Ukraine: Fears of invasion – BBC News Review reviews

April 26, 2022

Several countries have now said that a Russian invasion of Ukraine could happen at any time. This follows some countries urging their citizens to leave Ukraine – and some embassies being evacuated. Roy and Neil discuss this news story and teach you some related vocabulary so you can talk about it too.

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Video chapters:
0:00​​​​​​​​​​ – Introduction
0:26 – Story
1:23 – Headline 1: Russia vs Ukraine in charts and numbers: How a full-blown conflict could play out
4:45 – Headline 2: Australia evacuates embassy in Kiev and calls on China to not remain ‘chillingly silent’
7:35 – Headline 3: Russia invasion of Ukraine ‘imminent’, minister warns as Moscow ‘plots false flag attack to provoke war’
10:24 – Language summary

fully developed
* After a small disagreement, it soon became a full-blown argument between the two colleagues.
* I only invited a couple of people for dinner, but it seems like the whole village turned up and it became a full-blown party.

chillingly silent
frighteningly quiet
* The old house was chillingly silent as we walked through the door.
* They told a chilling story of the time they got lost for days in the forest.

false flag
invented excuse for an attack
* A false flag operation was used to justify an invasion.
* She ran for office under a false flag of environmental policies, but in truth, she didn’t care.

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  1. Hi Roy and hi Neil. Thanks to both of you for coming up with this BBC news report. News headlines usually come with words or expressions that are quite difficult for us to understand. Thanks for explaining the meaning of those expressions and sharing some examples. Now, I'm trying to figure out how to use those expressions in daily conversation.

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    Безнамордник Из Москвы April 26, 2022 at 9:08 am

    Have you done the video about covid vaccine mortal side-effects yet? If not, please, do make it.

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    Безнамордник Из Москвы April 26, 2022 at 9:08 am

    I am eager to refresh my vocabulary about British massacre of the Irish or the Royal family money

  4. SOS from Russia: FORCE NATO to CLOSE the SKY OVER UKRAINE. This is the only way to stop Putin. Otherwise, you will be the next victim of his aggression! Don't be afraid of a nuclear strike from his side – he cannot do it alone, and the top militaries around him have families and want to live. It's just a threat on his part. He uses your fear to prevent military aid to Ukraine. BY NOT CLOSING the SKY OVER Ukraine NATO BECOMES an ACCOMPLICE of Putin's CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY

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    Игорь Фёдоров April 26, 2022 at 9:08 am

    We have a saying – … like looked to water …

  6. Spring is in it correct

  7. I love Britain and British people. I hope to visit it some day. Thanks Neil and Roy for your efforts. Thanks BBC LEARNING ENGLISH❤

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    Анна Овчинникова April 26, 2022 at 9:08 am

    Why don't you use all this vocab for the USA?

  9. Why can't people see from European Union and further afield that free trade within Ukraine same as Europe, NATO should absolutely Agree that Ukraine's land is free from any army's, Russia has no involvement in Politics of Ukrainian people, that's all the Russian Government want some would have other words a variety I'd say ☺️

  10. Where are the chemical weapons in Iraq? FALSE FLAG jajajajajaajaj

  11. Thank you so much for everyone from BBC Learning English

  12. Thanks sir .

  13. Well. This video didn't age very good.

  14. Never in my life can I hear and understand all information in the new But yours. You are both awesome!, thanks

  15. Thank BBC learning english very much. You help a lot during my english-learning process.

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    Елена Иванова April 26, 2022 at 9:08 am

    During all these weeks you have been lying and provoking people in the world feeding them with flood of dirty on Russia without being objective to both sides of the conflict. It seems that you haven't known for the last 8 years anything about people who has been killed by Ukrain nationalists in Donbass! There are thouthands of them! Yuo have ignored it! Are so naive? No! Because Donbass is not on the side of your political interests! I thought that you are busy with your help to educate people and learn beautful English language. I was wrong! You have been involved in the dirty information war against Russia. You don't want to listen two sides! It is your type of democracy! Naive people write you a lot of Thanks for your information. But you are liers! Great of them! You have forgotten you actions of "true democracy" in Libia, Seria, Irak and etc etc… Stop telling lalshood! Remember about thousands of killed people in Donbass and respect their death from the weapon of Ukrain nationalists, and weapon, provided by your so "democratic and peaceful" countries!

  17. Thanks for the video. I'm able to understand you quite well!

  18. Love your detailed explanation❤

  19. Thanks so much for how explain the meaning about ucrania and Rusia here people doing popular expresión that show the holding for democracia.

  20. I love News Review . Thats great ❤️❤️❤️

  21. Neil n Rob you both are great teacher. Your teaching is great help for me. I am really thankful for your sincere efforts.Thanks from India 😊

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    Анастасия Дойникова April 26, 2022 at 9:08 am

    @BBC, helps Ukraine to win in media war in Russia.

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    Gaetano Di Stefano April 26, 2022 at 9:08 am

    These videos are precious for my students. Thank you so much.

  24. Thank you for the lesson

  25. Vocabulary is good! Spreading fake news is very bad!! America and Europe have invaded ppl's minds long ago. And YOU made Ukraine messing up with all this. Russia is safeguarding its borders …..waiting long to settle it by dialogue. But BRITAIN'S mission to cound down the date of 'invasion'. And you made it.

  26. 잘 봤습니다.

  27. British Bullshit Corporation.

  28. His face'skin is beautiful

  29. I fancy the way the BBC tries to explain and inform us at the same time.

  30. Great video! I would like to practice similar vocabulary on topics like "Anglo Saxons' (UK and USA) responsibility for over 20 wars and more around the globe (war that really happened and weren't false flags, full blown etc.) Can we expect that? How sick you have to be to use biased article to imprint outlook, to share hate while teaching English language to children among others? Very low, even for Englishmen.

  31. Thanks bbc 🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🙏🏼

  32. Hey gents, you should also explain the meaning of the expression 'total idiots'. People who have lost critical thinking, can't see further than the end of the nose, take all sh.t from mass media and think that the Russian invasion is possible. End of story.

  33. Thank you!
    From Ukraine 🇺🇦

  34. The BBC Learn English has helping more my improve English. I listen all days…. Thank so much

  35. the news really does have a bbc

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    Маша Лавро April 26, 2022 at 9:08 am

    I really enjoy learning English with BBC and thank you a lot for raise this topic 💛💙

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