Hungary offers safe haven to Ukrainian refugees

Hungary's newly formed National Security Operative Group led by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. (MTI/Zoltán Fischer)
By Dénes Albert
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Hungary’s newly assembled National Security Operative Group led by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced after its first meeting that the country will provide protection to Ukrainian refugees.

They can also submit their application in Hungary, they said, adding that the government’s decisions on this will soon be published in the Official Monitor. Under normal circumstances, asylum applications must be submitted before entering the country.

Russians have taken over the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, and stranger still, Ukrainian forces are still working there.

In its statement, the operative group emphasized that Hungary must be excluded from the Russian-Ukrainian war conflict. As a member of the EU and NATO, Hungary supports joint EU efforts to restore peace, and is also preparing for border protection and humanitarian missions.

The statement also pointed out that Hungary, provides protection to refugees from neighboring Ukraine, not only to Hungarians in Transcarpathia, but also to Ukrainian citizens.

Yesterday, Orbán indicated that Hungary was preparing for a refugee influx following the war in Ukraine in a video address posted to social media.

Ukrainian citizens arriving from the territory of Ukraine or persons without Ukrainian citizenship legally residing in the territory of Ukraine may also submit their asylum application in Hungary, and the Hungarian authorities will recognize them as entitled to temporary protection. Preparations for the reception of refugees have also begun, they explained.

The operative council consists of the prime minister, the ministers of foreign affairs, defense, interior and finance, top military leaders and the heads of Hungary’s intelligence services.

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