this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 11. a russian journalist who faked his own death to expose russian agents working in ukraine apologises to loved ones he deceived. translation: i have buried friends and colleagues many times, and i know the sickening feeling. i'm sorry you have to experience it, but there is no other way. the hollywood film producer harvey weinstein is indicted on charges of rape and a criminal sexual act by a grand jury in new york. the grenfell tower inquiry hears of a grandfather who sacrificed his own life, to shelter six people in his top—floor flat. his sister hails him a hero. this shows the respect he gave to those who lost their lives that night, and we know that he would have given comfort to each of them before they took their last breaths, and departed this world. on newsnight mack, from grief to
relief, it weighed 2a hours with the faked death and with a resurrection soon after, afterwards the president of ukraine tells us why they did it and whether it was worth lying to the world. good evening and welcome to bbc news. a russian journalist, reported to have been shot dead yesterday, has appeared alive and well at a news conference in kiev. the ukrainina security services said they had staged the apparent assassination of arkady babchenko to protect him from an imminent russian attack. moscow said the staged murder was an "anti—russian provocation." there's been worldwide condemnation of the tactic — including babchenko's friends who had been arranging vigils to honour his memory.
jonah fisher reports from kiev. this was the scene last night outside arkady babchenko's apartment. ukraine's police had just announced the russian journalist had been assassinated. a fearless and outspoken critic of vladimir putin, mr babchenko's death seemed another chilling example of the way the kremlin targets its opponents wherever they live. translation: it's calculated, deliberate, international terrorist crime. this morning, we were at the apartment. somewhere around here, as he went into his apartment, he was shot in the back several times. there was a strange lack of police, but at that point, we had no inkling of what had really taken place. neither did most ukrainian politicians, who were quick to point the finger of blame towards the east.
it marked another dark moment in the awful relationship between russia and ukraine. a steady stream of anti—kremlin figures had been assassinated on kiev‘s streets, but arkady babchenko, incredibly, is not one of them. 19 hours after he was declared dead, he was brought forward very much alive to gasps at a press conference. colleagues at his tv channel responded — as you might expect — in amazement. it turned out that mr babchenko had been a willing participant in a security service sting, apparently to catch a russian—linked man who really was trying to kill him. translation: first, i would like to apologise for what all of you had to experience, for what
you had to get through. i have buried friends and colleagues many times and i know the sickening feeling. i am sorry you had to experience it, but there was no other way. as mr babchenko went to meet ukraine's president, the debate as to what had happened began in earnest. for many, the ends have justified the many lies. translation: i was the only one who knew about this at the presidential administration. i was sure there was no other way to it. you have done very well. others are wondering about the lasting impact on ukraine's credibility. it claims to be on the front line, fighting against the russian war of disinformation. now it's been responsible for perhaps the greatest of all fakes. jonah fisher, bbc news, ukraine. russia has condemned the move as propaganda.
steve rosenberg has more on the reaction from moscow. well, in a statement, russia's foreign ministry said they were very pleased a citizen of russia was alive but called the state's murder and anti—russian provocation. ukraine, it said, relieved the entire international community. the newspaper that gave him his first job reported the dissident journalist could not have given the kremlin a bigger present if he wa nted kremlin a bigger present if he wanted to, what does that mean? ukraine and the west regularly accuse russia and not without reason for spreading disinformation and fa ke for spreading disinformation and fake news but now russia can claim it's the victim of a fake news story and use that to try and question the credibility of a whole string of accusations which had been levelled at moscow. in fact, that's already started. tonight, russian tv rate might recall likened the reporter's
resurrection to the skripal‘s after the salisbury poisoning. the message, it's all fake news. in the past half hour, a grand jury in new york has voted to indict the film producer harvey weinstein on charges of rape and a criminal sexual act. weinstein‘s indictment by a grand jury follows his arrest and court appearance last friday. he has denied having non—consensual sex. our correspondent nada tawfik is in new york with the latest. what more can you tell us? the manhattan district attorney's office put out a statement when they announced the grand jury delivered this indictment against harvey weinstein, they said that this brings him one step closer to justice, and said that this case will be tried not in the press, but in the court room. earlier today, we had heard from harvey weinstein‘s lawyer, that he refused to be interviewed in front of the grand
jury. he said that he had not been given enough notice about who the exact women wear and the exact charges. so at the advice of his attorneys, he did not speak or testify in front of the grand jury. his lawyer also said that regardless of how compelling mr weinstein‘s personal test me may have been, that it was inevitable due to political pressure being placed on the district attorney. that was a statement before this indictment was returned, we have reached out to them for comment now. but this is just the next step in getting harvey weinstein to trial, here in new york, on those charges of rape and criminal sexual act. one other new detail that we got from harvey weinstein‘s lawyer earlier today was that the allegation of rape from 2014, they content it was a
consensual sexual relationship that went on for many years, even passed the alleged charge there in 2014, and of course harvey weinstein has maintained all along that he's never had nonconsensual sex. thank you. the final commemoration hearings for the victims of the grenfell tower fire have been taking place at the public inquiry into the disaster. one family paid tribute to a grandfather who sheltered several people from the blaze in his top—floor flat describing him as a ‘modern—day moses'. the inquiry is due to begin hearing formal evidence next week. 72 people died as a result of the blaze at the block of flats in west london lastjune. our special correspondent lucy manning reports. as they faced fire and death, those trapped inside grenfell turned, in their last moments, to each other. raymond bernard known as moses was, his family said, a hero.
