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excuses. sometimes for nothing. it's still. it's not just you still he's still being. treated you see the state. to be. but speech was. here backtracked on its initial decision to commit to a permanent ceasefire in ukraine outlining conditions for troops instead.
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of ukrainian government's approved a bill to cancel the country's long line status asking nato to take it a. russian journalist on the ice that in has been confirmed killed a month after going missing in the eastern ukraine. there's cadabby company with party international. has backtracked on his initial announcement of a full ceasefire in the country's east his website now says he's only agreed to discuss steps towards a truce ukrainian leader how dare you announced on twitter that a permanent truce in the region was imminent. explains what this might mean. the situation on the ground certainly is chaotic in that initial statement that came
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from kids the wording was for a permanent cease fire the word permanent has now been dropped and the phrase is a ceasefire regime now this is difficult to interpret and people here on the ground certainly are not clear about what it means what we're hearing from the anti government fighters is that they're not taking this seriously they say that they are willing to reach a political settlement but they need to first have assurances from kids that it is serious about laying down arms let me remind you that there was at least one cease fire that was announced in the past by kids but that was a later violated i've been talking to people here on the ground most of them are suspicious of pushing because statement they say that they think he might be trying to buy time he might be trying to test the waters if you like now there are talks that are scheduled between the two sides for this coming friday if indeed the talks go ahead they certainly won't be easy and this is because the goals between the two sides are very different on the one hand you have here that wants to remain in
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power that wants to return to how the situation was before all of this mess on the other hand you have the republics who say that they are willing to maintain ties with the kiev government but at the same time they want a great autonomy they want to be able to decide their own fate and their own future we have been hearing from a variety of experts to get their thoughts on the chances for peace resulting from today's developments here is what they've been telling us. i think these this flip flopping around shows the extreme inconsistency on the part of president poroshenko and the kiev government the president clearly is not a very serious or reliable person suggests that list of course in court last understand that there could be a normal solution to this crisis we just hope that some of the same seems to be emanating from kiev no moves into brussels and also share only into the
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thinking of mr rasmussen the secretary general of nato he would if the president of center is jay in jenin in his initial. right to find out the formula of ceasefire. miracle would not happen overnight obviously we will see many sides trying to jeopardize the. clearly it was. a military solution now that he's losing he's finally come around and accept the need. months into the army offensive swathes of east ukraine it devastated schools hospitals apartment blocks and homes read about lee damaged or completely destroyed no water no electricity and the constant threat of being killed has been a daily reality for civilians in eastern regions u.n. sources say two million people are still living in the conflict zone many they're hiding in basements and shelters spending days at
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a time there as bombs and bullets fly overhead when they get home many find their houses severely damaged or completely uninhabitable some are entirely reduced to rubble. more than a million people used to live in donetsk and twenty twelve it stadium hosted the european football championship matches hey you can see fans enjoying their time at the tournament and this on the right hand side is what's left of what was so recently a focal point of sporting celebration a similar fate befell done yet international airport to a modern transport hub for the city reduced to battle scarred remains. and these aerial pictures show the remains of a village in it and yet screeching which was devastated by the military campaign over the summer at least fifteen hundred people used to live here as you can see houses now lie in ruins and most residents have fled. or since the start of the conflict the un refugee agency says more than seven hundred thousand ukrainians
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have escaped to russia because of the fighting on top of that more than one hundred thousand have been displaced inside ukraine itself and many of their homes were destroyed by army artillery fire on towns and cities in the east so the other side of the barricades the loss of life in the ukrainian army is widely being blamed on the appalling supply chain to the front line this for example is the actual ammunition soldiers have to use to try to it's rusty and it's forming a path. officially almost eight hundred government troops have been confirmed killed and more than two and a half thousand wounded but kiev is being accused of a colossal cover up anti-government forces say up to fourteen thousand military personnel have been killed or injured and that the authorities are in panic control mode here are some first hand accounts of the conditions under which ukrainian soldiers live and fight. if you're such a simple joy. to be here for good it's good to have
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a. clear goal to work your result will be a plus they want to see you rather review this near you. or the freezer. or says they're. the tragedy of war is being acutely felt in the homes of ukrainian soldiers whose mothers are being denied information by the authorities about their children for many parents it's too much to bet. that. scott discussed the moves towards peace in ukraine with political analyst alexander pavitra he believes kiev's recent defeats in the east have pushed it to finally see
