UK News: ICYMI: Ukraine, Sabina Nessa, Rishi Sunak - this week's five biggest stories, explained

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To quote Daniel Craig, ladies and gentlemen…the weekend.

It’s here. Look at it. That glorious expanse, stretching out before us, full of promise, play and pints.

Unless you’re working (which we are) or you’re skint (which you are) or just really can’t be arsed anymore (and honestly, who can?)

Every weekend, Metro.co.uk rolls up its sleeve and gets elbow deep into the steaming heap of news left behind by another relentless week.

We sift through it, sort out the most important bits and hammer it together into this round-up.

'To smear my wife to get at me is awful': Sunak breaks silence in row over wife's tax status

  'To smear my wife to get at me is awful': Sunak breaks silence in row over wife's tax status Rishi Sunak has dramatically broken his silence in the row over his wife's tax affairs, declaring: "To smear my wife to get at me is awful."In an interview with The Sun, hitting back at attacks by opposition MPs on his multi-millionaire wife, he said: "She loves her country like I love mine.

It’s dirty work, reader – but then these are filthy, filthy times.

UNITED KINGDOM: The Minister of Finance Rishi Sunak offers the expansion

 UNITED KINGDOM: The Minister of Finance Rishi Sunak offers the expansion The Minister of the Minister, Richissime, benefits from a privileged tax status. Revelations that go wrong when British households are strangled by significant price increases © Alastair Grant / AP / SIPA The Finance Minister Rishi Sunak in London on March 23, 2022. (Photo / Alastair Grant, File ) Taxes - The Minister's wife, Richissime, benefits from a privileged tax status.

Good luck.

Ukraine

The war in Ukraine is entering into a new phase as Russian troops retreat from Kyiv and prepare for an all-out assault in the east of the country.

Vladimir Putin has seemingly acknowledged there is no hope of conquering the capital and his forces have been sent scampering back over the border by Ukrainian forces (who have redefined the phrase ‘hard as nails’).

Behind them, they leave scenes of utter misery and ruin, of mass graves and crumpled homes, of bound corpses and ruined lives.

As Ukrainian troops re-enter towns, they discover death and destructions (Picture: REX/Shutterstock) © Provided by Metro As Ukrainian troops re-enter towns, they discover death and destructions (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)

If you’ve tried to avoid the images (and who could blame) then take it from us – they are stomach-churning.

The sliding scale between what elevates war crimes to genocide will be quibbled over by lawyers for years to come in The Hague.

All you need to know is that Vladimir Putin’s forces have brought Second World War levels of misery to communities whose only crime was to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Inquiry launched into leak of Sunak's wife's tax status as chancellor's approval ratings take hit

  Inquiry launched into leak of Sunak's wife's tax status as chancellor's approval ratings take hit A Whitehall inquiry has been launched into the leak of Rishi Sunak's wife's tax status after a week in which the chancellor's approval ratings have taken a significant hit. © Reuters Chancellor Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty Akshata Murty dramatically announced on Friday that she would pay UK taxes on her global income, adding in a statement that she didn't want the issue "to be a distraction for my husband".The revelation that she had until then been "non-domiciled" in the UK for tax purposes saw the chancellor face allegations of hypocrisy given recent tax rises imposed by the Treasury.

As Ukraine continues to uncover atrocities around its capital, more have been carried out in the east of the country.

Dozens of civilians fleeing the city of Kramatorsk – which could be besieged any day now – were killed when two missiles struck a packed railway station.

Oleksii Shcherbo, 98, walks past his burnt out house and destroyed Russian tank near Chernihiv (Picture: Reuters) © Provided by Metro Oleksii Shcherbo, 98, walks past his burnt out house and destroyed Russian tank near Chernihiv (Picture: Reuters)

Sanctions have continued to be rolled out, more arms will be sent and the Kremlin has finally acknowledged it has suffered high casualties.

In this, the sixth week of the war, is Ukraine any closer to peace? It would appear not.

TL;DR: Putin’s war grows bleak and ever more brutal by the day.

Sabina Nessa

Sabina Nessa was a 28-year-old primary school teacher, loved equally by her friends, family and the children she taught.

She studied sociology at the University of Greenwich before going on to complete her teaching qualification at the University of Bedfordshire.

Sabina worked with young students at Rushey Green Primary School, not far from where she grew up.

United Kingdom: The Minister of Finance in a shower of criticism for his tax arrangements

 United Kingdom: The Minister of Finance in a shower of criticism for his tax arrangements Rishi Sunak, British Minister of Finance, is at the heart of a controversy after the revelation of his tax arrangements and those of his wife © Matt Dunham / AP / SIPA The British Minister of Finance Rishi Sunak. (Illustration) Tourment - Rishi Sunak, British Minister of Finance, is at the heart of a controversy after the revelation of his tax arrangements and those of his wife of pertussis in Paria? The British Finance Minister Rishi Sunak was still a little adored from the Conservatives.

At the time of her death, her boss called her a ‘brilliant teacher; she was kind, caring and absolutely dedicated to her pupils’.

Her sister Jabina Islam described Sabina as an ‘amazing role model’ who was ‘powerful, fearless, bright and just an amazing soul’.

