Our Deputy Secretary General István Sértő-Radics on the front line to help refugees
Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, on 2 March, more than 90 000 Ukrainian refugees have arrived in Hungary, a country which is in the final phase of the parliamentary election campaign, which is going to be held on 3rd April, this year.
Mr Peter Marki-Zay, prime ministerial candidate of the United Opposition, including our member party New Start, has expressed his opinion, that Prime Minister Viktor Orban holds a certain responsibility for the outbreak of the conflict. Namely, it was the Orban regime that has refrained Ukraine from its closer Euro-Atlantic affiliation with its several vetoes at NATO and EU negotiation tables during the last couple of years.
These vetoes in a direct and an indirect way left Ukraine unprotected against the impending military attack from Russia. By now, Viktor Orban seemingly complies with the EU's resolutions backing Ukraine, but at the same time, his dominant media in Hungary echoes Mr Putin's propaganda, tricking so many Hungarian citizens.
Due to Viktor Orban's anti-refugee politics in the last decade, the Hungarian refugee management facilities were mostly closed down. Now, for example, the primary and secondary schools are used as refugee shelters preventing so many Hungarian schoolchildren from education...It is the everyday Hungarian citizens, grassroot organizations and local governments who are magnanimously and effectively taking care of the escaping Ukrainian families.