Developments in the Euro-Atlantic security situation in the context of the Russian Federation’s aggression against Ukraine and the implications for Romania and the measures for the integrated management of a possible massive influx of refugees/displaced persons in the national territory in the international security context will be on the agenda of a new Supreme Council of National Defense (CSAT) meeting, convened on Tuesday, March 1, by President Klaus Iohannis, informs the Presidential Administration.
According to the cited source, other current issues in the field of national security will be analyzed during the CSAT meeting.
DefMin Dincu: We have established refugee reception points in counties bordering Ukraine
The Minister of Defence, Vasile Dincu, announced on Thursday that reception points had been established for refugees in counties bordering Ukraine, adding that for the time being no “significant flow” had been noticed.
“For the beginning, we have established six or seven border counties where we will have refugee reception points. We have all the materials ready for this, we have activated these points,” Dincu told Digi 24 private television broadcaster.
He stressed that the Romanian authorities are ready at the border. “We have activated refugee reception centers. We do not see a significant flow in this area so far, but we are ready at the border,” he said.
Vasile Dincu gave assurances that there are no signs of a possible conflict in Romania.
“We are in a state of vigilance, we have not changed the state of alert from this point of view. (…) At this moment we do not have the signs of a possible conflict on the Romanian territory,” the Minister of Defence said.
Several hundred persons from Ukraine flee the war by crossing the Danube to Isaccea
Several hundred people from Ukraine crossed, on Thursday, the Danube by ferry in the Romanian eastern city of Isaccea to avoid war, and in support of the refugees, the local authorities decided that the means of naval transport should work without a programme, the mayor of Isaccea, Anastase Moraru, told AGERPRES.
“In customs, the boarding schedule is no longer respected, and when the ferry is filled, the Danube is crossed. From the information I have, now it (the ferry, ed. n.) is full, it is going to arrive, after which it will immediately go to the other side (on the Ukrainian bank of the river, ed.n.),” explained mayor Moraru.
He also said that most Ukrainians who come to Romania have personal cars.
“They haven’t made a request for accommodation yet. Everyone knows where they need to go. They can go to relatives, some go to Bulgaria, but also to Turkey, as far as I understand,” said the mayor of Isaccea.
According to the source, refugees without personal means of transportation can be directed through the Inspectorate for Emergency Situations to the centers it has prepared or they can resort to the accommodation possibilities of the local authority in the city.
Tulcea County Prefect Dan Munteanu told the media on Thursday that the county has prepared plans to support refugees from Ukraine.
“We are ready to optimally manage possible migration flows. I can tell you that at the central level such a plan is drawn up regarding the management of an influx of refugees on the territory of Romania,” mentioned the prefect Dan Munteanu.
ISU Neamt sends personnel and mobile camp to Suceava for Ukrainian refugees
The Neamt County Emergency Situations Inspectorate has sent personnel and a mobile camp that will be made available for Ukrainian refugees, said the institution’s spokesperson, Irina Popa.
“The mobile camp is composed of three identical containers and a field kitchen, which can be used in the situations where deployment is necessary as close as possible to a major event. The field kitchen can ensure the preparation of food for persons in camp,” said Irina Popa.
Each container has 10 tents dedicated to accommodating refugees, a tent that can be used as a kitchen or mess hall, 10 air conditioning systems, an illumination system, 67 folding beds with sleeping bags and 10 sets of tables and benches.
The mobile camp can ensure the accommodation of 201 persons affected by various emergency situations or the accommodation of own personnel on special mission for long periods of time, but also facilities to ensure food for several weeks.
Hotels in Botosani, full of Ukrainians fleeing because of war
The main hotels in the northeastern Botosani Municipality have exhausted their accommodation spaces, as a result from requests that came from Ukrainian citizens, that left the country after Ukraine was invaded by the Russians.
Hundreds of families from Ukraine, that reached Botosani by cars or minibus, checked in in several hotels in the county seat municipality, on the night between Thursday and Friday.
“Over 30 persons from Ukraine have checked in. The registration form was filled out in English, because many probably do not speak Romanian. At this point we have no free rooms available,” a receptionist at a hotel downtown area of Botosani declared for AGERPRES.
Persons from Ukraine do not have refugee status, yet in the records of the Romanian authorities they appear as tourists. Many of them come from Kiev city’s area.
Compiled from Agerpres