State Secretary Levente Magyar said Hungary is working to give the Ukrainian people all the help they need, both on its own territory and in Ukraine. The state secretary made the remarks while handing over 34 buses donated to Ukrainian regions affected by the war by bus carrier Volánbusz.
Speaking in Solomonovo (Tiszasalamon), near the Ukraine-Hungary border, on Thursday, the state secretary said that although Hungary has a greater presence in Transcarpathia than any other part of Ukraine, it has intensified its presence in the rest of the country in recent months. He said the war was getting “more horrific by the day”, adding that the collapse of the Nova Kakhovka dam in southern Ukraine had led to a humanitarian disaster. As a friend of the Ukrainian people, Hungarians have to be prepared to always react in the most flexible, effective and quickest way possible, he said. Magyar said his Ukrainian partners, MP Yulia Hryshyna and Transcarpathia Governor Viktor Mykyta, had indicated that the regions most affected by the war were in need of buses, which had only intensified after the collapse of the dam. Hungarian Interchurch Aid president László Lehel said the organisation had already donated 20 tonnes of relief supplies to the area most affected by the disaster. Hungarian Interchurch Aid is sending 50 million forints (EUR 136,000) worth of humanitarian aid to the area in the coming days, he said.