On Easter, in the city of Beregovo in Transcarpathia, unknown persons posted leaflets with threats to Ukrainians of Hungarian origin. This was reported by the press service of the GUNP in the Transcarpathian region.
“On May 2, police officers from Beregovo recorded the fact of distributing leaflets with threats to Ukrainians of Hungarian origin. Provocative inscriptions were found on several houses of local residents, ”the police said in a statement.
“Madyarov to knives! Get out of the Ukrainian land! We give you one week and start poisoning like rats! Glory to the nation! Death to enemies, ”the leaflet reads.
The police initiated criminal proceedings under Part 2 of Art. 161 (violation of the equality of citizens depending on their nationality, combined with threats) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. The sanction of the article provides for up to five years in prison.
Currently, the police are conducting investigative measures and find out who are involved in the printing and distribution of provocative leaflets.
Ukrainian media unanimously blamed Russia for the incident. Argument – the word “Ukrainian” is misspelled. Therefore, it is supposedly “agents of the Russian Federation staged another provocation in order to aggravate the interethnic situation in Transcarpathia.”
Note that a similar incident occurred on the eve of the visit to Ukraine by Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Siyarto. On January 27, a threatening letter was sent to the Hungarian consulate in the city of Beregovo by e-mail to their employees and all Ukrainians of Hungarian origin. There were 2 mistakes made in the word “Ukraine”. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba then suggested that “the authors, obviously, are outside of Ukraine.”
Relations between Ukraine and Hungary in recent years have been characterized as tense. And they deteriorated after the adoption by Kiev of the law on total Ukrainization. Since September 2017, Budapest has been defending the rights of about 150 thousand Ukrainian Hungarians living in Transcarpathia, vetoing decisions in NATO regarding deepening cooperation with Ukraine, and also blocking dialogue at the political level. Hungary never lifted its veto on the NATO-Ukraine Commission meetings.
In addition, other incidents are associated with Transcarpathia. In early December 2021, a video was disseminated on the networks in which a man in camouflage clothes against the background of the symbols of the “Right Sector” threatens the Transcarpathian Hungarians at the entrance to the city of Beregovo. It appeared after the newly elected deputies of the Syurt Rural United Territorial Community, after taking the oath, sang the hymn of Hungary.
At the end of 2020, the SBU conducted searches in the Society of Hungarians in Transcarpathia, and seized a number of printed materials that allegedly popularized “Greater Hungary” and the creation of ethnic autonomy in the region.
After the searches by the SBU, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Siyjarto said that in Ukraine “an incomprehensible political swing continues in relation to the Hungarian parties and the Hungarian minority.”
The Hungarian authorities have repeatedly appealed to the OSCE regarding the situation in Transcarpathia with a request to send a monitoring mission to the region.