Newspaper headlines: 'Worst is yet to come' as Russian attacks escalate – BBC


By BBC News
Staff

Many of the front page headlines carry a warning that the worst is still to come in Ukraine.
The Daily Telegraph says the "chilling" prediction came from the Elysee Palace, after France's President Emmanuel Macron held a 90-minute phone call with Vladimir Putin.
The Times reports that Mr Macron's aides found "nothing reassuring" in the call, which came shortly before Mr Putin vowed "total victory" in an address on state television.
"Who'll rid the world of this ranting madman?" asks the front page of the Daily Mail, which says Mr Putin's "menacing" speech "bore little relation to reality".
Inside, it is one of several papers to print photos of smouldering apartment blocks in a town to the north of Kyiv, which it says have been "cleaved in two" and "lie in ruins" following a Russian bombardment.
The Sun, the Guardian and the Financial Times all carry an image on their front pages showing a father weeping over the body of his teenage son, as it lies covered in a blood-stained sheet on a hospital trolley in the besieged port city of Mariupol.
The Guardian says Russia appears to be trying to cut Ukraine off from the sea in the south, with amphibious units bearing down on Odesa, further west along the coast from Mariupol.
The Mirror says Boris Johnson has been branded a "poodle on roubles" for failing to impose tougher sanctions on Mr Putin's "wealthy cronies".
The paper says the UK has so far targeted 15 individuals, while the EU has imposed sanctions and travel bans on 702. The paper reports that ministers are drawing up plans to sanction more people and seize assets including mansions in the UK – but government sources have warned such moves could take months.
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Away from Ukraine, there is disbelief in some quarters that former education secretary Gavin Williamson is being knighted. "Arise Sir Useless" is the headline in the Sun, which says Downing Street has been accused of rewarding failure by honouring someone who was twice sacked as a cabinet minister.
The Guardian prints a list of what it describes as Mr Williamson's "top ministerial misses", including his handling of what it calls the "Covid exams debacle" and allegations he leaked secure information when he was the defence secretary under Theresa May.
The Mirror laments what it calls the "End of G'days", after it was confirmed that the Australian soap Neighbours is to finish after 37 years.
The paper says 20 million UK viewers watched the show at its peak – but that its fate was sealed when Channel 5 said it would stop airing it last month.
"Strewth!" is how the Star sums up the decision, which it says came despite more than 600,000 people signing a petition to save the soap.
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