Sabina Nessa on the occasion of her graduation before going on to be a teacher (Picture: PA) © Provided by Metro Sabina Nessa on the occasion of her graduation before going on to be a teacher (Picture: PA)

She was murdered in September 2021 as she walked through a park near her London home.

Koci Selamaj, 36, pleaded guilty this week to killing her after driving from Eastbourne to the capital and picking his victim at random.

He twice refused to come to court this week to face her family as he was sentenced to life in prison.

That is all you need to know about Koci Selamaj.

TL;DR: Sabina’s school are fundraising for a garden in her memory – you can donate here.

Rishi’s taxing week

Before we relay this tale of woe, let us just assure you that Rishi Sunak is absolutely fine.

On Wednesday, which just so happens to be the day your taxes went up, it was revealed the chancellor’s wife is a tax non-dom.

Akshata Murty, a fashion designer who owns a stake in her billionaire fathers company, has registered her native India as her permanent residence.

That means she pays £30,000 to the government every year in order to only pay taxes to HMRC on income generated in the UK.

The 7 investigations into Boris Johnson’s Government as Rishi Sunak requests tax probe

  The 7 investigations into Boris Johnson’s Government as Rishi Sunak requests tax probe The Chancellor has referred himself to the independent adviser on ministers' interests as he continues to fend off questions over his family's financial affairs.Now his next-door neighbour, Chancellor Rishi Sunak, has been added to the list, after revealig on Sunday night that he had referred himself to the independent adviser on ministers’ interests. as he continues to fend off questions over his family’s financial affairs.

These two people could literally buy you if they wanted to (Picture: Getty) © Provided by Metro These two people could literally buy you if they wanted to (Picture: Getty)

One thing you should know about the Sunak-Murty clan is that they are fabulously wealthy – it’s hard to put a figure on how much they have in the bank but you don’t need to worry about the chancellor scraping by on his £150,000 salary.

His wife reportedly has a 0.91% stake in Infosys, the IT giant founded by her father and worth more than £76 billion, which earned her a cool £11.6 million in the past year alone.

He had a successful business career before going into politics and has previously been described as the richest MP ever.

So again, he’s absolutely fine.

Why does this matter? Labour have accused the chancellor of ‘breathtaking hypocrisy’ for potentially benefiting from his wife’s tax status at the same time as putting taxes up on working people.

There are also questions over who knew what about her tax affairs, including whether or not he made it clear enough when he was handed the keys to the Treasury.

‘Leaks? Not me, guv…’ (Picture: Anadolu) © Provided by Metro ‘Leaks? Not me, guv…’ (Picture: Anadolu)

Mr Sunak has come out swinging, denouncing the criticism as ‘smears’, while UNNAMED ALLIES (read: him) have fumed that the leak is a ‘political hit job’.

Both Mr Sunak and Ms Murty have insisted that all rules and laws were followed fastidiously.

But for the first time since coming to public prominence as the Cash Splasher-in-Chief during the pandemic, the chancellor’s career looks genuinely imperiled for the first time.

But honestly, seriously, he’ll be fine.

Boris and Zelensky ate chicken soup and roast beef during surprise Kyiv visit

  Boris and Zelensky ate chicken soup and roast beef during surprise Kyiv visit Mr Johnson made a secret journey by car, helicopter, military plane and train for the five-hour visit.Mr Johnson made a secret journey by car, helicopter, military plane and train for the five-hour visit, becoming the first leader of a G7 nation to travel to the Ukrainian capital since Vladimir Putin’s invasion.

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Holidays from hell

A perfect storm of increased demand, Covid-19 infections and stretched infrastructure have combined this week to make going on holiday not worth the effort.

The boss of Manchester Airport resigned after passengers were forced to queue for hours, many missing flights, because staff couldn’t process them quickly enough.

There have been similar scenes at Heathrow and Birmingham and it looks set to continue through the school holiday period.

The holiday industry is combing a grand old British tradition with a newer one: Queuing and catching Covid (Picture: Splash) © Provided by Metro The holiday industry is combing a grand old British tradition with a newer one: Queuing and catching Covid (Picture: Splash)

EasyJet and British Airways have been particularly badly hit by Covid-related absences among staff, weeks after they confidently dropped mask-wearing rules.

Airlines and airports were already understaffed after making cuts and redundancies during the pandemic, leaving them exposed to the wave of infections which has swept the UK in recent weeks.

Given that this is the first Easter holiday period without travel restrictions in three years and with demand sure to surge, frustrated holidaymakers have been left wondering how they didn’t see this coming and plan accordingly?

We’re a clever bunch here at Metro.co.uk but even we can’t figure that one out.

TL;DR: Stay at home.

And finally…dog gets a speeding ticket

So anyway, a dog got a speeding ticket.

You don’t really need to know more than that but you can click here if you really want to.

But you do absolutely have to see the quite wonderful picture of the tiny pooch seemingly sitting at the wheel of the German car.

Is that a Shih Tzu? If so, Michael Shih Tzu-macher. If not, insert your own pun (Picture: @armendaus03) © Provided by Metro Is that a Shih Tzu? If so, Michael Shih Tzu-macher. If not, insert your own pun (Picture: @armendaus03)

Why?

Because we are all, in a way, just a small dog at the wheel of a speeding car, trying to stay on the road.

Or something like that.

We hope you all keep it between the lines this weekend.

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