Ukraine: A turning point?: BBC News Review 2022

January 26, 2023

The story

6000 square kilometres. That’s how much land the Ukrainian president says his soldiers have retaken from Russian forces.

Volodymyr Zelensky’s figures cannot be verified, but Russia has admitted losing key cities in the north-eastern region of Ukraine.

Russia invaded Ukraine in February this year and still holds about a fifth of the country.

Key words and phrases

turning point
time when things start to change
• The battle was an important turning point in the war.
• Having children is a turning point in most people’s lives.

on the back foot
at a disadvantage; not prepared
• I wasn’t prepared for the interview. I was on the back foot from the start.
• After losing a player in the first minute, United were on the back foot.

make stronger
• The two countries cemented good relations during the state visit.
• The company cemented its position as market leader with the new product.

0:00 – Introduction
0:24 – Story
1:13 – Headline 1: The Financial Times: The Ukraine war has reached a turning point
3:05 – Headline 2: Sky News: Russia is on the back foot in Ukraine. What does Putin do now?
4:51 – Headline 3: Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Zelenskiy Calls For More Russia Sanctions, Western Arms To Help Cement Ukrainian Gains
6:36 – Language summary

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  1. Reply
    BBC Learning English January 26, 2023 at 5:27 am

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  2. Reply
    Хошимжон Шоназаров January 26, 2023 at 5:27 am

    Please understand me what's mean turning point?

  3. Thank you for the lesson and Ukrainian topic🤩

  4. Ukraine has passed the turning point towards becoming the full-fledged US-British colony.
    Zelenskiy cemented his unwillingness to negotiate with Putin and Ukraine goes on shooting civilians in Donbass.

  5. Hi from Ukraine!
    Миру нам усім❤️

  6. Reply
    abu faisal al fahad January 26, 2023 at 5:27 am

    My major turning point is better score in IELTS for going to Canada

  7. Great

  8. Reply
    Анастасія Щигель January 26, 2023 at 5:27 am

    Suppport to Ukraine! Thank you so much ❤💛💙

  9. Vocabulary from this Video " Ukraine: A turning point?"
    1) retake (v): take something again such as a place/ a position
    2) Invade (v): enter a country by force of the number of soldiers in order to take possession of it.
    3) A turning point (n): metaphorically – the situation when things start to change in a really important way. To reach a turning point/ a major turning point.
    4) On the back foot (phrasal noun) – on a disadvantage or defended position. Caught on the back foot = Caught/knocked off balance = not prepared. Exp: I was late for the interview, so I was on the back foot.
    5) Cement (V)- to make something stronger. To cement a relationship/ an agreement. (Formal way). Exp: Ukraine tries to cement its military gains.

  10. My English language teacher would always correct me if I mistakenly said cEment (stressing the first syllable) because it sounds like semen 😅

  11. Reply
    nabi ollah khodadadi January 26, 2023 at 5:27 am

    I love you both

  12. almost Vietnamese students have the national exam which is a turning point in life at 18 years old.
    Facing the shortage of fuel sources, the price of gas is higher and higher so many countries are on the back foot.
    we try to cement our romantic relationship with the innovative idea of dating.

  13. This territory is Russian. The Ukrainians are pathological liars, they are shamelesly lying about anything.

  14. It is an ultra-remote from my house to my university. I am late for class, so I am often on the back foot. I am figuring out the methods to escape my lateness cycle.

  15. Thank you for your video.
    These ones have expanded my knowledge. However, I cannot enter most of the quizzes on your website.

  16. It's a pity, you're smart people but why are telling lie in this episode. This is the worst video I've ever seen on your channel (((

  17. Reply
    Вячеслав Студиград January 26, 2023 at 5:27 am

    3 weeks passed since the video was unloaded. The situation in Ukraine has reached a new turning point. The electrical supply has been turned off.

  18. Reply
    Юліанна Динюк January 26, 2023 at 5:27 am

    Thank you so much for your work). I believe such a great support will cement our friendly relationship for years.

  19. New way of presentation of news with vocabularies are great

  20. Thank you and that’s very interesting when you connected with the top news headlines ❤

  21. Since when do English people support extremism ,. when will the British kick the Americans out of Europe. There is already enough fighting around the world without the British right wing government stealing money from its own people that are relying on food banks.
    Who will get rid of the arrogant Conservative government, that cares more about making money from war than the very people it is supposed to represent.

  22. Thank you all amazing people. Here in Ukraine it's vital to feel your support. Ukrainians are eternally grateful to everyone who cares, helps and keeps 🇺🇦 in the headlines. God bless you!
    Really great format, helpful for visual and auditory learners alike👍

  23. Reply
    Андрей Морозов January 26, 2023 at 5:27 am

    "a turning point" LOL

  24. Sian is beautiful 😍

  25. It’s disgusting 🤮🤮🤮

  26. Do not use such politically motivated issue for learning English.

  27. Reply
    SUNIL KUMAR SRIDHAR January 26, 2023 at 5:27 am

    In fact, European people have lost their common sense before the betrayal of duffer Biden who is sincere enough for the vanishing of humanity in the world. Let them wait and watch

  28. What a brilliant material you prepare every week guys, thanks a bunch ! 😁

  29. abandoned to watch out ?

  30. abandoned land ?

  31. Reply
    sokratov aleksander January 26, 2023 at 5:27 am

    The English are probably sick in the head! do they understand what they are saying? man: I have a sock! girl: yes, you have a sock! man: I'm wearing this sock, girl: yes, this sock is dressed, man: America is getting stupid before our eyes! girl: yes, it won't be too late!))) 🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂

  32. funny news from England 😀

  33. A big load of bullshit! You guys lie something terrible! 🤨

  34. A turning point comes to my life when I start to watching bbc videos.

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