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A passenger train collided with a freight train in the Czech Republic, there are many victims. Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico issued his first public statement since the attack. The Polish prosecutor's office is conducting an investigation into the circumstances of cooperation between the Government Agency for Strategic Reserves and the business entities described in the media articles. Here are six things to know on Thursday, June 5.

1. Railway disaster in the Czech Republic

On the night from Wednesday to Thursday, a RegioJet express collided in Pardubice, Czech Republic, traveling from Prague to Kosice and further to Ukraine with a freight train of the state carrier. There could have been at least 300 people on the passenger train, media report.

Four people died as a result of the incident. At least 20 people suffered minor injuries and another three were more seriously injured, Reuters reported, citing Interior Minister Vito Rakusan.

READ ALSO: Train disaster in Pardubice. Killed, many injured

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Railway disaster in the Czech RepublicJIRI SEJKORA/PAP/EPA

2. The prosecutor's office is investigating RARS purchases

The circumstances of the cooperation of the Government Agency of Strategic Reserves with the business entities described in media articles have been the subject of an investigation for several months, the National Prosecutor's Office announced in a statement on Wednesday.

The information indicated, among other things, doubts regarding the purchase by RARS from one of the suppliers of Chinese aggregates for PLN 350 million. On Wednesday, the Agency itself responded to some of the media reports.

READ ALSO: He bought it for PLN 69 million, sold it to the state for PLN 350. “Doubts” of the prosecutor's office and the response of the government agency

3. Notification regarding the former minister of sports

The Supreme Audit Office sent a notification to the prosecutor's office on suspicion of committing a crime by Kamil Bortniczuk, former minister of sports.

The notification indicated suspected irregularities amounting to almost PLN 90 million. – This is just the tip of the iceberg – said Janusz Pawelczyk, acting director of the delegation NIK in Białystok, which carried out the inspection.

READ ALSO: Notification to the prosecutor's office. Possibility of committing a crime by the former minister of sports

4. Statement of Robert Fico

Prime Minister Slovakia Robert Fico, in his first public statement since the attack in mid-May, described the attacker as a Slovak opposition activist and said there was “no reason to believe it was an attack by a lone madman.”

Fico devoted much of his statement, published on social media on Wednesday, to criticizing the opposition. He also said he did not feel hatred towards the attacker.

READ ALSO: Robert Fico in his first statement after the attack

5. Car explosion in Zielona Góra

A passenger car exploded in Zielona Góra. – The car contained gasoline canisters – said senior captain Piotr Kowalski, spokesman for the city fire brigade.

The car burst into flames. The driver died.

READ ALSO: Explosion of a car carrying canisters. The driver died

6. New poll before the European elections

Among those intending to vote on Sunday elections to the European Parliament with the greatest support – according to the latest survey CBOS – is happy Law and Justice (29 percent), the Civic Coalition (27 percent) has slightly fewer supporters. The next position, with support of 12 percent, is taken by Trzecia Droga.

10 percent of respondents want to vote for the Confederation and 7 percent for the Left. 2 percent of respondents declared their readiness to vote for Non-Party Local Government Officials, and less than 1 percent indicated another committee. 11 percent of respondents had no opinion on this matter, 1 percent refused to answer.

READ ALSO: New poll before the European elections. There is little difference between KO and PiS

Main photo source: JIRI SEJKORA/PAP/EPA

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