According to Danilov, after the start of the Russian special operation, Hungary planned to seize part of the territory of Ukraine. The Hungarian embassy denied the accusations and demanded that the head of the NSS retract his words jpg” alt=”The head of the National Security and Defense Council announced Hungary's plan to seize part of Ukraine” />
After the start of the Russian military operation, Hungary planned to seize part of the territory of Ukraine, he said on the air of the telethon “UArazom” Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) Oleksiy Danilov.
“She (Hungary— RBC) for some reason believed that she could take part of her territory”,— he said.
Danilov also stressed that after the crisis in the country is resolved, Hungary may face consequences.
After that, the Hungarian embassy on a Facebook page (part of the Meta corporation, recognized as extremist and banned in Russia) criticized Danilov's words and denied his accusations. “These allegations about Hungary contain baseless, false accusations that incite hatred against the Hungarian people and Hungary in Ukrainian public opinion. <…> We resolutely reject and condemn the false slanders that have been leveled against Hungary, as well as the intentions behind them, — wrote the diplomatic mission.
Diplomats also demanded explanations from the “competent leaders of Ukraine”; and urged Danilov to retract his words.
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Ukrainian officials have repeatedly accused the Hungarian authorities of plans to seize the Transcarpathian region of Ukraine. In particular, in 2017, the ex-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin sent a note of protest to Hungary because of the action “Self-Determination for Transcarpathia”, which, despite the protests of the Ukrainian side, took place near the country's embassy in Budapest.
In The Transcarpathian region of Ukraine is densely populated by the Hungarian national minority. According to the 2001 census, about 150 thousand Hungarians lived in this area. In 2018, the newspaper Magyar Hang, citing a study by the Transcarpathian Hungarian Institute named after Ferenc Rakoczy II and the National Institute for Political Studies, reported that their number in the region decreased by 21 thousand and is approximately 131 thousand people.
In 2012, the city administration granted Hungarian the status of a regional language, which allowed it to be officially used in document management. But in 2018, the law on regional languages lost its legal force. In Budapest, they believe that Ukraine is oppressing ethnic Hungarians.
In September 2018, a video appeared on the Internet in which an employee at the Hungarian consulate in the city of Beregov handed a Hungarian passport to a local resident and asked him not to tell the Ukrainian authorities about it. The recording led to protests from the Ukrainian authorities, and by December, the issuance of Hungarian passports in Transcarpathia was stopped. Later, the Ukrainian authorities reported that the Hungarian side began to return the previously issued passports. Now, in order to receive the document, you need to come to Hungary in any case.
In March of this year, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk said that the Hungarian authorities, through their policy, can achieve the transfer of Ukrainian Transcarpathia under their control. With these words, she criticized the decision of the Hungarian government to deny the transit of weapons to Ukraine through its territory.
In early April, President Volodymyr Zelensky criticized Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban for refusing to provide Hungarian territory for the supply of weapons to Ukraine. According to Zelensky, Kyiv did not ask Budapest for specific help to confront Russia, but “didn’t even get what everyone else is doing.” In Hungary, in response, they said that they were not going to interfere in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Orban, in turn, called Zelensky his “enemy”.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on February 24 condemned the Russian special operation in Ukraine. Later, a spokesman for the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Zoltan Kovacs, said that Budapest would not block European sanctions against Moscow. Despite this, Orban was included in the database of the Ukrainian website “Peacemaker”. The creators of the base called Orban “anti-Ukrainian propagandist” and “an accomplice in Russian crimes.”
The site “Peacemaker” was created in 2014. It contains personal data of people whom the authors of the portal consider to be involved in “crimes against the foundations of the national security of Ukraine”. In Russia, the portal is blocked by a court decision.
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