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May 13, 2022
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Viktor Orban is the defender of Europe from Ukraine

The Hungarian government will soon stop worrying about the territorial integrity of Ukraine

Hungary was steadfast in its veto of a move in the European Union to ban oil purchases from Russia. Kyiv lists the country’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban as one of the third most important “enemies of Ukraine” after V. Putin and A. Lukashenko. Orban is also accused of refusing to participate in other anti-Russian sanctions, from supplying weapons to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In addition, official representatives of the Kyiv regime accuse Budapest of hatching and implementing plans to annex the Hungarian-populated parts of the Transcarpathian region of the country. While Zelensky and his ambassador to Germany Melnyk, at the height of the frenetic global solidarity with the Ukrainian authorities, do not stand on ceremony with German President V. Steinmeier and Chancellor O. Scholz, Ukrainian propagandists literally do not leave a “wet spot” from Orban.

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto

Meanwhile, the confidence and ease with which the Hungarian prime minister is not afraid to resist the supposedly absolutely monolithic European position on the embargo on Russian oil, suggests that in fact he is doing what the entire European Union is interested in. Mission terrible child quite deliberately left to him by the EU, which wants to show its solidarity condemnation of Russia in connection with the NWO in Ukraine, but at the same time is not yet able to refuse Russian energy supplies. Therefore, there is no serious talk in Brussels about whether it is worth “punishing” Orban himself. Yes, and the European Commission has moved away from intentions to impose a ban on the transportation of oil from Russia to Europe without any special intervention from the “almighty” Orban.

And in Ukraine, with some kind of rabid persistence, they continue to stigmatize the Hungarian prime minister, as if complex geopolitical and geo-economic calculations are reduced to him alone. For example, he is included in the database of the scandalous website “Peacemaker” as “an accomplice of Russian war criminals and an accomplice in the crimes of the Russian authorities against Ukraine and its citizens.”

Website “Peacemaker”

Ukrainian telegram channels write: “The reckless courage of the Hungarian Prime Minister Orban in European institutions, such as the willingness to veto the Russian oil embargo, as the unwillingness to support sanctions against the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Kirill – in short, all this is due to a secret agreement with Moscow on Hungary’s participation in the division of Ukraine “.

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov even said that Vladimir Putin allegedly warned Hungary about the impending war with Ukraine. However, Budapest was silent, hoping to “take away part of the Ukrainian territory” based on its results. Danilov threatened live Hungary the “consequences” it will face after the “end of this war”.

Hungary called all this “fake news”, and the Hungarian embassy in Ukraine said they were outraged by the statements of Aleksey Danilov, describing them as “false slander” and demanding an explanation from Kyiv.

Twitter of the Hungarian Ambassador to Ukraine Zoltan Kovacs

Twitter of the Hungarian Ambassador to Ukraine Zoltan Kovacs

Formally, Budapest at all levels condemns the Russian operation and demands an immediate ceasefire. He also expresses support for Ukraine’s plans for integration into the EU and NATO (which is opposed by completely different countries). Recording him as Moscow’s “allies” on the grounds that he follows his own interests is a strong exaggeration, a reckless position. No wonder they say: “Do not wake famously while it is quiet”! Since they have convinced you that Hungary wants to “chop off” part of the territory from you, then maybe she doesn’t really need to refuse this?

Problems in relations between the two countries did not arise today and stem from the disregard of the Kyiv authorities to the situation of numerous national minorities inhabiting the country, depriving them of the opportunity to develop their language and culture.

Hungarians in Ukraine live compactly in the Transcarpathian region. According to previous censuses, out of about 1 million inhabitants, there were more than 150 thousand people here. Officials from Budapest give a different figure – up to 0.5 million. At the same time, it surprisingly coincides with the number of Hungarian passports issued in the region. For the convenience of moving around Europe, representatives of other peoples also received them, which is recognized in Kyiv. However, now for Hungary they are all “compatriots abroad”. It is not difficult to imagine a situation in which the holders of these passports can ask for “mother’s care” from their historical homeland. After all, the Poles can take preparatory measures to “protect” those parts of Western Ukraine that they consider “Eastern Cresses.”

Hungary and Transcarpathia

Hungary and Transcarpathia

Settlement of peoples in Transcarpathia according to the official census of Ukraine

Settlement of peoples in Transcarpathia according to the official census of Ukraine

Even before February 24, Hungarian activists in Transcarpathia proposed to solve their problems through the creation of a separate autonomous Hungarian region, which would include the current Beregovsky and parts of Vinogradovsky, Mukachevo and Uzhgorod regions. According to Deputy Regional Council of Transcarpathia Josyp Barto, such an initiative would bring Ukraine closer to “European values ​​and solve the problem of interethnic relations” in this area.

In Kyiv, this was regarded as another manifestation of separatist tendencies and was sharply rejected. And with the outbreak of hostilities, the intensity of dissatisfaction with their position among the Transcarpathian Hungarians increased even more.

Representatives of the National Security Committee of the Hungarian Parliament have previously stated that the Ukrainian authorities should not mobilize ethnic Hungarians in the so-called ATO zone. Deputies propose to evacuate ethnic Hungarians from Ukraine in order to avoid being drafted into the army. “We agreed that the situation is difficult, and Hungary must ensure the protection of its compatriots in Ukraine”– said the vice-chairman of the committee, Bernardette Sel. Deputy from the Jobbik nationalist party Adam Mirkocki expressed the opinion that the Hungarian government should stop worrying about the territorial integrity of Ukraine, because “Ukraine will never be the same again.”

One of the founding fathers of the Azov Regiment banned in Russia* and a former deputy of the Verkhovna Rada, Igor Mosiychuk, is indignant on social networks. “Hungary takes its part of Ukraine! All the village councils of the Beregovsky district in Transcarpathia already have the state flags of Hungary!” They write about it and popular telegram channels: “There are many settlements in which, at best, two flags hang over administration buildings – Ukrainian and Hungarian, and often only one Hungarian. It will not be difficult for Hungary to integrate Transcarpathia.”

One of the village councils in Transcarpathia

One of the village councils in Transcarpathia

Protests against sending local natives to the front, in particular to the 101st Territorial Defense Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, have become widespread in the Transcarpathian region. Such sentiments create certain difficulties for Orban to formulate his policy on Ukraine, since Kyiv constantly complains to Western capitals about the supposedly subversive actions of Budapest.

The wives of the Hungarian fighters of the 101st brigade protest at the military enlistment office in Khust

The wives of the Hungarian fighters of the 101st brigade protest at the military enlistment office in Khust

The American Radio Liberty, which does not differ in sympathy for V. Orban, is forced to statethat inside the country his slogan “Not a single Hungarian will be between the Russian hammer and the Ukrainian anvil!” gives results. Orban has won a landslide fourth consecutive election victory, but Radio Liberty promises tough times ahead.

And in fact, the question arises, to what extent will the Hungarian Prime Minister, taking into account the consolidated Western position, continue to be able to pursue an independent policy on the Ukrainian issue? At first glance, it seems that his chances are small. However, Orban may well take his line further: it, in essence, allows you to protect not only Hungary, but the whole of Europe from the most ruinous decisions for Europeans imposed from Washington and London.

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