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Attack on Hungarian Culture Association office is Russian provocation, - Klimkin

There are traces of Russian involvement in the incident, and there may be more like this one, Foreign Minister says
10:07, 5 March 2018

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Russian provocateurs could be behind the recent attack on the office of Hungarian Culture Association in Uzhgorod, westernmost Ukraine. Pavlo Klimkin, Ukraine's Foreign Minister tweeted this on Monday after the police detained the perpetrators.

'I appreciate how the police did their job in Transcarpathian region. There are so many traces of the Russian involvement there... Hello to everyone who speculated on alleged anti-Hungarian views there. I do not rule out there could be more attempts to de-stabilize the situation,' he said.

Related: Hungary accuses Ukraine of attacking its association, "destroying" language law

Previously, the National Police detained five men involved in the incident; the assumed organizer is still at large.

The arson at the office happened in small hours of February 26. Units of the State Emergency Service put out the fire after it destroyed furniture and part of the property on an area of 25 square meters.

Later, the Ukrainian ambassador in Budapest was summoned to the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs because of an attack on the office of Hungarian Culture Association.

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