Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén, reacted to Ukrainian comments after he had coordinated the transport of eleven Transcarpathian prisoners of war (POW) to Hungary as a human and patriotic duty.
As previously reported, eleven Transcarpathian (part of western Ukraine where the majority of Hungarian minority lives) prisoners of war were transported to Hungary thanks to the cooperation of Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén (pictured with the current metropolitan of Budapest and Hungary, Hilarion), who is also responsible for church policy and church diplomacy and the Russian Orthodox Church.
When the news broke about the transport of the POWs, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleh Nikolenko stated on his Facebook page that the Ukrainian government has not been informed about the negotiations between Hungary and Russia. Shortly after, it was reported that the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs was asked to contact the interim head of the Hungarian Embassy in Kiev.
Mandiner contacted Zsolt Semjén about the Ukrainian comment on the topic, who said that
the 11 prisoners in Transcarpathia are no longer ‘prisoners of war’ in Hungary, but free people.
The Deputy Prime Minister also added that “If I were a representative of Ukraine, I would have said thank you for this!”
The case, coordinated by Zsolt Semjén, fits in with Pope Francis’ mission of prisoner liberation. The action took place in the framework of the Church, and the Hungarians concerned were Transcarpathian Hungarians.
In a statement sent to MTI on Friday, it was reported that the Hungarian Maltese Charity Service also participated in the transport and said that they had been asked to help save people’s lives.
The organization, as it has done for the past three decades, has fulfilled its mission every time it has had the opportunity to do so. In order to protect the people entrusted to them, they are not in a position to disclose more information at this time, they said.
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