he'd worked as an electrician at buckingham palace and the house of lords. on the night of the fire he sheltered six neighbours including children in his flat. there was no way down to escape. the only alternative was to head towards the top floor. there they met ray and took refuge in his flat. the positioning of the bodies of debra, jessica, berkti and biruk were on my brother's bed with my brother resting beside the bed on the floor. sometimes the lives lost at grenfell have barely been lived. six—month—old leena belkadi was found in her mother farah's arms. farah, her husband omar and eight—year—old malak were also killed. barely able to speak through his tears, their grandfather. translation: the time farah,
my daughter, hugged me and i didn't know that that night was the night when they would die. death has separated us and they left me torn into pieces. 16 victims of the fire were remembered today on this, the last day of commemorations by the bereaved. sisters fatima and sakineh afrasiabi died together, fatima loved to sew and sing. but the family upset her husband was refused a visa to join them today. sakineh's family said their disabled mother should never have been housed on the 18th floor. our mum lost her life not only to the fire that night but to the corporate negligence by the very people who were
to ensure her safety. if you have your mother please hug her and feel the unconditional love that god bestowed in her. as the family tributes ended, the room rose as every name was read out. hania hassan. fethia hassan. marco gottardi. it took nearly seven minutes. it is the love that has shone through each of these memorials that has made these past few days so profoundly affecting. as we move to the next stage of the enquiry, my team and i are determined to provide the answers that you seek. they remembered lives that had been full and the young lives that were still so unfulfilled.
and their families want to know why. one of north korea's most senior officials is meeting the us secretary of state in new york, as preparations for the summit between president trump and kim jong—un take shape. mike pompeo and the former intelligence chief general kim yong—chol will try to agree the scope and franework of the talks. earlier the white house had said that preparations for the summit expected onjune 12 had been ‘positive'. our correspondent nick bryant reports... this is the week in the american calendar when the nation honours its fallen soldiers. among them, the 36,000 us personnel killed in the korean war. that conflict has never officially ended. the threat from north korea has intensified, not gone away. this memorial in washington reminds us of the course of war and the decades of failed diplomacy. in new york tonight,
the latest diplomatic manoeuvre, the arrival on american soil of the most senior north korean official to visit this country in nearly 20 years, a mission to salvage the singapore summit. kim yong—chol is the korean leader's right—hand man, at his side at the recent summit with the south koreans, a former spy master who satjust yards from ivanka trump at the closing ceremony at the winter olympics. he's received a guarded welcome from the white house. the conversation is going to be focused on denuclearization of the peninsula. that's what these ongoing conversations taking place now will be centred on, as well as this summit that would take place in singapore, and we're going to continue... as long as that is part of the discussion, we're going to continue to shoot for the june 12. this on—again, off—again diplomacy has been hard to keep track of. last thursday, in what read like a break—up letter, donald trump cancelled the summit, citing north korea's "tremendous anger and open hostility."
but the north korean response was conciliatory. that clearly mullified the president, who yesterday tweeted... so tonight, the us secretary of state, mike pompeo, will renew acquaintances with kim yong—chol, who he recently saw in pyongyang. it's their third meeting in the last two months. the main stumbling block is likely to be what precisely is meant by the denuclearization of the korean peninsula? the two sides have very different definitions. and the latest cia assessment is pessimistic, that north korea has no intention of giving up its nuclear weapons, but rather, it's considering a number of goodwill gestures such as opening up a western hamburger franchise in pyongyang. that's not the kind of deal that donald trump is looking for, not even close, and the fear
about a singapore summit is that it could be all sizzle and no steak. nick bryant, bbc news, washington. now it's time for newsnight with evan davies. date... and alive. not magic, but in modern day deception. we know that in waranything modern day deception. we know that in war anything goes and ukraine feels at war with russia. it was a security operation to foil a murder plot but it came at a cost. security operation to foil a murder plot but it came at a costlj security operation to foil a murder plot but it came at a cost. i was like... a bombshell. i was dumbfounded, i can really think. the deputy prime minister of ukraine will explain why they did it and we debate whether it was really the best way to uncover a plot. also tonight, we look at some of