Good morning! Almost a year after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, US President Biden gives a speech in Poland and President Putin addresses parliament in Moscow.
First the weather: Today it’s fairly cloudy with occasional sun. A drizzle of drizzle falls here and there. With a moderate southwest wind, the maxima are between 9 and 12 degrees. In the evening, clear spells will spread over the country from the south, but the clouds will increase again during the night.
Are you going on the road? Here you will find an overview of the activities. Check the rail timetable here.
What can you expect today?
- President Putin delivers his long-awaited annual speech to the Russian parliament. Some analysts expect a Russian escalation, others expect yet another speech blaming the West for the war.
- The European Commission presents the ‘Sustainable Fisheries’ package, a plan for limiting fishing in protected areas such as the North Sea.
- King Willem-Alexander pays a visit to Dutch soldiers in Lithuanian Pabrade. The military personnel are part of a NATO force that, among other things, aims to defend the European eastern flank if necessary.
- US President Joe Biden gives a speech in Poland in which he reflects on the Russian invasion of Ukraine a year ago.
What did you miss?
Seventeen people have been killed in a bus accident in Mexico. Fifteen people are in hospital, five of them in critical condition. There were 45 passengers on the bus. The accident happened on a highway. The bus was traveling from the southern border town of Tapachula toward Mexico City when it overturned. According to local media, the driver lost control of the wheel.
Other news from the night
Another earthquake in Turkey and Syria: ‘You heard everyone screaming’: Hassan Güveli tells from Turkey how he found himself between two buildings during the earthquake last night. “They went back and forth, always towards each other”. He is silent for a moment. “If they had collapsed, I don’t think I would be on the line now.”
New call against Russian participation in Paris Olympic Games: Governments of more than thirty countries, including the Netherlands, Great Britain, France and the United States, have again called in a joint letter for the banning of Russian and Belarusian athletes from international sporting events such as the Olympics.
Charge against actor Alec Baldwin weakened: The New Mexico Public Prosecutor’s Office has weakened the charge against actor Alec Baldwin for fatally beating a camerawoman on the set of the film Rust. As a result, he could receive up to eighteen months in prison.
And then this
All Arriva trains in Groningen and Friesland now run on vegetable oil. It is a residual product of frying fat, for example. For this, the trains in the provinces used diesel.
In the past two years, the carrier tested the fuel in two new trains: “The test showed that everything with HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) works in the same way as with diesel,” a spokesperson told ANP news agency. But compared to diesel, using vegetable oil releases 90 percent less CO2.