th—century train station is now a modern—day reception centre, those coming welcomed with open arms before travelling around poland and europe. among them, irene and her children, a husband was behind to defend their homeland.— their homeland. they want to stay there. — their homeland. they want to stay there, to _ their homeland. they want to stay there, to fight, - their homeland. they want to stay there, to fight, because | stay there, to fight, because they are heroes.— they are heroes. how do you feel about — they are heroes. how do you feel about your— they are heroes. how do you feel about your husband - they are heroes. how do you i feel about your husband being there now? i’m feel about your husband being there now?—
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there now? i'm afraid. i'm afraid but _ there now? i'm afraid. i'm afraid but we _ there now? i'm afraid. i'm afraid but we believe - there now? i'm afraid. i'm afraid but we believe that l afraid but we believe that everything will be all right. we want to return soon and we are praying for them.— are praying for them. poland has become _ are praying for them. poland has become a _ are praying for them. poland has become a vital _ are praying for them. poland has become a vital lifeline i are praying for them. poland has become a vital lifeline in j 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 your prompts europe's newest your prompts europe's freshest refugee crisis, it is now poland and no longer be mediterranean but is on the front line. for irene and herfamily, anotherjourney and her family, another journey now and herfamily, anotherjourney now starts on to relatives in italy. homes, people, livelihoods are being uprooted. things that europe thought were confined to the past. mark lowen, bbc news, commission, eastern europe. mike is in poland, we heard from fergal keane earlier in the and we want to return to ukraine and see what is going on and we can speak to the director of the racial democracy initiative, and peter evacuated his family
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but is now returning to defend the city. thank you to much for joining us. i wonder what you are doing now.— are doing now. well, my colleague _ are doing now. well, my colleague and _ are doing now. well, my colleague and i - are doing now. well, my colleague and i were - are doing now. well, my i colleague and i were trying are doing now. well, my - colleague and i were trying to reach kyiv yesterday and right before, we were told that a citywide curfew was being imposed and the mayor announced it until monday morning, which means in that period of time, anyone, any civilian court walking the streets of kyiv will be considered an enemy combatant and shot without warning so once again, hope is we can reach our comrades tomorrow. there has been a countrywide call to arms in kyiv in particular, over 25,000 units, weapons, as of yesterday — the number may be larger as we speak— have been handed out to civilians to anyone who is
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willing to fight so the worst kind of scenario that we could not have imagined in our wildest dreams, in our dreams, nightmares, as we realise we are essentially in, you know, in a situation of pitched street to street, block by block battles in the capital of ukraine. �* , ., ukraine. it's the middle of the niuht ukraine. it's the middle of the night where — ukraine. it's the middle of the night where you _ ukraine. it's the middle of the night where you are _ ukraine. it's the middle of the night where you are and - ukraine. it's the middle of the night where you are and i - ukraine. it's the middle of the | night where you are and i know there will be a lot of people tuned the bbc, wanting to get some kind of impression of what is happening in ukraine overnight. how are things where you are? are you hearing explosions? are you hearing anything on the streets? well, there have _ anything on the streets? well, there have been _ anything on the streets? well, there have been explosions . there have been explosions throughout the country. where i am, it's relatively quiet, just now as we speak, but you know, throughout the day, yesterday as we were driving around from western ukraine to kyiv, we heard explosions right and left, military installations in
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every part of the country, from the west where there was an attempt to land paratroopers yesterday to kharkiv in the north—east, where there was a serious, serious battle occurring right now for the city. we also heard that a gas pipeline in kharkiv was hit and the city on the outskirts of kyiv, the oil refinery there has been hit and the mary saying what we are witnessing is a major ecological catastrophe in plainview —— the mayor. catastrophe in plainview -- the ma or. ~ . , . catastrophe in plainview -- the maor. ., mayor. we are seeing a picture of what we _ mayor. we are seeing a picture of what we believe _ mayor. we are seeing a picture of what we believe to _ mayor. we are seeing a picture of what we believe to be - mayor. we are seeing a picture of what we believe to be the i of what we believe to be the explosion _ of what we believe to be the exulosion you _ of what we believe to be the explosion you are _ of what we believe to be the explosion you are talking. of what we believe to be the i explosion you are talking about and it _ explosion you are talking about and it has— explosion you are talking about and it has been— explosion you are talking about and it has been talked - explosion you are talking about and it has been talked about i explosion you are talking about and it has been talked about as you say— and it has been talked about as you say by— and it has been talked about as you say by the _ and it has been talked about as you say by the local _ and it has been talked about as you say by the local officials . you say by the local officials in the — you say by the local officials in the area _ you say by the local officials in the area and _ you say by the local officials in the area and we - you say by the local officials in the area and we await- in the area and we await further— in the area and we await further moving - in the area and we await further moving as - in the area and we await further moving as of - in the area and we await. further moving as of that. peter— further moving as of that. peter zalmayev, - further moving as of that. peter zalmayev, you - further moving as of that. peter zalmayev, you are i peter zalmayev, you are normally a civilian and are now transitioning for the moment, like many ukrainian men, to
