May 9, 2022

may 9, 2022 A round up of local and international news.

Europe Day. Military ceremonies, laying of flowers, exhibitions and film screenings are held around the country to mark Romania's National Independence Day, the Victory of the United Nations Coalition in WWII and Europe Day, all three of which are celebrated every year on 9th May. The European Commission representation in Romania launched a communication campaign entitled "Faces of European Solidarity" and consisting in an exhibition of photographs documenting Romanians' solidarity with the people who fled Ukraine following the Russian invasion and the care and warmth with which they were received by the Romanians near the border areas, at refugee centres and in their homes. Europe must become stronger, more vocal, more capable and better prepared, said Romania's president Klaus Iohannis in his Europe Day statement.

Russia Victory Day. Russia today marks its biggest national holiday, Victory Day against Nazi Germany, an opportunity to display its might as war is waging in Ukraine. According to Radio Romania's correspondent in Moscow, Russia also wants to celebrate this event in the territories it occupied in eastern Ukraine. Kyiv has taken additional security measures expecting an increase in Russian attacks. "Russia has forgotten everything that was important to the victors of World War II," said Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelensky in his nightly address. He condemned the violent shelling of several Ukrainian regions, with one strike against a school in the east killing 60 people.

G7. G7 countries, who said Vladimir Putin's actions in Ukraine are bringing shame on Russia, pledged to give up Russian oil, but did not provide a timetable. According to the White House, this decision will deal a powerful blow to the main artery of Putin's economy and deprive it of the revenues needed to fund his war against Ukraine. France Presse new agency notes that European Union states, which are more reliable on Russian energy imports, have continued their difficult talks to agree on a ban on Russian oil. The US, in the meantime, has announced fresh sanctions against Russia targeting the media and the access of Russian companies to consultancy and accounting services.

Corruption. The National Anticorruption Directorate said 39 final sentences were passed in March against 86 defendants in corruption cases, including giving and taking bribe, peddling in influence and fraud involving European funds. Sentences vary between 7 years and 8 months in prison and fines amounting to the equivalent in lei of 3,000 euros.

Tennis. Poland's Iga Swiatek comfortably leads the WTA ranking published on Monday, followed by Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic and Spain's Paula Badosa. Former world no. one Simona Halep remains the highest-ranked Romanian tennis player, at no. 20. Romania has five other players in the top 100: Sorana Cîrstea, at no. 26, Gabriela Ruse at no. 57, Irina Begu at no. 63, Jaqueline Cristian at no. 70 and Ana Bogdan at no. 95. In the women's doubles ranking, Monica Niculescu is the highest-ranked Romanian, at no. 42, as Raluca Olaru drops six places to no. 49. Irina Begu is at no. 47, Irina Bara at no. 62 and Gabriela Ruse at no. 93. (CM)
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