Olivér Várhelyi, European Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement from Hungary, has been listed on the website of the Ukrainian nationalist Mirotvorec (Peacemaker) organization as an “enemy of Ukraine.”
According to the Kárpáthír.com, the Hungarian diplomat ended up on the website because of his “open involvement in Ukraine’s domestic politics.”
Last week Várhelyi announced that the European Union expects Ukraine to effectively support the rights of language use and education for minorities within its borders.
The commissioner added that the union hopes Ukrainian authorities will inspect the recent cases of threats to the representatives of the country’s Hungarian minority.
The Mirotvorec website was initially created to list those who were involved in Crimea’s secession from Ukraine, as well as those who fought Ukrainians at the armed conflict in Donbass.
Today the database is used to list people who have “committed crimes against the sovereignty of Ukraine,” and went as far as listing the names and addresses of Hungarians living in Ukraine with dual citizenships.
By the beginning of October 2019, the information of more than three hundred Ukrainian Hungarians had been listed, and soon after multiple ethnic Hungarian civil servants resigned from their positions in the district of Beregszász.
Hungary and Ukraine have not been on good terms lately, relations are souring due to the harsh treatment of the country’s Hungarian minority in recent years.
László Brenzovics, the leader of the Transcarpathian Hungarian Cultural Association (KMKSZ), said that “nationalism has been running rampant” since 2014. There have been anti-Hungarian demonstrations, threats, and petrol-bombings of KMKSZ offices.
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