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being a soldier. what is that like? �* , ~ being a soldier. what is that like? 2 ~ ., , like? it's unlike anything. i have grown _ like? it's unlike anything. i have grown up _ like? it's unlike anything. i have grown up reading - like? it's unlike anything. i. have grown up reading books like? it's unlike anything. i- have grown up reading books on war and watching movies on war and all of a sudden, you are living those books and living those things, you become a hero in one of these books and you know, i wasjust in one of these books and you know, i was just reading a quote by someone who was very, very much an instigator of one of these crazy wars of the 20th century, adolf hitler was reported to have said starting a war is like staring into the darkness of an open door. you don't know what, you know, and how far the darkness leads. we are staring down this dark abyss right now. did are staring down this dark abyss right now.— are staring down this dark abyss right now. did you ever think it would _ abyss right now. did you ever think it would get _ abyss right now. did you ever think it would get to - abyss right now. did you ever think it would get to this - think it would get to this point? i think it would get to this oint? ., ., ., point? i had a dream three ears point? i had a dream three years ago _ point? i had a dream three years ago with _ point? i had a dream three years ago with very - point? i had a dream three years ago with very vivid i years ago with very vivid imagery of my apartment with,
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you know, walls and the ceiling caved in. it was so vivid, i woke up and it has stayed with me throughout this time. i suspect this was a prophetic dream. ., ., , suspect this was a prophetic dream. . ._ ., ~ dream. peter zalmayev, thank ou so dream. peter zalmayev, thank you so much — dream. peter zalmayev, thank you so much for— dream. peter zalmayev, thank you so much forjoining - dream. peter zalmayev, thank you so much forjoining us - dream. peter zalmayev, thank | you so much forjoining us from ukraine. pro ukraine demonstrations have taken place across the world as thousands take to the streets to denounce russia's assault on its neighbour. moscow's invasion has sparked a global outcry and prompted punishing sanctions from the west. around the world, people are voicing concerns, outside the white house they are calling for the us government to ban russia from the swift financial payment system.— russia from the swift financial payment system. usa, support ukraine! protests _ payment system. usa, support ukraine! protests in _ payment system. usa, support ukraine! protests in new- payment system. usa, support ukraine! protests in new york. | ukraine! protests in new york. we are ukrainians _ ukraine! protests in new york. we are ukrainians living - ukraine! protests in new york. we are ukrainians living in - ukraine! protests in new york. | we are ukrainians living in new york and we are disparate to ask people to help ukraine to fight —— desperate. find ask people to help ukraine to fight -- desperate.— fight -- desperate. and in colombia. _
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fight -- desperate. and in colombia. scenes - fight -- desperate. and in colombia. scenes in - fight -- desperate. and in i colombia. scenes in brussels fight -- desperate. and in - colombia. scenes in brussels as protesters relay their message to drivers from a bridge. in israel, this was the message. we need your help, we need help from european nations, from nato, all around the world. don't stay at home. choose your words. go out.— words. go out. from inside russia in — words. go out. from inside russia in ekaterinburg, - words. go out. from inside i russia in ekaterinburg, police detained protesters who dared to raise their voices. these people much but there are no banners and there is silence but it is still a show of opposition. resistance shows itself in many ways does make ukrainian asks a russian tank driver have you broken down? can i toe you back to russia? laughs. lets bring you up to date with what we know is happening in kyiv and we have a shot, a live shot, from the centre of the city itself. we cannot see any
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explosions at the moment and we are keeping a close eye on that. stay with bbc news. hello. the weather through the remainder of the weekend is continuing on the fairly dry, settled theme. we have high pressure in charge of our weather and a bit more club pushing in and breeze across northern ireland and scotland and suddenly for england and wellesley have had fairly clear skies on saturday and it will be a similar picture into sunday as well. this is the satellite image that shows the area of cloud to the north—west of the uk, weatherfront starting to move in and you can see the proximity of the isobars. brazier weather across northern and western areas but as the front pushes its way eastwards, it bumped into a bigger area of high pressure so it will fizzle out through the day. certainly a chilly start for england and wales with a touch of frost and also eastern scotland, a chilly start, had plenty of sunshine for most,
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but weak front straight through the irish sea will bring more cloud to parts of western scotland, northern ireland, some drizzle and cloud into the likes of temperature and cornwall but light southerly winds for most of us so if you have blue sky and sunshine it will be pleasant. temperatures between 8—11 on sunday. into the evening, initially things are looking quite dry and clear and we keep the clear spells for the longest across eastern england but from the west, this band of cloud and patrick payne moves in, another weather front, with us to start monday. not as cold first thing, certainly compared to sunday, because we have cloud, outbreaks of rain and a breeze. 0ne outbreaks of rain and a breeze. one day then will be dominated by this frontal system which will push its way east across much of the uk. it will be quite slow to reach east anglia and the south—east so here you may well keep some sunny spells through the course of the day but elsewhere cloud, wendy, gail is possible towards the western isles, and it will clear it of scotland and northern ireland but slow
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moving the parts of northern england into wales and towards the south—west and another fairly mild day, temperatures 12. high pressure sits across the uk but we have this trailing frontal system, it may well spill rain across southern counties of england and into south wales perhaps but uncertainty about how far north or south it will be. across much of the uk we are thinking high pressure will dominate, bringing high and settled weather. touch cooler on tuesday. in the middle of the week, rain lingering in the south on wednesday. more rain in the north—west by thursday. goodbye.
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but i hope it is just a short time and we will be back soon. the headlines. there are reports of a large explosion south—west of the ukrainian capital of kyiv. it is believed to be the explosion of a fuel depot, 40 commoners from the centre of the capital. reports say it was hit by a russian missile. a curfew is currently in place for all of sunday. the un refugee agencies as the russian invasion has driven more than 100,000 people to flee ukraine to countries further west. the vast majority have gone to poland, many to join friends orfamily. have gone to poland, many to join friends or family. many others have gone to countries such as hungary, moldova, romania and slovakia. the western coalition including the united states, the eu, canada and the uk is to cut off some russian banks from the swift banking payment system. the european commission president said that the aim of the move was to cripple president putin's ability to finance his military forces.

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