News Wrap: Russian airstrikes target Kyiv, interrupting weeks of calm

In our news wrap Sunday, Russian missiles targeted Ukraine's capital of Kyiv for the first time in weeks, at least eight weekend shootings with multiple deaths and injuries took place in the U.S, an attack on a Catholic church in Nigeria left dozens dead, North Korea conducted missile tests, 49 people died in a Bangladesh fire, and Queen Elizabeth II made an appearance at her Platinum Jubilee.

Read the Full Transcript

  • Geoff Bennett:

    Good evening. It's good to be with you. And we start with today's headlines and news of more gun violence at least eight shootings with multiple deaths and injuries across the country this weekend. Three people were killed in an early morning shooting in Saginaw, Michigan. Another three are dead and at least 14 injured and an overnight shooting outside a nightclub in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Clarendon County, South Carolina a drive by shooting at a graduation party Saturday left one woman dead, six of the wounded were children.

    In downtown Philadelphia, shots rang out late last night in a crowded entertainment district leaving three dead and at least 12 others hurt. In Phoenix, one person is dead and at least eight others were injured in a shooting near a strip mall. Two more people were killed in the city in two separate shooting incidents last night. And in Mesa, Arizona, two people are dead and two others were injured after a shooting outside a bar overnight.

    As we've reported on this program, gun violence is surging across the country. And data from the gun violence archive shows that the number of multiple victim shootings first spiked in April 2020 and has stayed high ever since.

    Turning now to the war in Ukraine, Russian missile strikes early today interrupted the week's long calm in the capital city Kyiv. No one has been reported killed but the Russian military claims they airstrikes destroyed tanks and other munitions sent by Western nations, though Ukraine denies that. Russian President Vladimir Putin speaking to state television issued this cryptic threat to the west.

  • Vladimir Putin, Russian President (through translator):

    If they are supplied, we will draw appropriate conclusions and use our means of destruction which we have plenty of in order to strike at those objects that we have not yet struck.

  • Geoff Bennett:

    The Pentagon has said it will take several more weeks to get the latest U.S. military assistance onto the battlefield in Ukraine.

    In Nigeria, as many as 50 people including children are feared dead after a gunman opened fire and detonated explosives at a Catholic church today. A warning the following images are graphic.

    Video of the aftermath shows blood stained pews and the bodies of worshippers were cleared.

    Lawmakers claimed the gunman attacked his congregants gathered for mass and abducted the priest. It's not immediately clear who was behind the attack.

    A massive deadly fire swept through a container depot in southeastern Bangladesh on Saturday. The fire broke out last night triggering a huge blast and multiple explosions as containers full of chemicals caught fire. At least 49 people are dead and more than 100 are injured. Firefighters struggled to control the blaze today and military explosives experts have been called in to assist.

    North Korea fired eight short range ballistic missiles into the waters east of the Korean Peninsula early on Sunday. Japan's defense minister called the barrage of missiles from multiple locations unprecedented. Today's launch is North Korea's 18th round of missile tests already this year.

    And on the final day of her Platinum Jubilee celebrating 70 years on the throne, crowds roared and reveled as Queen Elizabeth II made a surprise appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace this afternoon to punctuate the four day celebration.

    The Queen last appeared on Thursday say for a pre-recorded video appearance yesterday evening. The Queen skipped star studded events on Friday and Saturday after Buckingham Palace said she experienced some discomfort during Thursday's festivities.

    And still to come on PBS News Weekend. We talked to an expert about the warning signs of online extremism and what parents can do to protect their kids. And our weekend spotlight, businessman Mark Cuban's new effort to bring down the rising cost of prescription drug prices.

Listen to this Segment