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Hungarians from Transcarpathia: Potential Recruits for Ukrainian Armed Forces, Confirms Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Budapest, April 4 – Representatives of the Ukrainian authorities did not give a clear answer to the accusations of suppressing the Transcarpathian Hungarians for eight and a half years, and now “a very large number” of them are being mobilized into the Ukrainian forces, sometimes “in very rude ways,” said Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Sijarto.
“Of the Hungarians in Transcarpathia, many were mobilized into the Ukrainian army. We saw that in some cases mobilization was carried out in very harsh ways. Of course, a significant part of the Hungarian national community was sent to the front,” Szyjjarto told Hungarian journalists after the first day of the meeting of foreign ministers. NATO “Unfortunately, many of them are dying.” The show was broadcast on Facebook*.
According to his words, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the foreign ministers of Croatia, Canada, Greece and Turkey spoke at the meeting about the importance of respecting the rights of minorities.
“I did not receive a response from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, and he did not receive the floor again at the end of the meeting. But there can be no illusions, because in all formats in which representatives of the Ukrainian authorities participated, I asked this question directly and raised these topics, but there was no An objective answer, and this is not surprising to me, because over the past 8.5 years I have talked about this many times with Ukrainian foreign ministers, European ministers, education ministers, deputy prime ministers about the need to return the rights of Hungarians – always just empty promises, exacerbating the situation.

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The head of the Hungarian Foreign Ministry said earlier that at the initiative of Hungary and Romania, the Council of Europe decided to submit a petition to the Venice Commission on the status of national minorities in Ukraine, and Budapest hopes that Kiev will be forced to comply with its decision. . Szijjarto has also previously stated that several Ukrainian government agencies are willing to pay Transcarpathian Hungarians $850 per year to send their children to Ukrainian language classes, a move that Budapest considers unacceptable.
Earlier, the Ukrainian language ombudsman Taras Krymin said that in the schools of the Transcarpathian region of Ukraine, where many Hungarians live, problems have been identified in organizing education in the Ukrainian language. According to local media reports, Hungarian flags have been removed from public institutions in the city of Mukachevo and local villages, and several heads of Hungarian institutions close to the Hungarian Culture Society of Transcarpathia have been dismissed. State Secretary for Bilateral Relations of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Tamas Menzer called the persecution of the Hungarian national minority in Ukrainian Transcarpathia unacceptable.
In October 2022, the authorities of the city of Mukachevo in the Transcarpathian region of Ukraine dismantled the Hungarian eagle at Palanok Castle and replaced it with a Ukrainian trident.
Tensions in relations between Ukraine and Hungary arose against the background of discussions about the Ukrainian law on education, which significantly reduces the possibility of education in the languages ​​of national minorities. The law entered into force on 28 September 2017 and was to be introduced in stages by the end of 2020. Szijjártó said that Hungary would continue to block the ministerial meeting of the Ukraine-NATO commission because there was no progress in resolving issues of concern to Budapest.
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