Ukrainian ethnic Hungarians, according to a statement by Peter Szijardo, head of the Hungarian Foreign Ministry, were said to have forcibly mobilized Hungarians in the Transcarpathian region.
Peter Szijardo, Hungarian MinisterPhoto: Virginia Mayo/AP/Profimedia
The response (in Ukrainian and Hungarian) was posted on Facebook by Fedir Sandor, deputy of the Transcarpathian Regional Council, known in Ukraine as “Teacher from the Trenches”.
He writes, “Regarding attempts to provoke Ukrainians and Hungarians living in Transcarpathia, Russian agents are spreading false information about Hungarians in Transcarpathia. Similar information is being spread in Ukraine. The goal is clear – to get Hungarians and Ukrainians back from each other.” Sandor.
“Hungarians from Transcarpathia are decent citizens of Ukraine. Thousands of Transcarpathians of all nationalities (including Hungarians) took up arms and fought – because we didn’t want Russian invaders to come to Transcarpathia and kill our relatives. We all remember how it was in the last century, when we saw the concentration camps for Hungarians organized by the Russians. We remember.”
According to him, Transcarpathian Hungarians are currently at the forefront of defending their land and families from Russian invaders. Sandor also thanked his friends in Hungary who are helping Ukrainians in this difficult time.
“But to those who betrayed their people and joined the service of Russia, we want to say one thing – don’t mess with us. Goodness and truth will still win – Russian evil will lose,” Sandor emphasized.
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