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Investigation into anti-Hungarian billboards in Zakarpattia underway, - Ukraine's MFA

Ukraine's foreign minister Klimkin expressed confidence it was a deliberate provocation
20:24, 25 October 2018

Ukrinform

There are suspects in the recent incident where anti-Hungarian billboards appeared in Zakarpattia region, westernmost Ukraine. Pavlo Klimkin, Ukraine's foreign minister reported this at a security forum in Lviv.

Answering a reporter's question about the possible suspects, the minister replied that the investigation is still in progress, and the suspects will be named after it's over.

Klimkin said he was confident it was a deliberate provocation. 'The community cannot be charged with separatism, although there are quite radical representatives who say they could fall under assimilation if they are inclined to learn the Ukrainian language better. It's a deliberate provocation,' he said.

Recently, billboards with the images of three leaders of the Zakarpattia Society of Hungarian Culture and the words "Stop the separatists" appeared in several districts of Zakarpattia region. Law enforcement officers are already looking for perpetrators, said the chairman of the Zakarpattia Regional State Administration Gennady Moskal, according to his website.

'Right-wing conductors of the provocation are now being sought by law enforcement officers, but the methods and style of execution indicate that this is another primitive special operation of the Russian FSB, which has been trying to embroil Ukrainians and Hungarians in Zakarpattia for several years,' Moskal said.

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