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a nonviolent solution. i think the key to this is the military success of the forces and gone bust i think without that i probably wouldn't have been ready for this for this move i think that's the whole thing if they had been able to successfully conduct their so-called anti-terrorist action. actually suppress the resistance that formed after the new government mr pollack here this past winter i think if there had been able to carry them through we probably wouldn't be talking about a peace plan today we've been talking about guerrilla warfare but i think this is the key do you think the king as has total control over all of the the forces in the x. i mean the national guard for example do you think that they'll be able to on a day cease fire i don't think they are total control i think some of the forces
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are under. one say they're independent some forces are actually maybe under control or let's say you have the influence of even outside forces perhaps the nato countries but it may be that it's in everyone's interest right now. and its allies for there to be at least a cease fire for them to consolidate because they're good to do something quite heavy losses he's done a few good presentation has been responding to the latest statements from kiev and how ukraine's warring sides might work towards pay sell correspondent nina quote canada has more on that dana what is mr putin suggesting. well there is a seven point plan now first the russian president believes that the two sides of the conflict should stop military offensive on both sides of must withdraw troops from southeastern parts of ukraine in militia and must stop the offensive to
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therefore stop the blot schatz now the troops should pull back to eliminate the cities now then the president believes that there should be a fool an objective international a cease fire mon and touring in those areas there should be no abrogation used against civilians and there should be a special system installed to arrange the exchange of detainees with without exception now the last two points of the plan include special humanitarian corridor to be opened for the refugees the war in torn areas and the red construction of these areas that should be organized as well now this is really briefly of the plan that the russian president is suggesting the two sides could use to somehow re store peace in the country not being a part of this conflict russia says that it is however ready to provide any assistance possible to somehow stab the allies. the situation now president putin
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also added that he and the ukrainian leader petro poroshenko have common views on how to ensure a cease fire in the area. thanks million of its. but the ukrainian government has taken a further step towards nato membership it's approved a bill to cancel the country's normal line states as preacher all of a tells us what. the ukrainian president that they're pushing through and the prime minister arseniy yatsenyuk of announced what is essentially a clean slate for ukraine when it comes to forming future alliances now this could be viewed as a provocation in the east of the country amongst the militias that are still fighting there it could suggest that ukraine is wanting to move closer in its ties to nato now speaking in europe the u.s. president barack obama said that previous. ceasefires that had been announced had broken down so he didn't put too much truck in this current one just yet before
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there was any concrete evidence there but what he did say is that his aim and the aim of nato is to see a strong productive and co-operative russia all of these announcements come just before the huge nato summit set to take malaysian wales' the expansion of nato looks likely to be discussed there ukraine is definitely are going to be discussed and we could possibly see an application from ukraine to join nato as a full member following this announcement from the ukrainian government that they now are a blank slate on who they can choose to be aligned with what we're seeing from here in germany in terms of reaction to recent developments is the opinion poll organization hugo of suggests that fifty one percent of germans don't want to see further military expansion into eastern europe. raising money to bolster a military presence in eastern europe in the wake of the ukrainian crisis this is one of the key issues to be discussed during an upcoming nato summit in the u.k.
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well over the weekend hundreds of peace protesters hit the streets of new port and cardiff in wales they want less money spent on war and nuclear weapons so could nato afford to boost defense infrastructure across eastern europe or currently the twenty eight member states spend as much as one trillion dollars a year maintaining what the alliance already has and that means the organization alone gets more military funding than the rest of the world put together washington is currently footing most of the bill with just over a quarter of nato's budget made up by other members and those in the alliance supposed to contribute two percent of their g.d.p. each year but not everyone does in fact more than eighty five percent of countries on the list are willing or simply not ready to provide that much cash peace activists ludo to a broadband thinks the timing of the summit is well picked. it's not by accident that people ought to be subject to the nato summit will be the question of the
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victims but ships which was difficult to sell to the chemical thing and now with a big price mean there are cranes stepping up the prices and this argument. that say the western military complex to say look we need this budget it's for our security it's very important and. we're going to take a quick right now i'll be back with more news in a couple minutes. choose your language to. make it without any financial center things still in my. place of a second chance that the consensus can. choose to give opinions that invigorating to. choose the stories that impact your life choose the access to your office to.
