Prime Minister Viktor Orbán called a meeting of the Defense Council at dawn on Thursday in view of the escalating fighting in the Ukraine war.
Bertalan Havasi, the prime minister’s press chief, told Hungarian news agency MTI that at the meeting in the Carmelite monastery, the prime minister’s office, Viktor Orbán stressed that although a ceasefire and peace are the most important things, fighting in the Ukraine war has intensified since last night.
For us, the security of Hungary remains our first priority,”
the Prime Minister said.
According to press reports, yesterday, Ukrainian forces launched assaults along three major axes on the front lines, strengthening claims the counter-offensive is underway. Ukraine said its forces had clawed back territory from Russia in an attack on the flanks of the eastern city of Bakhmut, according to The Telegraph, adding that Russian sources claimed Ukraine launched a major new offensive in the southern Zaporizhzhia region, armed with tanks and multi-launch rocket systems.
The meeting in Budapest was attended by Defense Minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky, Interior Minister Sándor Pintér, Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff Antal Rogán, Chief of the General Staff Gábor Böröndi, Brigadier General Norbert Tajti, State Secretary József Kovács, Chief National Security Advisor, and State Secretary János Nagy, head of the Prime Minister’s Office.
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