Wake up service 17/4: PSV-Ajax cup final • Easter blessing from Pope

Are you hitting the road? Here you will find an overview of the activities. View the rail timetable here.

What can you expect today?

  • It’s Easter Sunday. Pope Francis will give the traditional blessing Urbi et Orbi in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City around noon.
  • In the east of the country, the traditional Easter fires are also lit again today.
  • And it will be a full sports day, with the PSV cup final against Ajax and the cycling classic Paris-Roubaix.

What did you miss?

The Russian Defense Ministry has warned Ukrainian troops in Mariupol to surrender within hours. If the remaining troops surrender between 6 a.m. Moscow time (5 a.m. Dutch time) and 1 p.m. Moscow time, their lives will be spared, Russian news agency TASS reported.

The Russians say the troops are trapped in the Azovstal steel factory in the besieged city of Mariupol. The situation there is “catastrophic”, according to a senior Russian army official. According to Russia, it is not only about Ukrainians, but also about foreigners who fight on the side of Ukraine. The Russian reporting is not independently verifiable. Kiev has not yet responded.

Other news from the night:

And then this:

Thousands of people will protest in Germany this Easter weekend for peace and against German arms supplies to Ukraine. The so-called Ostermärsche were a tradition for decades during the Cold War. Wouter Zwart went to see Chemnitz:

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