Press reports that claim Hungary is turning away people arriving at its borders simply don’t square with reality. But don’t take my word for it. Here’s what Viktor Mikita, the governor of Transcarpathia said: “Hungary is sending a huge amount of humanitarian aid to the country, ranging from fuel to basic items.” Mikita also called upon the authors of false reports to stop spreading fake news about Hungary.
Sadly, it’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Fake news reports also claimed that Hungarian military planes are allegedly delivering weapons to Ukraine.
Let’s get something straight: No Hungarian aircraft is carrying weapons to Ukraine. There are three NATO aircraft participating in NATO operations that are registered in Hungary and thus bearing the national flag, but Hungary has no impact on the missions of these aircraft. As PM Orbán said, “at the moment we need all the weapons the Hungarian army possesses – for our deployment on the country’s eastern borders and to be able to defend our borders if necessary.”
Meanwhile, some commentators argued that Hungary is blocking certain sanctions against Russia.
Again, they couldn’t be further from reality. In fact, Hungary stands 100 percent in alignment with joint EU and NATO efforts. We’re doing no less than what the EU position calls for. And it’s not dependent on Hungary to do more. Hungary’s commitment to the joint EU and NATO response cannot be questioned. We might not agree with everything, but, as PM Orbán said a few days ago, "now is not the time to be smart, but to be united."
I saved my personal favorite for last: A handful of pro-Russia websites claimed that Hungarians in Transcarpathia are organizing a referendum to join Hungary.
It goes without saying that this is pure nonsense. Reports like this are aimed at inciting hatred against ethnic Hungarians in Ukraine. We must be careful with such stories, as they could potentially lead to increasing tensions between the Hungarian and Ukrainian communities in Transcarpathia.