What the papers say: Thursday's front pages

Thursday's front pages feature an order by the Russian president for the Ukrainian city of Mauripol to surrender and a warning from the Taoiseach that EU sanctions on Russia may cause shortages in Ireland.
What the papers say: Thursday's front pages

By PA Reporter

Thursday's front pages feature an order by the Russian president for the Ukrainian city of Mauripol to surrender and a warning from the Taoiseach that EU sanctions on Russia may cause shortages in Ireland.

The Irish Times reports that Putin has ordered the Ukrainian city of Mauripol to surrender despite offering to scale back “dramatically” its military action.

Meanwhile, the Irish Examiner leads with energy price hikes for 1.2 million people as Electric Ireland customers are now set to pay €300 more a year.

The Irish Daily Mail leads with comments from the Taoiseach that EU sanctions on Russia will hit Ireland economically on energy, food and commodities.

The Irish Daily Mirror leads with the arrest of a man in connection with the murder of Micheala McAreavey.

Elsewhere, the Irish Daily Star leads with a picture of Daniel Kinahan with associate Thomas Kavanagh, who was recently jailed, before the attack in the Regency Hotel.

And the Belfast Telegraph reports that a man accused of murder has no memory of the night in question after he suffered a stroke from being poisoned by prison staff.

In the UK, papers are dominated by a maternity scandal that has rocked the NHS after a report found 201 babies and nine mothers died needlessly.

The Daily Express, the Daily Mail, The Independent and i all carry what the latter calls the “biggest maternity scandal in the history of the NHS” after a damning report into baby deaths.

“At least 201 babies and nine mothers… may have survived had they had proper care at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust,” the Daily Mirror reports.

Meanwhile, The Guardian says a further 600 cases are currently being investigated by police.

The Times, which also reports on the scandal, has the headline: “Childbirth is not safe for women in England”.

Elsewhere, The Daily Telegraph carries public comments made by the head of GCHQ, Jeremy Fleming. He says Vladimir Putin’s advisers “are afraid to tell him the truth” about Russia’s rapidly faltering campaign in Ukraine.

Metro carries the story about Tory MP Jamie Wallis who has come out as trans and revealed he was a victim of rape and blackmail.

“Germany and Austria plan for gas rationing over payment stand-off with Russia,” the Financial Times reports.

While The Sun‘s front focuses on the reported break-in and burglary of the West London mansion of David and Victoria Beckham.

And the Daily Star reports on the death of 33-year-old British singer Tom Parker from brain cancer.

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