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cut. there's a media leave us so we leave that maybe. by the same motion suit your. play your party there's a bill. for shoes that no one is asking with the guests that you deserve answers from it's all on politicking only on our t.v. . again welcome back now another breaking development in ukraine is the forensic
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confirmation that russian news photographer on dry stand in is dead the international monitoring mission in europe the u.s. to use demanding an investigation into the death of a thirty three year old who went missing nearly a month ago. has got the details. while hopes for andris safe return from ukraine have been shattered after a genetic test has proven conclusively that the remains that have been found in southeastern ukraine indeed do belong to andre stern and it was a photojournalist working for rio novice thing which is part of prestigious watching news corp the head of which has made this statement on the death of andre we've followed gundry's fate and demanded that international organizations freed him we are thankful to everyone in russia and their broad for your activities and for your support. unfortunately when we were trying to do everything possible and even impossible for his freedom and ray was already no
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longer with us now those words of grabbers are different and by a massive show of support that was that began right here there are a sea a subordinate headquarters where i'm standing was spread all over the country even all over the world not just journalists but people in other countries including organizations that for protection of journalists worldwide have issued their support they had been calling on andries release because it was assumed that andrey was detained by ukrainian forces as they have previously done to a number of russian journalists or journalists working for russian news outlets including our team but no information was provided by kiev that would specify exactly what was happening to andre or where she was staying in sirte friends journalist who had been working with her may have discovered andris car among other vehicles that were part of the civilian convoy of refugees that was in donetsk region that convoy was fired upon by ukrainian forces and entre whose remains were
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found right there on the spot was one of those who died in that attack he survived but his mother for whom it is obviously a very tragic time and her tragedy and her loss is shared by thousands of people in the world the world over and of course by andries friends and colleagues for mourning him today. under a stand ins mother was visibly distressed today at her son's former workplace in moscow a number of his colleagues and acquaintances spoke to on of the veteran journalist and his work. just with them he was a man of immense soul he was kind and i think the main element of our profession he was reliable when andrew was near i always felt my back was covered first of all he was a great person and a good friend you listening to him none of us thought this was possible if you throw these days weeks we hope for a miracle in the at the bush. bosses rarely told him what to do it was mostly he who pushed subjects' to his colleagues and managers. andress there was
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a respected photographer who worked in conflict zones around the world for various media including reuters and a page in ukraine he covered the mass anti-government rallies in kiev before moving on to report on the ongoing army assault in the east here are some of the pictures he took while working on the front lines around the world the us intelligence community has confirmed that a second american reporter has been executed by islamic state militants a gruesome video of the killing of steven sort of who was taken captive more than a year ago emerged yesterday previously been seen in the video where another u.s.
