June 26, 2022

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FLAG DAY Events are organised in county capitals and in Romanian localities hosting military units, to celebrate National Flag Day on the 26th June. National Flag Day was introduced to mark the day in 1848 when the revolutionary government proclaimed the red, yellow and blue flag as the national colours of all Romanians. National Flag Day was introduced under a 1998 law.

REFUGEES The Romanian Border Police announced that on the 25th June, 12,570 Ukrainian nationals (down 2.6% since the previous day) crossed the border into Romania. Since Ukraine's invasion by the Russian army on the 24th February, until midnight Saturday, Romania received 1,324,823 Ukrainian citizens. Of them, 80,000 chose to stay in Romania and benefit from the protection and safety provided by the Romanian authorities, the PM Nicolae Ciucă said. The government of Romania came up with a national protection and inclusion plan addressing the Ukrainian nationals that benefit from temporary protection. The plan includes children's access to education and access to jobs for the adults.

UKRAINE Heavy blasts were heard on Sunday at dawn in Kyiv, affecting a residential compound near the centre of the city, international news agencies report. The incident comes hours before the opening of a G7 summit in Germany, discussing the situation in Ukraine. Kyiv had previously been hit in early June, while another shelling was reported in late April, during a visit by the UN secretary general Antonio Guterres.

MOLDOVA Russia's ex-president and PM Dmitri Medvedev threatens the Republic of Moldova that it will see its natural gas supplies cut and exports of agri-food products to the Russian market banned, if Chişinău joins the West's economic sanctions against Moscow. Medvedev, currently vice-president of the Security Council, posted on his Telegram channel an extensive article on the Republic of Moldova, which Thursday was recognised as a EU candidate country. According to Radio Romania's correspondent in Moscow, Medvedev says the accession process may take decades, which makes Moldova's annexation by Romania an easier option. And, Medvedev argues, both Bucharest and Chişinău are making efforts in this respect. He mentioned a recent joint meeting of the parliaments of the 2 countries and said the president of Moldova, pro-Western Maia Sandu, would be ready to renounce the country's independence. Medvedev also argues that these plans are supported by the US and the EU. Founded on part of the eastern Romanian territories annexed by Stalin's Soviet Union in 1940, today's R. of Moldova declared its independence from Moscow in 1991.

FESTIVAL The Sibiu International Theatre Festival continues in central Romania until the 3rd July. This year's motto is "Beauty." This 29th edition of the festival brings together artists from around the world in theatre, dance, cinema, musical, opera and circus performances. Concerts, book shows and exhibitions are also organized as part of the festival. Some of the performances taking place in cultural or unconventional venues can be watched on the Festival's official website, digital streaming platform www.scena-digitala.ro, and on the event's official Facebook page and YouTube channel.

TENNIS The Romanian player Simona Halep, no 19 WTA and former world leader, will take on the Czech Republic's Karolina Muchova (82 WTA), in the first round of the Wimbledon tournament. Halep, winner of the Wimbledon trophy in 2019, is seed no. 16th this year in the competition. Another Romanian player, Sorana Cîrstea, 32 WTA and seed no. 21, plays against Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia (53 WTA). Gabriela Ruse (55 WTA) has the most difficult match in the All England Club first round, against the American Coco Gauff, no. 12 in the world. Irina Begu (43 WTA) is facing Ekaterine Gorgodze of Georgia (112 WTA), in the same round, while Ana Bogdan (109 WTA) plays against Ukraine's Dayana Yastremska (74 WTA), and Irina Bara (121 WTA) against Chloe Paquet of France (101 WTA). In turn, Mihaela Buzărnescu (126 WTA) will play against Natasja Schunk of Germany (156 WTA). This year's Wimbledon tournament has record-large amounts in prize money (over GBP 40 million) but the WTA and ATP announced they will not assign any points, after the British organisers decided to bar Russian and Belarusian players from taking part, in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

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