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journalist james foley was beheaded. as the story. it's a scenario that we've seen before when another american journalist james foley was beheaded two weeks ago similar orange jumpsuits a desert setting an executioner with a british accent in both videos and now the westerner threatened to be killed next when these islamic states your heart is free had it james foley two weeks ago they showed stephen sokoloff in that same video and vowed to kill him unless the u.s. started airstrikes against the isis soto's mother addressed the isis shortly before he was killed here i ask you to please my child. as a mother i ask with justice to be merciful and not punishment for matters he has no control over cycle of who was kidnapped at the syria turkey border last year he was thirty one years old he had written for the time and foreign policy magazines he
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reported from syria turkey egypt bahrain after steve insult of the islamic state is threatening to execute david paints a british citizen david haynes reportedly had experience with the british military and he did security work for nonprofit organizations leader now the islamic state doesn't just working americans in the video they warn other governments against becoming part of quote unquote this evil alliance of america against these lawmakers state after the killing of james foley president obama made it clear that the executions would not stop the airstrikes some u.s. officials say for anything murders like these could only make america more involved in the fight against the jihad is. middle east expert joshua landis told us that the fight against islamic state militants will turn into another afghanistan for the u.s. it's very difficult in this situation because isis dominates a region the size of great britain in both syria and iraq if you're going to
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destroy them and kill them. and hit their buildings you have to have somebody else to replace them otherwise they'll just spring up and you'll infuriate the sunnis that are trapped in between baghdad and damascus so the u.s. has to come up with a strategy somebody has to pay for it and there has to be an exit strategy and obama does not want to get stuck in some swamp the way the u.s. did in iraq originally or in afghanistan without an exit strategy. in southern russia now in beslan where the third and final day of commemorations are underway marking ten years since chechen militants led a terrifying and deadly three day siege of risk. taking a breath thousand people hostage. is the best and. the memorial bell has rung at best long soon three hundred thirty four balloons will rise into the air it's the same number as there are candles on the ground
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behind me it's the same number as there are names on the memorial wall each one of those balloons each one of those candles is more than just what it appears to be. it's more than just rubber and string it's a life it's a life that was cut short ten years ago. ten years ago in the horrible attack at school number one that's long as the balloons raise into the air they remember the victims and as they rise there are ten years among the crowd we can hear crying. we can hear wailing. as each victim is remembered as each name is thought of names that are written on the wall inside the gym names that are written on the headstones of the city of angel cemetery where the next events in the memorial will take place on this the final day of commemorative events.
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we spoke with several people who survived the tragedy here's the story of two of them more than three hundred candles shined in the darkness each one a life lost in the baseline siege ten years ago angela sequoyah and diana elokobi made it through the terrible attack then only seven years old on the first day of class their rescue was preserved in photos both gruesome and iconic. you know going to stone i remember i was with my mom and a man came up to me and put me into a car so i was in a car with his picture of a steak and you put them in god and he's just that that's a human being i don't really remember how they brought me out of there i just remember a man took me and carried me through some gardens or something and my face was covered with blood the blood dried out in my eyelashes and i couldn't open my eyes and i remember that i still had two ponytails my mom made to look at me. this is
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the grave of angela's mother who died protecting her during the attack while angela and diana were spared the fate of many of their classmates on that horrible day they say their childhoods are buried here among the victims now after this tragedy you remember all these terrible things and this is not normal childhood once you start remembering those years when you were a child you remember this terror attack very vividly you don't remember anything else. they say if you were deal forced them to accept the harsh realities of life and comprehend things no child should but they add that the memories of the people they lost must live on with the next generation. is now which means in the end this is important for me somehow i want my children to know about it and never forget maybe when i tell them what happened they will begin to understand certain things and treasure life because it can stop an enum and any day anything may happen to us to use it in. a mattress or r.t.
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baseline. and they stay with us for our continuing coverage of the third and final day of memorial events in beslan. now i'll be back to update you on reaction to ukraine's moves toward space in about thirty minutes time before the end be used most recent money troubles are the focus in being bused that's existed. long and. i'm not a politician but we see that it is arab countries that sit on the world's greatest
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oil reserves and the west just cannot stay away from such tremendous wealth so in order to get their heads for that oil the west employs what i would call cultural terrorists. choose your language. week you know if going to stay still for the most economically i don't know i just like services i choose to use the concerns to. choose to opinions that invigorating to. choose the stories get inside the life. choose to access to often. this is created in a. mission
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to teach. this is just some of the stories that we're tracking for you today. first up euro zone factory growth slowed in august could tensions in ukraine be causing the trouble in euro land we're looking into it then founder and president of alice investments david merkel is alive and in studio today he's sitting down with me to
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discuss accounting evaluations and in today's big deal edward harris and i are discussing an underqualified eric cantor taking an arguably overpaid position on wall street it all starts right now. welcome to a brand new season of boom bust now our lead story today europe european purchasing managers index or p.m.i. came in monday and it wasn't pretty manufacturing growth in the eurozone slowed to a thirteen month low in august the markets eurozone manufacturing and purchasing managers index dipped to fifty point seven in august down from fifty one point.

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